Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chess City of the Year - Louisville, Kentucky

Photo was taken this past November at the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. Pictured are, l. to r., Susan Polgar, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Tony Perugini, Frank Niro and Daro Mott.

Congratulations to the chess community of Louisville, KY, for being named "chess city of the year" by US Chess. Also to Larry Bell for his Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Very well deserved! I anticipate that Daro Mott or Ryan Velez will let Mayor Fischer know. The formal recognition will be at the awards luncheon in Indianapolis during the 2016 US Open in August.

The official US Chess announcement is located here.

LARRY BELL {photo courtesy of Kentucky Chess Association}

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016 SPICE Cup set for October

2016 SPICE Cup

$15,000 Guaranteed!

Free Entries to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2300+, Etc.

Sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri
October 17–22, 2016

GM/IM norm opportunity – Minimum rating (FIDE) 2100
Limited to first 50 entries. October 2016 rating will be used.

Time Control:
G/90 + 30 second increment from move 1

$15,000 guaranteed

U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125

Top Woman $500-$250

Limited FREE hotel accommodation (double occupancy) at the Clayton Plaza Hotel available to foreign GMs.

Entry Fees:
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, FIDE rated players over 2300, and all foreign players with 2100+ FIDE (must complete all 9 rounds), if registered by September 30, 2016. $50 later or on site. The rating minimums are to be met at the time of registration (or at any time starting April 2016 until the start of the tournament).

$100 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by September 30, 2016. Additional $50 later or on site.

Venue: Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport)
$109/night, FREE Breakfast/Internet/Parking

For reservations guests should call 314-726-5400 and ask for “In House Reservations”
Group Name is SPICE Cup; Group Code is CPP

Send entries to: Webster University – SPICE
470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration for titled players: Email: or call 314-246-8075


Monday, October 17
5 pm – Round 1

Tuesday, October 18
10 am – Round 2
5 pm – Round 3

Wednesday, October 19
10 am – Round 4
5 pm – Round 5

Thursday, October 20
5 pm – Round 6

Friday, October 21
10 am – Round 7
5 pm – Round 8

Saturday, October 22
10 am – Round 9

All Rounds played at the Clayton Plaza Hotel

Thursday, May 12, 2016



Event Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Entry Fee: $30 for one event; $35 for two events
Sport Commissioner: Frank Niro;; TD: Ryan Velez;

Steve Dillard Playing Hall
Lower Level – Suite 079
173 Sears Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207

REGISTRATION: Use separate individual entry form for each player. Printable entry form is located at the following url:

If you plan to register at the site, you need to bring completed paperwork by 9:30 am. Your information must be added to tournament software before the matches can begin. USCF identification number is essential to have the tournament rated and needs to be known in advance in order to put players in appropriate division. Include the expiration date or if new, write “new” in the space. Students – List school or organization name on entry form (Example: Scout Troop #8 or PL Dunbar H.S. and grade.)

FORMAT: Swiss for the adults and teams; Modified for the scholastic. Each player will have 45 minutes with a delay of 5 seconds to play each game. Four rounds: first round starts at 10 am. Second, third, and fourth rounds will start as soon as possible after the previous match. The day’s events will last from 10 am-4 pm followed by an opportunity to register for Quick Chess.

RULES: United States Chess Federation tournament rules (6th. edition).

EQUIPMENT: Sets and boards will be provided. Please bring digital chess clocks with delay options, if you have them.
{more information on reverse side}
SANCTION: United States Chess Federation, membership required for rating purposes. Discounted single tournament annual memberships will be available at the site. Expired memberships should be renewed online at prior to the tournament.

AGE: Age as of July 22, 2016

AWARDS: Gold, Silver & Bronze will be given in the following categories:
Open/Beginner: Overall, 50 & Over, 20 – 49, 19 & Under, Women
High School: Overall, Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman, & Team consisting of 4 players
Middle High School: Overall, 8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, & Team consisting of 4 players
Elementary School: Overall, 5th grade, 4th grade, & Team consisting of 4 players
Primary School: Overall, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, Kindergarten, & Team consisting of 4 players

REGISTRATION: On-site registration for this event from 4:00-4:30 pm.
FORMAT: 4 rounds at 10 minutes/game. Double Swiss Pairings.
RULES: USCF Quick Chess Rules in force. All players required to use a chess clock.

