The SPF regretfully announces the cancellation of 2020 SPF Girls' Invitational


​Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the SPF regretfully announces the cancellation of 2020 SPF Girls' Invitational at Webster University. However, an official announcement will be made soon about the 2020 SPFGI Online Championship with significant prizes.

17th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational
June 18-23, 2020 at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri)

Since 2003, the Susan Polgar Foundation, through our supporters, donors, and partners, has awarded $5.5+ million in scholarships & prizes!

Rules & Conditions

The Annual SPF Girls’ Invitational (SPFGI), in its 17th year, is the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States. It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the US Chess Federation 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 to nominate one representative.

Official representatives should be nominated by April 20, 2020. Should the state affiliate / country fail to respond to the notice for this tournament, the SPFGI Committee may select a candidate from that state, province, or country. An official alternate may be selected for each representative by May 1, 2020.

Special qualifying events: The Susan Polgar Foundation (SPF) will award automatic qualifying spots to the reigning winners in each section of the annual SPF National Open for Girls, the SPF World Open for Girls, as well as to the winner of the top section of the North American All Girls Championship.

SPFGI Committee and its members may elect to award a limited number of wild cards each year for the SPF Girls’ Invitational.

Eligibility: All participants should be under the age of 19 as of January 1st of the year in which the tournament is held (regardless if they are in elementary, middle or high school or even college/university). For 2020, this means players must be born on or after January 1, 2001.

There is no entry fee to participate in the 2020 SPFGI.

The organization will provide complimentary on-campus accommodation to:

a) all official state/country nominees who qualified through a qualification tournament or have a minimum of 1600 USCF or FIDE rating;
b) all 2100+ USCF or FIDE rated players (any list January through May 2020);
c) champions of a prior SPFGI;
d) winner of the high school section at the 2019 SPFNO and 2020 SPFWO;

For all others, inexpensive accommodations are available for housing and dining on Webster University’s campus. All players are responsible for their own travel.

Please note that all reservations and registrations MUST be made (and if applicable, accommodation expenses fully prepaid) no later than May 10, 2020, at the event website.

All past participants of the SPNI and SPFGI (Susan Polgar National Invitational / Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational 2004–2019) are invited to participate in the 2020 SPFGI.

Alumnae under the age of 19, can participate in all events just as qualifiers do. Alumnae born prior to January 1, 2001 will have a separate Alumnae Blitz Championship on June 20 and can also participate in the training session, bughouse and puzzle solving competitions.

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 (5+0) and 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 2021 SPFGI.

SPFGI Champion: Webster University full tuition and fees scholarship *(approximately $28,000+ per year x 4 years) + Champion’s Cup ** 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 scholarship amount. For other ties, standard FIDE tiebreak methods will apply (C.02 11.5.3).

** The scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2024, 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.

Additional cash prizes:

1st place = $4,000
2nd place = $2,000
3rd place = $1,000
4th place = $500
Top under 13 = $500
Top under 10 = $500

Special prizes:

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000
Perfect triple-crown champion (winning all 3 by the score of 10/10 in blitz, 20/20 in puzzle solving, 6/6 in main event) = $2,500
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 the event of a tie, cash prizes will be split.

Eligibility for the special U-10 and U-13 prizes are for girls born after January 1, 2010 and 2007 respectively.

The Polgar Committee’s goal is to have all 50 states (including two representatives for California, and two for Missouri), the District of Columbia, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America as well as the Caribbean) represented. We strongly encourage each state and the District of Columbia affiliate to hold a scholastic championship tournament to determine each state’s champion and representative. If no qualifier is held, rating criteria is also acceptable. A scholastic girls’ champion or the highest rated girls’ scholastic player in a state without a state affiliate to US Chess Federation should contact the SPFGI Committee as soon as possible.

Event schedule:

Thursday, June 18 - Arrival Day

Friday, June 19
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Seminar & Training
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Puzzle Solving Championship
3:00 pm: Blitz Championship
7:30 pm: Bughouse Championship

Saturday, June 20
1:00 pm Opening Ceremony
2:00 pm SPFGI Championship Round 1
Alumnae Blitz Tournament (Time TBD)
(for alumnae born before January 1, 2001)

Sunday, June 21
9:30 am SPFGI Championship Round 2
9:45 am Friends & Family Event Round 1
3:00 pm SPFGI Championship Round 3
3:15 pm Friends & Family Event Round 3

Monday, June 22
9:30 am SPFGI Championship Round 4
9:45 am Friends & Family Event Round 3
3:00 pm SPFGI Championship Round 5
3:15 pm Friends & Family Event (final) Round 4

Tuesday, June 23
9:00 am SPFGI Championship Round 6
2:00 pm Closing Ceremony
3:00 pm Departure

The SPFGI Committee Chairperson is Dr. Judit Sztaray (CA-N).

For further details see the FAQ page.

NOTICE TO ALL STATE OFFICIALS: Please send the nomination from your state/province/country to the SPFGI Committee:
Contact info in regards to event accommodation and other logistical questions: Clare Brown at 314-246-8075 or email


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