Saturday, January 12, 2013

SPWO with over $100K in chess prizes (including iPad Mini) and scholarships

Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls 

November 2 – 3, 2013
Special 3 hour Camp – November 1, 2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Northbrook, IL (near Chicago) 

Over $100,000 in Chess Prizes (including iPad Mini) and Scholarships to Webster University 
(Home of the #1 ranked College Chess Division 1 team in the nation!) 

The winners of the Girls K-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will receive automatic invitations to the Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational
(late July 2014 at Webster University in St. Louis), which includes free room and board.

All winners from the 2012 SPWO (Boys and Girls) receive free entry to the 2013 SPWO

6R-SS in 8 sections: (K-3), (4-5), (6-8), (9-12) 
Time Control (all sections): Game-45 w/5-sec delay 
Round Times (all sections): Sat & Sun: 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4pm 

Side Events: 
Puzzle Solving – Saturday 6:00pm
Simul * – Saturday 7:00pm
Blitz – Sunday – 9:00am

*Simul is limited to 30 participants with maximum 10 adults as available 

Book Signing with GM Susan Polgar: Saturday 3:00pm 

Q&A with GM Susan Polgar: Saturday 12:30pm 

Special 3 hour chess camp with GM Susan Polgar: Friday 11/1 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm 

Unrated Tournament*: Must be unrated, No USCF membership required

K-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 sections
Boys and Girls together
4R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay
11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm
Trophies 1st thru 5th per section and top 2 teams 

Prizes (Boys and Girls - rated sections)

9th – 12th Grade Section 

1st – Webster University  Scholarship
2nd – $150 value of chess prizes
3rd – $100 value of chess prizes
4th – $75 value of chess prizes 

4-5, 6-8 

1st – iPad Mini
2nd – $150 value of chess prizes
3rd – $100 value of chess prizes
4th – $75 value of chess prizes 


1st – $250 value of chess prizes
2nd – $150 value of chess prizes
3rd – $100 value of chess prizes
4th – $75 value of chess prizes 

Trophies (in all rated sections) 

Trophies to Top 10 individuals
Trophies to Top 3 school teams 

Tournament Entry Fees: 

$40 by October 12, 2013
$50 by October 26, 2013
$60 thereafter and onsite

Side events – $15 each or $40 for all three if purchased by 10/26; $20 each thereafter and onsite
1/2 day camp – $40 in advance, $60 onsite – camp limited to 40 participants 

Unrated Tournament Entry Fee 

$10 by October 12, 2013
$15 by October 26, 2013
$20 thereafter and onsite

Questions: or call 847.423.8626 and mention Polgar tournament in your message. 

Chess Vendor Onsite with Huge Selection! 

Payments to be mailed to (payable): 

North American Chess Association
4957 Oakton Street Suite 113
Skokie, IL 60077
All equipment will be provided (boards, sets, clocks). Organizer provided equipment must be used.

Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook Hotel  
2875 N. Milwaukee Avenue 
Northbrook, IL 60062
$99 room rate; must call hotel directly and ask for CHESS rate.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SPNO 2013 with over $100K in scholarships and chess prizes!

Information and online registration here.

Mar. 1-3 SPNO Boys & Girls Championships

at Holiday Inn Downtown/Superdome, New Orleans, LA. 6 Rd. SS G/45 d/5 scholastic up to 9 sections: USCF Rated Secs. grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 & 9-12, sep. for Girls & Boys; 1 Unrated K-12 Reserve sec. Side events: 3 hour chess camp (max. 30); GM Polgar Simul (max 25 bds.); Blitz Championship, 2 secs., K-6 and 7-12; Bughouse; Puzzle Solving Championship; "Breakfast with Susan" at Brennan's Restaurant (former home of World Champ. Paul Morphy).  

Schedule: Rds. Sat., 3/2 - 10 a.m., 12, 2 p.m.; Sun 3/3 - 11 a.m., 1, p.m., 3 p.m.;  

Side events: Fri 3/1 - Camp 2-5 p.m.; Puzzles, 6 p.m., Bughouse 7 p.m.; Sat. 3/2 - Blitz 4.p.m., Simul 7 p.m.; Sun. 3/3 - Breakfast 8:30 a.m.; side event awards before rds 4 & 5; main event awards 4:45 p.m.  

Prizes: Over $100,000 in Webster U. Scholarships, tablet computers & chess prizes; Trophies to top 5 ea. sec. (more poss. in lg secs.; top 20% based on pre-reg. as of 2/10); Side event awards: Blitz - top 3 boys & top 3 girls ea. sec. Bughouse - top 3 teams. Puzzles - top 3 Boys & Girls in rating gps. Under 800, Under 1500 & Open. All players receive commemorative medals. Team awards: top 3 school & top club team ea. sec. of main event & blitz (Student may rep. only 1 team; commit by rd 2).  

Reg. fees: All secs. of G/45 Main Event: $45 by 1/10/13 ; then $55 by 2/1/13; $65 thereafter. Camp - $40 by 1/10/13; then $50. Puzzles $10 by 2/1/13; then $15. Bughouse - $20/team by 2/1/13; then $30. Blitz - $15 by 2/1/13; then $20. Simul - $25: "Breakfast with Susan" Sunday Brunch at Brennan's Rest. (Paul Morphy home) $55 adults; $30 children.   

