5-way tie for 1st at 2018 SPFGI - KONOVALENKO wins playoff! Photos & Standings!


A record $320,000+ in scholarship, cash, and prizes were awarded!

I would like to thank

  • all the participants for the strong fighting spirit on the chess board, and the most friendly atmosphere off the board throughout the event

  • all the parents/families/coaches who came to support their girls

  • the arbiters who made sure the event ran smoothly and in the spirit of fair play

  • all the volunteers who helped make sure that all the details are taken care of

  • and of course Webster University, donors and supporters of the Susan Polgar Foundation who made this event possible

Until next year! June 22-27, 2019 at Webster University!

Final standings

​Over 400 photos for FREE download:

Top upsets per round

More winners

Blitz Champion: WIM Thalia Cervantes (MO)

Puzzle Solving Champion: WIM Thalia Cervantes (MO)

Upset prizes: Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6

Round 1: Simone Morden (NY, 1461) 607 $50 gift card + trophy

Round 2: Christina Scheible (VA, 1283) 508 $50 gift card + trophy

Round 3: Celina Zhou (MO, 1523) 314 $50 gift card + trophy

Round 4: Rose Morden (NY, 1292) 499 $50 gift card + trophy

Round 5: Shenmei Wu (NV, 1239) 552 $50 gift card + trophy

Round 6: Dylan Porth $50 gift card + trophy

Top under 13 = Zoey Tang (OR) 9 years old, $500 chess scholarship from SPF

Top under 10 = Kally Wen (CA) 9 years old, $500 chess scholarship from SPF

Best dressed player: Symphony Richards, AK $100 gift certificate

Brilliancy prize: Than Thuy Nguyen, AZ/Vietnam $100 gift certificate

Ms. Congeniality: Charity Farell, OK trophy

Over 400 photos for FREE download here:

The Annual SPF Girls’ Invitational (SPFGI), in its 15th year, is the most prestigious All-Girls chess event in the United States. It is also the first All-Girls chess event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003. It is an international invitational event, and will be held at Webster University campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America, as well as the Caribbean), is allowed to nominate one representative. Each Canadian province is allowed one representative to be nominated.

Event format: 6 rounds, G/90+30, FIDE and USCF rated championship. (FIDE rules will apply).

All SPFGI participants are expected to take part in the Blitz Chess (5+0) and Chess Puzzle Solving competitions, while the Bughouse event is optional.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the SPFGI Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship, as well as top under 10 and 13. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy (co-champion’s award to be sent after the event if needed).

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be considered as a personal qualifier(s) and be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement) at the 2019 SPFGI.

SPFGI Champion: Webster University full tuition and fees scholarship* (approximately $27,000 + per year x 4 years) + Champion’s Cup+ Special SPICE training package (valued at $4,000).

2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $18,000 + per year x 4 years) + trophy

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years) + trophy

In case of a tie, a playoff will be used to determine the level of chess scholarships. For other ties standard FIDE tiebreak methods will apply.



FIDE Regulation #5.Fundamentally, the fairest way to decide the final ranking of players having equal scores at the end of a tournament will be a playoff tournament. Often, there is not time enough to organize tie‐break matches with similar playing time as in the main tournament. Therefore tie‐break matches with very short playing times, mainly rapid or blitz matches are organized.

At the SPFGI, if necessary, in a 2-way tie for 1st, a G/5’ 0”delay/increment blitz playoff game will be utilized to determine scholarship category winners among the top players at the 2018 SPFGI.

If 3 or more players tie for 1st, the top two finishers on tiebreaks will play a playoff game with the same conditions as mentioned above to determine the top 2 order of scholarships. The 3rd scholarship will be determined strictly by tiebreaks for the remaining player(s) who tied for 1st.

The 2018 SPFGI utilizes the following tie-breaks to determine the top 2 for the playoff:

Buchholz system

Median Buchholz or Buchholz cut

Greater number of wins

Wins with black pieces

*The chess scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2021, and are not transferable. These scholarships cannot be combined with other academic scholarships, or stacked. If players won scholarships in past events, they can choose to exercise the highest one. Regular academic admission criteria apply.

Increased cash scholarships this year!

1st place = $4,000

2nd place = $2,000

3rd place = $1,000

4th place = $500

Top under 13 = $500

Top under 10 = $500

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000

Brilliancy prize = $100

Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6 rounds = $300

Best dressed player = $100

Best written essay about the SPFGI experience = $100

In case of a tie, cash prizes will be shared.

Eligibility for the special U-10 and U-13 prizes are for girls born after January 1, 2008 and 2005 respectively.


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