Chess Champion Upset by Six Year-Old


Six year-old chess prodigy Lykke-Merlot Helliesen has stunned the chess world.

In a recent simultaneous-exhibition she upset the seven-time chess champion Simen Agdestein.

Agdestein was playing blitz games against nine girls simultaneously. No one was considered to pose him any threats. But Agdestei admits he was simply outplayed by Helliesen.

“She played splendidly,” said Agdestein. “She is much better than Carlsen (the grandchampion) was when he was six years old.

And Agdestein should know, having been Carlsen’s coach.

The game between the two ran out of time. But in the dying seconds of the game Lykke-Merlot was able to queen one of her pawns and thereby end the game in a superior position to her opponent.

What has stunned the world is that Lykke-Merlot has only been playing chess at club level for six months. Her family, however, have told reporters their daughter has shown a prodigious intellect from an early age, and she took to the game with ease.

“She is fascinated by the game,” said her mother, May-Brit Park Helliesen, to The Local media. “She is fond of playingchess and has never been pressured.”

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