The overall winner of the tournament who is now eligible to represent Louisiana in the Polgar Invitational Tournament is Amelia Wyzywany from Shreveport. Amelia won the right to be Louisiana’s representative by winning with a score of 4.5 out of 5.0 points.
Second overall winner and alternate representative is Devorah Kaufmann, who resides in New Orleans and attends Torah Academy in Metairie. Devorah’s final score in the tournament qualifier was 4.0 points.
In the Open Section, in addition to Amelia Wyzywany coming in first place as well as overall, Devorah Leah Nemes who attends Torah Academy in Metairie placed second with 4.0 points, and Cecilia Tisserand of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans came in third place with 3.5 points.
In the U700 Section, Devorah Kaufmann placed first, Rose Koochekpour placed second with 3.5 points, and Marella Ma won third place with 3.0 points. Both Ms. Koochekpour and Ms. Ma attend Metairie Academy.
In the U400 Section, first place winner was Jamie Scherdin of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Kenner with 3.0 points, while second place was copped by Eva Coman of Lusher Academy with 3.0 points. Third place was captured by Bridget Adam of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School with 2.5 points.
The 2009 GM Susan Polgar National Invitational Tournament for Girls will be held the week of July 26-31 in Lubbock, Texas.