Ukraine Women's Championship 2004
From Hotel „Cajka“ in Alušta
By Olga Alexandrova and Thomas Lemanczyk
The town of Alušta (or Alushta, as we shall call it) lies on the Crimean peninsula on the north of the Black Sea, which is part of the modern Ukraine. It is a seaside resort, popular with the Russian and Ukrainian middle-class. There are many sanatoriums in Alushta, each one with its own piece of beach. There is a long-long promenade along the sea shore and it is covered by many cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. A great number of chess tournaments have been held in the city – official ones like national championships, and qualification tournaments for world and European championships, international opens, invitationals.
This year Alushta hosted the Ukraine Women's championship with 53 participants, in the beautiful Cajka ("Seagull") hotel.
The playing hall
The championship started with a ferocious 4/4 by WIM Natalia Zdebskaja, who then lost to WIM Evgeniya Doluhanova, who then took over the sole lead with 5½ out of 6. Evgeniya looked like a clear winner, but in the eighth round she was beaten by WGM Olga Alexandrova, who incidentally started the tournament with a loss. In the end Olga won the championship with 7/9. Here are all the results:
1. 1 Alexandrova,Olga 7.0
25. 2 Arutyunova,Diana 4.5
The winners WIM Tatiana Kostiuk, WGM Olga Alexandrova, WIM Evgeniya Doluhanova
Some pool relaxation for Katerina Dolhzikova and Anastasia Karlovich
Kateryna Gorbatenko and Anna Ushenina
Zanna Morshakova posing with blue irises
On the beachfront: the popular local Chinese restaurant
The proper attire for a visit to the "Peking" restaurant
Beauty and the beach: WGMs and WIMs in bikinis
Thoroughly enjoying the chess championship: the beachside belles
Alla Babiy and Tatiana Grisha
Alla Babiy without Tatiana Grisha
The Kalininas: Olga and Larisa
And the radiant winner Olga Alexandrova
In front of a defensive tower from the 6th century
With a friend in front of a curiosity shop
...and feeding another in the park
Kateryna Gorbatenko in front of a beachside booth
The view of the Black Sea front
The famous beach promenade, by day...
... and even more spectacular by night.