June 27, 2017
By Dora Leticia Martinez
FLORIDA (USA) – On June 27th, 2017 members of the FIDE Social Action Commission, Beatriz Marinello, Chair; Robert Katende, General Secretary; Guy Bendana, Councillor; and Paris Klerides, Councillor, were onsite to observe Round 6 of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled.
After winning the sixth round, Raphael (Germany) remains undefeated.
Jeff Allen from the local Orlando News 13 interviewed the other American player, Paul Tortajada.
Channel 13 News also filmed a friendly game between Paul (USA) and Wasswa (Uganda) which will be aired next week.
Volunteers such as Aiya Cancio (right), a member of the 2015 National High School All Girls Championship Team, are extremely crucial for an event such as this because the players may not only require personal assistance but greatly benefit when the aide has a strong knowledge of the game and can go over their games as they prepare for the next round.
Samarth (India), currently in 2nd place with 5 points and Dorian (Belgium) after their round 6 game. Photo Copyright: Martha Underwood
The FIDE World Junior Chess Championship chessplayers are also attending the Master Training Program along with other chessplayers which feature lectures by Grandmaster Thomas Luther, chess training and chess labs with WIM Beatriz Marinello, NM Bryan Tillis and Expert Steve Abrahams.
The Round 7 will be played on June 28th. Stay tuned for more coverage!