Message on the English Chess Federation Web Site


Jessie Gilbert

It is with great sadness that the ECF has learned of the death on Wednesday, 26th July of Jessie Gilbert, aged 19.

Jessie was one of England’s leading women players and had most recently represented her country in the national women’s team on board 2 in the chess Olympiads in Turin, 20th May – 5th June. Although her team debut had only been in August last year for the European Team Championships in Gothenburg, she was already a much valued and respected member of the team. She also represented England in the European Individual Women’s Championships in Turkey in April, 2006, where her fine performance earned her the final of three norms for the Women’s International Master title. Still a junior internationally, she has represented England every year at World or European Girls’ Championships since she was 12, in 2001 winning the bronze medal in the European Girls’ Under 14 Championship. She first came to prominence when she won the Women’s World Amateur Championship aged just 12, the youngest player ever to do so.

Her friendly personality endeared her to all ages in the chess community and she will be much missed. The ECF has delayed this announcement at the request of her family to whom it sends its deepest sympathies and condolences.

All enquiries are being dealt with by the family’s solicitor.

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