Senator Heather Gustafson Presents Honorary Resolution to North Oaks Women’s American Cup Chess Champion

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Yesterday Senator Heather Gustafson (DFL-Vadnais Heights) presented Alice Lee, 14, of North Oaks with an honorary Senate Resolution in recognition of her recent victory at the 2024 Women’s American Cup chess tournament.

“I was thrilled to meet with Alice and her family to celebrate her championship win at the Women’s American Cup at only 14 years old. She is the third youngest person in the world to be named an International Master and is the youngest American woman to hold the title. Alice’s extraordinary success in chess thus far and her victory at the Cup is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and drive. I am proud that she calls our community home!” 

Alice Lee is a three-time World Youth Champion and the 2023 United States Girls’ Junior Champion. Her victory against Grandmaster Irina Krush in the Grand Final of the Women’s American Cup this year places her alongside Bobby Fischer and Krush as one of the youngest players to win a major chess title in the United States.

Alice shares that she spends approximately two hours per day practicing chess. She also participates in math competitions and, like her Senator, is a big fan of Taylor Swift. 

Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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