The Chess Drum with Claudia Munoz

Claudia Munoz at the 2014 U.S. Open.
Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Claudia Munoz is known in chess circles for her chess promotion activities in social networking. The 16-year old is the reigning National Girls champion and took part in the U.S. Open where we conducted a short interview. Enrolled in Texas Virtual Academy, an online school for those youth looking for a more flexible schedule.

The charming daughter of Mexican nationals, she wears a 1000-watt smile and is quite enthusiastic in her chess pursuits. She recently stated that she wanted to be a role model for Hispanics. As a dual citizen she has competed in both U.S. and Mexican national events.

A month ago she won the inaugural National Girls Closed Championship and with the trophy came a $10,000 scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. After the interview, The Chess Drum asked if she was going to opt for an online university program. She was undecided, but she was evaluate her options which includes scholarship opportunities at traditional universities. We look forward to her continued contributions. A very charming girl indeed!

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4 Comments

  1. Congratulation to Claudia who is quite a personable young lady. Two years ago our local California chess club hosted a blitz chess tournament at center court of our local mall to promote chess. I was very impressed to receive a congratulatory e-mail from Claudia for our efforts. From our brief correspondence it was obvious that Claudia has big plan in the chess world.

  2. I appreciate the interview! Thank you very much 🙂

    I would like to add that I have consistently been rated in the Top 10 Girls Rating list since I was 11 years old, I am now 16 years old and in the U21 but I am not doing to shabby 🙂

    I have represented the United States in 2-World Youth Chess Championships: Greece 2010 and the United Arab Emirates in 2013. I have also participated in 3-Pan American Youth Championships – Argentina 2008, Colombia 2011 and Peru 2012.
    I won my WCM Title representing the U.S. in the 2007 North American Youth Championship in Mexico – Undefeated at age 9.

    In the U.S. I won the:

    2008 Susan Polgar National Championship – Undefeated
    2013 All Girls National Championship – Undefeated
    2014 U.S. Girls Junior Closed Championship
    2014 National Girls Invitational (Co Leader)

    Because of my chess achievements is that my social media presence has maintained as I am the 2nd highest Hispanic American in the Nation at this time.

    Thank you and hope to see you soon 🙂

    Claudia Munoz
    http://www.claudiamunoz.com

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