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.

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)

52 Players in Washington Open Scholastic Sections

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Winners with TD David Hendricks. Photo credit: Gary Dorfner.

5-0 scores won both sections of the Washington Open Scholastic held May 25, 2013 at North Seattle Community College as part of the annual Washington Open. The 20 player 4-6 section was won by Aaron Probst of Richfield WA and the 32 player K-3 section by Eamon Thakur of Sammamish WA. David Hendricks handled the TD tasks.

CLICK HERE for the USCF Crosstables.

Chess Play in Chelan May 7, 2013

Valerie’s Waterfront Bistro in Chelan Washington hosted a chess event on May 7. 2013. Kids from Manson and Pateros took part in this the third of an annual event. Russell Miller (a Chelan High grad in 1960) donated some copies of CHESS LIFE and CHESS LIFE FOR KIDS to give away and was told the kids loved them! Valerie Flories the bistro owner reports they had approximately 40 players this year and as usual the kids had a blast eating pizza and playing. There was a camera man taking photos and you can view those at LakeChelanLive.com

CLICK HERE for a direct link to the pictures.

Northwest players win trophies at SuperNationals V

Reported by Hock San Lee.

Northwest players won numerous trophies at the 2013 SuperNationals V held in Nashville over last weekend, April 5-7, 2013. Bellevue’s Spiritridge Elementary team (Derek Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Zachary Zhang, Richard Yang, and Brian Chen) took the 2nd place team award in the K-5 Championship section. Derek also placed 9th individually in that section. In the K-12 Championship section, Seattle’s Lakeside 9-player team won the 5th place trophy. Members include Michael Omori, who tied for 9th-18th place individually, Quentin Chi, Nicolo Gelb, Thomas Thongmee, David Inglis, Nicholas Xing, Justin Yu, Peter Sherman, Alexander Koh. In the K-8 Championship section, Bellevue’s Odle Middle won the 7th place team award. Team members are Jason Yang, Benjamin Cheung, Aditya Kannan, Jack Yu, Emily Bazar, and Cheyenne Zhang. Notable individual winners are Luke Harmon-Vellotti of Idaho (2nd place, K-12 Championship), Bryce Tiglon of Redmond Junior High (6th, K-6 Championship), Anthony He of Christa Mcauliffe Elementary in Sammamish (5th, K-3 Championship), Jason Yu of Open Window in Bellevue (7th, K-1 Championship), Eric Zhang of Endeavour Elementary in Issaquah (11th, K-1 Championship), and Praneeth Somisetty of Tyee Middle in Bellevue (1st, K-6 Unrated).

According to USCF, The SuperNationals V officially broke the attendance record for largest rated chess competition in history with 5335 participants.

Washington Girls Championship

Photo provided by the TD
Photo provided by the TD

Group picture:

Back row left to right: Wanchen Zao, Priya Kudva, Sarah May, Audrey Whitmer. Front row left to right: Cheyenne Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Becca Lampman, Sujatha Devi Chalasani.

Missing from picture: Olga Cherepakhin.

Report per TD: David Hendricks, WA State Scholastic Director.

Congratulations to Becca Lampman for winning the WA State Girls Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Becca is planning to spend her $500 toward the World Open July 3-7 in Washington DC.

USCF Crosstable Here.