The Susan Polgar Foundation is pleased to announce a new initiative designed to help raise the playing level of young, talented female players in the United States: the Susan Polgar All-Star Girls’ Chess Team.
Our goal is to recognize girls who already excel in chess and it to serve as a motivational tool for others. All girls who qualify for the team will be nationally recognized and will receive a special Susan Polgar All-Star jacket, a special All-Star Certificate, and an invitation to the exclusive and intensive Susan Polgar All-Star Girls’ Training Program conducted by me and other highly qualified top-level coaches, similar to the historic 2004 US Women’s Olympiad Training Program that I created. This program will greatly assist them in improving their chess skills.
Below are the criteria for the Susan Polgar All-Star Girls’ Chess Team:
October Rating List used Each Year
Age Minimum Peak Rating
6 & Under 1300
In addition, any girl who is within (approximately) 100 points from the above criteria MAY apply for special exemptions to attend this exclusive training program. (Special exemptions will be determined by the Polgar Committee based on special circumstances). It will not be an easy task for girls to qualify for the Susan Polgar All-Star Girls’ Chess Team. The bar has been set high to motivate girls to try to achieve as much as they can.
There is no stopping any young female player from qualifying for another award such as the Trophies Plus All-America Chess Team. They can qualify and accept either award or both; it is entirely up to the players who earned it. Therefore, we are not excluding any individual young female players. This is a non-profit initiative to help the USCF and young female players in the United States. Girls are dropping out of chess at an alarming rate. We need to reverse this trend before we can expect to produce large numbers of good female players. The Susan Polgar Foundation is fully committed to this goal.
The USCF thanks the Susan Polgar Foundation for their support of women’s chess in America. By recognizing our most accomplished young players, the Foundation is a welcome partner in the USCF’s goal of raising the level of women’s chess in this country.