A Nigerian girl identified as Deborah Quickpen, has emerged winner of the just concluded U-10 Africa Youth Chess Championship in Ghana.
Deborah, who is Nigeria’s youngest gold medalist amassed 8.0 points, to defeat Tunisia’s Hasnaoui Abrar in her 9th and final game.
The 9-year-old Bayelsa-born chess prodigy, was crowned champion ahead of 19 others drawn from other African countries in the competition including Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa.
Following her feat, she has now made history as the youngest female chess player to bag a WOMAN CANDIDATE MASTER title.
The multiple medalist was among the two Nigerians selected to participate in the competition.
In 2019, Deborah was ranked seventh in Africa, and first in West Africa after the Chess Championship in Namibia in 2019.