(new section this year) A special puzzle solving contest in memory of Steve Dillard will be held during the event. Entry fee: $5, payable on the day of the tournament.
Send entry forms for by email:

by mail:
Bluegrass State Games
162 E. Main, Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507

by fax:

at site on day of event:
Blank paperwork will be available. See further instructions under REGISTRATION (above).

We are sorry, but checks and credit cards cannot be accepted at site. Cash only on day of event.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 SPF Girls Invitational

Rules & Conditions for the 13th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational – the richest all-girls championship in the world!

($200,000+ in scholarships + $7,500 cash prizes)
July 23 (arrival day) – 28, 2016 at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Annual SPF Girls’ Invitational, in its 13th year, is the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States. It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003. It is an invitational event, and will once again be 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. In addition, automatic qualifying spots will be awarded to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

Webster University will provide complimentary room and meal accommodation on campus for all qualifiers!

• There will be an intense training session with Susan Polgar and members of the SPICE team, followed by a 6 round (g/90+30) FIDE rated championship tournament.
• The traditional Blitz, Puzzle Solving, Bughouse events will stay the same as in previous years.
• There will be many chess prizes awarded, as well as scholarships to Webster University.

Official representatives should be nominated by June 10, 2016. Official representative alternates may be substituted no later than July 11, 2016. (Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow the host state / country to enter an additional qualified player.) Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow exceptions to the June 10 entry/alternate deadline. Should the state / country affiliate fail to respond to the notice for this tournament, Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may determine the candidate from that state / country.

Players must have been enrolled in a school (up to 12th grade) located in the state or country they represent, also of the year in which the tournament is held. Home-schooled students who are under the age of 19 on July 22nd of the year in which the event is held or students who have never attended college on a full time basis prior to June 1 of the year in which the tournament is held, are eligible to represent the state / country in which they reside.

Exception: If a player graduates from high school early and is already attending college, she may still represent her state if nominated. This is the decision of each state affiliate or country.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The participants of the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational DO NOT have to be high school students (they can also be in kindergarten, elementary, or middle school). All qualifiers must be under the age of 19 (by July 22nd of the year in which the tournament is held)!

Special invitation for this year: All past participants of the SPNI and SPFGI (Susan Polgar National Invitational/Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational 2004-2015) are invited to participate in the 2016 SPFGI. The idea is to have the past participants learn my method of training so they can go back home and share their knowledge with the younger players. However, registration MUST be made ASAP since space is limited. There will be mutual training sessions for all, however separate section & prizes for alumni participants over the age of 19.

Players are required to furnish the organizer an emergency phone number and the e-mail address of a parent/guardian.

There is no entry fee to participate in the 2016 SPFGI; however, players are responsible for their own travel.

For alumni participants, wild card/special invites, coaches, parents, or other family members, inexpensive accommodations are available for housing and dining on Webster’s campus. Please note that all reservations and registrations MUST be made (and accommodation expenses prepaid) no later than June 15, 2016.

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 $25,000 + per year x 4 years)

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)

(In case of a tie, a playoff will used to determine the level of scholarships)

* The scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2019, and are not transferable. In addition, these scholarships cannot be combined with other academic scholarships, or stacked. If players won scholarships in past events, they can choose to exercise the highest one.

Additional CASH SCHOLARSHIP 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

There will also be additional surprised prizes which challenge intellect and wit!

(In case of a tie, cash prizes will be shared)

The Polgar Committee’s goal is to have all 50 states (including two representatives for California, two for Texas, and two for Missouri), the District of Columbia, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America) represented. We strongly encourage each state and the District of Columbia affiliate to hold a scholastic championship tournament to determine each state’s champion and representative. Failing this, rating criteria may be acceptable. A scholastic girls’ champion or the highest rated girls’ scholastic player in a state who has no state affiliate of the USCF should contact the Polgar Committee as soon as possible.

Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee and its members may elect to award a limited number of wild cards each year for the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational.

Special qualifying events: The Polgar Committee will award automatic qualifying spots to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

The SPFGI Chairperson is Martha Underwood (AZ).

NOTICE TO ALL STATE OFFICIALS: Please send the nomination from your state to the Polgar Committee (

Contact info: Polgar Committee (

The Susan Polgar Foundation can be contacted at 806-281-7424 or through