Winners in at Girls Nationals
April 28, 2008
Jasmine Fermin and Angelica Berrios of I.S. 318.
Photo Elizabeth Vicary

The results are in for the All-Girls-Nationals held in Dallas, Texas from April 25 to 27. With 5.5/6, Medina Parrilla won the Girls 18 & Under along with the scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas, valued at over 65,000$. Angelica Berrios, pictured above in blue, earned the only perfect score of the event in the Girls 16 & Under. In the Girls 14 & Under three New Yorkers, Rochelle Ballantyne, Catherine Hochman and Jasmine Fermin (pictured above with Angelica) tied for first with 5/6. Ballantyne took the first place trophy on tiebreak. In the Girls 12 & Under, Caroline Zhu won clear first place with 5.5/6. 2007 American World Youth representative Simone Liao won clear first with 5.5/6 in the largest section of the tournament, Girls 10 & Under. Brianna A. Guillen of host state Texas earned clear first in the Girls 8 & Under, with 5.5/6. See full results on MSA link.

Kasparov Chess Foundation organized the Girls Nationals' in association with Dallas Chess Club, UTD, and USCF.

A full report by special guest IM Irina Krush will follow. For now, check out one of Medina's most interesting victories from the event: