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July 28, 2015 222

HALF POINT FROM THE LEAD ENTERING 4TH RD IN CANADA

WCM Claudia Munoz Kitchener, Canada (After Round 3) I dislike losing and I dislike losing with white but even in my ‘dislike’ mood, I applaud WFM Agata Bykovtsev for defeating me in the 2nd round. Each defeat is a learning opportunity as our bout lasted 4 hours. I was honored in playing her for the first time. After licking my wounds, I had only 40 minutes to rest in order to refocus on my 3rd round opponent. I faced Alice Dong. I had played Alice Dong last summer in the 2014 U.S. Girls Closed Chess Championship. Back then I made a blunder in the opening, as I played black, as I gave up a pawn. That game was all about recuperating that pawn as I played with a severe handicap. I was able to… Read More...
Jul 27, 2015 214

AFTER MY 1ST RD AT NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR U-20 IN CANADA

WCM Claudia Munoz Kitchener, Canada (After Round 1) The tournament day started for us at 4:00 p.m. when the organizers had a tournament meeting with the entire playing field of 65 participants. The meeting lasted exactly 17 minutes – short and sweet. I was able to greet new players as well as meet old acquaintances from past tournaments. I was not nervous as this is another international… Read More...
Jul 26, 2015 121

27 AMERICAN CHESS PLAYERS ARRIVE IN KITCHENER CANADA

WCM Claudia Munoz Kitchener, Canada (DIA DEL TORNEO) The North American Junior Chess Championship is an official 9-round FIDE event not to be confused with the North American Youth Chess Championship as this is event is an Under-20 in both Open and Girls section and the other event is divided in categories according to ages. Kitchener, Canada is located an hour south of Toronto about 120 miles… Read More...
Jul 25, 2015 130

SIGHTSEEING PRIOR TO START OF NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR U20

WCM Claudia Munoz Kitchener, Canada (Day Before Tournament) This was my first full day in Canada and honestly it was hard for me to focus on the fact that I was in another country unless I saw the Canadian flag as a reminder. I felt like I was in Wisconsin or any northern American border state. Prior to visiting this area my father had explained to me that after the American War of Independence… Read More...
Jul 24, 2015 139

WHY THE NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR IN CANADA?

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com (Ontario, Canada) Why am I here in the North American Junior and why did I not participate in the 2015 U.S. Girls Closed Championship, Pan American Youth in Colombia or Pan American Junior Chess Championship in El Salvador? These are all valid questions and the answer is simple – education. I love chess with all my heart but 100% of people attending college… Read More...
Jul 23, 2015 78

IRISH U-18 RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT HIGGINS

IRELAND The event rotates between the Home Nations on an annual basis, and this year was hosted by Ireland in Johnston House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath. The competition which takes place over three days where each team plays each of the other teams twice, was held on Monday July 20th 20 through Wednesday July 22nd. The Irish team finished level with England on 19.5 points each, and also on the same… Read More...