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July 31, 2015 232

DIFFICULT BARRIER AT NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR IN CANADA

WCM Claudia Munoz Kitchener, Canada (FINAL RESULTS) Most of the times I keep my readers informed during my tournaments but if you noticed, after the first round, there was an information blackout on my website and social media. Why? Right before the 2nd round I had a medical situation which persisted heavily for three days until Thursday morning. I played most of this tournament at a 60% (how you see me in the picture above is how I felt) and although my father asked me to consider withdrawing, I stated that I was not going to give up as I am not a quitter. I am a girl and what I had to go through is part of being a girl at the worst time but I kept a smile on my face as best I could. I won… Read More...
Jul 28, 2015 238

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… Read More...
Jul 27, 2015 223

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 122

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 133

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 147

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...