Snapshots: 10th Annual Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Kicks Off

| July 23, 2013

The Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational kicks off in the Loretto-Hilton on the home campus of Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.

A common sight all week: The look of concentration.

A common sight all week: The look of concentration.

The 10th Annual Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational kicked off yesterday, with 57 of the top young female chess players – as young as age 6 through age 18 – gathering on Webster University’s home campus in Webster Groves for the most prestigious all-girls chess event in the United States.

This year’s tournament has attracted young female chess players from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Brazil.

Polgar, the Webster chess head coach and one of the strongest female chess players in history, welcomed players and their families to the Loretto-Hilton Center as part of Monday’s opening ceremony.

Webster University President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster also spoke to guests for the opening ceremony, as did Webster Groves mayor Gerry Welch.

The marquee at City Hall marked the

The marquee at Webster Groves City Hall marked the start of the tournament.

With this prestigious tournament bringing so many youngsters from U.S. states and the Americas to Webster Groves, the City Hall sign was also changed to mark the beginning of the event.

The tournament continues this week through Thursday. All tournament rounds and the closing ceremony (Thursday, July 25 at 3 pm. in the Loretto-Hilton) are free and open to the public.

View more photos of the tournament in this online photo gallery.

Proud family members snapped photos as their girls gathered before the invitational tournament began.

Proud family members snapped photos as their girls gathered before the invitational tournament began.

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