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|
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 games. Alina at Facebook.
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