Dear Mr. Leong,
My daughter, Karsten McVay, and I recently returned from Vietnam where Karsten represented the U.S.A. in the Girls Under-16 division at the WYCC 2008.
Karsten and Ijust wanted to thank you for all the planning, hard work and time you and your staff put in to organize the World Youth Chess Championships. We wereSO impressed by how well-run the tournament was and by your country's wonderful hospitality which made us feel so welcome!!! Everyone from the hotel staff (we stayed at the DIC Star Hotel) to all the volunteers were so nice and willing to go "out on a limb" for us. Although this was my daughter's fourth WYCC tournament, this was the first time I had accompanied her while my husband stayed at home with our other two children. I described in detail to my husband thefantastic and extravagant welcome we got at the Opening Ceremony and so many other things that had been done to make our stay more enjoyable. My husband was very impressed and wished he could have been in Vietnam to witnessour wonderful experience first-hand. Karsten (and I) were very honored that she was able to represent the U.S. A. at the WYCC. You and your staff helped make our experience in Vietnam an experience we will never forget and one that we will cherish forever.
Thank you again for a job that was MORE than well done!!!
Kimberly Doo McVay and Karsten McVay
The following was also received by the Bulletin Editor and so posted on the tournament Blog www.2008wycc.blogspot.com.From FT & IM Martica Fierro
Hey Peter !!
How are you? Hope very good, I tried to look for you the last day but i couldnt find you. I wanted to tell you the seminar was very good and useful. Also, tell me where to find your blog, i want to write that the organization was great and all the Italian team is really grateful for the organization and hospitality of the vietnamitan .
From IM & Head of India Delegation Manual Aaron
By now you must be back in your country.
During the last few days at Vung Tau I was in a mad rush with my reports to my newspaper back in India taking priority and solving all kinds of problems of our players.
I hope you have the Vung Tau WYCC games in PGN. I would be grateful if you would send it to me by Email. I need them for our magazines.
We had many good experiences and a few bad at Vung Tau: I can only say one thing. The organisers tried to do their best and they succeeded 95%.
After the closing ceremony, the bronze winner of the U-16, Debashis Das, came to me and said that he had received only the wooden chess pieces as a gift and no chess board. He wanted me to get him the board! In that huge crowd and noise he wanted me to get him his chess board.
There were other confusions too!
With best wishes,