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Urgent Appeal By IM Melia Salome

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/5/13, 10:39 AM.

Melia_Salome cropped.jpgOne of the competitors at the Women's World Team Championships in Kazakhstan is Melia Salome (pictured), representing second seeds Georgia.

Melia played her first game of the tournament in the second round, where she defeated Natacha Benmesbah to help the Georgian team to a 3½-½ victory over France.

In an interview conducted after the game and published at the official championship website, Melia explained that she is playing under special circumstances - see the except below.

You’ve mentioned some special circumstances in your life which makes this tournament very special for you. Can you please share with us what happened?

I don’t want people to exaggerate and make a tragedy but the situation is quite difficult for me. I have a daughter (4 months old) who has got health problem – heart disease. I’m not playing only for the team here, I also play for money because I want her alive. The operation cost big money.

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Salome, can you tell us how expensive is the operation and where the surgery must take place?

The operation is very complex and, unfortunately, it’s impossible do make it in Georgia. We need to go to Germany, where the operation costs 60,000 euros. We received a response from the USA, but there it costs about a million. Operation should be done before the end of March, but it is difficult to find such amount of money. I really hope that the operation will help, as no one guarantees the result, because it is very difficult to do heart surgery on a child.

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Journalists appeal to the chess community, philanthropists and ask to help Salome Melia in her difficult situation.

You can send money to these account:
Beneficiary: Salome Melia
Number of account: GE57PC0193600100007067
Bank code (SWIFT): MIBGGE22
Name of bank: ProCredit Bank, Tbilisi, Georgia
address of bank: 21 Al. Kazbegi Ave., 0160 Tbilisi, Georgia.

EDIT: There is now a PayPal account setup for donations.  Use the email:

hkiss@web.de

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  • 18 months ago

    Sigwx

    When it's your kid..you do what it takes...no question.

  • 18 months ago

    Vasu_Polu

    There are issues here far beyond chess. A human life (of a precious four month old child) is at stake and a mother is seeking out help.

    In any case, the professionals playing at this level are rarely swayed by the emotional aspect and play their best. Surely, those who would want to help can most certainly extend that outside of the tournament.

    Let us all get together and do what we can. A fellow Chess family member needs our help and regardless of how we feel personally about this we need to put that aside (alteast for now) and raise the needed funds for the medical procedure.

    We can most certainly have a objective, positive discussion about the impact on the Chess tournament later on. We have all the time in the world to do that, The little child does not and that and only that should be our focus now.

  • 18 months ago

    Baldvin

    Good luck.

  • 18 months ago

    NM ComputoJon

    I think she cares far more about the life of her child than what others may think about her fund-raising tactics.  Opponents will already know that the chess community is donating far more than she would ever be able to win from the tournament.

  • 18 months ago

    TongLen

    [COMMENT DELETED] ups doublepost

  • 18 months ago

    TongLen

    donated! here, it really comes down to the chess community. she won't find help anywhere else! if you just give a little it may save a life (of an upcoming chess superstar ^_^)

  • 18 months ago

    GenghisCant

    It's a fair point. However, just look at all the publicity and money it has raised so far. Whether you agree or not, most people would do anything to save their baby. If that means getting publicity this way, then so be it. I don't think your average parent would be concerned with the morality police in the same situation as she is in.

  • 18 months ago

    rroseselavy

    am i the only person who is a little put off by all this?

    i hope her child is ok and all but she is going into a tournament saying she is playing for money to save her childs life.

    what are her opponents supposed to think?  if i win my game then i could be responsible for the death of someones child. has anyone else considered that to be a little unfair.  it taints the whole tournament in my mind.

  • 18 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    Please keep this a positive place focused on supporting Melia Salome's family, thanks!

  • 18 months ago

    IMPaulyn

    Its a real shame, that many people consider the fact whether it is a con first, before considering to donate. It is a totally sensible thing to do, but horrible that is where we stand as mankind.

    There is no need for people to say, I've give 100 Euros, I've given 25 Euros - this can put people under pressure to match things they cannot afford, and charity without asking for acknowledgement is far better imo.

    Give what you can, without detriment to yourself or family, whether it be 1 Euro, or 1000.

    As for the god thing - leave it already. People will donate if they feel in a situation they are able - regardless of whether a god did or didn't help out. Leave religion out of it - its just a mother and a child that need a bit of help is all. Bringing pro-religious comments in the post will risk alienating the majority, and could potentially stop them donating - after all, no sensible person would give money, thanks to god, when he could be blamed in the first place (please dont reply against my comments in this forum - there are more important things at hand)

    The paypal account is mentioned in the original post, but as some others have asked again, it is hkiss@web.de - it would seem that the woman next to Salome in the photo is her, which is why the paypal address is different from what you would expect.


    I wish Salome and her daughter well

  • 18 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    My day keeps getting better as I see more people posting that they've donated, plus all the silent people donating too! Great job Chess.com community!

  • 18 months ago

    SameOldFears

    I donated €75. Hope more people contribute! Smile

  • 18 months ago

    NM ComputoJon

    I donated.

  • 18 months ago

    Vasu_Polu

    Just Sent in $100.

    It's really great to see this outpouring of support from the Chess community. Let us all pray and hope for IM Melia Salome and her little daugther. More importnantly let us donate as much as we can.

    @ netzach:- Thank you so much for providing these easy instructions. I did not know how to send money as a gift thru paypal and it certainly helped me. I will include them again so it may help others with the "how to" part.

    @ netzach - Aidan from Scotland Wrote ->
    Sending via paypal is simple:

    •Login.
    •Pay money (person/gift).
    •Recipient = hkiss@web.de

  • 18 months ago

    aanswintastic

    a quick facebook search confirms who she is:

     

    https://m.facebook.com/people/Olena-Prusikin/779512559?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fa%2Flanguage.php

     

    looks like she's the person sitting next to melia.

  • 18 months ago

    GenghisCant

    £50 GBP sent.

    It's great to see, when push comes to shove, that there are some decent people left in the world.

    Hopefully all goes well.

  • 18 months ago

    APawnCanDream

    I'm encouraged by the showing of support here! Made my day. :)

  • 18 months ago

    platolag

    sent in a little donation, but wish i had seriously considered using paypal option cos the charges at my bank was unbelievable... swift charge, offtake charge...  Wishing your daugher a speedy recovery.

    the doctor can care but God ultimately is the perfect healer! 

  • 18 months ago

    IM Chessexplained

    Just a quick info for those in doubt: Melia Salome plays in the german women league for the Mülheim team. I have played for that club for many years, which is a funny coincidence. Anyway, I know the team manager of the Mülheim team and she confirmed the story independently on a german forum.

  • 18 months ago

    netzach

    Such a young child at only 4-months! How can we not help here?

    Sending via paypal is simple:

    • Login
    • Pay money (person/gift)
    • Recipient = hkiss@web.de

    £20 GBP sent.

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