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September 30, 2014 100

VISAS ARRIVED, FRIDAY TO INDIA FOR WORLD JUNIOR CHESS

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com Today my VISA to India arrived after three and a half aggravating weeks of red tape with CKGS Group – the middleman contracted by the Indian Government to handle their paperwork. It took a lot of divine patience from my parents to work through the man-made complications that popped up every other day. However I publically thank the organizers of the 2014 World Junior Championship that directly informed the Consul General of Houston of our problems and action was taken. Already without setting foot in India, I feel confident and at home with people who assisted us through this maze. I do not blame the Indian government, rather CKGS Group who needs… Read More...
Sep 29, 2014 100

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: HE TEACHES CHESS TO CHILDREN

PENNSYLVANNIA Anwar Smith leans encouragingly over the chessboard, facing his pint-sized opponent. He seriously considers her latest move, questioning her in a low, patient tone. Then, he plucks up her white knight. “I’m not going easy on them,” he explains over his shoulder to observers. “You have to lose to win” — that is, losing makes you really want to win, he clarifies. Smith teaches the… Read More...
Sep 29, 2014 164

43 SPONSORING ME TO WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN INDIA

By WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com After one month of having launched my online fundraiser for the 2014 World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India (October 5-20), I am proud to inform my readers that as of today, September 28, 2014, I have 43-sponsors in 15 states and 5 foreign countries for a total of $2,780 dollars. This amount came through my website www.claudiamunoz.com as I… Read More...
Sep 26, 2014 782

FABIANO THREATENING TO OVERTAKE MAGNUS AS NO. 1

UNITED KINGDOM (In the graphic illustration Fabiano Caruana v Ruslan Ponomariov, Dortmund 2014. Level material, so how did the world No2 (White, to play) win quickly and imaginatively?) SOCAR Azerbaijan’s team of polyglot galácticos, financed by the state oil firm, duly regained the European Club Cup in Bilbao last weekend. The Baku squad fielded elite grandmasters from Bulgaria, China, England… Read More...
Sep 26, 2014 141

GO FOR CHESS, NOT CHECKERS WHEN RUNNING A BUSINESS

UNITED STATES Recently Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports claimed Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was using his position as head coach of Team USA to gain an unfair recruiting advantage. The assertion is that as Coach K travels while running Team USA youth camps, he consistently gains contact with the country's best players before the NCAA grants such access to his coaching… Read More...
Sep 25, 2014 122

TEAM USA ON TRACK FOR SEVERAL MEDALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA Local Grandmaster Ben Finegold is in Durban, South Africa, this week representing Team USA as part of the 2014 World Youth Chess Championship. The international competition separates its field into six categories, from under-8 to under-18 in both girls-only and open sections, and crowns 12 World Champions annually. Upward of 1,000 players represent more than 85 countries in this… Read More...