Salme tied for 4-5th at Plovdiv 1959 (Candidates Tournament, Women’s World Chess Championship). She beat Ludmilla Rudenko, the all-USSR women's champ 1950-1953, at least once, in 1956 in recorded tournament play, when Rudenko, believing she was would be mated on her next move, resigned. It wasn't until later that both players realised that Rudenko had a saving move.
Awarded the WIM (Women's International Master) title in 1957.
Salme was married to Vidrik Rootare, known as Frits, and they had a daughter, Reet.
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