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Chess prodigy Ashley Tapp wants more girls to play 0

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Grade 7 students from General Gordon Elementary School (left) Ashley Tapp and  (right) Lilly Harrison during the We Day and Free the Children event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday October 18, 2012, Chess prodigy Tapp and best friend Harrison attended We Day Event to promote Chess Foundation for the Education and Wellness for Girls. The foundation is geared towards getting girls involved in chess — a game typically dominated by boys. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Grade 7 students from General Gordon Elementary School (left) Ashley Tapp and (right) Lilly Harrison during the We Day and Free the Children event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday October 18, 2012, Chess prodigy Tapp and best friend Harrison attended We Day Event to promote Chess Foundation for the Education and Wellness for Girls. The foundation is geared towards getting girls involved in chess — a game typically dominated by boys. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

After spending the summer raising money to compete in next month’s World Youth Chess Championship in Slovenia, Ashley Tapp is determined to make a difference in the male-dominated game.

“There’s not a lot of girls playing chess at tournaments,” said the 12-year-old prodigy Thursday. “I want to encourage them to play.”

The Grade 7 student at Vancouver’s General Gordon Elementary School was among 20,000 youths at Rogers Arena for We Day, a Canada-wide event aimed at empowering youth.

Along with her best friend Lilly Harrison the pair used the occasion to launch their own social cause — a foundation supporting chess-playing girls — and reach out to possible sponsors willing to support more girls endeavouring to compete against the world’s best.

Those interested in helping Tapp and the Chess Foundation for the Education and Wellness for Girls can find out more at ashleychessgirl.com.

 

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