Texas Armed Forces Chess
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Texas Armed Forces Chess
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Texas Armed Forces Chess (TXAFC) is a subordinate element of American Legion Post 379, a 501(C)(19) organization located at 1245 N. Industrial Blvd, Bedford, TX   76021.   See our TXAFC website: http://texasarmedforceschess.com.


2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship

August 17th and 18th, 2019
City of North Richland Hills, Texas

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Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.

     From the farthest reaches of Texas, came sixteen. They are more than ordinary chess players. Some are young and beginning their life journey. Some are students. Some have advanced degrees up to Ph.D. level. Some are authors and writers. Some are nurses, mental health professionals and teachers. Some are veterans who served our Nation honorably. Some are business owners. Some are spouses of veterans who served or are continuing to serve. Some are volunteers and leaders in various charity organizations. Some are Homeschool parents. Two players are former Texas State Women's Chess Champions. One is a former Texas Amateur Chess Champion. One is a former Nebraska State Girls Elementary Chess Champion. Some serve as leaders of Texas Chess Association and chess clubs. They each touch and enrich many lives.

     They juggle careers, family, volunteer work, and chess. All are exemplary role models making contributions far beyond normal boundaries. For one brief weekend, life paused so each could be made to feel special.


This is their story.


Nicole Niemi Crowned

Texas Women's Chess Champion

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Nicole Niemi (center in the photo) was crowned 2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion on tie-breaks over Woman International Master Alexey Root, Ph.D. (from Denton), the 1998 Texas Women's Chess Champion. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     Both players played flawlessly throughout this Championship, in the North Richland Hills Library, during the period of August 17-18, 2019. Both finished with 3.5/4 points after their hard-fought draw on Board One in the final round. The Modified-Median tiebreak system tipped the scales toward Ms. Niemi.

     More about Nicole Niemi:

     From Garland ♕ Texas Amateur Co-Champion (2016) ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ Ranked in the 92nd Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 97th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 96th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked Number 60 on the USA Top 100 Quick Rating Top Women List ♕ Ranked Number 32 on the USA Top 100 Blitz Rating Top Women List ♕ 302 events and 1,259 games since her first rated tournament in 1995 ♕ Lifetime 58.5 win percentage ♕ 72.1 win percentage during past 12 months ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕ Her 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) games can be found here:

     Click here to see Nicole Niemi's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


WIM Alexey Root Wins 2nd Place

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; WIM Alexey Root; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Woman International Master Alexy Root scored 3.5/4 and settled for 2nd Place on tie-breaks. She is the 1998 Texas Women's Chess Champion. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     More about WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.:

     From Denton ♕ US Chess Life Member ♕ FIDE Woman International Master ♕ US Chess National Master (earned Certificate in 1992) ♕ US Women's Chess Champion (1989) ♕ Texas Women's Chess Champion (1998) ♕ Pan-American Open Co-Champion (1998) ♕ South Central Regional All Women and Girls Chess Championship Co-Champion—Champion on Tie-Breaks (2018) ♕ Peak US Chess Rating = 2260 ♕ Ranked in the 96th Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 98th Percentile for all USA Women ♕ Ranked in the 98th Percentile for all Texas Players ♕ Ranked Number 27 on the USA Top 100 Quick Rating Top Women List ♕ Ranked Number 3 on the USA Top 100 Quick Rating Top Women Age 50 and Over List ♕ Ranked Number 5 (tied) on the USA Top 100 Women Age 50 and Over List ♕ Ranked Number 73 (tied) on the USA Top Top Women List ♕ Since US Chess began keeping Electronic Records, played 322 games in 72 events with a 54.8 win percentage ♕ Since the fall of 1999, Dr. Root has been a lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas, teaching online courses about Chess in Education ♕ Chess Journalist (Texas Knights)—Published over 20 articles dating back to the 1990's ♕ Chess Journalist (Chess Life and Chess Life Online)—At least 10 published articles since 2018 ♕ Author of numerous Chess Books ♕ This is her fourth Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕ Her 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) games can be found here:

     Click here to see WIM Alexey Root's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Christina Fidaire Wins 3rd Place

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Christina Fidaire; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Christina Fidaire scored 3.0/4 and tied with two others for 3rd Place. Her only loss was to WIM Alexey Root in Round 3. Favorable tie-breaks tipped the scales in her favor. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Christina Fidaire; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     More about Cristina Fidaire:

     From Plano ♕ Ranked in the 94th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 91st Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 81st Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕ Her 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) games can be found here:

     Click here to see Cristina Fidaire's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Jerquila Slaughter Crowned

Texas Women's Reserve Chess Champion

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Jerquila Slaughter; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Jerquila Slaughter tied with seven players with a 2.0/4 score. Favorable tie-breaks enabled her to snare the title of Texas Women's Reserve Chess Champion. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Jerquila Slaughter; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     More about Jerquila Slaughter, M.Ed, M.S.:

     From Mesquite ♕ Ranked in the 81st Percentile for all USA Women ♕ Ranked in the 74th Perentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Teaches History 1301 and History 1302 at the Secondary and Post Secondary Levels ♕ Chess Coach for the past four years ♕ Also coaches Debate and Mock Trial ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕ Her 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) games can be found here:

     Click here to see Jerquila Slaughter's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Carol Heise Crowned

Texas Women's Novice Chess Champion

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Carol Heise; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Carol Heise scored 2.0/4 points and won the title of Texas Women's Novice Chess Champion. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Carol Heise; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     More about Carol Heise:

     From Springtown ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrent "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ Ranked in the 64th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 54th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕ Her 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) games can be found here:

     Click here to see Carol Heise's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Liberty Mata Crowned

Texas Women's Unrated Chess Champion

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From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Liberty Mata; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Liberty Mata scored 2.0/4 points in her first rated tournament and won the title of Texas Women's Unrated Chess Champion. From left to right: Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Liberty Mata; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

     More about Liberty Mata:

     From Hazlet ♕ In high school and homeschooled, became an avid chess player the past two years while participating in the Tarrant County Chess Club and the Arlington Chess Club ♕ Her chess coach is Chess Expert Fred Pennnington, the 1985 Texas Amateur Chess Champion and 2017 Texas Armed Forces Air Force Champion ♕ She was our youngest player (age 16) and this was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Click here to see Liberty Mata's 2019 TXWCC Games

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


It's not just about Awards

It's the Words that come with them

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     In addition to the usual momentos for placing well in the Championship, special game awards were presented. Sharon Basepogu, an accomplished chess player, carefully evaluated all nominated games, took copious notes, and rehearsed. Her presentations were flawless. When the certificates were presented everyone learned why the player's creativity, not just the game's outcome, were so meaningful.


