Sunday, December 13, 2009


It was a massacre, the 6th grade category had 3-players between 2000 to 2116 in rating, the was of little value because James Black from New York with an 1856 rating had a different mission as he won Claudia's category.

The day started for Claudia at 9:00 a.m. with the 6th round, which lasted for 3.5 hours. My wife called to tell me that in the tournament hall with 52-boards, only two boards were still playing. The tournament directors were watching the game due to time issues. With 45 seconds left on Quentin Chi's clock, the Washington State native defeated Claudia who had 60 seconds on her own clock.

Both players played for a win.

Forty five minutes later the final round began. Claudia shook off the lose and proceeded to play Priyan Kalapurrakal of Texas. Two hours later she walked out of the tournament hall with a win. Thus Claudia finalized the National K-12 Scholastic Championship with 3.5 of 7 possible points.

This event will assist us to make the proper adjustments so that on January 4, 2010, when Claudia begins school once again in Texas and she begins to compete regularly in the Dallas Chess Club her strength may increase.

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