Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 Montreal Open Chess Championships

The Championnat will be held in beautiful Montreal, Quebec September 9 - 11, 2011.  This is our third year of sponsorship for the venerable event!  Information (in English).  More information and a short video showing off the beautiful playing venue and opening action from the 2010 Championnat. 

It is a pleasure to work with the organizers of this great event.  Since our initial involvement (2009) they have demonstrated a constant dedication and fervor to making each year's Championnat the best it can be.  Indeed, planning for the next Championnat begins almost immediately after the conclusion of the last!

This year, Section A action is FIDE rated! The playing venue is once again the beautiful hall at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 3200 Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine (on the campus of the University of Montreal).  The guaranteed prize fund has been increased to $6000 (Canadian) this year.  What's not to love?
Alina L'Ami at Barbera del Valles 2011
This year Goddesschess is again providing class prizes for female chess players in the B, C and D section and we are very pleased to sponsor the appearance of WGM Alina L'Ami (ROM 2312), who will be competing in the A Section! 

Among Alina's chessly accomplishments:

World Champion under 10 (in Brazil, 1995)
European Champion under 18 (in Spain, 2003)
Balkan Women Champion (in Turkey, 2003)

You can find out more about Alina at her website. She is married to GM Erwin L'Ami of the Netherlands.

Alina recently competed in and finished first in the Women's section of the CUCA International in Luanda, Angola.  Talk about an exotic location!  More about it in this Chessbase article.  Alina just finished a fine performance in the Barbera del Valles International Open (Group A) (July 4 - 12, 2011), in Spain, in 10th place overall with 6.0/9 and the top finishing female player.  Alina did a report on this event for Chessbase. 

Some of her chess gamesAlina at Facebook

Please join us in celebrating the 91st Montreal Open Chess Championships!

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