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AVA MORENO BEATS HER DAD, ALDERMAN JOE MORENO OF CHICAGO IN BETWEEN HER GAMES.


TWO GREENWICH ACADEMY GIRLS SHOW THEIR EXCITEMENT AS THE TOURNAMENT PROGRESSES.


THE COMFORT OF STUFFED ANIMALS IS PALPABLE BETWEEN ROUNDS.


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An atmosphere of fun and excitement at the All-Girls National Championship, as captured in this photo essay.


Text and Photos By Jorge Barrera


variety of chess tournaments. Every year there are enough large tournaments to keep the most enthusiastic and serious of chess players content:


these include the Chicago Open, Chicago Class, Midwest Class, as well as the U.S. Amateur Team North matches. Yet, one of the most special tournaments that Chicago hosts, in my opin- ion, is the All-Girls Chess Championships. A decade ago, when I was first becoming involved in chess


with the Berkeley Chess School in California, one of the things that surprised me most was that there were tourna- ments reserved just for girls. I was puzzled by this separation; why did there need to be a delineation? Yet, when I saw first- hand how much more relaxed the girls were on their own, I began to understand the need for an environment where girls could feel less intimidated and more at ease with the


32 Chess Life — July 2012 uschess.org


hen one thinks of Chicago, one often thinks of its impressive architecture, blues music, and deep-dish pizza, but equally impressive are its


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