International chess grandmaster Susan Polgar will lend her support to girls chess and the inaugural Virginia Queens All-Girl Championships.
The Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence will hold the state’s first all-girl chess scholarship championships on March 3 at Norfolk State University. The top two girls (one each from the rated and unrated sections) will receive $1,000 scholarships. This tournament to determine the girls state chess champion is free and open to all Virginia girls ages 5 to 18.
On March 2 at 3 p.m., Polgar will celebrate Women’s History Month at the Chrysler Museum of Art to play a 15-person simultaneous match with five girls, five boys and five Navy chess players. The event is free to the public.
These events are organized by the Norfolk Initiative for Chess Excellence (NICE)