(This photo of today's action from Lubbock, Texas was taken by Paul Truong and posted on Susan Polgar's Chess and Information Blog. Rebekah played black on the far board.)
CalChess girl's champion Rebekah Liu has 4.0 out of 5 and stands in 3rd place on tiebreaks in the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls heading into tomorrow morning's last round. After two consecutive draws, she defeated Fiona Lam (1720) of Maryland today. Rebekah faces a challenging final pairing: white against second seeded Sylvia Yang (1900) of Texas. Based on her record of success in recent Bay Area tournaments, Rebekah should not be intimidated by the high rating. Goooo Rebekah!
Pairings for the final round
1 Courtney Jamison (2046 : 5.0) - Linda Diaz (1726 : W : 4.5)
2 Ashley Carter (1877 : 4.0) - Michelle Xue Chen (1762 : 4.0)
3 Rebekah Liu (1699 : 4.0) - Sylvia S Yang (1911 : 3.5)
4 Amelia Wheeless (1711 : 3.5) - Rita Mirchandani (1813 : 3.5)
5 Eve Zhurbinskiy (1747 : 3.5) - Angel Bohannon (1700 : 3.5)
6 Nisha Deolalikar (1726 : 3.5) - Taylor Bailey (1650 : 3.5)
7 Fiona Lam (1727 : 3.0) - Alexandra Wiener (1560 : 3.5)
Update on midday Friday: Rebekah drew her final game against the second seed to finish with an undefeated 4.5 out of 6. Woohoo!