What's it like Balancing Chess and Motherhood?
By: Mike Klein, Chess Journalist
Chess players often complain about distractions in the tournament hall. But squeaky chairs and jiggling change take a back seat for some competitors. Amidst the intense focus required of top-level players, one subgroup must add another item to the list of complications – motherhood.
“The hardest part for me is to leave the house and get on the plane,” said Woman Grandmaster Rusudan Goletiani, one of the favorites in the upcoming 2009 U.S. Women’s Championship, to be held Oct. 3-13 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Goletiani will travel to Saint Louis in early October from her home in New York to try to recapture a title she won in 2005. Back then, her 2-year-old daughter, Sophie, had yet to be born. Since then, leaving behind Sophie for tournaments has been a challenge.