Hola! The 2019 Grand Pacific Open (13th Annual Grand Pacific Open) will be here before you know it: April 19 - 22, 2019 in beautiful Victoria, BC over Easter weekend. You can find all the details and registration information/forms, etc. at the link (above).
WGM Nino Maisuradze is returning to play in the Premier Section after an absence of several years, hooray! WFM Valeria Gansvind is also returning and will play in the Premier Section as well.
Goddesschess has provided prize and sponsorship money for female chessplayers at various tournaments throughout the years. I believe we've been providing prize money and some sponsorship funds to the GPO since 2010. I can't check exactly when we first started because a few months ago I updated my email and cleaned out a whole bunch of stuff, keeping correspondence and records only since 2017. Oh well :)
We've been trying to get WGM Maisuradze back for some time, but she's married to a chessplayer and they try to schedule where there will be several events that they can play in either together or in separate events simultaneously within a certain time period and relatively close (distance wise) together. This year WGM Maisuradze's husband, GM Alexandr Fier, is playing in the 2019 GPO too!
The 2019 GPO is a FIDE and CFC rated 6-round Swiss. Top prize in the Premier Section is $1,000. Goddesschess prizes are awarded separately and do not affect any prize money awarded out of the GPO prize fund.
We're hoping for another great turnout in 2019 - especially your chess femmes!!!