How I trained for 2019 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship
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How I trained for 2019 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship


2019 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship took place between December 27-30, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. I was extremely honored to represent my school, Saint Louis University as a part of the women's team. Despite being a beginner player, I took this competition extremely serious and trained not like a PRO, but still, a ton more than my fellow beginners. Unfortunately, I was unable to score any points for the team, though I think I played really well in a couple games. I'll review my games later on stream.

Some members, including yours truly, of the Saint Louis University's first ever all female chess team.

The location was amazing! The weather was beautiful! 

Saint Louis University A team, beat top seed Webster A in the last round, took the third place in the tournament and qualified for the Final Four. 

My team got really close to winning the women's prize but we had an unfortunate setback in the last round. However, A team won the most critical match of the tournament and beat the top seed Webster University's strong A team and therefore qualified for the Final Four! That alone made up for all the stress we had to endure during the competition! On top of that, we were not without some individual successes. GM Alexander Ipatov got gold medal on board 2 and my teammate IM Stavroula Tsolakidou got bronze medal on the first board.

Some members of Saint Louis University chess team! (Some left early to catch their flight)

Since this event had a really special place in my heart, I tried to document as much as I could. I prepared a video demonstrating how I trained before the competition, our travel to Charlotte and of course the tournament! I hope you enjoy!

Make sure to give the video a like and post your comments- it helps me to understand which type of content I should create! (P.S. There's a sneaky puzzle section, do post your answers, it only took 12000 years for me to find the right answer!)