Robin Samson has been running the DC Girls Chess Club for several years and has brought the joys of chess to girls and young women. On April 15th, she hosted the 2017 DC Girls Citywide Tournament with a 1st prize of $1,000. Amanda Loseff of the Alice Deal School won the prize and will represent Washington, DC in the All Girls Nationals in July.
Amanda Lossef accepts 1st prize check from Robin Samson
The striking image of this event was that the girls seemed to enjoy themselves and were not tethered to worrying about the clock… since they did not use them! About 50 players participated in the event. Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, Pepco, City First Bank, The Black Benefactors Giving Circle, The African American Womens Giving Circle, Think Ahead Chess, The DC Chess Center were sponsors of the event. There were a cadre of volunteers, parents & friends in DC area who helped make this event a success.
Is this Irene Sukandar the top woman player from Indonesia??? 🙂
Not the 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 variation? 🙂 Bernard Parham would love this!
All photos courtesy of DC Girls Chess