European Women Chp: Cmilyte and Khotenashvili keep the lead

5/14/2011 – After eight rounds of grueling competition, Cmilyte still has the lead with 6.5/8 despite a slip in round six against GM Stefanova. With the same score, but slightly worse tiebreak, is local hero IM Khotenashvili. On the day off, the ladies were entreated to tourism and even dancing out at night sadly lacking more men! Here are the video reports by Robert Fontaine as well as pictures of the ladies.

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The European Women Chess Championship is underway and runs from May 7-18 at Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The event is open to any female player registered with a federation that is part of the European Chess Union. It is a swiss system with eleven rounds played at 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 KO, with a 30-second increment as of the first move.

The top fourteen players will also qualify for the World Cup. As in the overall European Championship held earlier this year, there will be no tiebreak matches. In case of a tie, the tiebreaks used in order are: performance, Median-Buchholz, Buchholz, and the number of wins.


Satellite view of Tbilisi with the surrounding mountain range
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After eight round rounds, little has changed at the top, though Lithuanian grandmaster Viktorija Cmilyte's perfect score is no more. In the sixth round Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova knocked heads with her and came ou the victor, joining her in the lead. They were joined by five others, and suddenly the top spot's destiny was murky again. In the seventh round, not to be deterred, Cmilyte beat IM Romanko, while Stefanova had little time to enjoy her victory as she lost to Georgian IM Khotenashvili. This left them both in the lead with 6.0/7, followed by Lahno, Javakhishvili, and Cramling with 5.5/7. In round eight, the leaders met and drew, but no one was capable of reaching them and they maintined their very slim lead with 6.5/8, now trailed by seven on 6.0/8.

Standings after eight rounds

Rk
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 Perf
1
GM
Cmilyte Viktorija
2504
6.5
2679
2
IM
Khotenashvili Bela
2470
6.5
2662
3
GM
Danielian Elina
2506
6.0
2613
4
GM
Lahno Kateryna
2530
6.0
2607
5
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2506
6.0
2593
6
IM
Javakhishvili Lela
2454
6.0
2586
7
GM
Cramling Pia
2468
6.0
2581
8
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana
2559
6.0
2577
9
GM
Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan
2462
6.0
2552
10
WGM
Paikidze Nazi
2408
5.5
2540
11
IM
Ovod Evgenija
2404
5.5
2538
12
IM
Kosintseva Nadezhda
2567
5.5
2537
13
IM
Muzychuk Anna
2537
5.5
2532
14
IM
Khurtsidze Nino
2436
5.5
2522
15
WGM
Savina Anastasia
2389
5.5
2490
16
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
2522
5.5
2457
17
WGM
Batsiashvili Nino
2399
5.5
2451
18
WGM
Manakova Maria
2303
5.5
2356
19
IM
Matveeva Svetlana
2380
5.5
2295
20
WIM
Isgandarova Khayala Ilqar
2143
5.0
2472

A gallery of pictures

Could the readers kindly helps us identify the ones with no names?


On their rest day, the ladies were treated to some local tourism


Some beautiful mosaics at the new Presidential Palace in Tbilisi


Here is a closeup of one


And also an evening dancing. Sadly, with the men's event on a different date it was
mostly between themselves.


(note to self: volunteer services for next year's event)


French IM Sophie Milliet


The lovely WGM Andjelija Stojanovic (thanks to Ljilja Drljevic)


WGM Anna Sharevich


Russian IM Nadezhda Kosintseva (2567 Elo)



Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova


Tournament leader, Lithuanian GM Viktorija Cmilyte


IM Anna Muzychuk



Ukrainian WGM Anna Ushenina


Georgian WGM Sopiko Guramishvili


Robert Fontaine from Europe Echecs has been covering the event with daily video reports which he kindly shared. They are short and fun. Enjoy.

Round five report

 
With an interview of Viktoria Cmilyte and Sava Stoisavljevic

Round six report

 
In music

Round seven report


There is also a long interview of the general sponsor Socar in Russian

Round eight report

 
Includes an interview of Pia Cramling


Links

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