MANUELA THE WARRIOR OF CHESS
Her parents decided to name their first daughter Manuela, in honor of Manuelita Saenz (the great warrior and fighter of Ecuador who fought with Simon Bolivar for the independence of Latin America), since the great leader had great qualities: courage, beauty, intelligence, progressive thinking, authenticity, rebellion. They were not mistaken, Manuela Hidalgo shows all these qualities both in her personality and in the art of Chess.
Manuela was born in Quito, on November 16, 2009, daughter of Elbio Hidalgo Mantilla and Monica Chamorro, her first years lived in the Galapagos Islands.
HER HISTORY IN CHESS
She learned to play chess with her father at the age of 2 and a half years, when she lived in the city of Cuenca-Ecuador, in this city she attended to watch the national games of Ecuador where she could appreciate the participation of Grandmaster of chess, Carla Heredia, who represented the province of Pichincha and who greeted Manuela while playing her game, this time also met who would be his first coach, Professor Ramón Echeverría (Cuba), who invited Manuela to attend the Pichincha Sports Concentration (CDP) courses, when she return to the city of Quito.
Once in Quito and having spent a year of that meeting in Cuenca-Ecuador, Manuela went to the CDP, Professor Ramón Echeverría accepted the entrance of Manuela and began her training in the art of chess. Manuela was the youngest of the class, barely 3 and a half years old, her father had to accompany her in training because Manuela did not know how to read and write. Her first letters and numbers she learned to write were those of chess (1 to 8, from A to H)
Her first participation in chess tournaments was at 4 years and a half, she participated at this age in the selective processes to conform the selection of the province of Pichincha for the national games of chess of Ecuador, in the smaller of the categories (sub 08). At 6 years of age (2016) he again participated in the selective to conform the selection of the province of Pichincha, this time he joined the selection of Pichincha sub 08 and participated in the national games of Ecuador of chess, in this competition held in the city of Guayaquil won the team bronze medal. At the same age he participated in the Pan American chess championship held in the city of Lima-Peru, in which Ecuador took second place for team participation.
In the year 2017, Manuela counting on 7 years of age, again formed the selection of Pichincha sub 08, being the best classified, to participate in the national championship of Ecuador of chess, held in the city of Ambato-Ecuador in the month of June 2017, in this competition he won three medals for Pichincha: gold, silver and bronze, both individually and by teams.