Carol Heise Honored with

Molly Pitcher Award

for Best Comeback Win

2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship

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From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Carol Heise; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Carol Heise was honored with the Molly Pitcher Award for the Best Comback Win over her tough Round 2 opponent. From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Carol Heise; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu.

     Click here to see the game: 2019 TXWCC Best Comeback Win

     "Just like Molly Pitcher who ran back to her husband's cannon and started helping the crew, this player went back over the position and made an outstanding move which determined the result of the game." Games Judge Sharon Basepogo commented. "She had a beautiful and incredible plan to attack the Kingside. She played a few sneaky moves and used her Bishop and Queen to trap the enemy King. Even though she was down in material, in the beginning, her comeback was out of this world."

     About Molly Pitcher:

     During the Revolutionary War, Mary Hayes McCauley stayed with her husband as he served in the 4th Artillery of the Continental Army. She was a "camp follower" joining other wives and women who cooked, washed clothes, and cared for sick and wounded Soldiers. At the Battle of Monmouth, on June 28th, 1778, it was a sweltering day. Mary Hayes carried buckets of water to cool hot cannons and thirsty Soldiers. The Soldiers fondly called her "Molly Pitcher" as she accomplished her task.

     She was in harm’s way. A cannon shot passed between her legs and carried her petticoat away. Then her husband collapsed. The battle was lost, and panic began. Mary Hayes ran to her husband’s cannon, joined the crew, helped load, and fired again and again. She saved the day for our young Nation.

     She received a lifetime pension for her heroism. At a cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, she is honored with a headstone engraved with the name "Molly Pitcher."

     Source: History.com

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Margaret Bailon-Labednick Honored

with Saint Joan of Arc Award

for Most Hard-fought Victory

2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship

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From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Margaret Bailon-Labednick; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Margaret Bailon-Labednick was honored with the Saint Joan of Arc Award for a hard-fought victory over her tough Round 4 opponent. From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Margaret Bailon-Labednick; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu.

     Click here to see the game: 2019 TXWCC Most Hard-fought Victory

     "This game was definitely a game everyone would watch anyday." Games Judge Sharon Basepogo remarked. "This player kept her mind in the game no matter what happened. If a free piece was captured, she didn't let it affect her focus. Towards the end, the game was tight. Time was low and once again it didn't affect her at all."

     More about Margaret Bailon-Labednick:

     Texas Chess Association's Region VII Director ♕ From Corpus Christi ♕ Founder, Homeschoolers Unlimited Texas Chess Team (Corpus Christi, TX) ♕ Ranked in the 79th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 71st Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     About Saint Joan of Arc:

     During the "Hundred Years War" when England tried to conquer a weak and divided France, Joan of Arc was a 12-year old French peasant girl who was inspired by holy visions and conversations with Saints. She was inspired to travel a perilous journey and convince the uncrowned Dauphin of France, Charles VII, to reclaim his crown and defeat the English. She was very persuasive. So much so he placed her in command of his armies. Within a year Joan of Arc led the French army to victories at Orleans, Patay and Troyes. French Soldiers loved her and would follow her anywhere. Many other towns were liberated, and it enabled the coronation of King Charles VII on 17 July 1429.

     In May 1430 she was captured while leading a rear-guard action and disloyal French nationalists sold her to the English. The English put her on trial for witchcraft. Her faith never wavered. At age 19, in May 1431 the English burned her at the stake. Seven years after her death all of France was united under King Charles VII and the English were defeated. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XV on May 16, 1920.

     Source: Encyclopedia Britannica

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Doctor Patti Strauch Honored

with Tammie Jo Shults Award

for Biggest Upset

2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship

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From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Doctor Patti Strauch; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Dr. Patti Strauch was honored with the Tammie Jo Shults Award for achieving the biggest upset in her first-ever rated game. From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; Dr. Patti Strauch; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu.

     Click to see the game: 2019 TXWCC Biggest Upset

     "Let's just start by saying this game blew my mind!" Games Judge Sharon Basepogo exclaimed. "Even after her opponent attacked her Kingside on almost every single move, she kept her "game face" on and and kept playing like a champion. Also, most people would have given up after losing their Queen, like she did. But definitely not this player."

     More about Patti Strauch, DVM:

     From Sonora ♕ Veterinarian who has been playing chess for 2 years ♕ Participates in frontier re-enactments, both mounted & unmounted ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship

     About Tammie Jo Shults:

     On April 17, 2018, the left engine on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 exploded mid-air, killing one passenger. The Boeing 737 had just departed New York's LaGuardia Airport en-route to Dallas when the left engine exploded, and ruptured metal flew towards a window. One passenger was nearly sucked out a gaping hole. Several passengers were seriously hurt. For the surviving 148 souls it was GAME OVER.

     However, Tammy Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots to serve in the United States Navy, was in the cockpit. Two co-pilots were with her; Darren Ellison and God. She talked with both often as she slowed the aircraft down and changed course for an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Through it all her competence, leadership and mannerisms calmed passengers and crew alike. They made a safe landing.

     Source: Today.com

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


WIM Alexey Root Honored with

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War Award

for Most Brilliant Game

2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship

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From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Woman International Master Alexy Root was honored with the Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War Award for her brilliant win over her third round opponent. From left to right: Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia; Chief Organizer and Fundraiser Jim Hollingsworth; WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.; and Games Judge Sharon Basepogu.

     Click here to see the game: 2019 TXWCC Most Brilliant Game

     "Wow! Let's start by saying wow! Just like Athena, this player had wisdom, courage, skills, and so much more." Games Judge Sharon Basepogo enthusiastically gushed. "This was such a beautiful game where both opponents played so strong. White had such a strong attack on the Black King. It was kind of equal until White played this amazing and tricky in-between move. That move stopped Black from taking a piece. When that was played, it gave White the power to help end the game."

