Yes, I know, I know, I haven't posted anything the last few days. That's because I've been busy attending to Goddesschess business, darlings!
We have truly been inspired by IM Irina Krush's battle in the recently concluded 2010 U.S. Chess Championship to score her second GM norm. She was sooooooo close...and missed it by a half a point. Argggghhhhhh!
Last year, Goddesschess was instrumental in obtaining the appearance of WGM Salome Melia of Georgia at the 2009 Montreal Open Chess Championships. Melia was the highest rated female player ever to appear at this venerable tournament and the first-ever WGM to appear.
Melia finished in second place overall and also won the title Woman Chess Champion of Montreal. This year, because of her commitment to playing in the 2010 Chess Olympaid on the Georgian Women's Team, Melia cannot defend her Montreal Open title.
I'm not at liberty to discuss particulars yet, but there have been some very promising developments in obtaining the appearance of at least one noted female chessplayer at the 2010 Montreal Open Chess Championships, which will be held in the spectacularly beautiful surroundings at the College Jean-de-Brebeuf in Montreal September 10-12, 2010. Our very own man behind the cam/webmaster, Don McLean (not the "American Pie" dude), will once again be on-site to record his unique impressions of the tournament action. Stay tuned for further news -
Also in the works is a new Goddesschess prize format for the 2010 U.S. Women's Chess Championship. We're very excited about this -
Also in the works is a new prize structure for the chess femmes who play in the Hales Corners Chess Challenge tournaments (two times a year, in the spring and in the fall), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted by my very own adopted chess club, the Southwest Chess Club. We've funded prizes for the chess femmes since Hales Corners Chess Challenge VIII - next up is Challenge XIII! A Goddess Lucky Number!!! We are hoping that the new prize structure will award each chess femme who plays in the tournament, whether in the Open or Reserve, for her efforts. This revamped prize structure is a direct result of talks with my fellow chess femmes, Isis and Michelle, during my mini-vacation in Las Vegas in April. More later -
Also in the works - something we just dreamed up...
This is so trite, but really, stay tuned for further news!