Dear all,

The MonRoi International Women’s Chess Grand-Prix Finale is around the corner. The Finale will take place in the heart of Montreal, July 21-28 2007 at the Hilton Doubletree. Elegantly-furnished guestrooms are amongst the largest in the city and are equipped with the latest technology including high-speed wireless internet access, clock radio with mp3 connectivity, a Sony Dream Machine CD Player, large work desk with ergonomic chair, cable television with pay-per-view movies etc.

The final standings as per rating performances are as follows:

WGM Irina Krush, USA, RP- 2554, GibTelecom
GM Pia Cramling, Sweden, RP- 2522, GibTelecom
WGM Iweta Rajlich, Poland, RP – 2521, Euro 2007
WGM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Georgia, RP- 2519, World Open
WGM Jovanka Houska, England, RP- 2512, GibTelecom
WGM Lela Javakhishvili, Georgia, RP- 2490, Euro 2007
WGM Cristina Adela Foisor, Romania, RP- 2489, Liechtenstein
Myriam Roy, Canada, FQE Selection

The Qualifying events were the following:

GibTelecom, Gibraltar , January 23 – February 1
Cannes Open, France, February 18-25
Zagreb Open, Croatia, March 17-25
ECU Individual, Dresden, Germany, April 2-15
Liechtenstein Open, Liechtenstein, May 11-19
EU Individual, Arvier, Italy, June 15-24
World Open, Philadelphia USA , June 28 – July 4

The Grand-Prix was made possible due to outstanding support of the European Chess Union, the Quebec Chess Federation, and Chess’n Math. Many thanks to Susan Polgar and the Associations of the Chess Professionals for endorsing the program. We hope that the tournament organizers benefit from added promotion, and that women in chess receive well deserved recognition. The finalist hotel and flights are curtsey of the organizers. Transport from the airport is provided. The prize fund is $15,000, and the winner receives $4,500. 8-player round robin will determine the champion. In case of equal points, a round of play-offs will decide the first, second and third place. GALAZZO jewellers are awarding to the winner of the Women’s Grand-Prix a truly unique watch from Hot Diamonds embellished with 16 sparkling diamonds.

Montreal features the Just For Laughts Festival, July 8-29. The world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event includes gala performances, theatre and club shows. The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Early birds will attend the Press Conference, scheduled for Friday, July 20th at 5pm at the Hilton Doubletree in collaboration with the Just For Laughs Festival. On the 21st the finalists will have a tourist guide showing them one of a kind world metropolis. The finalists will receive special massages and hand treatments at the spa on Saturday, July 21st. For the third year in a row, Spa Eastman is listed in 100 Best Spas in the World authored by Bernard Burt and Pamela Joy Price. On Saturday, July 28th at 10pm, our Grand-Prix Finalists are invited to attend the closing ceremony of the Montreal International Fireworks Competition at La Ronde! Courtesy of Loto- Quebec. During the most prestigious event of its kind, pyrotechnicians from 8 countries display their daring talent. L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec was founded in 1985 at La Ronde, Quebec’s largest amusement park, which was created for Expo ’67.

The 8th Montreal International Chess Championship with a top level 10-player round robin (V. Ivanchuk UKR, G. Kamsky USA, N. Short ENG, P. Elyanov UKR, S. Tiviakov NED, K. Miton POL, P. Harikrishna IND, E. Sutovsky ISR, M. Bluvshtein CAN, P. Charbonneau CAN), the Quebec Open Chess Championship (I. Nataf FRA, A. Huzman ISR, V. Iordachescu NDA, T. Likavsky SVK, E. Rozentalis LTU, Andrey Rychagov RUS, Chanda Sandipan IND, F. Perdomo CUB, H. Thong VIE among others) and the Chess’N Math tournaments will be held at the same venue. Want more chess? Well, the blitz tournament is scheduled on the 29th.

Montreal ‘s nightlife offers something for everyone. Every night the city is an adventure waiting to happen. Internationally reputed to have the best nightlife in the world, no traveler leaves unfulfilled. We invite all to visit Montreal and to encourage the finalists. Cover the news about the Grand-Prix at your websites. The first International Women’s Grad-Prix is making history. We enjoyed working with all and look forward to continue serving the chess world and making a positive impact in communities. What I love about the MonRoi system is that it removes borders and distances and allows us to share the excitement of chess matches wherever we may be.

Montreal International Chess Festival webpage:
Women’s Grand-Prix Finale webpage:

Yours truly,
Brana Malobabic-Giancristofaro
Founder of MonRoi Inc.
100 Alexis-Nihon, Suite 120St. Laurent, Quebec
H4M2N6, Canada
(514) 332-2462 ext. 201

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