     About Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War:

     Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. She was the daughter of Zeus; no mother bore her. She sprang from Zeus’s head, full-grown and clothed in armor. She was praised for her compassion and generosity. She was a patron of the arts and crafts, especially when it came to spinning and weaving. The owl was her bird, and the olive tree was hers. Athena invented the flute, but she never played it.

     An example of her brilliancy occurred when Athena went to the aid of Perseus in his quest to kill Medusa. Looking directly at MEDUSA would turn any man to stone, so Athena provided PERSEUS with her polished shield. Using it, he was able to see Medusa as if looking in a mirror. Athena guided his hand as he cut off Medusa’s head with his sword.

     Source: greekgodsandgoddesses.net

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Brenda Hardesty Honored with

WIM Ruth Inez Haring

Chess Legacy Award

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From left to right: Distinguished Selection Committee Member Maritta Del Rio Sumner; Brenda Hardesty; US Chess Life Master Austen Green; and Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro in North Richland Hills, Texas.

     In the photo (from left to right): Distinguished Selection Committee Member Maritta Del Rio Sumner; Brenda Hardesty; US Chess Life Master Austen Green; and Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth.

     At the Women’s Banquet associated with the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC), during a surprise presentation, Brenda Hardesty, from Scheicher County, received the Woman International Master Ruth Inez Haring Chess Legacy Award from the Texas Chess Association. Ms. Hardesty was playing in her sixth TXWCC and won the Title in 1999. She is a Senior Tournament Director with credit for 35 events as Chief TD. She is a past member/chair of the Texas Chess Association Scholastic Committee. She also served as a Regional Director for TCA. She is ranked in the 73rd Percentile for all USA Chess Players; ranked in the 90th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players; ranked in the 86th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players; ranked Number 55 on the USA Top 100 Top Women Age 50 and Over List and ranked Number 20 on the USA Top 100 Top Women Seniors List. Since her first rated tournament in November 1995, 157 games in 33 events (66.7 win-percentage in past year). She was a regular contributor to Texas Knights and other chess publications.

     TXWCC Organizers worked on this secret project since late last year. They reviewed WIM Haring’s games, read everything they could find about her, and reached out to WIM Haring’s friends and family. The one thing that stuck out the most was her desire to be with other chess players whenever and wherever possible. On weekends if there was a tournament somewhere, she would be there!

     Woman International Master Ruth Inez Haring was more than a chess player. She uplifted, nurtured and inspired. For those she touched she made all the difference in the world. Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth remarked, "As I look at her and I look at our 16 players, I see so much of Ruth Haring in each one of you. I see so much of you in her. I asked a question."

     "Which of our players best exemplifies the life, values and spirit of WIM Ruth Inez Haring?"

     To answer the question, a blue-ribbon committee was formed consisting of distinguished individuals with exemplary leadership experience, including a US Chess Original Life Master. They each received a 23-page packet containing player bios, photos, MSA data, statistics, and personal stories to understand each player’s impact on Texas Chess. To avoid Organizer bias and undue influence they were given no criteria, no guidance, and were trusted to do the right thing. They were asked to provide one name.

     One name.

     They provided one name.

     Congratulations to Brenda Hardesty for this well-deserved honor.

     More about Brenda Hardesty:

     From Schleicher County ♕ Texas Women's Chess Champion (1999) ♕ Senior Tournament Director (35 events as Chief TD) ♕ Past member/chair of Texas Chess Association Scholastic Committee ♕ Past Regional Director for TCA ♕ Ranked in the 73rd Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 90th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 86th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked Number 55 on the USA Top 100 Top Women Age 50 and Over List ♕ Ranked Number 20 on the USA Top 100 Top Women Seniors List ♕ Since her first rated tournament in November 1995, 157 games in 33 events (66.7 win percentage in past year) ♕ This was her sixth Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro in North Richland Hills, Texas.


Chief Organizer's Comments

about the

WIM Ruth Inez Haring

Chess Legacy Award

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     "I am blessed with many friends. Three in particular possess extraordinary achievements and backgrounds. They are well educated, professional, and possess exemplary leadership qualities. They have the knack for inspiring others to accomplish incredible results. I asked them to be the judges for this special award. They all said "Yes" and I am deeply grateful. Listed alphabetically are:"

  • "US Chess Original Life Master Austen Green"
  • "Courtney Kinkaid, Assistant Library Director, North Richland Hills"
  • "Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Colonel, US Air Force (retired)"


"Thank you Austen, Courtney and Maritta. You did much good."



The Remaining Players

(in Alphabetical Order)

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Sheba Basepogu

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This was Sheba Basepogu's second Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Sheba Basepogu:

     From Allen ♕ Local Director (33 events as Chief Director since March 2018) ♕ Ranked in the 54th Percentile for all USA Female Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 41st Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ 34 events and 96 games since her first rated tournament in January 2018 ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Renate Garcia

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This was Renate Garcia's first Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Renate Garcia:

     From El Paso ♕ Texas Chess Association Secretary ♕ Region IV Scholastic Rep ♕ Club Director ♕ Organizes tournaments and fundraisers for Veterans Chess ♕ Organized and conducted a fundraiser tournament resulting in Donations (Cash and In-Kind) of $271.97 for this Championship ♕ Crusaders Chess Club President (El Paso) ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Sheryl Mc Broom

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This was Sheryl Mc Broom's first Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Sheryl Mc Broom:

     From Bedford ♕ Texas Veterans Student Champion (2018) ♕ Executive Officer, Texas Armed Forces Chess ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ American Legion Post 379 Chess Club Member ♕ Fort Worth Veterans Chess Club Member ♕ Chess Photographer ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.


