Friday, September 11, 2009
2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship
The beautiful Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, which hosted the 2009 U.S. Championship earlier this year, is once again the scene of championship chess, this time the Women's Championship. The Championship dates are October 3-13. The 10-player round robin has the largest U.S. women's prize fund ever, including $15,000 for 1st. List of confirmed players: IM/WGM Anna Zatonskih (2496) IM/WGM Irina Krush (2478) IM/WGM Rusudan Goletiani (2437) WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor (2390) WGM Camilla Baginskaite (2356) WFM Tatev Abrahamyan (2334) WIM Alisa Melekhina (2301) WIM Iryna Zenyuk (2281) WIM Battsetseg Tsagaan (2265) NM Yun Fan (2201) There are several special events that will be held in conjunction with the Women's Championship, including an all women performers jazz concert, a blindfold simul by current U.S. Women's Chess Champion Anna Zatonskih, and a blitz tournament in which all of the WCC players (except for Zatonskih, who will be doing the simul) will be playing! Free to the public. What a great way to promote chess and encourage our young players, particularly the chess femmes. There is also going to be something special happening at the conclusion of the Championship - this directly from the USCF website: Finally, on October 14, the night after the tournament, witness a unique contest of chess and chance as the 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Champion, crowned just a day before, will face off against a special guest. This event will take place at the Kemper Museum in Washington University. I've no idea what this could be, but it sounds interesting :) NEWS! On behalf of Goddesschess, I'm also pleased to announce that we are once again sponsoring a Goddesschess Fighting Chess Award of $500. GM Susan Polgar, despite her busy schedule, has graciously agreed to once again act as our Judge to select the winner of the Award at the conclusion of play! GM Polgar selected the winner of the 2008 Goddesschess Fighting Chess Award, Tatev Abrahamyan, for her record of 6 wins, no draws, and 3 losses in last year's U.S. Women's Chess Championship. We are very grateful to GM Polgar for her continued support and willingness to lend her expertise.