By Patrick Ndubuisi
Nigeria’s youngest gold medallist, Deborah Quickpen has emerged winner of the just concluded U-10 Africa Youth Chess Championship in Ghana.
The nine year old Bayelsa-born Chess prodigy who amassed 8.0 points, defeated Tunisia’s Hasnaoui Abrar in her 9th and final game, to be crowned champion ahead of nineteen others drawn from other African nations.
Little Miss Quickpen has now made history as the youngest female chess player to bag a WOMAN CANDIDATE MASTER title, after her feat.
The multiple medalist was among the two Nigerians selected to participate in the competition alongside others from Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa.
Recall that Deborah was ranked seventh in Africa, and first in West Africa after the Chess Championship in Namibia two years ago, and would have surpassed the rankings last year, but for the Covid 19 pandemic that put on hold several sporting activities.