Wendy Reed

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This was Wendy Reed's second Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Wendy Reed:

     From Roanoke ♕ Club Director ♕ Alliance Chess Club Co-Founder ♕ Club Tournament Director (13 events as Chief Director) ♕ Ranked in the 46th Percentile for all USA Women ♕ Since her first rated tournament in March 2013, 44 events and 166 games ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Clarese Roberts

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This was Clarese Roberts' second Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Clarese Roberts:

     From Fort Worth ♕ Texas Veterans Women's Champion (2018) ♕ Ranked in the 58th Percentile for all USA Women Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 45th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Deborah Shafer

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This was Deborah Shafer's first Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Deborah Shafer:

     From Waco ♕ Nebraska Girls Elementary Champion (1987) ♕ Chess Champion of the Southern California Christian School Association's Fine Arts Competition (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994) ♕ Runs the Waco Homeschool Chess Club ♕ Adjutant for the Texas Military Chess Team ♕ Waco/Baylor Chess Club member. ♕ Ranked in the 88th Percentile for all USA Women ♕ Ranked in the 82nd Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 69th Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ 55 percent win percentage over the past year ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.


Barbara Swafford

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This was Barbara Swafford's second Texas Women's Chess Championship. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Barbara Swafford:

     From Crowley ♕ Texas Chess Association's "Heart of Texas Award" Recipient (2018)—for her many years of selfless service—Thousands of Texas scholastic and youth chess players proudly display trophies in their homes that were personally assembled and delivered to tournament directors by Barb Swafford ♕ Texas Chess Association Treasurer (2004–2005, 2007–Present) ♕ Dallas Chess Club Secretary/Treasurer (2007–Present) ♕ Ranked in the 60th Percentile for all USA Women ♕ Ranked in the 45th Percentile for all Texas Women ♕ This was her second Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Cross Table

2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship
August 17th and 18th, 2019
North Richland Hills, Texas
Louis Reed, Chief Tournament Director
Klaus Garcia, Chief Asstistant TD

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# Name     Rtng Post Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Total Prize
1 WIM Alexey Root     2000 2000 W-8 W-6 W-3 D-2 3.5 2nd Place
2 Nicole Niemi     1808 1817 W-9 W-5 W-4 D-1 3.5 Champion
3 Cristina Fidaire     1464 1463 W-10 W-12 L-1 W-15 3.0 3rd Place
4 Brenda Hardesty     1234 1243 W-11 W-16 L-2 W-6 3.0
5 Deborah Shafer     1126 1127 W-14 L-2 W-11 W-12 3.0
6 Jerquila Slaughter     0816 0881 W-15 L-1 W-16 L-4 2.0 Reserve Champ
7 M B-Labednick     0814 0749 L-16 L-10 W-13 W-11 2.0
8 Barbara Swafford     0512 0478 L-1 L-15 W-14 L-10 1.0
9 Clarese Roberts     0489 0439 L-2 W-14 L-12 L-16 1.0
10 Carol Heise     0474 0567 L-3 W-7 L-15 W-8 2.0 Novice Champ
11 Wendy Reed     0348 0340 L-4 Bye L-5 L-7 1.0
12 Sheba Basepogu     0371 0424 Bye L-3 W-9 L-5 2.0
13 Sheryl Mc Broom     0102 0149 ½Bye ½Bye L-7 W-14 2.0
14 Renate Garcia     UNR 0101 L-5 L-9 L-8 L-13 0.0
15 Liberty Mata     UNR 0783 L-6 W-8 W-10 L-3 2.0 Unrated Champ
16 Patti Strauch, DVM     UNR 0828 W-7 L-4 L-6 W-9 2.0



Texas Women Champions

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A Great Championship requires a Great Staff

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Photo by WIM Alexey Root at North Richland Hills Library.

     Behind any epic chess adventure, such as the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC), is an exemplary tournament staff. Seated (from left to right): Klaus Garcia, Chief Assistant TD; Sharon Basepogu, Games Judge; Anneliese Garcia, Deputy Master of Ceremonies; and Sheryl Mc Broom, Chief Photographer. Standing (from left to right): Mike Bowden, Twitter Admin; Dale Chaney, Adjutant; Chess Expert Jim Hollingsworth, Chief Organizer; and Senior Tournament Director Louis Reed, Chief TD. A record 16 women played in the August 2019 TXWCC, a 501(C)3 non-profit event overseen by the Texas Chess Association (TCA). The old record was 13 players.

     Social Media played a big role in the Championship's success. Since July 2018, Jim Hollingsworth managed a robust Facebook publicity campaign to recruit players and donations. In February 2019 Mike Bowden, a TCA Life Member and Twitter enthusiast, came on board as the Twitter Administrator. Mike's brilliancy and dedication resulted in the entire world, from Australia to California to New York to Florida to England, being aware and watching the 2019 TXWCC. A sponsor from Great Britain read about the 2019 TXWCC on Twitter and made an “In-Kind” gift valued at $1,140.00. Fundraising was also impacted. A $100.00 online donation was received because of Mike's tweets. Also, one Twitter user traveled over an hour and donated $20 at the April Watauga Pizza Hut fundraiser tournament. Later that player joined the Texas Chess Team. Twitter’s combined impact for the 2019 TXWCC was $1,260.00. Especially significant was Mike Bowden staying at the tournament site two full days and tweeting standings, results and whatever seemed newsworthy. Over the 2019 TXWCC weekend this resulted in 13,074 Twitter impressions.

     For the first time in history, TXWCC games were broadcast live online via Twitch. A few months prior James Walters donated a DGT e-board to the sponsoring affiliate, Texas Armed Forces Chess (a subordinate element of American Legion Post 379). Louis Reed has the expertise necessary to make it operational. The games had a total of 120 views with people from around the World commenting in chat rooms. The link:

     https://www.twitch.tv/texaschesschamps/videos

     Jim Hollingsworth and Sheryl Mc Broom are both members of the Fort Worth Veterans Chess Club and the American Legion Post 379 Chess Club. Senior Tournament Director Louis Reed is President of the Alliance Chess Club. Jim, Sheryl and Louis are also members of the Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team and the Texas Chess Team.

     Photo by WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D. at North Richland Hills Library.



