Standings at the half way point of Girls Invitational

SPGI 2013 111Halfway through the 2013 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational in St. Louis the six Northwest girls are a combined +3. Becca Lampman of Washington is tied for fourth place among the 60 entries at 2.5-0.5. She still has a good shot to take the top prize.

Northwest girls’ results after 3 rounds:

Becca Lampman 2.5 points
Alexandra Botez 2 points
Andrea Botez 2 points
Olga Cherapakhin 2 points
Carmen Pemsler 1 point
Jessica Ross 1 point

NW Pairings for Round 4:

Board 3 – Becca Lampman (2065) vs. Thanu Avernini (1818)
Board 5 – Jennifer Yu (1938) vs. Alexandra Botez (2043)
Board 11 – Hannah Farell (1382) vs. Olga Cherepakhin (1609)
Board 12 – Andrea Botez (1566) vs. Sasha Konovalenko (1438)
Board 18 – Carmen Pemsler (1635) vs. Ioana Murgulet (1077)
Board 21 – Katlyn Bonnell (946) vs. Jessica Ross (1224)

Updated Coverage – 2013 SPGI

Quote of the Day – “Here is a real treat. The Armageddon playoff game from the Blitz Championship held July 22, 2013. Both girls are co-champions,  equal in every way. But the trophy itself needed to be decided as to who got to take that home. This game decided that. In an Armageddon game, White had to win and got 5 minutes (no delay), Black had draw odds, meaning she could draw and still win, but had only 3 minutes. Becca had won the coin toss and chose to be Black with the 3 minutes with draw odds. What followed was incredibly exciting to watch.” Click here to watch the video. – Jeffrey Roland, Blitz Event TD

Andrea Botez, representing Canada, competes in the 2013 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational in St. Louis.

See continuous round by round coverage, with pairings and results, on Susan Polgar’s blog and the Idaho Chess Association web site.

Additional coverage on the Webster University web site is located here and also here.

IM Guillermo Llanos of Argentina shakes hands with Idaho Chess Association President Jeffrey Roland on Board 1 of the 2013 SPFGI Friends and Family Bounty Tournament July 23, 2013 in St. Louis. The bounty is on the head of IM Llanos as anyone who beats him, or earns a draw, will win a special prize.

Click here to see more than 200 photos posted so far on Picasso from the tournament and the multiple side events and activities.

82 Players in 2013 Seattle Seafair

CLICK HERE for USCF Crosstable.

Two players topped the field with 4.5-.5 scores, Tian Sang and Joshua Sinanan. Joshua’s took an 1/2 point bye and Tian drew his game with Ethan Bashkansky. Fred and Carol Kleist handled the TD tasks. The event was held July 19-21, 2013 at the Seattle Chess Club.

Some history from USCF website: number of players in 2012=60, 2011=67, 2010=63, 2009=64, 2008=60. 82 was a good improvement.

2013 SPFGI is under way – Day 1 Summary

The stage is set for round 1. Let the games begin at the 2013 Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Chess Tournament (10th anniversary) at Webster University in St. Louis.

Chief tournament director Frank Niro, above, addresses the players, parents, coaches, university leaders and the mayor of Webster Groves, MO at the Opening Ceremony. A total of 60 girls are competing for $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes. To date, the Susan Polgar Foundation, in cooperation with its partners, has awarded college scholarships valued at more than three million dollars to players in SPF events.

The playing site is the stage of the Loretto-Hilton Theatre on the campus of Webster University.

The visit to St. Louis gave Frank the opportunity to catch up with Susan and Yasser.

Additional photos from the tournament and side events can be seen each day by clicking here.

Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational

SPGI 2013 111medThe girls in the 2013 SPFGI tournament in St. Louis. Six Northwest players are participating.

Frank Niro is Chief TD. Martha Underwood and Jeff Roland are Assistant TD’s.

The six girls in no particular order from the Northwest represented in the tournament are:

Becca Lampman (WA)
Alexandra Botez (Canada)
Carmen Pemsler (ID)
Andrea Botez (Canada)
Olga Cherepakhin (WA)
Jessica Ross (OR)

Alexey Root coming to Oregon and Washington

Dear Russell,

I will be presenting at a chess club, several libraries, and a charter school August 7-14, 2013.

There will be a press release soon from the Timberland Regional Library System. Right now, one of the library presentations is listed on some calendars see for example.

Here is my schedule:

Presentation #1
Portland Chess Club
7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7
8205 Southwest 24th Avenue Portland OR 97219 USA

Presentation #2
Tumwater Timberland Library
at 1 pm on Thursday, August the 8th
7023 New Market Street
Tumwater, WA 98501-6563

Presentation #3
Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library
noon on Saturday, August the 10th
400 N. Market Boulevard
P.O. Box 419
Chehalis, WA 98532-0419

Presentation #4
Shelton Timberland Library (William G. Reed Public Library)
6 pm on Monday, August the 12th
710 W. Alder Street
Shelton, WA 98584-2571

Presentation #5
Olympia Timberland Library
7:30 pm on Wednesday, August the 14th
313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-1307

Presentation #6
August 16, 2013 time is “to be determined” but likely 6:15 p.m.
Kelso, WA, charter school (Rose Valley area)
Here’s the description of the presentation that will be given at all locations:

Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is a FREE seminar for teachers, librarians, after-school instructors, chess coaches, counselors, and parents. Bring your chess set and board if you have one. The seminar requires no prior knowledge of chess. Both novices and veteran chess players can use its innovative lesson plans for teaching groups of children. In the Thinking with Chess seminar, 1989 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion Alexey Root, Ph.D., connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. At the seminar, you participate in two of the lesson plans from her book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 (Mongoose Press, 2012). You leave the seminar able to teach those two lesson plans and with chess knowledge too. There will be a book signing right after the talk.

Alexey Root