Snapshots: 2014 Girls’ Invitational Chess Tournament Underway

| July 14, 2014
Tournament participants learned new techniques and received valuable advice from Susan Polgar.

The six-round championship tournament, a partnership between Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation, will award more than $200,000 in chess scholarships and prizes.

Before the tournament began, the girls enjoyed a Trolley Tour of St. Louis and tour of the Webster home campus.

Before the tournament began, the girls enjoyed a Trolley Tour of St. Louis and tour of the Webster home campus.

The opening ceremony for the 11th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational chess tournament was held July 12 at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre on Webster University’s home campus. Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch and World Chess Federation Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici joined President Beth Stroble at the ceremony.

Stroble congratulated the girls for already being winners, having secured spots to represent their individual states and countries. She also read a letter from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who commended their success and noted that the Girls’ Invitational tournament “further strengthens the chess community by advancing and elevating the influence of young women in relation to this ancient game of strategy.”

View more photos of the event at Webster University’s Facebook page. The tournament also garnered media coverage in a variety of outlets. View the story here.

All events will be held at the Loretto-Hilton Center. All tournament rounds and the closing ceremony are free and open to the public. Remaining events include:

  • Monday, July 14, 9:30 a.m.    Round 4
  • Monday, July 14, 3 p.m.         Round 5
  • Tuesday, July 15, 9:30 a.m.   Round 6
  • Tuesday, July 15, 3 p.m.        Closing Ceremony
Fifty-six girls from across the U.S. and six countries – including Cuba, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada – are participating in this six-day event, considered the most prestigious all-girls chess event in the U.S.

Fifty-six girls from across the U.S. and six countries – including Cuba, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada – are participating in this six-day event, considered the most prestigious all-girls chess event in the U.S.

Tournament participants learned new techniques and received valuable advice from Susan Polgar.

Tournament participants learned new techniques and received valuable advice from Susan Polgar.

 

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  1. Jennifer Gammage says:

    Love it!!