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July 22, 2014 87

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 rated than me in this 10-player field. Therefore I had to focus on each game to the fullest if I wanted to have any real chances. I applaud all of the competitors and their families. So what were my motivations during the tournament? 1. God is the center of my life and everything I do is to Honor Him.… Read More...
Jul 20, 2014 249

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 148

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 198

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 189

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...
Jul 17, 2014 157

CHESS WEBSITE CLAUDIAMUNOZ.COM 2,000,000 MILLION HITS

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com, At 4 :00 a.m. (EST) my chess website www.claudiamunoz.com crossed the 2,000,000 million hit mark. In 2010, I transitioned from a free blogspot.com site to a website with my own domain. My family had noticed that one of the reasons chess is not taken as seriously as other sports is because of the lack of a professional image, so they invested $650 dollars… Read More...