Friday, October 16, 2009
2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship
I imagine everyone who was involved with the US Women's Chess Championship, from the players, to the organizers, to the commentators, to the cleaning crew at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis were exhausted by the time the championship proceedings finally wound down and everyone (except the cleaning crew) went home (party party party...photo from the closing party by Betsy Dynako who was also at the party as she was taking all of these photographs....Irina and Iryna in hot party dresses...party party party... And you thought chess was just for nerds? Oh Goddess!) It took a few days (and perhaps some Alka-Seltzer and bloody marys to ease those aching heads, LOL!) - but the final Round 9 Championship Chronicle is up and running at the official site for the USWCC. I've been waiting for this with baited breath, Chris Bird! Well, actually, that's not fair - as I see CB dated the Final Chronicle October 14th, and it was posted at 21:55 hours yesterday October 15th (let's see - 21:55 minus 12:00 = 9:55 p.m.? Past my bedtime :)) However, I KNOW I visited http://www.uschesschamps.com/ at least a couple of times earlier today and I sure didn't see it - and I even hit refresh several times, just in case. Still didn't see it. Hmmm... What I really want to know is which games won the brilliancy prizes sponsored by 9 Queens? DRAT! I don't see a word about that. Inquiring minds want to know. Perhaps the judges are having a hard time narrowing down their picks? By the way, I saw at Chessvibes.com today that Zatonskih had a performance rating of 2817 in this USWCC. That PR speaks for itself, most eloquently. On a different note, please scroll down and take a look at the photos on page 7 by Suzy Gorman - ohmygoddess! The players are gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I found each and every one of the ladies stunningly beautiful and I love the set-up of them romping with large chess pieces. My favorite photo is of Baginskaite, with Zatonskih's photo a close second. The images aren't jpgs so I can't figure out how to reproduce them here - I'll have to ask Mr. Don if he can do something. In the meantime, enjoy the photo of Irina and Iryna, above, just two of the lovely ladies who played in the 2009 USWCC.