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Alexandra Botez, current Canadian Under 16 Girls' champion, won the All-Girls' Chess US Open National Championship in Chicago recently. She now lives in Happy Valley, Oregon, but in USCF rating list she is under the Canadian flag, and for every international competition she is a Canadian player. Her family still has a residence in Burnaby, B.C. Canada.

Andre Botez (her father) writes:

"On the weekend of April 8-10 in Chicago (IL), Alexandra won the All-Girls' US Open National Championship. This is a tournament organized by the Kasparov Foundation and sponsored by the USCF and University of Texas at Dallas. This year there were two Canadian girls playing, Alexandra and Melissa Lee (CFC 1562) from Windsor, ON. Melissa, who is also fifteen years old, played in the U18 and also had a fantastic event, including a draw against the highest-rated player in the tournament, Anna Matlin (2080 USCF - a member of the US National Youth Team for the last six years).

Alexandra won the eighteen years old and younger section with an undefeated 5.0/6, which entitles her to an Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas, valued at $105,000 for an out-of-state student. This scholarship covers the complete cost of tuition and mandatory fees through eight semesters (four years) of enrollment. In addition, it also provides a contribution of $1500 per semester toward rental expenses incurred at University on-campus housing.

For Alexandra, this is the second chess scholarship she has won in the last two months, after winning in March first place in the Susan Polgar National Tournament for Girls and a $40,000 scholarship at Texas Tech University. Alexandra was the third-highest rated in her section at the beginning of the tournament. She confidently won her first four rounds, quickly taking the lead in the event. She defeated Yu Xuo from Illinois (who eventually finished second, with her only loss being to Alexandra) in the third round, and dominated Emily Tallo from Indiana (who came in third) in the fourth round. She headed into the last two rounds with a perfect score. Being ahead of her competition, Alexandra played conservatively and drew her last two games to ensure her first place in what was undoubtedly the toughest section of the event."

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