Louis Reed

Chief Tournament Director

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Senior Tournament Director Louis Reed:

     From Roanoke ♕ Fast rising star, on a National level, for Tournament Directors and Organizers ♕ Hand picked for Deputy Chief Arbiter, 3rd FIDE World Junior U20 Championship for Players with Disabilities ♕ 90 Tournaments as Chief Director ♕ President and Co-Founder, Alliance Chess Club ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ Ranked in the 90th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 79th Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Klaus Garcia

Chief Assistant TD

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Chief Assistant TD Klaus Garcia:

     From El Paso ♕ Club Tournament Director ♕ 2 Tournaments as Chief Director ♕ Ranked in the 86th Percentile for all USA Juniors ♕ Ranked in the 84th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 71st Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Talented Musician (trumpet) ♕ Future Goals include Grand Master and Neurologist ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Sharon Basepogu

Games Judge

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Games Judge Sharon Basepogu:

     From Allen ♕ House Player for 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (does not affect standings) ♕ Texas Girl’s Middle School State Chess Champion (2019) ♕ Qualified and advanced to the 2019 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitationals (tied for 7th with 13 players in 82-player event with a 2.5/6 score) ♕ Ranked in the 94th Percentile for all USA Females ♕ Ranked in the 92nd Percentile for all USA Juniors ♕ Ranked in the 91st Percentile for all Texas Chess players ♕ Ranked in the 81st Percentile for all USA Chess players ♕ Tied for 35th for all USA Girls age 15 ♕ Ranked Number 93 in Quick Ratings for all Girls under Age 16 ♕ Studied under GM Annakov Babakuli ♕ 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo ♕ Plays Tennis ♕ Future goals include the Medical Field ♕ Her Chess Hero is her Mom who played in two Texas Women's Chess Championship (2018 and 2019) ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Mike Bowden

Twitter Admin

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Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Twitter Admin Mike Bowden AKA "Coach Michael":

     From Dallas ♕ His tweets raised a Total of $1,260 in Cash and In-Kind Donations for the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC) ♕ Added to Texas Chess Association's permanent Staff on December 1, 2019 ♕ Especially significant was he stayed at the TXWCC tournament site two full days and tweeted standings, results and whatever seemed newsworthy ♕ Also especially significant, over the 2019 TXWCC weekend his tweets resulted in 13,074 Twitter impressions ♕ Learned chess at age 8 while watching his father play a friend ♕ 5th and 6th grade teacher ♕ Chess Coach and valued staff member of North Texas Chess Academy ♕

     Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.



Sheryl Mc Broom

Chief Photographer

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Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Chief Photographer Sheryl Mc Broom:

     From Bedford ♕ Texas Veterans Student Champion (2018) ♕ Executive Officer, Texas Armed Forces Chess ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ American Legion Post 379 Chess Club Member ♕ Fort Worth Veterans Chess Club Member ♕ Chess Photographer ♕ This was her first Texas Women's Chess Championship ♕

     Photo by Jim Hollingsworth at North Richland Hills Library.



Anneliese Garcia

Deputy Master of Ceremonies

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Deputy Master of Ceremonies Anneliese Garcia:

     From El Paso ♕ President, Vista Hills Elementary Chess Club (2018-2019) ♕ Ranked in the 58th Percentile of all USA Chess players ♕ Ranked in the 73rd Percentile for all USA Juniors ♕ Ranked in the 80th Percentile for all USA Females ♕ Ranked in the 71st Percentile of all Texas Chess players ♕ Played 231 Rated Chess Games since her first Tournament in November 2013 ♕ Future Goals include Woman Candidate Master and Veterinarian ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Dale Chaney, Adjutant

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     About Adjutant "Chef Dale" Chaney:

     From Fort Worth ♕ Retired US Air Force Finance Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) ♕ This was his fourth special Championship: Texas Armed Forces Open Chess Championship (2017, 2018) and Texas Women's Chess Championship (2018, 2019) ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     "We couldn't do all this without our Adjutant, Dale Chaney."

Jim Hollingsworth

http://ocfchess.org/



Jim Hollingsworth, Chief Organizer

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     About Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth:

     From North Richland Hills, Texas ♕ Local Tournament Director ♕ This was the 4th Texas Chess Association Championship he’s organized: Texas Armed Forces Open Chess Championship (2017, 2018) and Texas Women's Chess Championship (2018, 2019) ♕ Chief Organizer of the 2021 US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship in Grapevine, Texas ♕ Co-Founder of the "Real" Red River Shoot Out, the annual Team Match between the most Fanatical Chess Players in Oklahoma and Texas (the 18th RRSO will be on April 26th, 2019 in Davis, Oklahoma) ♕ Organizer of BRAZOS, the annual Team Match between the most Serious Chess Players in the Heart of Texas ♕ Founder of the Fort Worth Veterans Chess Club ♕ President and Founder of US Chess Affiliate Texas Armed Forces Chess ♕ Founder of The American Legion Post 379 Chess Club ♕ 47 Tournaments as Chief Director (since January 1, 1991) ♕ Texas Armed Forces Chess Champion (2018) ♕ Fort Bragg Chess Champion (2007) ♕ Fort Bragg Co-Champion (2006) ♕ SW Oklahoma Speed Chess Champion (1991) ♕ Lawton, OK City Speed Chess Champion (1990) ♕ Army Chess Team Member (1989) ♕ Cameron University Chess Champion (1987) ♕ Lawton, OK City Chess Champion (1986) ♕ Fort Hood Co-Champion (1983) ♕ Central Junior High School Chess Champion in Anchorage, Alaska (1970) ♕ Texas Chess Team Captain (2003, 2016, 2017) ♕ Texas Chess Team Member ♕ Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team Member ♕ Achieved published Chess Expert Rating in July 1998 ♕ Ranked in the 97th Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 92nd Percentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Owns a 50-year Collection of Chess Life & Review and Chess Life ♕ Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma ♕ Major, US Army (retired) ♕ Webmaster for several Chess websites — One of his websites, ocfchess.org, was voted Best General Chess Website by Chess Journalists of America (2016) ♕ Chess Journalists of America (CJA) Judge ♕ Mensa ♕ Toastmasters CTM ♕ Hobbies include Art and Photography ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.



