Georgian Women Championship 2012

5/5/2012 – This strong event is being staged in the beautiful Black Sea costal town of Anaklia – a name that translates to "Ana is crying" (explained in our report). The press officer of the championship, WIM Sopho Nikoladze, has sent us some lovely pictures and, thankfully, full captions that acquaint us to the players. We can only share half of them in our current report – the rest will follow soon.

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Georgian Women Championship 2012

For the second time this event is being staged in Anaklia, Georgia,
with the following twelve players are taking part:

Title
Player
rating
IM
Khotenashvili Bela
2490
WGM
Batsiashvili Nino
2438
IM
Khukhashvili Sopiko
2408
IM
Paikidze Nazi
2406
IM
Melia Salome
2400
WGM
Guramishvili Sopiko
2395
IM
Lomineishvili Maia
2366
WIM
Arabidze Meri
2337
WGM
Charkhalashvili Inga
2334
IM
Gvetadze Sofio
2334
WIM
Khurtsilava Inga
2286
WFM
Bokuchava Madona
2058

Anaklia is located in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, at the place where the Enguri River (Inguri) flows into the Black Sea, near the administrative border with Abkhazia.


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The earliest settlement on Anaklia's territory dates back to the mid-Bronze Age and is typical to the Colchian culture. According to the folklore tradition its name took the origin from a woman named Anna, whose baby was kidnapped and taken away by the ship. The poor woman followed the ship along the shore, weeping. Afterwards the place was called “Ana rkians” or “Anakria” (“Ana is weeping”).


The Black Sea coastal town and and seaside resort of Anaklia


The hotel, where the championship participants stay, has become popular...


... amongst newly married couples, who walk down the long alley in front of the hotel


A view from the tournament hall to the Black Sear


The beautiful sunset to which you are treated every evening

The Open Championship is held in a festive atmosphere. During the opening ceremony each participant could choose a beautiful bouquet of flowers, with a card bearing the starting number.

Top seed Bela Khotenashvili, who drew the nine. Bela is an IM and WGM rated 2490, 23 years old, a philologist specialising in the English language. She is married and has a little daughter named Marya.

WIM Meri Arabidze drew the number one. Meri, who still goes to school, is 18 years old and rated 2337. At tournaments that are held near a sea shore she always collect shells.

Chess Olympiad Champions Maia Lomineishvili and Sopiko Khukhashvili. Maia is and IM rated 2366, 34 years old, a journalist by profession, married with a son named George. She is a fan of Latin American dance. Sopiko is and expert on international relationship and diplomacy. She loves poetry and billiards.


IM Sofio Gvetadze, 28, rated 2334, is an expert on international
relationship and diplomacy. Her hobbies are photograph and reading.


WGM Sopiko Guramishvili, rated 2395, 21 years old, student,
likes photography, musical instruments, singing and dancing.


The President of the Georgian Chess Federation, GM Giorgi Giorgadze, with Sopiko Guramishvili


A round under way

Standings after six rounds of play

No.
Title
Player
Rtng
Pts
TB1
TB2
1
WIM
Arabidze Meri
2337
4.5
12.25
3
2
IM
Khotenashvili Bela
2490
4.0
9.50
3
3
IM
Paikidze Nazi
2406
3.5
11.00
3
4
WFM
Bokuchava Madona
2058
3.5
10.50
2
5
WGM
Batsiashvili Nino
2438
3.5
8.50
3
6
IM
Gvetadze Sofio
2334
3.0
9.00
1
7
IM
Khukhashvili Sopiko
2408
3.0
6.50
2
8
WGM
Guramishvili Sopiko
2395
2.5
7.25
1
9
IM
Lomineishvili Maia
2366
2.5
6.50
0
10
WGM
Charkhalashvili Inga
2334
2.0
6.75
0
11
IM
Melia Salome
2400
2.0
6.50
0
12
WIM
Khurtsilava Inga
2286
2.0
6.25
1


In the lead after six rounds: WIM Meri Arabidze, 18, rated 2337, with 4.5/6 points

Press officer of the Georgian Chess Federation Sopho Nikoladze, from whom we received the above pictures and exemplary information on the players. Sopho is a journalist and economist who loves to travel and make new acquaintances. Oh, yes, she is also a Women's International Master rated 2203.


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