European Women Rapid starts

by Albert Silver
6/2/2015 – The ACP-ECU European Women's Rapid championship is currently underway in Kutaisi, Georgia, following directly after the end of the standard time control championship. It is an eleven-round competition held over three days with plenty of rapid action to be followed live. Four rounds have taken place, and the players also visited Prometheus Cave.

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The tournament

The ACP-ECU European Women's Rapid championship is currently underway in Kutaisi, Georgia, following directly after the end of the standard time control championship. It is an eleven-round competition held over three days from June 1 to June 3, 2015. Games are played at a rate of 15 minutes per game per player, with an increment of ten seconds per move). The base prize fund is 10 thousand Euros, with 2000 for 1st place, 1500 Euros for 2nd, and 1000 Euros for 3rd (subject to 20% Georgian Income Tax), however there is also an additional 8000 Euros added by the ACP. All games are broadcast at the official site and at Playchess as of 1 PM Paris time or 7AM New York.

Day one

The tournament is officially started

Emil Sutovsky and Nona Gaprindashvili

Alexandra Vakhania awaits the start of the first round together with Valentina Gunina

IM Sopiko Guramishvili

Elizabeth Paetz is one of the runners up with 3.5/4

Elizabeth Paetz vs Sofio Gvetadze

How did White exploit Black's queen position? White to play and win.

Deimante Daulyte (Lithuania) had a superb start with 3.5/4

The players get ready for a tour of the Prometheus Cave. Discovered in Imereti region in
1984, Prometheus Cave is one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breath-
taking examples of stalactites, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes.

The 1060 meter walking route through the cave was upgraded in the summer of 2012...

...and visitors can also enjoy a 280 meter boat tour on an underground river.

The view is nothing short of spectacular

A view of the caves

Solution: White wins material with 1.Nxc5! threatening 2.d4 attacking the queen on b5 with the bishop on f1.

Photos by Picasso

Standings after four rounds (ratings are FIDE rapid)

Rk SNo Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts  TB
1 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2570 4.0 2391
2 9 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2429 4.0 2229
3 25 IM Daulyte Deimante LTU 2240 3.5 2458
4 4 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2478 3.5 2304
5 19 IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2312 3.0 2453
6 8 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2440 3.0 2379
7 3 GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2495 3.0 2366
8 38   Choladze Mariam GEO 1971 3.0 2343
9 15 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2361 3.0 2331
10 5 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2470 3.0 2290

Click for complete standings


Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 13 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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