The tournament was fiercely fought as the top four finishers faced off. Parrilla beat Ballom, but lost to 4th-place finisher Emily Lau (16, 1540) who had 4½-1½; Ballom lost to Parrilla, but beat Ginzburg and Lau; Ginzburg, lost to Ballom; Lau lost to Ballom, but beat Parrilla. The highest rated player was Alisa Melekhina (12, 1954) actually in the under-12 section. While Parrilla lost in the overall count, she won the individual under-14 group and her team, MS-318 won the team event!
Another proud soul is Ballom's coach, National Master, Dr. David Allen who mentioned that Stephanie won the blitz title as well. This tournament was the first of its kind and is an aggressive initiative to provide more playing opportunities for girls. Kay Umeakunne of Atlanta, Georgia will continue this trend when she hosts her 1st All-Girls Chess Camp this summer.
1st All-Girls Open Championship, Chicago, Illinois
Girl Power: Ballom and Parrilla on the rise!