There's still time to register online. If you arrive onsite to register on Friday, you'll have to pay in cash to register - so please hurry up and register on line!
The Championnat is one of the local chess events that Goddesschess supports by providing funding as well as prizes just for the chess femmes. This year, there are six cash prizes up for grabs for the ladies who play in the B through D Sections.
Club Ahuntsic, who organized the Championnat again this year, has outdone itself:
- There is a gorgeous new playing venue with lots of amenities onsite including - very important - food service :) There is access by the metro and bus line. Information.
- The prize fund has been increased by $1,000 from last year - to $6,000!
- The weather is gorgeous! Though, perhaps we have The Goddess of Chess to thank for that :)
Please come out and support this wonderful Montreal event, celebrating its 90th year! It has a venerable history and your name could be added to a long line of Montreal chess champions. The winners of the 89th Championnat were IM Jean Hebert of Montreal (Open) and WGM Salome Melia of Georgia (Woman Champion).
Who will the winners be this year? Pre-registered players include GM Alex Lenderman, GM Bator Sambuev, IM Jean Hebert - defending his 2009 title, WIM Yuan Yuanling - highest rated Canadian female chessplayer and a member of the 2010 Canadian Women's Chess Olympiad Team, many Canadian masters, and one of Canada's up-and-coming chessplayers, Ms. Kelly Wang - 138 players so far. Ms. Kelly Wang won the Class B Goddesschess prize in the 2009 Championnat and also won a Goddesschess prize offered at the 2008 Canadian Open. More about Ms. Kelly Wang, who was a "Featured Chess Femme" at my 2008 column for Chessville (scroll down to the end of the column to see Ms. Wang.)