Our Guest Speakers

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     The Texas Women's Chess Championship is not an ordinary tournament. Besides being a venue for outstanding skill and sportsmanship, motivational woman speakers with uplifting messages are recruited for the opening ceremonies, the Women’s Banquet, and award presentations. These women are achievers who overcame adversity. They are role models and offer mentorship for younger players at a crossroads for determining their life journey. They also validate the sacrifices and experiences of older players. Rita Wright Ouejesky, Cecilia Barham and Maritta Del Rio Sumner all fit the mold and had an extraordinary impact on this Championship. Likewise, Courtney Kincaid contributed greatly behind the scenes. Finally, special game awards were presented named after women with a significant impact upon humanty.



Rita Wright Oujesky

Council Member Place 2

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

Annelise Garcia (left) watches as Rita Wright Oujesky (center) is greeted by Jim Hollingsworth (right).

     Council Member Rita Wright Oujesky's message was much like she gave at last year's Championship. First, she welcomed all to "The City of Choice." Originally from Enid, Oklahoma; after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she and her husband, Ray, made the "big" move to North Richland Hills and never looked back. Her eloquent message was "The secret of happiness is freedom. And the secret of freedom is courage!"

     She went on to explain, "Soon after arriving in Texas a career opportunity as a financial advisor presented itself. In the 1980s this was a totally male-dominated field with very few women. Today it’s still male-dominated, although not like it was back then."

     She continued with, "So, I made the change. I needed courage. My husband and family supported and encouraged me. But, the decision was mine alone. And I have no regrets. I love what I do. I love talking with clients and assisting them with their investing needs." She added, "I treat my clients like I would want to be treated.” Today, Ms. Oujeskey is Vice-President for Investments at Raymond James & Associates, Inc."

     The Birdville Independent School District and North Richland Hills community benefited greatly from her volunteer work and leadership. She served on numerous boards and commissions. One day, the Mayor asked her to serve on the City Council. "This was another decision that took courage. This was entirely new to me. It was a challenge and I accepted the challenge." Ms. Oujesky has served on the City Council since 2012 and was Mayor Pro Tem from 2014 to 2015.

     She finished with this message, "Life is a continuous learning process. Have courage. Be bold and take that step."

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     More about Rita Wright Oujesky:

     North Richland Hills Council Member Place 2 (since 2012) ♕ Mayor Pro Tem (2014-2015) ♕ Vice President, Investments, Raymond James & Assoc, Inc. ♕ Originally from Enid, Oklahoma ♕ Bachelor's in Petroleum Land Management, University of Oklahoma ♕ Serves on Numerous Boards and Commissions ♕ Committee Member, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (TIF 1) ♕ Committee Member, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 (TIF 2) ♕ Committee Member, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) ♕ Committee Member, Crime Control and Prevention District ♕ Member, Landscape Review Board ♕ Member, Sign Review Board ♕ Member, Strategic Plan Committee ♕ Board Member, Park & Recreation Facilities Development Corporation ♕ Member, City Point Development Advisory Committee ♕ North Texas Commission, Board of Directors ♕ Community Service, Birdville ISD Education Foundation ♕ Community Service, Medical City North Hills ♕ Community Service, Skylark Community Homeowners Association ♕ Volunteer, PTA and Booster Club ♕ She and her husband Ray have two children ♕ Member of The Hills Church of Christ ♕

     Photos by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Cecilia Barham M.E., M.I.S.

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     North Richland Hills Library Director Cecilia Barham welcomed the players and commented about the nearly twenty-year relationship between the Library and Tarrant County chess organizations. "The North Richland Hills Library has a strong commitment to supporting our chess-playing community and we are honored to host the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship." She also gave an incredible statistic that amazed everybody. "Our Library has so many many books. If you took all of our books and laid them out end-to-end we could have a line of books stretching from here to Ireland!" She added "Some of those are chess books and they are very popular." The Library offers an after-school cheess program every Thursday.

     More about Cecila Barham:

     Director, NRH Library ♕ President, Texas Library Association ♕ Member, American Library Association ♕ Member, Texas Municipal Library Directors Association ♕ Active in many Civic and Professional Organizations ♕ Work history includes University of North Texas, Flower Mound and Decatur Public Libraries ♕ Numerous Awards for Excellence in Library Services ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Tom Crane

President, Texas Chess Association

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Texas Chess Association President Tom Crane greeted all players and gave them an idea of what to expect."Championships organized by Jim Hollingsworth and his staff are always impeccably run. You are in for an epic adventure few will ever experience!" He also talked about the wonderful relationship between the Tarrant County Chess Club and the North Richland Hills Library. "On Thursdays," he said, "Library staff host an after-school chess program and have been doing this for close to twenty years. We really like North Richland Hills Library and are blessed the people working here like us." He made another eloquent speech during the Women's Banquet and presented numerous awards. On Sunday he gave out gifts the players really enjoyed, such as chess hats, mugs, frisbees, and chess boards. He is a superb ambassador for chess.

     More about Tom Crane:

     From Arlington ♕ Texas Delegate to U.S. Open (2019, 2020) ♕ President, Texas Chess Association (TCA) (since 2018) ♕ Director, TCA Region II (2004-2007, 2010-present) ♕ President, Tarrant County Chess Club (since 2005) ♕ Recipient, National Chess Master Bill Wall Texas Legacy Award (2018) ♕ Texas Armed Forces Navy Champion (2018) ♕ Fort Worth Veterans Chess Champion (2018) ♕ US Chess Senior Tournament Director ♕ 252 Tournaments as Chief Director ♕ Ranked in the 91st Percentile for all Texas Chess Players ♕ Ranked in the 81st Percdentile for all USA Chess Players ♕ Originator of the idea for "Red River Shoot Out" (RRSO), the annual team match between Oklahoma and Texas ♕ Texas Chess Team Captain (2004, 2006-2008, 2011-2012, 2014-2015) ♕ Member, Texas Chess Team ♕ Member, Tarrant "Butchers" Chess Team ♕ "Most Fanatical Living Chess Player in Texas" distinction with credit for 15 RRSO's ♕ Big supporter of Texas Armed Forces and Veterans Chess ♕ Big supporter of Texas Women's Chess ♕

     Photos by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.



Courtney Kincaid

Assistant Library Director

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Photo by Jeff French at North Richland Hills Library.

