Texas Women's Chess Champion
August 18, 2019

HEB American Legion Post 379

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In the photo (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.

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reprint from the Post 379 Facebook entry:
Mr. Chris Wood
Texas Chess Association
Dear Mr. Wood,
It is my great pleasure to report Nicole Niemi (from Garland) is 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. Request you update the award-winning TCA website as soon as practical.
Both players performed as exemplary champions 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 towards Ms. Niemi.
For the first time in history, a Championship Game for any Texas Women's Chess Championship was live-streamed for the world to enjoy. Special thanks and accolades to Chief TD Louis Reed for his technical expertise with DGT technologies.
-- Jim Hollingsworth --
Chief Organizer
Texas Women's Chess
Championship (2018, 2019)


Photo by Sheryl McBroom.
Post 379 Adjutant's NOTE: Both Jim Hollingsworth and Sheryl McBroom are members of American Legion Post 379. Sheryl McBroom also played in the Championship and finished in 12th Place withy 2.0/4 points.

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