Ashley Chess Girl
By Miša Hrenič
World youth chess championship is one of the biggest chess events of the years.
The event is usually attended by approximately 1500 players from all over the
world. This year’s World Youth Chess
Championship in Maribor, Slovenia will not be any different. According to
already registered players the number of participants could reach a record this
World youth chess championship is a unique opportunity for every young chess
player as they can prove to the world, their parents, coaches and themselves
what they’re worth. It is clear that the championship is the main tournament
for the most of the players. It can open many doors and due to that every young
player wants to take part in the event.
Unfortunately the championship is also linked with high financial costs, and
not everyone can afford to make this kind of trip. A 12-year-old girl from Canada,
Ashley Tapp, found herself in a similar position. Ashley finished second at
a national championship and earned herself the right to play at November’s
World Youth Chess Championship in Slovenia. Ashley’s mother Sophia said
that the parents in Canada feel exhausted because they have to carry the entire
financial burden; they have to pay high tournament fees and even voluntarily
help with the organization of the chess tournaments.
My name is Ashley. I am 12 years old and I play chess. I just qualified
for the World Youth Chess Championship in Slovenia, Nov 7-19, 2012. I
am fundraising to make this trip as there is no sponsorship for me to
At the WYCC in Slovenia 100 countries will compete and 1500 children
will be playing chess. This is a great opportunity for any chess player
and I'm told this experience will change the way I look at my game.
Thanks to everyone who has offered kind words to support me, and other
ways too that help make this opportunity possible! I hope you find something
in my store that you like.
Chess doesn’t even have its rightful place in schools, even though there
are many children who want to learn to play chess. There are also no sponsors
for chess in Canada, and that’s why Ashley needs to pay all the costs
that come along with the championship. But all that didn’t stop Ashley’s
immense desire and love for chess. She started fundraising to make the trip
That's where I wanna be: the venue of the World Youth Championship in Maribor
But the trip is not the only Ashley’s goal. At the same time she wants
to get chess recognized as a sport in her country. These days Ashley is very
busy as the national media showed an exceptionally positive interest in her
Ashley in the Park...
... and being interviewed on local TV
Ashley has been playing chess for donations and she created her own website:
Ashley Chess Girl. Even the former
World Women’s Chess Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Susan Polgar are
supporting Ashley – they are allowing her to sell chess related materials
in Ashley’s store on her website. Ashley clearly became a role model for
all the players.
Buy a t-shirt from Ashley: we need to get this girl to Maribor
Vancouver chess prodigy Ashley Tapp
See also the video in this Vancouver
You can follow Ashley Tapp on Facebook
and Twitter. We wish her great
success with her project and hope to see her in Maribor!