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Imogen crowned Ladies Welsh Chess Champion

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Imogen and joint winners Shayanna and Venetia Sivarajasingam

A talented Colwyn Bay chess star has added to her list of accolades with a national title. Imogen Camp, who is in Year 11 at Rydal Penrhos school, was crowned joint Ladies Champion at the Welsh Chess Championships, held in Cardiff over Easter. The 16-year-old was competing in the senior category for the first time and performed well to secure a three-way tie for the crown.

This is the latest in a long line of chess success for Imogen, who already has a number of regional and national junior titles. She has also been a part of the Welsh squad and competed at events such as the World Youth Championships.

The Deputy Head of Rydal Penrhos, Tim Cashell, said, “This is a marvellous achievement and one Imogen can look back on with an enormous sense of pride. To come away as joint-winner in her debut senior event at the national championships is further proof of just how much talent she has at her disposal.”

Tim Soar continues to soar...

Bay player Tim Soar scored 7/7 in the first half of the season in Chester league’s second division. Here he reflects on his approach to the game:

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Tim Soar

“Not that I am the leading player in the three leagues, but I have been happy with my performance thus far - it is better than I had hoped for. I wanted to achieve a 75% record, and I decided at the start of the season that to achieve this I needed to try to raise my playing style.

As the season has now progressed nearly 100 days, I have noticed over the weeks that there is an ‘accelerating factor’. That is, you begin to notice certain situations on the bare chess board that you never noticed before, at any stage in your development. So ‘natural talent’ will only get you so far down the road.

These situations also seem now to occur when there is no chess board present. I had always thought eyes were important in chess, but now I see it is more about touch, as if you develop a method of seeing with your hands, or even fingers and thumbs. Certainly now, every move seems to be an opportunity. Thus even if your play is not exact, if you see a situation and an opportunity to make it complicated, then you must. The unexplored is all around you.

Rewinding back to 6th September, I played James Babington of Rhyl on Board 4. This games is featured in the games section. It is White to play, but I analysed that I had reached a ‘good Sicilian defence position’, albeit at the cost of a pawn I had gambitted on move 2.”