City View Elementary 6th grader, Woman Candidate Master Claudia Muñoz Robles, will be participating this weekend in the Texas State Scholastic Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas. The tournament will be a 7-round two day event held at the Downtown Sheraton (Feb 21-22).
Thus far, over 900 players have pre-registered in several categories. Claudia has registered in the Elementary Championship section as this will be her last year of eligibility since next year she will in the Junior High category.
In 2009, in the 7th and final round, Claudia was fighting for first place in a field of 132 chess players. She unfortunately lost in that round and dropped to 5th place in the final standings. However, having finished as the best girl in her category by eight spots, she was awarded an automatic berth to the Susan Polgar Texas Girls Qualifier in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a guest at the Susan Polgar National Invitational 2009, at Texas Tech University, where the top under-18 female players in the country participated.
Claudia is a Wichita Falls native who recently returned to the area after having lived in Mexico for several years. During her stay in Mexico she won 5-state championships, 3-regional championships, and was Mexican National Champion in 2008. She is mostly remembered in Mexico for having gone undefeated in most of her tournaments. Her Spanish language chess blog IS the most visited chess blog in Mexico (http://www.chesscampeona.blogspot.com/,) . Now that Claudia is back in Texas, she is concentrating on increasing her chess rating as her rating does not reflect her chess strength.