Ralek Gracie a
Wu Tang Clan Rakaa
and Co Founder of
Hip Hop Chess
Emma is the
North of England Tae Kwon Do Silver Medallist and plays Piano. Necessary
qualifications for Hip Hop Chess.
Emma in the next 6 months includes events in California - Beijing-Las Vegas -
invited to London on Wednesday to meet the Chinese Chess World Champion Xu
Yinchuan. After some instruction from Mr Jingfeng Wang and encouragement from
those watching, a game was played. A great time was had by all.
Mr Xu Yinchuan, (
2nd from left.) Xiangqi (
Chinese Chess )World Champion with secretary general of the
Chinese Chess Federation. (
London 19th Sept. 2007)
Sec. General of Chinese
Chess Federation Liu Xiaofang (2nd from right ). Wang Fang 2006 World Champion
( left ) Xu Yinchuan ( 2nd from left ) Jingfeng Wang ( center )
Emma with instructional
help playing Xu Yinchuan. Game watched by GM
Raymond Keene OBE
Crew at work for Chinese TV.
from Liverpool. September 3rd to 9th.
By the way she does own several
A great privilege to
meet the Chinese team and their leaders. A special honour to meet Mr Gong.
Gong Emma's with 13 yr old GM Hou Yifan
Hou Yifan & Team
Leader. Joe Morrison. Emma's Captain at Ecclesall.
Computer boss Dave Clayton, Liverpool
Young Rising Stars of the Chinese team.
Photo by Steve Connor ( I think )
Emma scored a respectable 1.5 points
amongst the toughest competition you could imagine for a ten year old. Monday
saw eight hours play in two games. The first game lasting four hours fifteen
minutes and the second three hours forty five. After the first draw against a
137 grade she was paired with a Fide master graded at 2066.Emma ELO 1365. That's
tough for a junior and her only comment was " I have learnt a great deal this
week." Of course being the lowest graded there means you only play stronger
players. Emma is very grateful for the coaching and help given to her this week
from almost everyone she played. Special thanks to Tony Blades, Alexandra Wilson
and Ray Cannon.
BBC News Look North interview with Emma
Harry Gration July
Link to :-
Howard Staunton Photo Gallery
The Staunton Memorial
held at Simpsons On The Strand August 18th 2007.
Legendary Coach -Author - Arbiter - Organiser. GM
Winner / Photo by Steve Giddins. GM
GM Raymond Keene OBE
Photo:- Tom Chivers
Wynn Hotel Las Vegas.
Natasha Engel MP at
Houses of Parliament Pumpkin festival Half Moon Bay
Rt. Hon. Dr. John Reid MP. Home
With Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP. Min of
Sport Emma playing IM
in Lincoln All
England Eastern Region Championships.
World Boxing Champion
Grand Master Bob Wade OBE
Harry Gration at BBC TV Leeds
All England Girls Winner & Claire
Summerscale. Gerry Walsh President ECF Fredi, General
Wynn Hotel Las Vegas
Nevada State Trooper, Hoover
Dam. Lynne Stringer. Fide Arbiter. Beach, Victoria, BC. Canada
Emma with her
Brendan Ingle OBE. Trainer of 4
That's right, boxing gloves and fights
Tae Kwon Do.
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BBC News Look North interview with Emma.
started playing chess in June 2005. Her first competition was at the Abbey Hotel
Sheffield later that Summer in the Woodseats Cup. Organised and run by the
Sheffield and District Chess Association. Emma had never
seen a chess clock at that time and had a crash course in their use five minutes
before play commenced. She actually won one game out of six that night. Emma was
introduced to the juniors at the SASCA Chess Club, Handsworth Christian School,
Sheffield. She joined the Monday night club and by November she entered and won
the Sheffield Under 9 Championship for boys and girls.
Matches were played for Yorkshire in the Under 11
and Under 14 sections with outstanding success beating England players in the
2006 Emma won the Eastern Region All Englands Girls Under 10 Championship.
June 10th 2007
won the World Open Girls Under 11 Championship. Las Vegas Chess Festival.
June 30th 2007
Won the All England Girls Under 10 Championship.
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