The Muñoz Goncalves Brothers of Spain.

Ponferrada is a town of 66.000 inhabitants located in the province of Leon. As regards chess, its apogee took place in the nineties, when relevant international tournaments were held there and Club de Ajedrez Endesa competed on the highest rank of Spanish Chess.

Unfortunately, chess activities slowly flickered in the region, so that in 2014 not even a single club remained, there were no federated players in Ponferrada nor Chess Activities for the kids.

In this context, monitors José Sande and Cristina Fernández founded a new club (Club Ajedrez Temple), endowed by no public funds, buying the material needed to play themselves, beginning to teach and organising tournaments for the youngest ones. Classes were gradually being filled with little chess players who began to experience success within their province.

In 2015, four little siblings entered the door of the club (Iván, Noa and Miguel, three 5 year-old triplets and Ada, the seven year-old sister). Iván had learnt the rules of the game at school, playing with older kids, teaching them to their siblings at home afterwards. Chess began to grow on them all, therefore, their parents sought for a chess club.

Their passion and enthusiasm made the beginner classes of the club fall short for them. They became accustomed to train and compete without fears not only against older, more experienced kids, but also against adults, something that favoured their maturity and chess evolution.

In 2017 they became part of a federation, and Iván not only wins at the under-8 province tournament, but also the under-8 of Castilla y León.

During 2018 the Muñoz Goncalvez  siblings keep on winning awards, eventually getting Noa to win the under-8 Spanish subchampionship.

Besides playing chess, they take lessons in the Conservatory and have been practicing many sports and activities.

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