Melissa Greeff

Melissa Greeff (born 15 April 1994) is a South African-Canadian chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She earned the WGM title in 2009.[1]

Melissa Greeff
CountrySouth Africa
Born (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 28)
Cape Town, South Africa
TitleWoman Grandmaster (2009)
Peak rating2126 (February 2013)


In 2007, in Windhoek, Melissa ranked 5th in the African Women's Chess Championship.[2] In 2009, she played for South Africa in the World Girls' Junior Chess Championship and ranked 35th place.[3] Later on in the same year, she won the African Women's Chess Championship in Tripoli.[4] In 2010, she participated in the Women's World Chess Championship by knock-out system and in the first round lost to Humpy Koneru.[5] In 2011, in Maputo, she ranked 4th in African Women's Chess Championship.[6]

Melissa Greeff played for South Africa:

In 2007, she was awarded the FIDE Woman International Master (WIM) title and then received the FIDE Woman Grandmaster (WGM) title two years later.

In 2011, she became a FIDE Instructor.[1]

Since 2014, she has rarely played in chess tournaments. Melissa moved to Canada where she studied robotics and engineering at the University of Toronto.[9][10] She had worked with Dr. Angela P. Schoellig on vision-based path-following controllers for UAVs during GPS-denied flight.[11] She has since worked on several other aspects of robotics, engineering, and mathematics.[12] Since 2019, she teaches first-year linear algebra at the University of Toronto.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Greeff, Melissa".
  2. ^ "OlimpBase :: 4th African Women's Chess Championship, Windhoek 2007".
  3. ^ "OlimpBase :: World Girls' Junior Chess Championship :: Greeff, Melissa". Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ "OlimpBase :: 5th African Women's Chess Championship, Tripoli 2009".
  5. ^ "2010 FIDE Knockout Matches : World Chess Championship (women)".
  6. ^ "OlimpBase :: 6th African Women's Chess Championship, Maputo 2011".
  7. ^ "OlimpBase :: Women's Chess Olympiads :: Melissa Greeff".
  8. ^ "OlimpBase :: All-Africa Games (chess - women) :: Melissa Greeff".
  9. ^ "Student Profile: Melissa Greeff - Living an Adventurous Journey". Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering.
  10. ^ "Melissa Greeff - Teaching Assistant - University of Toronto".
  11. ^ "Team | Dynamic Systems Lab | Prof. Angela Schoellig".
  12. ^ "Melissa Greeff".
  13. ^[self-published source]

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