I cannot believe I just wrote that.
During the past six-years that Claudia has been playing chess, she has made friends along her travels. Case in point is Anna Wyzywany, whom she met last year at the ALL GIRLS NATIONAL in Dallas, Texas and who is an avid reader of this blog. She is also in the picture above with Claudia. Anna is from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Granted that Claudia has never played chess in that state, she has a friend that posts in this blog and will call her during a tournament. Our daughter has been a role model to them in several areas. We appreciate their friendship and hope soon to be in their neck of the woods competing in some rated event.
Mike Tubbs from Lawton, Oklahoma is another Claudia well-wisher and supporter. If you closely at the map, you will find Lawton north of Wichita Falls, where our family lives at this moment. Although Lawton is across state lines, an hour away, from Wichita Falls, Mike was gracious enough to drive down to give our daughter a book as a present: MODERN CHESS OPENINGS. Claudia will put the book to immediate good use as she is commuting weekly to the Dallas Chess Club.
God always puts people like Mike in our lives and we truly appreciate it.
Last but not least, we recognize Wichita Falls native and Texas Tech student Zachary Haskin who visits this blog to always leave an encouraging word for Claudia. He also lived through the weekly commutes from Wichita Falls to Dallas. His weekly posts in this blog are always a blessing.
Behind every successful chess player there are supporting parents who have nutured the child´s growth; however, behind every nuturing parent there is a group of friends that provide the emotional strength to continue forward.
12-year old WCM Claudia Muñoz is going to make many more friends by the time she becomes an 18-year old, college bound GM Claudia Muñoz - but we will never forget those that became our friends in the early years.
GRACIAS Y QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA A TODOS.
Translated into English ¨THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL¨