Saturday, February 20, 2010

All girls' chess in Santa Rosa

All-girls' chess match held in Santa Rosa
Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.

Cassandra Wright, 6, pulled at her hair, clasped her hands, gripped her head, broke into countless expressions of pain and frustration and, finally, cried.

She did not expect her opponent to be so determined. “She did everything she could to make me lose,” said Cassandra, shortly after her second game during an all-girls’ chess tournament Saturday in Santa Rosa.

Competition can be brutal and some people do not win or play gracefully, harsh but important lessons for a 1st grader, though nothing a parent’s arms couldn’t soothe.

The chess tournament held at Ursuline High School was sponsored by Chess for Kids, a non-profit that organizes after-school chess programs in Sonoma County.

The event, billed as the county’s first all girls’ chess tournament, benefitted the Sutter North Bay Women’s Health Center in Santa Rosa.

Proceeds, primarily the $20 entry fee, were expected to be a little less than $1,000, said Jolie Cook, president of Chess for Kids.

It also was intended to attract more local girls to the game, which Cook said, “makes kids smart, teaches critical thinking, promotes patience and improves concentration.”

Girls are often put off by the mind-bending competition of the game, she said, noting that girls comprise only about 20 percent of the kids who participate in Chess for Kids programs.

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Anonymous said...

Great Article!

"All Girls" 2010 Chess Championships in Ohio was held on February 20, 2010. Congrats to 3rd grader Diamond Abdus-Shakoor 5th on tiebreaks; and 11th grader Briana Conley 2nd on tiebreaks; for going 4/5 at the State Championships and a 4-Way Second Place Tie. These ladies are 2009 Polgar Alums. The event was attended by over 100 girls in the State. 10th grader, Anna Delamerced from Cincinnati won 1st place for a 2nd time (2007);with a 4.5 out of 5. Congrats to these ladies!

Jaques London said...

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