Winner of the just concluded U-10 Africa Youth Chess Championship in Ghana Deborah Quickpen on Tuesday, September 28, arrived the Bayelsa International Airport to a rousing welcome by some officials of the state Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The 9-year-old Bayelsa-born chess prodigy, amassed 8.0 points, to defeat Tunisia’s Hasnaoui Abrar in her 9th and final game and was crowned champion ahead of nineteen others drawn from other African nations in the competition.
Little Miss Quickpen has now made history as the youngest female chess player to bag a Woman Candidate Master title, after her recent feat in Ghana.
The multiple medalist was among the two Nigerians selected to participate in three competition, alongside others from Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia and South Africa.
It will be recalled that Deborah was ranked seventh in Africa, and first in West Africa after the Chess Championship in Namibia in 2019, and would have surpassed the rankings last year, but for the Covid 19 pandemic that put on hold several sporting activities.
Little Miss Deborah Quickpen started playing Chess at the age of 3 and at the age of 5 represented Bayelsa State in a Chess Championship in Lagos, a year later in 2018, she was in Illorin, Kwara State to represent her state at the National Youth Games, where she won a bronze medal and same year, she participated at the National Sports Festival, among other competitions she has attended.