Pia Cramling wins MonRoi Grand-Prix

7/29/2007 – She's been on top of women's chess for over two decades. Swedish grandmaster Pia Cramling, who after marriage and becoming a mother finds that she is enjoying chess more than ever, proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with, by winning the Grand Prix in Montreal with 5.0/7, half a point ahead of the field. Pictorial report with video interviews.

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MonRoi International Women's Gran-Prix

The MonRoi International Women’s Grand-Prix Finale was held from July 22nd to July 29th, following seven months of qualifiers in Grand-Prix host countries (Germany, USA, Italy, France, Liechtenstein, Croatia and Gibraltar). The event was won by Swedish grandmaster Pia Cramling, who cleared the field by half a point, with three wins and no losses. Pia is married to Spanish grandmaster Juan Bellon and now lives in Spain.


The winner of the Women's Grand-Prix: GM Pia Cramling, Sweden/Spain


IM Lela Javakhishvili of Georgia, who won two and lost none


IM Jovanka Houska in 2nd-3rd, with three wins and a loss


US Women's Champion 2007, IM Irina Krush, with two losses and one win


Canadian junior Myriam Roy, all of twelve years old

Pictures provided by Zeljka Malobabic of MonRoi


Interview with Irina Krush, Ketevan Arakhamia, Pia Cramling (very short), Iweta Rajlich


Interviews with Myriam Roy, IM Cristina Adela Foisor, IM Jovanka Houska

It is lovely to listen to the 12-year-old Myriam, who is of Chinese extraction, speaking with the French-Canadian accent. Cristina Foisor talks about her chess family – her husband is the trainer and her older daugher already a women grandmaster. Jovanka Houska reveals that she was born of Argentinian partents in the UK. The name Houska comes from her great-grandfather, who was Czech, and Jovanka is a Serbian name. This girl is aiming to become the first female to get a full grandmaster titel in Britain. Jovanka has written a book on the Caro-Kann, her bread-and-butter defence against 1.e4.

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