Anita gets her England call-up

8-year old Anita Somton from Bury St Edmunds has been invited to represent England at the World School Chess Championships, which take place in Halkidiki, Greece, in May 2013.

The invitation follows on a number of successes over the past twelve months.   Anita won the inaugural UKI Girls Under 8 Championship and was second-placed girl in the Under 10s at the British Championships in North Shields in July.   She is also South of England under 9 Girls Champion (from the London Junior in December).

Anita attends the Bury Knights Junior Chess Club, and has played a number of matches for the adult club in the Bury Area League Division 3.   Her father, Somton Ukken, is a strong player himself, and gives Anita two or three hours coaching every day.

A bonus for you – see if you can solve the puzzle on the board; it’s White to play.  What is the winning move?

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