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July 23, 2014 103

CHESS IN THE CURRICULUM? THE GAME MAKE YOU SMARTER

KANSAS Chess in the curriculum? The game that makes you smarter. In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, David Ayrapetyan plays a game of chess at his chess class in Yerevan. Tiny Armenia is a big player in world chess, and a new gambit could make it even bigger: mandatory chess in school. The only thing 8-year-old David Ayrapetyan is hoping for from the program: an opponent worthy of his skills. Birmingham, Alabama, is looking to make chess a fixture in its schools, in hopes that it will allow kids to stretch their minds and improve their analytical abilities. The plan is to create chess clubs at 15 to 20 schools in the Birmingham school system. The hopes reach beyond math, AL.com… Read More...
Jul 22, 2014 186

MY THOUGHTS ON WINNING U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com I still cannot believe that I won the first ever 2014 U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship! The emotional high octane feelings that I am experiencing right now are so awesome! I have always been taught that ratings and chess titles do not play, players do. Prior to the tournament I turned one negative into a positive – there were 6-girls that were higher… Read More...
Jul 20, 2014 276

4 IN 1ST ENTERING 9TH RD U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

WCM Claudia Munoz U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship University of New Hampshire – After Day 4: Ok, this is not funny! Yesterday I posted that I was the only girl in the tournament that had not drawn a game and what happened today? I had two drawn games! They were not “gentlewomen” draws but technical draws. In the morning I played Alice Dong in the 7th round and bam! I made an opening blunder… Read More...
Jul 19, 2014 167

3-WAY TIE IN 6TH RD IN U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

WCM Claudia Munoz U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship University of New Hampshire – After Day 3: As of this moment I have 4-wins with 2-losses at the end of the 6th round. I am the only player in the tournament that does not have a draw up to this moment. This is not unusual for me because in this 2014, I have played 57 rated games of which only 8 have been draws with 19 losses. As a matter of… Read More...
Jul 18, 2014 221

AFTER DAY 2 'U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN NH'

WCM Claudia Munoz U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship University of New Hampshire – After Day 2: I am so thankful for this day, regardless that I lost in the 3rd round and won the 4th, I am thankful. I have learned to enjoy chess because few people in the world get to do what the love in life. Well, today I faced Apurva Virkud in the morning. This has been the 3rd time I have faced her. We… Read More...
Jul 17, 2014 215

AFTER DAY 1 'U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP IN NH'

WCM Claudia Munoz U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship University of New Hampshire – After Day 1: New Hampshire is definitely beautiful! More about that later. The day started with a nice opening ceremony where we were given a personalized letter from the U.S. Senator for the State of New Hampshire Ms. Kelly Ayotte. I was really blessed in receiving the letter and I truly appreciate the Senator… Read More...