Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 City of Montreal Chess Championships: The Ladies!

Another successful event this year, and the organizers are very happy!  So are we! 
Here are the chess femmes who participated in all sections, and the winners of the Goddesschess prizes (we did not offer a prize for the A Section but we did sponsor WGM Alina L'Ami) --  in bold blue, Goddesschess prizewinner #1 and in bold black, #2:

Section A : L’Ami, Alina ; Roy, Myriam ; Zhou Qiyu

Section B : Shi Ling Yun ; Yu Kexin ; Ma, Indy

Section C : Saulnier-Legault, Léa ; Utepova, Alika ; Nicole, Chantal ; Serban, Diana

Section D : Ouellet, Maili-Jade ; Lorraine Dubois ; Édouard, Marie ; Fleurisca, Robesca , François, Yodeline ; Gao, Catherine ; Lapointe, Louise ; Roussel, Lauriane ; Tinica, Sabina ; Tsypin, Allison

The women count was 21, the best we had over the past four years!

Some special videos:
Chantal Nicole, legally blind (she played in the C Section), and Bertrand Auger, discuss (in French, no translation), how Chantal came to play chess and the unique challenges involved in playing chess when visually impaired:

In Part 2, Chantal demonstrates a machine that allows her to record the moves of a game for later analysis:

An interview with 11 and 1/2 years old Diane Serban (played "up" a level, in the C Section):

Don McLean has many videos, including an extensive video interview with WGM Alina L'Ami.  I'll post it as soon as I have it!  I will separately post other video interviews from the Championnat.

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