Here is an update from Ritika on her first three days at the World Youth Chess Championship in South Africa:
By Ritika Pandey
Day 2 – By today, all of the teams had arrived. We took a cultural tour to see the Zulu tribes. We entered their huts and their kitchen, and met their chief. We watched them sing and dance. We also saw crocodiles and snakes, I had a snake wrapped around my neck. The snake was scaly and cold. Right after our dinner, the US held their team meeting there. I was assigned to the USCF coach GM Nick Ded Firmian. After that I went to my hotel room and slept.
Day 3 – We had the opening ceremony. It was a nice events with Zulu dancers performing. I played a woman Candidate Master from Algeria and I lost in a close battle in the end game.