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Hiya Ray Shines in European Youth Chess Championships

Congratulations to Hiya Ray, who came 22nd in a field of 105 in the under 10 Girls section of the European Youth Chess Championships.


Hiya got off to a fantastic start, winning her first four games, including victories against two players with FIDE ratings above 1600. For round 5, she was paired against the eventual joint-winner, the Russian WCM Margarita Zvereva, who has a very impressive rating of 1930. Hiya lost this match, but netted further points in her last four encounters in the form of a draw in round 7 and win in the final round against WCM Olga Melenchuk. Hiya’s successes over the nine-round competition, played in Prague, gave her a performance rating of 1652, and netted her a hike in her FIDE grade of 59 points.

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 grant from the

Welsh Assembly