Deborah Quickpen: The Rising Star Shaking Up African Individual Chess

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Deborah Quickpen Photo: ACC

WIM Jesse February who has been on a streak of six classical games lost her impressive streak yesterday to 12-year-old Deborah Ebimobo-Ere, the reigning Nigeria Chess Champion.

Nigerian chess prodigy Deborah Quickpen has sent shockwaves through the chess community by ending the unbeaten streak of the South Africa’s WIM Jesse February. Quickpen‘s remarkable series of victories has captivated the attention of chess enthusiasts not only across Africa but also beyond its borders, marking how quickly she is getting famous in the chess world.

WIM Jesse Nikki February. Photo; Chess.com

The showdown between Quickpen and WIM February in round 7 proved to be a defining moment. Quickpen‘s tactical skills and unwavering determination were on full display as she took control of the game from the very beginning, outsmarting WIM February in the opening moves. This victory not only marked the end of February’s winning streak but also solidified Quickpen’s reputation as a formidable opponent.

Much credit for Quickpen’s rapid progress goes to her coach, Edward Evbuomwan, whose guidance and mentorship have been instrumental in shaping her skills on the chessboard. Deborah Quickpen‘s FIDE rating of 1945 speaks volumes about her talent and potential, earning her the title of a “beast in sheep’s clothing. Among her notable conquests are respected players such as Zambia’s WFM Mbatha Constance, Angola’s WFM Ednasia Junior, and South Africa’s WIM Anzel Laubscher.

However, her most significant triumph came against WIM Jesse February, highlighting Quickpen‘s ability to compete at the highest level of the game. Currently ranked 3rd with 5 points after 7 rounds, Quickpen’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. With two rounds remaining, all eyes are on this young sensation as she continues to defy expectations and exceed all norms for someone of her age.

As the chess world eagerly awaits her next move, Quickpen’s remarkable achievements serve as a source of hope and inspiration for chess players everywhere.

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