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July 28, 2014 12

MY REPORT AFTER 5TH RD 2014 NATIONAL GIRLS INVITATIONAL

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com NATIONAL GIRLS INVITATIONAL – After the 5th round: I knew this morning that if I wanted to do well in this tournament after my first round “debacle”, I could not afford to lose in the tournament anymore. Wow! Great idea, why not go undefeated for the rest of the tournament? Excellent ideas but every chess player knows that winning five games in a row without a draw is not easy, so I feel blessed today that I was able to go undefeated. Winning four straight games in a row has not been easy. Today in the 4th round I had a 4-hour game taking into account that my opponent with a 300 plus rating point difference fought hard. Each win has not been easy, but… Read More...
Jul 27, 2014 146

MY REPORT AFTER 3RD RD 2014 NATIONAL GIRLS INVITATIONAL

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com NATIONAL GIRLS INVITATIONAL – After the 3rd round: We all have bad rounds in our chess life but I never expected to suffer the mishap I had in the first round against Katherine Du of Connecticut. Ratings do not play, players do and even though there was a rating difference of 600-points, I lost a queen. If Magnus Carlsen spotted me a queen I feel I might be… Read More...
Jul 25, 2014 177

I AM IN ORLANDO FOR THE 2014 NATIONAL GIRLS INVITATIONAL

WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com It is an honor for me to represent Texas in the 2014 National Girls Invitational to be held this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Regardless that I am arriving as Champion of the Girls Junior Closed Championship this Monday at the University of New Hampshire that was then, this is now. I will apply myself and remain focus knowing that each participant has earned… Read More...
Jul 23, 2014 210

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… Read More...
Jul 22, 2014 304

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 381

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...