Chess at Webster: Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational July 22 – 27

| July 17, 2012
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The Ninth Annual Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational, the most prestigious all-girls chess event in the United States, will be held at Webster University July 22 through July 27, 2012.

The event, which is a partnership between the Susan Polgar Foundation and Webster University, will showcase some of the top young (under age 19) female talent from across the United States.

The invitational begins with two days of intensive, world-class training sessions with Susan Polgar and her team, followed by a six-round championship tournament. More than $100,000 in chess prizes and scholarships will be awarded. The first- and second-place winners will each receive a four-year, $13,000-per-year scholarship to Webster University.

Tournament Schedule

The week begins with two days of intensive, world-class training sessions with Susan Polgar and her team, followed by a six-round championship tournament.

Opening Ceremony and Round 1: Tuesday, July 24

The formal opening ceremony for the Girls’ Invitational will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus, 130 Edgar Rd. in Webster Groves. Round 1 of the tournament will begin immediately following on the Loretto Hilton stage, at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony and all tournament rounds are free and open to the public.

Wednesday: Rounds 2 and 3

Rounds 2 and 3 will take place on Wednesday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., respectively.

Thursday: Rounds 4 and 5

Rounds 4 and 5 will be held on Thursday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday: Round 6 and Closing Ceremony

The tournament wraps up on Friday, July 27, with Round 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., immediately followed by the closing ceremony.

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Susan Polgar, through the Susan Polgar Foundation, created the Girls’ Invitational in 2004 to give more opportunities to top young female chess players in the United States. The event is a culmination of a series of regional, state and nationwide qualifying events over a 12-month period that involves more than 3,000 young girls vying to represent their respective states.

Polgar is one of the strongest female chess players in history. She is the winner of four world championships and the only world champion in history – male or female – to win the Triple Crown (Rapid, Blitz and Classical Chess world championships). Polgar also is the first woman to break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle, earn the Men’s Grandmaster title, and to receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award. In 2011, Polgar became the first female head coach to lead a men’s Division 1 team (Texas Tech University) to the national title. Polgar led her team to a second national title in 2012.

Polgar is considered a trailblazer who has made an enormous impact in the chess world. She is recognized as the one who laid the foundation for female chess players everywhere. She also believes in the ability of chess to help children of all ages to do better in school as well as develop important life skills.

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  1. Katherine Krajcovic says:

    What an inspiration Susan Polgar is to girls and women everywhere! Webster is truly fortunate to have such an outstanding example and mentor on campus.