Anna Bellón Cramling competed in the Chess Olympics in Azerbajdzjan!

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Anna Bellón Cramling competed in the Chess Olympics in Azerbajdzjan!

At IES Liljeholmen we are very proud to have a student in year 8, Anna Bellón Cramling, who has just competed in the Chess Olympics in Baku Azerbajdzjan! I met with Anna today and she told me about the adventures of competing in such large event.

- It was an amazing experience! It was over a thousand competitors taking part, 180 mens teams and 134 women's teams - 5 players in each team. We were picked up at the airport with police escort that took us passed all other traffic, and we had to have ID cards with us all the time. We came in 23rd place amongst the 134 women's teams!

Anna tells me that she was the youngest in her team by far, and that she was happy to be 1 year younger than her mother, Pia Cramling, first competed in the Olympics. Anna comes from a family of chess players, both her mother and father are Grandmasters in chess.

-My mother came third this year and got the bronze medal! My goal is to go in her footsteps and one day become a Grandmaster. I practise 1-2h everyday. It has actually helped me with my school work. I can count faster, take decisions quicker and I cope with stress much better!

At IES Liljeholmen we have a chess club that meets at Mondays at 15:15.