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.