Salomé Neuhauser and Sarah Hegarty to play a rapid match

The main event of the 5th Chess Festival Dieppe

The 5th Chess Festival Dieppe will take place on 23rd-29th August 2009 at the Grand Casino de Dieppe. Among the numerous chess activities, the central event will be a rapid match between two young female players – Salomé Neuhauser from France and Sarah Hegarty from England. The match will consist of four games with the time control of 25 min + 10 sec increment, all games will be presented live at the Le blog de l’Echiquier Dieppois.

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Salomé Neuhauser

- 2nd at the U12 French Youth Chess Championship “Calvi 2005″ U12

- U12 Champion at the French Youth Chess Championship “Aix-les-Bains 2006″

- 2nd at the U14 French Youth Championship “Grand-Bornand 2007″

- 3rd at the U14 European Youth Chess Championship “Sibenik 2007″

- Champion of the European Union “Austria 2008″

- 13th at the U16 World Youth Chess Championships 2008

- U16 Champion at the French Youth Chess Championship 2009

“Hello, my name is Salome Neuhauser, I am 14-years old and I have recently won the French championship for girls under 16 in Aix-les-Bains. I am currently licensed with the club Châlons-en-Champagne. Last year I was in Evry where I worked with GM Arnaud Hauchard, before that my coach was Vincent Moret in Vandoeuvre. I am also attending clarinet classes at the conservatory and I like to play badminton.”, she shared with the match organizer Frederic Sellier.

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Salomé Neuhauser

Sarah Hegarty

“I began playing chess at primary school when I was seven years old as my brother’s were members of the chess club. This helped me a lot because I was ambitious and always wanted to beat them. I then unexpectedly won the U.K Chess Challenge U7 section and realised my talent for the game. Following this I was contacted by Blue Peter who wanted me to appear on the show with Garry Kasparov. He was my idol and this was an amazing experience; one of the best days of my life. I then carried on playing competitively and studying hard. This meant I was selected for the England team and started traveling all over the world.

At thirteen years I won the Nigel Short Chess Scholarship to Millfield School and began playing regularly for England in the World and European Championships. Millfield School was excellent for my chess; I received regular coaching by a grandmaster and was taken to many competitions around the country. Most notably I became the West of England Ladies Champion and captained the school to the finals of the National Schools.”

Sarah Hegarty

Sarah Hegarty

“Aside from chess I love going shopping, socialising and playing badminton. At school I achieved high grades, qualified for the U.K Mathematics Olympiad, received a distinction in history and was a prefect. Once I finished school I took a year out of education to improve my chess and to volunteer in an orphanage in Cambodia. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and although eye-opening and sad was thoroughly enjoyable. I now study Chemistry and Law at Bristol University and I want to become an Environmental Lawyer. I am ambitious in everything I do and love playing competitive chess.”

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