Oregon girls in St Louis

Last week, three of the top six rated girls in Oregon state where invited to play in the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States: 14th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational.









From left to right: Cassandra Roshu, Andrea Botez and Olivia Cooper. (Photo credit Mary Cooper)

It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003 and was held at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America), is allowed to nominate one representative. Each Canadian province is allowed one representative to be nominated.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy.

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement).

Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $26,000 + per year x 4 years) Champion’s Cup.
2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years)

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $12,000 + per year x 4 years)

Additional cash scholarships this year!

1st place = $2,500

2nd place = $1,500

3rd place = $1,000

Top under 13 = $500

Top under 10 = $500

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000

Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6 = $300 gift certificate

Best dressed player = $100 gift certificate

Best written essay about the SPFGI experience = $100 gift certificate


Even if the Oregon girls did not win the main event – won by the 12 years old Matus Nastasjja – all of them got back with rating points (over 100) and as an added bonus Olivia won the prize for the biggest upset result in the last round.

The tournament was very strong, there where close to 20 FIDE title players and at least 5 players that represented their country in the previous chess Olympiads.

I am hoping to see even more Oregon representatives participating in the next year event.


Andrei Botez

Oregon Chess Federation Scholastic Coordinator