Where does the time fly, geez Louise! The HCCC XXVI is TOMORROW, wow!
I don't have a players' list but I was informed a few minutes ago that there are currently 49 pre-registered players, 11 of whom are chess femmes, YAY! As of right now, that means our female player partcipation rate is at 22%, which is FAB-U-LOUS, dahlings. Four are playing in the Open and seven in the reserve. Good luck, ladies!
The October Challenges are the one event a year where Goddesschess shares the love with male players, in the form of the Don McLean Award. The highest scoring male in the Open Section wins $100, and in the Reserve $50. (All Goddesschess prizes are in addition to prizes paid by the tournament organizers). Don, who was one of the founders of Goddesschess and a primary force behind it from its founding in 1999, passed away five years ago. He covered some events Goddesschess sponsored in Montreal and loved meeting and mixing with the players. He was a slightly better chessplayer than I, which is to say - not even good enough to earn the "patzer" title :) We had some rip-roaring games out on the back deck at my former Maison Newton during the summertime and in front of the fireplace during Christmas holidays.
You can find the flyer here. Players can still register tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Four rounds: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
I hope there will be a big turnout. Good luck to all!