First of all, a minor correction: I believe I indicated yesterday that there were eight femmes in the Reserve Section - there were actually 9. That is a participation rate of 18.9% (14/74 players). I am waiting to get a final count of the number of players, as there are usually players who register the morning of the tournament. Depending on that, the percentage may go down.
However, as of now, that percentage is - as far as my memory serves - the highest yet of chess femme participation. Congratulations to the female players for turning out in such numbers yesterday for this great event.
Photo is from chess buddy Ellen Wanek. Player Sandra Hoffman is missing:
From left to right : Simran Bhatia,
Anupama Rajendra, Susie Ulrich, Megan Chen, Miriam Luevano. Radhika Gupta ,Ellen Wanek (the blonde in the front row), Manasha Ghai , Gauri Menon,
Ashwini Murthy , Salli Ball, Maddie Weber
Susanna Ulrich: $150
Anupama Rajendra: $125
Gauri Menon: $100
Madeline Weber: $75
Megan Chen: $50
Simran Bhatia: $60
Sandra Hoffman: $60
Radhika Gupta: $50
Mirian Luevano: $40
Aradh Kaur: $40
Ellen Wanek: $40
Mansha Ghai: $20
Salli Ball: $0
Ashwini Murthy: $0
So proud of each and every one of you, and thank you for the photo!