Sutton Middle School, North Atlanta High School chess teams host inaugural all-girls scholastic chess tournament

Atlanta, September 17, 2017– Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School’s chess teams jointly hosted the inaugural session of Chess Girls Rook! Scholastic Tournament on September 17, 2016 at the Sutton Middle School Sixth Grade campus. Chess expert Bella Belegradek directed the all-girls tournament, and Disney distributed free passes of its film, Queen of Katwe, to players and their families. “It was a great pleasure to see all these girls competing in traditionally male-dominated game,” said Belegradek. “Chess, like math and sciences, is a great tool to foster independent thinking and decision making. I hope more and more girls will join competitive chess and the Georgia Chess Association through this very tournament.”

Twenty-one girls from throughout the Atlanta area competed. Sutton seventh grader Maya Dickson played in the top section (U1000) and won the tournament with 3.0 points after four rounds. Sutton seventh grader Nneka Otuonye tied for second place in the next section (U600).

“SMS Chess is honored to offer this opportunity,” said Vernetta Head, parent liaison to the school chess teams. “With the support of the school and the community, we were able to offer a first-class event that was enjoyed by all.  We look forward to doing it again next year!”  Sutton Middle School is hosting the Georgia Chess Association’s 2016 Georgia K-12 Grade Level Championships on November 5, 2016 and will also be hosting the first annual David J. Winter Invitational Scholastic Tournament on April 1, 2017.


Contact: Vernetta Head, Chess club parent liaison;, 404-676-0443





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