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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vancouver Chess Kid Ashley Tapp Continues 'I-Will-Play-in-Slovenia Mission'

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Hi everyone,

Ashley Tapp in a
Nakamura simul
Remember Ashley Tapp from Vancouver? The 12-year-old chess kid is determined to compete in the World Youth Chess Championship in Slovenia in November. The straight-A student is on a fundraising spree for her participation. Ashley was fundraising at the PNE Monday afternoon by playing any fairgoers willing to donate money and go head-to-head against Canada’s chess-playing girl qualified to play for the world title girls under 12.

“I like to be challenged when you play chess,” she told. She’s raised nearly $1,000, but needs still needs another $6,000 for the trip to Europe. Ashley’s mother Sophia said her daughter has dedicated her life to the game after discovering a library chess club when she was eight.
“She’s got a passion for chess and she needs the opportunity,” Sophia said. “It’s a girl doing this and girls have had a hard time playing chess.”
You can help Ashley make her trip to Slovenia by donating at her site, and follow her fundraising journey on her Facebook page.

Ashley is at the PNE’s Celebration Plaza all week 1 to 4 p.m. playing against anyone who thinks they can best her.

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