With no more than a few hours of rest, after the seven hour journey from our house to Lubbock, Texas, Claudia was ready for the quad tournament. A total of 8-quads were formed from the 36-plus competitors.
As she entered the quad, Claudia was the highest rated in her group.
Claudia was paired in the first round with Marisa Wai of Hawaii, to whom she lost in the last few minutes remaining. As I analyzed her written game, Claudia was one pawn up as well as a better position with two rooks on the 7th ranks, she played white. However, time control problems led to mistakes which evaporated her lead.
G/30's are not Claudia's strength, although she was a gold medal winner in the Mexican Scholastic Championship 2008 in this category, it is still a work in progress.
In the second round, Claudia was paired with Donald Deland from New Mexico, he also took our daughter to the time control brink; however, he blundered in the endgame allowing her to be one full piece ahead of him.
Her confidence, which had been rattled in the first round was quickly regained.
In the third and last round, her opponent was Kristen Sarna of Texas. Kristen has faced Claudia two times before in other tournaments, our daughter having won in both encounter, the record was to repeat itself for a third time. However, I must say that upon analyzing the game, I noticed a vast improvement from her last two encounters with Claudia.
FOR THOSE WISHING TO SEE THE GAMES THAT CLAUDIA PLAYED IN THIS QUAD, WE WILL REFER YOU TO OUR SPANISH LANGUAGE-SISTER BLOG: www.chesscampeona.blogspot.com,
Under the same identical pictures as this posting, there is a link that will display the each game.