August 8, 2011
The story of the Chess Cinderella of Palo Alto, Calif., started here in Norfolk in June during a phone call with an international chess grandmaster in Lubbock, Texas. Susan Polgar and I were talking about the free chess program I run at the Lamberts Point Community Center and how hard it is for many to get a shot at a scholarship.
I was complaining that I never see much diversity in scholarship tournaments, and she decided to put a fully charged magic wand in my hands. She offered to give whatever player I recommended a wild card invitation to the Susan Polgar Girls’ Chess Invitational at Texas Tech. Three girls in the tournament would win $40,000 scholarships to Texas Tech, in addition to two days of instruction from Polgar herself.