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Chess champs prepare for Olympiad

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New Zealand women’s champion Vyanla Punsalan, left, and New Zealand girls’ champion Isabelle Ning go about their business at Poppies Bookstore in Howick. Times photo Wayne Martin

The New Zealand women’s champion put on a fine performance in a chess challenge in Howick at the weekend.

To support the FIDE Year of the Woman in Chess, a special live six-game Blitz Match was held at Poppies Bookstore between 12-year-old New Zealand girls’ champion WCM [woman candidate master] Isabelle Ning and 17-year-old New Zealand women’s champion WFM [woman FIDE master] Vyanla Punsalan on Saturday.

Punsalan won the match convincingly with a score of 4.5 to 1.5 and was awarded the winner’s prize of $300 while Ning received $200 which will help with their travel expenses to the Chennai Chess Olympiad in two weeks’ time.

In addition, the New Zealand women’s team members were presented with their official New Zealand Chess Federation Olympiad jackets by Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown.

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