Along our chess journey we have made numerous friends in various countries, one of them is Mr. Hugo Aranda - editor of AJEDREZ EN MEXICO (Chess in Mexico). His chess portal is the best known in Latin America with an enormous amount of traffic. His portal can be found at www.ajedrezenmexico.org,
About a month ago, we received an email from a newspaper in Monclova, Mexico requesting permission to interview our daughter, WCM Claudia Munoz. As our readers know, Claudia is American born but currently lives in the U.S. - Mexico border. As a Hispanic chessplayer, she is a source of inspiration not only for Latinos but for Hispanic girls on both sides of the border. Her achievements on both sides of the Rio Grande, along with her enormously popular Spanish language blog: www.chesscampeona.blogspot.com, have positioned her as a Mexican-American to keep an eye on. Especially now that she is 4 weeks away from returning to North Texas to concentrate on chess, after only playing in 13 rated chess events in the United States in the last 4-years while on vacation.
Reporter Luisa Chavez Leija from "LA PRENSA DE MONCLOVA" interviewed our daughter in Spanish about her chess career since age 6, her chess achievements in Mexico as an American living there and about her return to the United States.
The newspaper printed pictures of Claudia receiving an award from the Governor of Coahuila in 2008, Mr. Humberto Moreira Valdes, after becoming the first chessplayer in the history of the state in becoming runner-up to the state's high performance award after winning 3 medals in the Mexican national olympics. Also, pictures of Claudia in Texas at the Susan Polgar National Invitational along with GM Susan Polgar when she won the Susan Polgar National Open in 2008 - undefeated.
The article demonstrates how Claudia's achievement in both countries - the United States and Mexico.
The full page article from "LA PRENSA DE MONCLOVA" can be seen at the following link as it was republished by AJEDREZ EN MEXICO:
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