Thursday, October 26, 2006

Scholastic Tournament this Sunday

Polgar Chess Club October Scholastic Championship
Sunday, October 29, 2006

4 Round Swiss System Tournament (Game/30 - clock play is required)

Site: Polgar Chess Center at 103-10 Queens Blvd. Forest Hills, NY 11375

Call: (718) 897-4600 or E-mail: for further info.

Description of Tournament:
Games are in three sections: K-3, 4th-6th, and 7th-12th.

Round schedule is:
1 12:45 PM
2 2:00 PM
3 3:30 PM
4 4:45 PM

Entry Fee: $22 ($15 if rec’d by 10/19); Polgar CC members $15. USCF membership required.

Prizes: Trophies for top 3 finishers in each group.
Medals to all participants!
Specials prize to top girl performance!

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

A notable chess journey for talented girls

October 12, 2006
A Notable Chess Journey for Talented New York Girls

Medina Parrilla, a sophomore at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, is nervous about a trip next week to Batumi, in Georgia, a republic of the former Soviet Union. She is going to compete in the World Youth Chess Championships.

But Medina said: “I’m not nervous about playing. I passed that stage a long time ago. I’m nervous about the country. I don’t know what to expect from a place like that.”

Darrian Robinson, a seventh grader at Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, who is going with Medina as part of the United States team, said she was excited about venturing to a new place.

The girls are accomplished chess players — Medina, 15, is ranked No. 7 in the country among girls under 16 and Darrian, 12, is No. 6 among girls under 13 — but they stand out among their roughly 25 teammates because as African-Americans they will be making history at the tournament.

It will be the first time that two African-American players have represented the United States in an international chess competition. That both are girls makes it that much more remarkable.

Although chess is a meritocratic game — all a player needs is a set, a board and an opponent— African-American players competing in organized tournaments are rare, according to Bill Hall, executive director of the United States Chess Federation.

Part of the reason, he suspects, has to do with economic barriers.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

2007 Susan Polgar National Open for Girls

Susan Polgar National Chess Challenge for Boys and
Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls

President’s Day Weekend
February 16-18, 2007

Corpus Christi, Texas
K-2, 3rd-5th, 6th-9th, Open Section (for all ages!)

Prizes: Trophies to top 12 individuals and top 3 teams in each section. Special medals to 13th – 20th place individuals and 4th – 6th teams. 3 or more from the same school and section or same chess club and section (top 3 scores added to give team final standings). Trophies to top 3 two–person family (siblings – parent/child) team

Additional Individual Prizes to each section: Special Grand Prize to 1st!! $200 in prizes to 2nd $150 in prizes to 3rd $100 in prizes to 4th $50 in prizes to 5th! Any player with 6-0 score in the main event will also receive a digital chess clock!

Prizes for Blitz / Puzzle Solving Championships: Trophies to top 3 players in each section. Special medals to 4th – 10th place. Blitz and Puzzle Solving Championships will be only one section but trophies will be given out to separate categories.Special

Prizes: Any school with 20 or more participants will receive a set of 6 Winning Chess the Easy Way Training DVDs by Susan Polgar ($175 retail value). In addition, there will be 2 beautiful trophies for the schools with the most students competing in the championship (Top from Texas and top outside of Texas).

Entry Fees: $30 if received by December 15, 2006; $45 if received by February 1, 2007; $60 on site - On site registration: 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday and up to 9:30 AM on Saturday. Blitz EF: $12 - Puzzle Solving EF: $12 - Simul: $20 Special $30 entry fees for all 3 events (Blitz, Puzzle & Simul) - Susan Polgar mini chess camp: $25

Checks payable to: Susan Polgar Foundation 103-10 Queens Boulevard (Suite 1C) Forest Hills, NY 11375

Bayfront Plaza Hotel 601 N. Water Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Phone: (361) 882-8100 or 1-800-688-0334 or For chess rate, please mention Chess Tournament & Code Word "Chess" beginning now.

Hotel rate cutoff date: January 27, 2007.

Incredible Hotel Rates: $59.00 up to 3 people $69.00 up to 4 people $89.00 suite – FREE Wireless Internet – FREE hot breakfast buffet - FREE appetizers nightly & live music on Friday and Saturday night at the hotel Atrium.

The winner of each section in the SP National Open Championship for Girls (must meet age and residency requirements) will automatically qualify to the 2007 SP National Invitational for Girls in New Jersey!

For more info, please check out or contact Dan Deleon 361-883-3930 or email
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