Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chess Femme News

Hola darlings! Here's some news about chess femmes from around the world - enjoy! Hannah Purdy Wins Kansas Girls' Chess Championship (Salina Journal,, April 23, 2009) As the winner, Hannah will represent the state of Kansas in the Susan Polgar National Invitational Girls' Championship in Lubbock, Texas, later this year. A report from the Visayan Daily Star (Philippines) about the women wood-pushers (, April 23, 2009) 2009 NAT’L PRISAAWV women’s chess team eyeing 3rd straight title today BY NIDA BUENAFE With 14 points to its credit after four rounds of competition, the Western Visayas women’s chess team moves closer to clinching its third-straight championship as the national PRISAA Games enter its fourth day in Naga City today. Bannered by standouts from University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, West Negros University and Central Philippine University, the women woodpushers mentored by Ericson Rios, are one point away from keeping the title it first won in the 2007 Iloilo PRISAA and had successfully defended in Zamboanga last year. Closest pursuer Region XI has 11 points and need to sweep all its games today to overthrow Western Visayas while tie at No. 3 is Region III and Region VII with 10 points. “Hopefully, we will be able to nail just one game today to keep the title,” Rios said. The team is composed of UNORians Cherry Gimarangan and Ma. Jennifer Nacion, Wesnecans Stella Mar Gaudiano and Annie Montales, and CPU’s Joyce Marie Mariano. And in a separate report, the winner is . . . Western Visayas: Western Visayas also made their presence felt in chess bagging the men’s and women’s crowns. ... Region 9’s Ma. Fe Serrano sizzled on Board 1 on the women's side and Region 6’s Stella Mar Guadiano, Joyce Marie Mariano and Ma. Jennifer Nacion on Boards 2, 3 and 4, respectively. - GMANews.TV Report from P.K.V Memorial International FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament (April 17? - ?, 2009 - not sure of the dates) Tamil Nadu’s International Master B.T. Murali Krishnan and FIDE Master V. Vishnu Prasanna emerged joint winners in the P.K.V. Memorial all-India FIDE-rated chess tournament which concluded in Thodupuzha on Tuesday. The two were tied at 7.5 points at the end of the nine-round event and the progressive scores were also equal at 39. With P. Shyam Nikhil and P. Phoobalan taking the third and fourth places, the Tamil Nadu players took the top four positions in the tournament. On 5th place (out of 201 players), and as top woman of the competition, is WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty. I don't have the time to check names against the FIDE data base to determine which players are M and F (my apologies), so here are the F players I am sure of: 5 WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 7 (of 9) 16 WIM Meera Sai 6.5 Please post here if you can provide further information on the final standings of the female chess players in this event. Thank you!

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