2019 Haring Tournament Results
August 3-6, 2019
WGM Jennifer Yu Simul
WGM Jennifer Yu, current Champion of the US Chess Women’s Championship, conducted a FREE 23 board Simul to begin the US Open in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, August 3. Participants were players from the Denker, Barber and Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (Haring NGTOC) with up to seven participants from each of the three events. There was a special guest participant: Minnie Mouse. All the participants and parents had their pictures taken with the lady from the “Mouse House.” There were no wins. Because of the high ratings of the players there were 9 draws. One was to Minnie Mouse who was coached by WGM Jennifer Shahade. Minnie had to leave early because she had a lunch date with Mickey at the Cheese Factory. Congratulations to the following players: Best Game-Hayes Goodman (RI) and Longest Game-Cindy Jie (FL).
Game Analysis and a Meet and Greet
The Texas Tech University (TTU) students, WIM Iryna Andrenko, a graduate in Horticulture Science, GM Andrii Baryshpolets, graduate in Agricultural & Applied Economics Ph.D. and Jennifer Yu were available for game analysis and a Meet and Greet party for players. WGM Jennifer Shahade, 2 time US Women’s Champion and US Chess Women’s Director was also on hand to meet the players and help with game analysis.
2019 Haring NGTOC Results
Congratulations to WFM Martha Samadashvili (NY), rated 2270 who scored (5.5/6) and was clear First Place. She received the $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of her choice provided by the Robert and Barbara Schiffrin Fund of US Chess. Clear Second Place was won by Sara Herman (CO), rated 2016 who scored (5/6). There was a four way tie for Third Place involving Alice Lee (MN), Iris Zhou (MO), Tianhui [Cindy] Jie (FL), and Emily Hu (PA) with a score of 4.5/6. There was a field of 3WFMs, and 3WCMs.
Alice Lee (MN) was the winner of the $500 Ursula Foster Memorial Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 13.
Further details can be found here: https://www.nationalgirlschess.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Haring-Standings.pdf See also the US Chess story: https://new.uschess.org/news/invitational-winners-2019-orlando/
Florida, SoCal and New York Tie for First in Team Competition
Congratulations to Florida on their First Place tie-break finish (13/18) with a team average of 2138. Southern California matched their point total (13/18), but lost on the second tie-break with a team average of 2243. New York was also in the hunt with a point total (13/18) and a team average 2268. The Florida state team was composed of their Denker representative, Ryan Hamley (4/6), Barber representative, NM Raghav Venkat (4.5/6), and Haring NGTOC representative, Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (4.5/6). The Southern California state team was composed of their Denker representative, CM Brandon Xia (4/6), Barber representative, CM Robert Shlyakhtenko (5/6) and their Haring NGTOC representative, Julia Sevilla (4/6). The New York state team was composed of their Denker representative, NM Max Jiahua Li (3/6), Barber representative, NM Gus Huston (4.5/6) and their Haring NGTOC representative, WFM Martha Samadashvili (5.5/6).
State Team winners in the Under Sections: (Under 2100) Texas. In the (Under 1900) it was Utah and in the (Under 1600) section was New Hampshire. Complete team results can be found at:
The 2019 US Chess WIM Ruth Haring 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 2019 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 WIM Ruth Haring 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 2019 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.
The WIM Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (RHNGTOC) 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 RHNGTOC subcommittee of the US Chess Women’s Committee.
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”.
US Chess and the US Chess Trust have allotted some funds for the WIM Ruth Haring 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.