     Courtney Kincaid was an exemplary guest speaker at 2018 Texas Women's Chess Championship. She was invited to the Women's Banquet, however important family obligations kept her away. She deserves mention here because of her extraordinary contribution as a member of a three-person selection committee for the Woman International Master Ruth Inez Haring Chess Legacy Award. When contacted in February she responded, "Good morning, Mr. Hollingsworth! I would be honored to serve on this award committee. Thank you for thinking of me. I’ve been reading about Ms. Ruth Haring and it sounds like she led a very fascinating and full life. I’m glad her son is continuing in chess tournaments."

     When Ms. Kincaid and her Committee received the packet containing photos, bios, MSA data, and stories they received no guidance. They were only asked to provide one name.

     One name. They provided one name. They chose wisely.

     More about Courtney Kincaid:

     From Weatherford ♕ North Richland Hills Assistant Library Director since November 2015 ♕ Master degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelors of English from Tarleton State University ♕ Her career journey began when she was an English Major at Tarlton State. She started as a work-study student in the school’s library and loved it. ♕ In 2015 she won the "I love my Librarian" award while working in the City of Granbury Library. The "I Love My Librarian" award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, or university librarians and is given at a ceremony in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York ♕ In 2016, she was "Honorable Mention" for the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) National Intellectual Freedom Award (NCTE), which honors individuals, groups, or institutions that merit recognition for advancing the cause of intellectual freedom ♕ She is active in many civic and professional organizations ♕ She served as a co-leader and then as secretary for the Leadership Granbury organization for five years ♕ Member, American Library Association (ALA). Because she’s a strong supporter for intellectual freedom, She was appointed to two-year term to serve as chair of the Texas Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and serves on a committee revising the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Manual ♕ Member, Texas Library Association (TLA) and served on TLA’s conference planning committee for the April 2018 TLA conference ♕ Her favorite hobbies include reading and hiking ♕

     Photos by Jeff French at North Richland Hills Library.



Maritta Del Rio Sumner

Distiguished Guest Speaker

Women's Banquet

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     For the second straight year, Maritta Del Rio Sumner, a retired Air Force Colonel, was the Women's Banquet's Keynote Speaker. This year her eloquent presentation was about Patriotism, "This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of brave and responsible citizens." She enhanced her message with an uplifting video story, "Fort McHenry & Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner." Colonel Sumner contributed greatly to the success of the 2019 Texas Women's Chess Championship. Behind the scenes she served on the Selection Committee for the Woman International Master Ruth Inez Haring Chess Legacy Award. She also made many of the presentations at the Awards Ceremony.

     More about Maritta Del Rio Sumner:

     President/CEO, Sumco, LP ♕ Colonel, US Air Force (retired) ♕ Ph.D. and two Masters Degrees ♕ Registered Nurse License with advanced credentials by the American Nurses Association in Administration ♕ Board Member, Air Power Council ♕ Member, Texas Governor’s Committee to Support the MilitaryLatino American Who’s Who Texas Top 100 Distinguished Member List ♕ Director, Conservative Education Scholarship Foundation ♕ Served on the Selection Board of Congressman Barton for the Air Force Academy ♕ Served as Congressional advisor for Military/Veteran, Health and Small Business issues ♕ Served on Advisory Board and was Past President for Recovery Resource Council, a non-profit addressing Substance Abuse in the community ♕ Provided Ombudsman intervention for Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve, under the Department of Defense ♕ In her spare time, she enjoys live theater and travel ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.



Austen Green

US Chess Original Life Master

TCA Lifetime Patron Member

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     Texas Chess Association awards the title of Lifetime Patron Member to donors who contribute $500 or more. By the time of the Texas Women's Chess Championship (TXWCC), US Chess Original Life Member (requires 300 rated games as a Master) Austen Green had donated $685.63 in Employer-matching funds to the TXWCC. On top of this he donated another $268.12 to the TCA General Fund ($953.75 total). It was a "No Brainer" for the TCA Fundraising Chair to recommend Austen Green for this honor.

     As this is written we are in a new TCA Fiscal Year (September 2019 to August 2020). Austen Green, using Employer-matching funds, donated $3,000.00 for TCA stipends and $2,534.78 for the TCA General Fund. To date, the grand total for all his donations is $6,448.53. He also entered all the 2019 TXWCC games into Chessbase and served on the Woman International Master Ruth Inez Haring Chess Legacy Award. With all this there can only be one thing left to say to Mr. Green for his incredible contributions.


Thank you so much Austen Green!

     More about US Chess Original Life Chess Austen Green:

     US Chess Original Life Member (requires 300 rated games as a Master — earned in 2010) ♕ Earned National Chess Master Certificate in 2008 ♕ Texas Amateur Chess Champion (2005) ♕ Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2005, 2006, 2007) ♕ Texas Chess Team member since 2007 (RRSO V) ♕ Ranked in the 99th Percentile for all USA chess players ♕ Ranked in the 99th Percentile for all Texas chess players ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.



Mike McCrady

Adjutant

American Legion Post 379

Bedford, Texas

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     Mike McCrady, Adjutant for American Legion Post 379, talked about how he first met Jim Hollingsworth. "Jim approached us with the idea of placing his US Chess Affiliate, Texas Armed Forces Chess, under our 501(C)(19) umbrella to support chess-playing veterans. This arrangement has worked out well for veterans and for our Post. He conducted one fundraiser tournament at our facility and raised $245 for last year's Texas Armed Forces Open Chess Championship. That was just the beginning. This Texas Women's Chess Championship has really benefited from our Post's sponsorship and Jim's leadership."

     He continued with, "This relationship is a real win-win. Our members love reading all the Facebook posts about the Women's Championship and general chess news, like Player of the Month. And a real bonus is one of our members is playing in this Championship along with another veteran. When the 2021 US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship finally arrives a lot of chess-playing veterans are going be well served because of Jim and his staff."

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.



Rob Jones

Senior Tournament Director

TCA Region III Director

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     Senior Tournament Director Rob Jones, TCA Region III Director, spoke at the Women's Banquet. Mr. Jones is a longtime supporter of Scholastic and Women's Chess. "I think it's wonderful we have a record number of players (16) in this Championship." He said, "But, there's so many more who should be here. I look forward to and envision the day when we have 50 and even 100 players in this Championship." Mr. Jones also generously donated $80 to help fund this Women's Chess Championship.

