It's been confirmed - WGM/IM Salome Melia (GEO 2441) will be appearing at the 89th Championship of Montreal -- Montreal Open Chess Championship! Goddesschess is happy to have had a part in making this possible by providing financial support, in addition to funding Class Prizes just for the chess femmes! (Photo: Melia, 12/23/08, Photos by Mothilal Guptha) As I understand it, this is the first time a WGM will be appearing at this historic Montreal chess tournament. Here is a current list of the chess femmes pre-registered for the Tournament (out of 150 pre-registered entrants), which will take place September 11 - 13, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec: # Name Section Rating 3 Melia, Salome A 2441 56 Wang, Kelly B 1580 67 Lei, Mei Chen C 1516 81 Ma, Indy C 1371 94 Trottier, Claire C 1202 97 Shi, Ling Yun C 1165 99 Bilodeau-Savaria, Cendrina C 1109 102 Paquette, Esther C 992 109 Gao, Christine D 1117 112 Brichko, Kate D 1054 115 Dubois, Lorraine D 989 116 Gao, Catherine D 971 120 Dormeus, Sandy D 850 The top-finishing female player will be awarded the title "Female Champion of Montreal," resurrecting a proud tradition from the early years of the Tournament. The organizers are hoping for a record turn-out this year. Can they do it??? We are particularly eager for more chess femmes to sign up and play in the Tournament. Please come out and try for one of the Chess Femme Class Prizes and a chance at earning the title "Female Champion of Montreal." Information at Monroi. List of players/biographies (grouped by Classes A, B, C and D).
Added 8/23/09 - information from Bernard Quimet:
Zahira El Ghaby from Morocco [will be playing in the Tournament.] She now lives in Beaumont (Quebec) and she remembers her ELO rating back when she lived in Morocco to be “about 2050”.