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WHAT IT FEELS LIKE BEING A CHESS MOM

By Claudia V. Muñoz – Mother of WCM Claudia Muñoz
claudiamunoz@chesscampeona.com


Being a chess mom has really been a blessing for me. I have experienced different types of emotions such as, amazement, nervousness, crying, happiness, and frustration but the most important - a closer relationship with God. I will be sharing in other articles some of my experiences in detail. As for now, I simply want to share with you what it has meant for me to be a ¨chess mom¨.

Being a Chess Mom means overcoming your emotions

The first time that I saw my beautiful, tiny, sweet, and calm daughter play her first game I was nervous. My nerves were EVERYWHERE watching her play, my heart pounding wanting to escape its place, I could hear my heart beat in my ears as I saw Claudia’s feet dangling from the chair. I would ask myself:

Posted by on Miércoles, junio 09 @ 00:05:00 CDT (20 reads)
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10,000 HITS IN OUR FIRST 20 DAYS - THANK YOU

Written by Abed, Claudia, Faith y WCM Claudia Muñoz
wcmclaudiamunoz@chesscampeona.com


Today Tuesday, approximately at noon central standard time, www.chesscampeona.com, in its 20th day of operation as the first bilingual chess website in the hemisphere crossed the 10,000 visitors mark. Thanks to our readers were are receiving about 1,000 hits every 48-hours as our bilingual model has proven successful

Our methodology has been different from our past two blogs:

Posted by on Martes, junio 08 @ 18:47:14 CDT (51 reads)
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WHAT SHOULD WE HAVE PREPARED PRIOR TO A TOURNAMENT?

By WCM Claudia Muñoz
wcmclaudiamunoz@chesscampeona.com


Getting ready for a tournament is a topic, which few people write about, so I have decided to add my two-cents and share some of the things I do.

The night before a tournament my parents usually drive me to the tournament so that I can see it, besides this avoids stress on tournament day when a parental cannot find the tournament hall. When we return to the hotel, I pick out my clothes for the next day and after that I go to bed early.

It is important to be well dressed on the first and last day of the tournament for picture reasons, in case you come out on your town newspaper. Your image should matter to you.

Posted by on Martes, junio 08 @ 00:02:58 CDT (30 reads)
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DOES YOUR CHILD NOT WANT TO BE IN CHESS ANYMORE?

By Abed
abedmunoz@chesscampeona.com 


Chess should never be forced upon our children by a parent’s wish for glory. In order to avoid such an action, in 2007, when Claudia turned 9-years old, we instituted a safety valve to avoid any pressure on our daughter.

After the last tournament of Claudia’s school year, we sit with our daughter and do an analysis on what we achieved in the last school year. We talk about what goals were achieved and what was not accomplished. As Claudia’s coach, I present to her the new chess goals for the following school year if she decides to stay in chess. After this meeting, Claudia is not only asked if she wishes to remain in chess for another year, but she is given 24-hours to make that decision.

Posted by on Lunes, junio 07 @ 00:00:00 CDT (34 reads)
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KASPAROV HAS NO REGRETS

By COLLEEN LONG (AP)

NEW YORK — Russian chess luminary Garry Kasparov said Monday that he doesn't regret trading the game for politics.

"I just did what I believe is right for my country," the former world champion told The Associated Press at a fundraiser for his former opponent Anatoly Karpov, a fellow Russian who is running for president of the World Chess Federation.

The two men waged one of the sporting world's greatest rivalries between 1984 and 1990 when they met five times for the world championship. One title match lasted five months and eventually was halted on grounds that both were exhausted.

Posted by on Sábado, junio 05 @ 00:00:00 CDT (53 reads)
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