12-Year-Old Wins Susan Polgar Foundation Girls' Invitational Chess Tournament at Webster University

Jul. 31, 2017

12-Year-Old Wins Susan Polgar Foundation Girls' Invitational
The 2017 tournament drew 75 girls from North, Central and South America.

Nastassja Matus, a 12-year-old from Minnesota, became the youngest champion ever in the 14th Annual Susan Polar Foundation Girls’ Invitational held last week at Webster University.

The annual tournament brought 75 young women and girls from 13 countries in North, Central and South America to Webster competing for scholarships and prizes.

It is not an open event, but rather one where participants must be nominated by their state or country, either as the girls' champion or by chess rating.

Seven past alumnae from past Girls' Invitationals were on hand for this year's opening, reconnecting with Webster University chess head coach Susan Polgar and sharing how the experience impacted their lives.

Scenes from the 14th annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls' Invitational
Nastassja Matus, 12, became the youngest champion in the tournament's 14-year history.

Watch news coverage from NBC affiliate KSDK on that topic and the tournament results here.

See more photos from the event in this Webster University Facebook album or on Google Photos

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