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For the first time the Chicago Open included a National Women’s Championship event with 32 entrants including re-buys. It was a great format – 9-point matches in the Main and a full Consolation for all Main event losers. The final match between Wendy Kaplan (IL) and Elena Evans (IA) was streamed, with commentary by Tiffany Van (TX) and young Hannah DeRosier (LA). Marcy Kossar (MD) won the Consolation, with Paulette Duong (IL) finishing second in the Consolation.

Women also made their mark in the BMAB Players Cup Illinois. Four out of 44 entrants were women – rising to the occasion to set a personal benchmark for future improvement. Karen Davis (Master Class 2) tied for second on the basis of Win-Loss with a 4-1 Win-Loss record. Other entrants included Leslie Lockett (Intermediate Class 1) and newcomers Terese Flynn and Melanie Hamblin.

Karen (FL) and Leslie (IL) also finished 1st/2nd in the Unlucky Dice event – open to the 27 players who lost four matches in their ABT division play on the first day.

Sue Will tied for 4th in the Intermediate division, while Lynn Ehrlich (FL) and Kazuko Numazawa (Japan) tied for 10th in the Intermediate division.

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