Anastasiya Karlovich: Salome you’ve been playing for the National Georgian team for so many years. Can you share your impressions? Is it really important and crucial for you to represent your country in such tournaments as World Women Team Championship?
Salome Melia: It’s a great responsibility for me to represent my country in
such an important event. I think it’s important to any country to be
here. This tournament is especially important for me as I have some kind of
particular situation in my life. Today it’s a second round and I played my
first game in the tournament. I made a draw against Qi Guo from China.
Georgia plays one of the key matches against China. How do you estimate the
chance of your team? How difficult was your game today?
Of course we should not underestimate the Chinese team but we should say that
they came here without strongest players. Of course we want to win. As for my
game I would say that my opponent didn’t fight for initiative. As a result, it
was easy to equalize, the position was simple, so it was easy draw.
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.
you please tell us how expensive is the operation and where the surgery must
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 about 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
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.
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