169 players. Here are the top finishers only (see The Week in Chess for full table):
|ch-EUR Ind w 2013 Belgrade SRB Tue 23rd Jul 2013 - Sat 3rd Aug 2013|
Leading Final Round 11 Standings:
|1||Hoang Thanh Trang||GM||HUN||2467||9.0||2421||73.0||79.0|
Good to see IM Salome Melia doing so well - and she looks fabulous too! Melia was a WGM at the time we brought her from Europe to participate in the 2009 City of Montreal Chess Championships, and a city fell in love with her. Best of all, she earned a second GM norm, whoop whoop!
It seems like yesterday when Hoang Thanh Trang was a shy teenager with a bad haircut and thick glasses. She was always a good chessplayer, and has maintained her high level of play. Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia (the place where the eight-spoke chariot wheel was first invented in the 19th century BCE, which revolutionized warfare and is, perhaps, memorialized in ancient chess pieces as the 'ruhkh' [often depicted as a horse-drawn war chariot]) has been near the top ranks of female players since her breakthrough performance a few years back in one of FIDE's knock-out format Women's World Chess Chamionships where, I believe (working from my badly leaking memory) she made it all the way into the quarter-finals. Here's a pic from the official website of the top three finishers:
|Salome Melia left, Hoang Thanh Trang center, Lilit Mkrtchian right.|