The Costa Rican lawyer Carolina Muñoz was selected as a World Chess Championship judge, being the only Latin American to hold that position. Muñoz is a Category A international referee and was chosen from a long list of candidates of the region.
Among the reasons to support the election, the organization highlighted that the referee has been an active player since she was 10 years old and was a four-time national champion. She is also an International Chess Master, placed third in a Central American and fifth place in a Women’s Pan American. In addition, she is part of the Tico National Team.
The lawyer was also a medalist at the Central American Games and retired from active competition in 2013. That same year she jumped into the field of refereeing, where she has participated in national tournaments, as well as in the Youth World Cup and the Amateur World Cup.