     More about Rob Jones:

     Texas Chess Association Region III Director ♕ Senior Tournament Director ♕ 1,838 tournaments as Chief Director since January 2005 ♕ Chess Tutor ♕

     Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.



Renate Garcia's Video Gallery

May require Facebook to View

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Clarese Roberts
National Anthem

Klaus Garcia
Women's Banquet

Texas Knights Editor
Women's Banquet

Austen Green
TCA Lifetime Patron Member

Keynote Speaker
Women's Banquet

Awards Ceremony
Sunday Afternoon



Tammy Matta's Video Gallery

Visible on You Tube

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Round One Action
2019 TXWCC

Group Photo Day
Women's Banquet

Austen Green
TCA Lifetime Patron Member

Louis and Wendy Reed
Thank You

Women's Banquet

Brenda Hardesty
Thank You

Women's Banquet

Dr. Patti R. Strauch
Biggest Upset

Award Ceremony

WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.
Most Brilliant Game

Award Ceremony

Liberty Matta
Women's Unrated Chess Champion

Award Ceremony

Carol Heise
Women's Novice Chess Champion

Award Ceremony

Jerquila Slaughter
Women's Reserve Chess Champion

Award Ceremony

Cristina Fidaire
3rd Place, 2019 TXWCC

Award Ceremony

WIM Alexey Root, Ph.D.
2nd Place, 2019 TXWCC

Award Ceremony

Nicole Niemi
2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion

Award Ceremony
Part One

Nicole Niemi
2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion

Award Ceremony
Part Two



Sheryl Mc Broom's Photo Gallery

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Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Annelise Garcia was very excited when she first learned her Mother was playing in the Texas Women's Chess Championship. She became even more excited when she was told "Mr. Hollingsworth wants Klaus to be Chief Assistant TD and he wants you to be Deputy Master of Ceremonies." The job sounded important, but she wasn't exactly sure what it meant. Nonetheless, she determined to do her best and make her family proud. She always likes making flowers for El Paso girls' championships. She decided to do the same for the Women's Championship. She asked her Mother to take her to a special store and get the materials she needed. It quickly became a labor of love lasting over a month. Each petal had to be cut perfectly and glued into place. It took a lot of time doing just one flower and she had so many to do!

"We love all you did to make such beautiful flowers, Anneliese.
You made this Championship special and we will always remember."


Jim Hollingsworth

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at the Women's Banquet

"What do you see when you look at this beautiful star
created by Wendy Reed and Joanne Crane?"

"I see a starfish."

     Everyone is a savant in something. Their special talent is often overlooked. Too few realize genius comes in many forms.

     Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth saw this in Wendy Reed at the 2018 Texas Women's Chess Championship. Wendy has a talent for knitting beautiful artwork while playing chess. Her husband, Louis, observed "Wendy actually plays better when she's knitting." For 2019, Jim realized she could be the answer in setting the theme for an epic championship adventure few will ever experience. He asked her to create stars — a lot of stars. She said "Yes!"

     She asked her friend, Joanne Crane, to help her. It was a labor of love over many days. They created knitted stars for all the players, staff and guests. And a special white one was held in reserve for just the right moment at the Women's Banquet.

"Thank you Wendy and Joanne.
You both added so much good to this Championship."


Jim Hollingsworth

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Brenda Hardesty remarked, "This is my sixth Texas Women's Chess Championship and in all those years this is the first with real flowers on the tables!" Hers was a very nice compliment and Louis Reed and Wendy Reed are the reason. They "..., bought colorful flowers and cut them and then put them in the individual vases on the tables."

"Thank you both, Louis and Wendy, for making this a special and beautiful
Texas Women's Chess Championship."


Jim Hollingsworth

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richland Hills Library.

     Looking for First Round Pairings. Facing the camera (left to right) are Nicole Niemi, Brenda Hardesty and Cristina Fidaire. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at Niki's Italian Bistro.

     Waiting for Appetizers. Facing the camera (left to right) are Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Jim Hollingsworth and Dale Chaney. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richand Hills Library.

     Hard at work setting up the DGT board for Twitch. From left to right are Klaus Garcia and Louis Reed. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richand Hills Library.

     A famous autograph in a famous chess book by a famous chess author. Woman International Master Alexey Root autographs a gift book for Library Director Cecilia Barham. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richand Hills Library.

     A light hearted moment just before the Opening Ceremonies. From left to right in the back row are: Jim Hollingsworth, Council Member Rita Wright Oujesky and Library Director Cecilia Barham. Annelise Garcia is in the front. Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.

Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom at North Richand Hills Library.

     "Chef Dale" Chaney.   Adjutant and "the rock" of the Texas Women's Chess Championship. "We couldn't do this without Chef Dale" (Jim Hollingsworth). Photo by Sheryl Mc Broom.



An Epic Championship Adventure

Few Will Ever Experience

Chief Organizer Jim Hollingsworth's
Remarks at the 2019 Women's Banquet

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     "My friends. What do you see when you look at this beautiful star created by Wendy Reed and Joane Crane? The Texas Star? A Star on the Holly Wood Walk of Fame? A Star on Old Glory? I see a Starfish. I think about a Starfish story. Two friends were walking along a beach. They came to a place where thousands of Starfish were stranded on the hot sand. They were surely going to die. One of the friends reached down, grabbed a Starfish and tossed it into the sea."

     "The other friend said, ‘What are you doing? There are too many. You can’t save them all.’"

     "‘I know. But for that one Starfish it made all the difference in the world.’"

     "US Chess has 89,000 chess players. Of those 12,000 are female. Of those slightly over 2,000 are Texans. Only 250 are eligible for this Championship. Look around you. 234 are missing. They have busy lives and priorities, just like you. We can’t do anything for those not here. However, for the 16 who are, we can create an epic Championship adventure few will ever experience. Those 16 are our Starfish. You are our Starfish. For us you make all the difference in the world."

16 Players - The record was 13
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