A number of women who attended the Women’s Committee Meeting / Workshop came up with some excellent points and suggestions. In the past few years, the Susan Polgar Foundation has focused on helping girls in chess. We now have 3 very successful events:
– The annual SP National Invitational for Girls (the most prestigious all-girls event in the US)
– The annual SP National Open for Girls (the largest all-girls event in the US)
– The annual SP World Open for Girls (the only all-girls event open for foreigners)
This year, we included the open section (for all ages). In the past 3 years, we have awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships, stipends and prizes (from many of our sponsors and donors).
However, we have not focused enough in getting more adult women to learn chess. Many chess Moms do attend chess events because of their children. They usually bring books or laptops to keep themselves busy. The proposal is to have mini camps / workshops to get them to learn chess. I think it is a wonderful idea!
Therefore, starting next year, we will have workshops and unrated tournaments for all women at our 3 events. Thank you for the suggestions!