Shenmei Wu wins the Nevada State Girls`s Scholastic

As part of the effort to promote chess among the girls in Nevada, it was decided by our State US Chess Affiliate to run a separate event for the girls a week before the State Scholastic, for the second year in the row Las Vegas Chess Center organized and hosted it. Sabrina Jauregui was the chief TD.

This year 14 players gathered in the LVCC to play in the tournament, IM and WGM, 2016 US Women Champion Nazi Paikidze- Barnes was in attendance, she addressed the participants and posed with them for pictures, Nazi is committed to help chess in our city, especially with girls. We are planning several events with her for 2018, like simuls, group class, etc.

This event was full of surprises like the last year edition when the highest rated player failed to win, back then Nare Khachatryan defeated the strong Naomi Santiago, clearing Samira Prieto path to the crown. This time, the champion could not hold to the title after losing her third last round to Shenmei Wu, rated 600 points lower, Shenmei played very well, and kept the pace in the last round , when she won against another solid player, Hanna O-Lee. A great tournament for Shenmei, congratulations Champion!

Samira took clear second with four points and Shanti Isaac the third place, the best U500 trophy went to Karla Botello-Rodriguez from Canyon Spring High SchoolShanti and Riya Shroff took the best team trophy for Clarence Piggott Elementary School after collecting 6 points in total.

We would like to thanks all the participants and parents for the support, and we have not doubts that this event will growth to become a super tournament for girls in our state of Nevada in the future.

Along with the tournament, other players showed up to practice for the upcoming State Scholastic, the center was full of positive energy. Arrianah Galvan celebrated her birthday with us there, we also had pizza and donuts, and cake. Thank you to Ana Hernandez for the cake!

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