Thursday, June 22, 2006

Georgia Chess Girls Show Their Stuff


What two Catholic schoolgirls did in Vegas is too good to stay in Vegas.

Georgia Olvera, 8, won the under-10 age division in the blitz competition at the Susan Polgar World Open Chess Championship for Girls in Las Vegas, and her schoolmate at Central Catholic School, Kelliinez Lopez, 11, won seventh place in the under-13 division of regular play.

Georgia, a third-grader whose permanent teeth still are growing in, competed in six rounds of five-minute games against opponents as old as 17 last weekend at Riviera Casino Hotel. The first-place win brought the girl, who loves hula hooping and skipping rope, a hologram-etched trophy nearly thigh-high.

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