Teen competitive chess player hunting for next national crown

Teen competitive chess player hunting for next national crown


2-JOHN:CHECK THIS OUT — A LOCAL CHESS PLAYER COMPETES TODAY FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY AND SCHOLARSHIPS.2-SALLY:THE AUSTIN 16-YEAR-OLD IS ONE OF JUST TEN GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN INVITED TO A NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN ST. LOUIS.CHRIS DAVIS JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. CHRIS:JOHN, SALLY..THIS IS EMILY NGUYEN’S PROFILE ON THE WORLD CHESS FEDERATION WEBSITE. CHECK OUT HER RANKINGS..56TH IN THE WORLD FOR GIRLS UNDER 18..21ST IN THE U-S FOR ALL FEMALE PLAYERS..5TH IN THE U-S FOR GIRLS UNDER 18.SHE’S RACKED UP A LOT OF BIG WINS IN THE LAST DECADE.. AND SHE HOPES TO NOTCH ANOTHER ONE OVER THE NEXT 10 DAYS.SHE MADE HER FIRST OPENING MOVES AT THE AGE OF SIX.EMILY NGUYEN: “HE KIND OF TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY, AND I GUESS I JUST KIND OF LIKED IT BECAUSE WE PLAYED TOGETHER.”SHE STILL PLAYS WITH HER BROTHER.. BUT 16-YEAR-OLD EMILY NGUYEN COMPETES ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL NOW…SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR.EMILY NGUYEN: “ITâ(tm)S ALWAYS THE SAME LIKE THREE OR FOUR GIRLS THAT TAKE THE TOP, AND WEâ(tm)RE ALL FIGHTING AGAINST EACH OTHER.” EMILY NGUYEN: “THIS WAS MY FIRST MAJOR WIN. IT WAS THE 2011 NORTH AMERICAN YOUTH.”AN INTERNATIONAL WIN BEFORE SHE TURNED 10.AND SHE HASN’T STOPPED.EMILY NGUYEN: “I’VE WON THE PAST TWO TEXAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS.” SHE’S GOTTEN BETTER AT CHESS OVER THE YEARS.. AND BETTER AT COMPETING.EMILY NGUYEN: “I LEARN LIKE A LITTLE BIT EACH TOURNAMENT, LIKE HOW I SHOULD PREPARE MENTALLY.”SHE’S BRINGING THOSE YEARS OF PREPARATION TO THE TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK.LOOKING TO BRING HOME ANOTHER TROPHY.BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT. EMILY NGUYEN: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”SHE TAKES LESSONS FROM THESE PIECES SHE TAKES… LESSONS THAT APPLY TO MORE THAN JUST CHESS.EMILY NGUYEN: “I’M NOT REALLY THINKING TOWARD THE PRIZE, I’M JUST TRYING TO PLAY, LIKE, THE BEST I CAN.” 3-CHRIS:THIS IS HER 4TH TIME IN THIS INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT.SHE WON IT IN 2016.. AND PLACED THIRD EACH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS.3-SALLY: SO IS SHE BETTER THAN HER BROTHER NOW? 3-CHRIS:IT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE HE CAN HOLD HIS OWN.. BUT I WILL SAY IN THE TWO GAMES THEY PLAYED THAT I SAW.. EMILY WON FAIRLY EASILY. JOHN:THREE TEXAS SCHOOLS OFFER CHESS SCHOLARSHIPS…ACCORDING TO U-S CHESS FEDERATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS… OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS BASED ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND CHESS RATINGS.U-T RIO GRANDE VALLEY… OFFERS A VARIETY OF FUNDING DEPENDING ON YOUR SKILL LEVEL.AND TEXAS TECH HANDS OUT 9-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO STUDENTS WHO MEET ACADEMIC AND CHESS RATING

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