Go girls go!

November 24, 2009

Who says girls don’t play chess? Tucson chess queens continue to change the face of chess one tournament at a time….

Tucson’s growing population of female chess players continued to defy national trends last weekend at the 9 Queens and Kings Southside Chess Tournament. The percentage of women participating in the tournament was way above average, with women and girls making up 45 percent of the players in the Beginner Section and 17 percent in the Championship section. These numbers are particularly high considering women make up less than ten percent of chess players throughout the world.  What’s more the percentage of girls in the Championship section increased by over fifty percent since our last tournament with twice as many women playing. Overall, the tournament was a huge success, attracting 55 participants to play in our largest library chess tournament to date!

The Southside Chess Tournament is part of a series of 9 Queens tournaments sponsored by the Pima County Public Library. For more information on the tournament series, email jhoffman@www.9queens.org. Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the event, especially Brooklyn Pizza for donating lunch for all the participants!

Individual Winners in the Beginner Section
1st place- Scott Segal
2nd place- Jennifer Barber
3rd place- Moisey Blitshteyn

Individual Winners in the Championship Section
1st place- Carlos Boteo Trujillo
2nd place- Warren Williamson
3rd place- Bryan Hu

Team prizes
1st place- Himmel Library Chess Club
2nd place- Woods Library Chess Club
3rd place- Tully Elementary School Chess Club

Categories: Chess Event / Events / Women in chess

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