Edwards told The Chess Drum that she hopes to find a suitable environment for Darrian to get the proper training she needs to improve. Thus far Darrian has received assistance from NM Jerald Times, GM Maurice Ashley and her primary coach, GM Miron Sher. The Chess Drum will follow her progress in Batumi and will post photos as they become available.
Parrilla to sit out Youth Games
The case of Medina's absence is quite a setback given her well-deserved efforts. Excitement was high after Jennifer Shahade wrote an article for the USCF site detailing a training session for both Medina and Darrian with GM Ashley. Medina, a two-time World Youth participant, was provided with funds to travel, but there were no funds provided for her mother (as in previous years). Medina refused to travel without her mother, Luz Parrilla.
After the New York Times article and a massive e-mail campaign explaining the dilemma, 40 persons called with pledges (including an offer to cover mother's expenses) and it appeared there may be a chance. However, the shortness of time did not allow Medina and her mother to make the arrangements since they would have had to settle the expenses immediately in cash. At the 11th hour, Medina's mother called The Chess Drum's Daaim Shabazz (who had run a fundraiser) and stated they would be unable to make the trip.
This would have been the first time two girls of African descent represented the U.S. in the World Youth. Medina, 15, is ranked No. 7 in the country among girls under 16 and Darrian, 12, is No. 6 among girls under 13. What a shame that the support was late and what a big indictment on the Black community for not providing help when needed.