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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chess Grandmaster presides over Peoria tournament

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar will play 64 opponents simultaneously
the evening of Friday, Feb. 13, to kick off a weekend of chess at
Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria.

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, the Susan Polgar National Chess
Championship for Boys and the Susan Polgar National Open Championship
for Girls will be held at the same location. The weekend events will
include prizes, trophies, teaching events and eligible high school
players competing for college scholarships.

“This is a great event for Peoria and is part of Peoria's commitment
to youth education and chess,” said City Manager Carl Swenson. “We are
excited to have Ms. Polgar as our guest.”

Born in Hungary but now living in New York, Polgar is one of the
strongest female players ever, having been Women's World Chess
Champion from 1996 until 1999.

In 1986, she made history by being the first female player to qualify
to compete in the Men's World Chess Championship.

In her Peoria exhibition, Polgar will take on the 64 opponents
simultaneously at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13.

Anybody can be one of her challengers. Be one of the first to register
and pay a $30 fee the night of the event. Registration will continue
until the start of play or until all the spots are filled.

Earlier in the day, Polgar will speak at a luncheon in the Development
and Community Services Building (First floor, Point of View Room) on
the Peoria Municipal Campus.

The two championship tournaments will run through Saturday and Sunday,
culminating with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The deadline to register online is 7 p.m. Feb. 13; phone registrations
will be taken until 10 p.m. at 602-482-4867.

For more information, visit www.susanpolgar.com and www.chessemporium.com/tourney.php.

http://peoriatimes.com/articles/2009...res/feat02.txt
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I find several odd things about this announcement:

1. She is holding the "Susan Polgar National Open Championship for
Girls" in Peoria, Arizona, (a suburb of Phoenix) and not in Las Vegas
where she has held it previously or in Lubbock, Texas.

2. The announcement says that she is "now living in New York", and not
in Lubbock, Texas.

3. She is playing 64 opponents for $30 each. Seems like she is playing
for the money, not to promote chess.

4. The announcement calls her only "one of the strongest female
players ever". Usually, her announcements say that she is "The World
Chess Champion".

Are these just trivialities, or is she no longer employed by Texas
Tech University? Does she still live in Lubbock?

Sam Sloan



On Feb 7, 7:14*am, samsloan wrote:
Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chess Grandmaster presides over Peoria tournament

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar will play 64 opponents simultaneously
the evening of Friday, Feb. 13, to kick off a weekend of chess at
Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria.

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, the Susan Polgar National Chess
Championship for Boys and the Susan Polgar National Open Championship
for Girls will be held at the same location. The weekend events will
include prizes, trophies, teaching events and eligible high school
players competing for college scholarships.

“This is a great event for Peoria and is part of Peoria's commitment
to youth education and chess,” said City Manager Carl Swenson. “We are
excited to have Ms. Polgar as our guest.”

Born in Hungary but now living in New York, Polgar is one of the
strongest female players ever, having been Women's World Chess
Champion from 1996 until 1999.

In 1986, she made history by being the first female player to qualify
to compete in the Men's World Chess Championship.

In her Peoria exhibition, Polgar will take on the 64 opponents
simultaneously at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 13.

Anybody can be one of her challengers. Be one of the first to register
and pay a $30 fee the night of the event. Registration will continue
until the start of play or until all the spots are filled.

Earlier in the day, Polgar will speak at a luncheon in the Development
and Community Services Building (First floor, Point of View Room) on
the Peoria Municipal Campus.

The two championship tournaments will run through Saturday and Sunday,
culminating with an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The deadline to register online is 7 p.m. Feb. 13; phone registrations
will be taken until 10 p.m. at 602-482-4867.

For more information, visitwww.susanpolgar.comandwww.chessemporium.com/tourney.php.

http://peoriatimes.com/articles/2009...res/feat02.txt


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Default Susan Polgar to give Simul in Peoria, Arizona !!!

I find several odd things about this announcement:

1. She is holding the "Susan Polgar National Open Championship for
Girls" in Peoria, Arizona, (a suburb of Phoenix) and not in Las Vegas
where she has held it previously or in Lubbock, Texas.

2. The announcement says that she is "now living in New York", and not
in Lubbock, Texas.

3. She is playing 64 opponents for $30 each. Seems like she is playing
for the money, not to promote chess.

4. The announcement calls her only "one of the strongest female
players ever". Usually, her announcements say that she is "The World
Chess Champion".

Are these just trivialities, or is she no longer employed by Texas
Tech University? Does she still live in Lubbock?

Sam Sloan
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Before the USCF made her famous, Susan Polgar made her living giving
simultaneous exhibitions. She supported her parents with this when she
was a little girl (which explains why the child welfare authorities in
Hungary got on their case). Susan Polgar has probably given more
simultaneous chess exhibitions than anybody in the world (although
Jude Acers comes to mind). She is obviously good at it.

Sam Sloan
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ueschessmom
Artichoke: Thanks. I think there is a huge
range in this area and a lot of it is based on what the market can
bear. In fairness to GM Ashley and Josh Waitzkin, both of them have
parlayed chess success into the broader world of "motivational
speaking" through their writings: Ashley's "Chess for Success" and
Waitzkin's "The Art of Learning." I think some GMs and IMs are better
at marketing themselves than others. And, as most would probably
agree, the best at marketing are not necessarily the best at teaching,
etc.

Upper East Side Chess Mom
Comparisons with GM Ashley and Josh Waitzkin are inappropriate. Josh
Waitzkin had a book written about him and then a movie made about him
when he was a child. The book and the movie was "Searching for Bobby
Fischer". He does not play chess any more and his fame is just a lucky
accident.

GM Ashley is the beneficiary of being the first person of African
origin to earn the GM title. He is also an excellent speaker and
presenter. He was at the World Open two years ago but only as a
visitor and he told me that he does not play chess any more.

There are many players at the 2500, 2600 and even the 2700 level who
are far stronger than Waitzkin, Ashley or Polgar who would welcome the
opportunity to give a simultaneous exhibition.

Why don't you ask Sergei Movsesian? He is a really good guy. I have
known him for more than ten years since the 1999 New York Open. He is
ranked number ten in the world with a FIDE rating of 2751 and I am
sure that he would jump at the opportunity to give a simultaneous
exhibition for $25 a board. He can beat Waitzkin, Ashley and Polgar
probably simultaneously blindfolded.

Sam Sloan
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