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GM Awonder Liang Simul for Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament of Champions participants
 at the US Open

Local GM Awonder Liang conducted a FREE 23 board Simul to open the US Open in Middleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 28 at 10 am.  Participants were players from the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) with up to seven participants from each of the three events.  In addition, our two guests were the Mayor of Middleton, Mr. Gurdip Brar and Dylan Denker (FL), grandson of GM Arnold Denker.  Congratulations to the following players:  Win-Tinh Son Nguyen (UT), Best Game-Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (FL) and Longest game-Amanda Lossef (DC).

GM Liang is a two time world champion having won the 2011 Under 8 section of the World Youth in Brazil and the 2013 Under 10 section of the World Youth in the United Arab Emirates.  He is the 2017 and 2018 US Junior Closed Champion and recently completed his first US Closed Championship where he drew games with GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Wesley So and GM Hikaru Nakamura, America’s top three players!

The US Chess National Girls Tournament of Champions (formerly the National Girls Invitational Tournament) is a tournament of champions for girls from across the United States.  It is held annually in the model of the Denker and Barber Tournaments in conjunction with the US Open.  The 2018 event will feature a $5,000 scholarship funded by Robert and Barbara Schiffrin.

Each state affiliate is invited to send one representative, a female player in grades K-12 who has demonstrated her ability in a manner satisfactory to the state affiliate. Each affiliate is encouraged to arrange for an alternate player to attend should the original selected player be unable to participate. If there are an odd number of players, the host state affiliate may include a second participant to complete the field of players.



The winner of the tournament receives the title of US Chess National Girls Champion of Champions. (In case of ties, co-champions shall be recognized.)  The winner (or tiebreak winner if co-champions exist) will qualify for the 2018 World Youth or World Cadet Championship, if the player is eligible to join the US Chess delegation. She will also be seeded into the US Girls Closed  Championship, if she qualifies, and will also receive a scholarship and prizes, to be determined by the US Chess Women’s Committee, commensurate with available resources.


FIDE logoThe National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) is FIDE rated. It consists of 6 rounds, and will be completed in time for the participants to play in the US Open if they so desire. Some player expenses will be covered by US Chess and other sponsors, but players must complete all games to be eligible for expense coverage.  Illness appeals will be heard by the NGTOC subcommittee of the US Chess Women’s Committee.
See Rules


The US Chess Women’s Committee strongly recommends that each state affiliate organize a Girls State Championship as the mechanism to determine its representative to the National Girls Tournament of Champions. This event, which various affiliates already hold in February or March, could be enthusiastically promoted, especially once the state representative has been named. No State affiliate is required to use a specific selection procedure, but it would certainly be exciting to see 50 girl champions on the cover of “Chess Life”.

See Selection Procedures for Invitees

US Chess and the US Chess Trust have allotted some funds for the National Girls Tournament of Champions. However, we need your help in generating long-term private sponsorship for this event. If you want to make a difference for the future of Women in Chess, please consider sponsorship of our event.