Catch Canada Chess Talent Ashley Tapp for Spl Announcement at Martial Arts Event Today in Vancouver
Chess Blog readers would be familiar with Ashley Tapp, now 13 - the young Canadian chess girl who fund-raised her way to her first world youth chess tournament in Slovenia representing Canada, in November 2012.
This year, Ashley’s efforts have remained the same to raise funds for her World Qualifier 2013 playing at festivals and promoting chess and for girls - only this time with a difference – ‘she is no longer alone’.
Chess friend Jill Ding (17) from Victoria has teamed up with Ashley with the same goals and ambitions to inspire more girls to play. Ashley from Gordon school in Vancouver, and Jill Ding of St Michael's University School of Victoria are ‘the perfect team’ – both from different school systems they represent all girls, and equally hold the same passions for their sport – ‘chess,’ and have set high goals for their future. Interestingly, both girls are honor students in math and science.
Ashley writes to Chess Blog: "We would like to answer to that call to have more girls play chess. Playing chess is more than an elite game; it is supposed to be accessible to all kids who want to play. For us, playing chess is a social event, a place to make friendships, to help each other with logic of thinking; learning to take responsibility for our moves/ actions and to support each other with consequences. It also allows us to prepare for competition; very important given today’s expectations. Chess complements academic study like math and the sciences, and it is our motivation to initiate more girls to excel in these areas, and eventually this could move towards changing the corporate scenario with more girls taking the lead."
As a Chess Blog reader and chess lover, if you can make it, do attend the event!
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