Local girl makes right moves
By Janice Fae Mitchell
Guard Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Her heart tells her she wants to be a cardiac surgeon, but for now she’d be happy to make the right moves and say, “Checkmate.”

Twelve-year-old Crystal Qian, a Batesville seventh-grader, is the top performer among female scholastic players in Arkansas. She has qualified for the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls chess tournament to be held this summer, July 27-Aug. 1, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

“My dad wants me to place, and personally I’d love it if I place, but I’m practicing because I think it’s fun, and I’m practicing because I think when I go to Texas it’s going to be rewarding,” Crystal said.

She said she’s looking forward to some sightseeing as well.

The invitational is named after Dr. Susan Polgar, a women’s world champion and holder of a number of world championship and Olympiad titles. The tournament will include the top female scholastic players whose ages are under 19 years old from all 50 states. This will be Crystal’s first time as Arkansas’ representative to the Polgar tournament.

“I’m practicing. Every day I do about 100 chess problems. They’re like puzzles, and you determine the best position for the next move,” and then when she’s done she plays against other people on the server, Crystal said.

The Arkansas Chess Federation and the Susan Polgar Foundation are supplying some funds, but she has to earn the rest herself.

“I have enough saved up for that just in case. When I grow up I want to go to Oxford in England and become a cardiac surgeon so most of the money is saved up for that, but I might take some out and maybe do something at the fair like play the piano.”

Crystal started to play chess three years ago when her family moved to Batesville in the summer of 2005.

Here is the full article.

Posted by Picasa
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
Tags: , ,