Host hotel: Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome, King or 2 Doubles $149/nt, 2 night min. til sold out or 1/18/13. Overnight Parking $15; free wi-fi, fitness center, pool; 10% food & bev. disct. if staying on-site. To reserve call 1-800-535-7830 & request Polgar Chess Rate. Alt./Overflow hotel: SpringHill Suites downtown, 301 St.Joseph St., (1 mile from Holiday Inn): King + sofa sleeper or 2 Queens + sleeper, $209/nt. til sold out or 2/8/13. To reserve call 1-888-364-1200 & request Polgar Chess Rate. 

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Susan Polgar New Orleans Commemorative Tee-Shirt with Players' Names Printed on Back 

A commemorative Tee-Shirt will be available for $18 at the tournament with the Players' names printed on the back. In order to have your name printed on the shirt you must place your order by February 1, 2013. Those who do not order by that date may not have their names added to the shirt, so please order early by clicking the link below:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Please donate to the Susan Polgar Foundation

Susan Polgar Foundation FINAL video from Lisa Suhay on Vimeo.

From my 30 plus years of experience, I discovered that chess can help children of all ages do better in school as well as develop many important life skills. Research around the world has supported my belief. Countless studies have shown that chess can help develop critical and strategical thinking that can be used in other areas of a child's life, academics and social situations. According to research, test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities.

We hope to get many more schools to offer chess in the schools, and colleges to offer more scholarships for chess. And we are working to promote chess as a grassroots movement in some of the smaller cities."

The mission of the Susan Polgar Foundation is to promote chess, with all its educational, social, and competitive benefits throughout the United States, for young people of all ages, especially girls.

In more than 35 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Armenia, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, etc., chess is incorporated into the country's scholastic curriculum.

The Susan Polgar Foundation, with this in mind, has established many high profile tournaments throughout the year in order for younger girls and boys to excel through chess. The top tournaments right now are the Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational, the Susan Polgar National Championship for Girls and Boys, the Susan Polgar World Championship for Girls and Boys and the Get Smart! Play Chess! series. All of these events have received national or international acclaim and continue to grow every year.

I have also personally trained many teachers to teach chess in their perspective schools. In the last 3 years, the Susan Polgar Foundation has distributed more than 250,000 free copies of my chess curriculum. We would like to do more to help all young people.

To me chess is like life itself. Chess is combining, so many important qualities in life, such as concentration, focusing and planning ahead, and taking into account the people around you, and precision, and research, and psychology, and time management, and a number of other very important life skills that we deal with on an everyday basis. I believe chess teaches you to be more responsible.

Please join me in helping children excel in school and in life. Thank you!

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar Foundation
11939 Manchester Road
Suite #129
Des Peres, MO 61313

To donate by PayPal:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Susan Polgar Foundation Open for Boys and Girls


June 1 – 3, 2012
(Friday – Sunday *** SAVE THE DATES!!)

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
330 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112

The Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, just 3 blocks from the French Quarter. Hotel features include: free shuttle, restaurant, pool, and more!




MAIN EVENT: Team & Individual - 6-Round Swiss System

SIDE EVENTS: Bughouse – Blitz – Puzzle Solving – Polgar Simul – Aquatic Simul

$99 Hotel Room Rate

* Top 3 player scores count toward team result

* School or club team trophies awarded in each section

* Special Camp with Susan Polgar

* Breakfast With Susan Polgar (Q & A Session)




Please check tournament website for more details:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

About Susan Polgar

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* Winner of 4 Women’s World Championships (Under 16, Blitz, Rapid, and Classical)

* The only World Chess Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships)

* 5-time Olympic Champion with 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)

* 2006 Women’s Chess Cup Champion

* Previously held 5 world chess records (* still unbroken):

o 56 consecutive Olympiad game Scoring Streak * (A record of 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss [77.7%] over 4 Chess Olympiads from 1988 - 2004, all on board 1)

o Most Simultaneous Games Played (326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)

o Most Games Won Simultaneously (309)

o Highest Simultaneous Winning Percentage (96.93%, beating the old record of 95.64%)

o Most Consecutive Games Played * (1,131 games against 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% - Previous record: 1,102 games)


o Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle (1986)

o Earn the Men’s Grandmaster title (1991) through traditional FIDE requirements

o Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)

o Win the U.S. Open (Men) Blitz Championship (2003, 2005, 2006)

o Coach a Men’s College Division I team to win the National Championship (2011)


o Won the Budapest Championship for Girls under 11 at age of 4 with the perfect score of 10-0!

o #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remained in the top 3 in the world for approximately 25 straight years)

o Still currently rated as the #1 female in the United States

o Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages

o Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for "Best Chess Column of the Year" (2003)

o 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award for Best Magazine Column and Best Endgame Analysis

o First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award (2003)

o First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award (2006)

o Ambassador and torch bearer for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in 2008

o Chess for Peace Ambassador with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev

o A pioneer in women’s chess and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide

o Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote chess, with all its educational, social and competitive benefits throughout the U.S., for young people of all ages, especially girls. The foundation has awarded over $2 million in chess prizes and scholarships to young chess players on behalf of various supporters and sponsors

o Sponsor and organizer of the prestigious annual SPICE Cup, SPICE Spring Invitational, NY City Mayor’s Cup, Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Championship, Susan Polgar World Open and Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys, etc.

o Founder and Managing Director of, the world’s most popular chess blog

o Head Coach of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders National Chess Championship Teams

o Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University