When the round was over, after 3 hours and 42 minutes, Claudia stated she gave up a piece in between the middle and end game phases. I simply encouraged her, as the veteran that she is, to see this as a speed bump with three rounds remaining. I applauded her for fighting so hard and taking her opponent to the brink even though she was a piece down. It’s that fighting spirit that will position her well in the American chess scene.
We recognize that middle school Sayaka Foley of Arizona was a formidable opponent who provided us with an excellent growth opportunity.
As for now, Claudia will be getting ready for her speed chess tournament tonight at 7:00 p.m.