First of all, congratulations to Rachel Ulrich who competed in the Open and finished with two wins and two draws for a score of 3.0/4. Rachel's performance qualifies her for the U.S. national master title at the age of 14, whoop whoop!
Rachel has joined a select group of other young chess femmes who have also recently earned national master titles: Carissa Yip, 11 years old, who earned her NM title this February, and Jennifer Yu, now age 13, who participated in the recently concluded 2015 U.S. Women's Chess Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Jennifer earned her NM title in 2014. Another rising young CF, Apurva Virkud, also earned her NM title in 2014 (age 15 or 16, not sure).
Ninety players participated in the Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXI; twelve chess femmes made up their number, for an overall female participation rate of 13.3%. Three CFs played in the Open, and nine CFs played in the Reserve section (rated under 1600). Here are the final results:
Open (52 players):
8. Ulrich, Rachel J (7) ......... WI 2177 W23 W4 D1 D7 3.0
16. Ulrich, Susanna G (41) ....... WI 1586 W41 D24 L13 W33 2.5
43. Huang, Alena (35) ............ WI 1657 W51 L19 L22 L25 1.0
Rachel earned $120.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Susanna earned $100.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Alena earned $40.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Reserve (38 players):
2. Huang, Sabrina (4) ........... WI 1436 W6 W17 W7 W12 4.0
5. Hoffman, Sandra R (7) ........ WI 1359 L17 W25 W20 W21 3.0
17. Wanek, Ellen Ann (16) ........ WI 1171 W5 L2 W33 L8 2.0
22. Ball, Salli (25) ............. WI 945 W33 W36 L3 L6 2.0
30. Przedwiecki, Alyssa (29) ..... WI 799 L20 L33 L14 W34 1.0
33. Gaddipati, Haasa (35) ........ WI 631 L22 W30 L17 L18 1.0
35. Romich, Brianna (38) ......... WI nnnn W29 L28 L15 L23 1.0
37. Van Oss, Jeanne Marshelle (32) WI 712 -H- L6 L13 -N- 0.5
38. Rice, Dorothea M (21) ........ WI 1052 L23 L31 L29 -U- 0.0
I'll leave it to Robin Grochowski of the Southwest Chess Club to figure out the exact amount of Goddesschess prize money won by each of these chess femmes, but from what I can figure out for myself:
Sabrina earned $80.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Sandra earned $60.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Ellen earned $40.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Sallie earned $40.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Alyssa earned $20.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Haasa earned $20.00 in Goddesschess prize money.
Brianna earned $20.00 in Goddesschess prize money and also gets a USCF rating.
Planning is already in progress for HCCC XXII in October, 2015. This year's U.S. Women's Chess Championship saw the implementation of the Fischer Award for a perfect score for the women (such an award has been tangling out there like a carrot in the U.S. Chess Championship for several years); Goddesschess is working out details for our own version of the perfect score award for chess femmes in the Hales Corners Chess Challenges. Stay tuned!