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Chess star Sharon earns Child Genius title

Child Genius winner Sharon Daniel with her trophy

 Chess champion Sharon Daniel has beaten off some of the cleverest youngsters in Britain to win this year’s Child Genius title.

Sharon, 11, from Bolton, won the trophy at the end of the second series of the Channel Four competition, backed by British Mensa.

The independent learner beat eight year old Tudor Mendel-Idowu in the tense head to head finale of the four part series.

Sharon is the current under-11 UK girl’s chess champion, and she chose the Battle of Stamford Bridge as her specialist subject in the final.

British Mensa’s gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall was an expert adviser for the programme and featured on screen. She said Sharon had the right combination of intelligence and temperament to succeed in the competition.

She said: “Sharon is a real bright spark, and she had the advantage of not being fazed by the competition.

“She enjoyed it, held it together and didn’t let the stress get to her.

“I thought this series was even better than last year in terms of the calibre of the children.

“The show also showed a whole range of parenting styles and it was possible to see the benefits and pitfalls of all of them.”

John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa who presented the trophy to Sharon, said: “Sharon is a delightful girl and very bright. Congratulations to her on her achievement and we look forward to seeing what she will achieve in the future.”