On August 31, 2009, FIDE AMERICA posted on its site:
the announcement of the NORTH AMERICAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2009, to be held in the resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico - OCTOBER 1 - 5, 2009.
Twenty-four hours later, the FENAMAC (Mexican Ches Federation) published the tournament information on the site as well:
Immediately, I contacted Mr. Chuck Lovingood - U.S.C.F. Scholastic Director - he has kindly informed me that the this tournament was not on their budget therefore a head of delegation would not be available.
The picture you see above was of the 2007 U.S. Delegation that participated in this event in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The American team was small but 50% of those 11-kids won medals for the United States. Two of them later went on to win medals at the Pan American Youth Chess Championship one year and two years later.
In our own particular case, our daughter Claudia (standing infront of Russell Harwood - Head of Delegation) won the gold medal as she went undefeated and her Woman Candidate Master FIDE title. She later represented the U.S. at the 2008 Pan American Youth Championship in Argentina.
The USCF has kindly informed us that they will assist us with the paperwork to register for the tournament in Mexico.
WE WILL BE PARTICIPATING
However, we are informing our readership and those within our database that if you want to participate in this event to inform the USCF, Mr. Chuck Lovingood at 931-787-1234 ext. 148.
We will be on the ground in Mazatlan to assist you and help you as a parent, both my daughter and I are 100% BILINGUAL; therefore, you will not have any language problems if you plan to attend.
If you have any problems understanding the tournament information posted by both FIDE AMERICA and the Mexican Chess Federation, please call me at 830-734-4956 and I will translate the tournment information off the computer screen.
The kids in the picture above went on to greater things in chess, give them that opportunity and make an effort to go to Mazatlan, Mexico. We were just there on vacation in July and it was great. The worst possible thing that could happen to your child is they win a gold medal, a FIDE title, and their hotel paid for as representatives of the United States to the 2010 Pan American Youth Chess Championship in Brazil.
Let's get a team to Mexico.