Help Nino Khurtsidze overcome cancer

by Sagar Shah
7/19/2017 – Top Georgian player Nino Khurtsidze is fighting cancer. She underwent surgery in Germany and now has to undergo five rounds of chemotherapy. The total cost is beyond what she can afford. Her friends have asked the chess community to support her efforts to overcome the situation and return to the chess board. | Photo: Evgeny Surov, chess-news.ru

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Nino in Need

Nino Khurtsidze (born September 28th, 1975) is a Georgian chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is one of the very few players who has won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship twice (in 1993 and 1995.)

Khurtsidze also won the World Under-16 Girls Chess Championship of 1991 in Brazil, the absolute Georgian Chess Championship in 1998 and is five times Georgian champion among women (in 1989, 1993, 2005, 2006 and 2013).

At the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012 | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich

Now Nino is suffering from a malignant tumour. She underwent surgery and is scheduled for chemotherapy in Germany. She has to endure five rounds of treatment, each costing €30,000 for a total of €150,000, and so her friends are reaching out to the chess community for help.

Here is how you can contribute:

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Paypal:

Contribute via paypal: paypal.me/NinoKhurtsidze

Bank transfer in Euros

INTERMEDIARY: DEUTSCHE BANK AG
FRANKFURT/MAIN, GERMANY
SWIFT: DEUTDEFF
BLZ: 50070010
BENEFICIARY'S BANK: HEAD OFFICE SWIFT: TBCBGE22
JSC "TBC Bank", Head Office
SWIFT: TBCBGE22
BEN'S Account: GE59 TB39 1764 5063 6224 87
NAME OF BENEFICIARY: NINO KHURTSIDZE


Bank transfer in USD:

INTERMEDIARY: CITIBANK N.A.
NEW-YORK, USA
SWIFT: CITIUS33
ABA: 021000089
BENEFICIARY'S BANK: HEAD OFFICE SWIFT: TBCBGE22
JSC "TBC Bank", Head Office
SWIFT: TBCBGE22
BEN'S Account: GE59 TB39 1764 5063 6224 87
NAME OF BENEFICIARY: NINO KHURTSIDZE

Bank transfer in Georgian Lari (GEL)

JSC "TBC Bank", Head Office
BANK CODE: TBCBGE22
NAME OF BENEFICIARY: NINO KHURTSIDZE
BEN'S Account: GE59 TB39 1764 5063 6224 87

Nino in Tehran | Photo: David Llada

Nino competed at the Women's World Championship in Tehran that ended a few months ago. She played really well and knocked out Natalia Zhukova in round one (annotated game below) and Nino Batsiashvili in round two, before losing to Antoaneta Stefanova in round three. Through her games and play it can be seen that she is a great fighter and we are sure that she will fight and overcome her health issues as well. All that she needs is our support.

Appeal by chess community on social media:

Emil Sutovksy:

Sopiko Guramishvili:

Anna Rudolf:


Here's the brief analysis of the very interesting game between Zhukova and Khurtsidze, where the latter was able to outplay her opponent and qualify for the next round.

[Event "Wch World Cup (Women)"] [Site "Teheran"] [Date "2017.02.11"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Zhukova, Natalia"] [Black "Khurtsidze, Nino"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E20"] [WhiteElo "2447"] [BlackElo "2383"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2017.02.11"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "IRI"] [SourceTitle "Mega2017 Update 20"] [Source "Chessbase"] [SourceDate "2017.03.10"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.03.10"] [SourceQuality "1"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3 Bd6 $5 {A relatively rare line. Bxc3 and Be7 is much more common.} 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 e5 8. d5 b5 $6 {This is already a novelty. Perhaps objectively not the best move, but it's surely an innovative attempt to snatch the initiative.} (8... Bc5 9. Nf3 O-O 10. b4 { and the bishop has no space on the g1-a7 diagonal.}) 9. Nf3 (9. cxb5 Bc5 10. Nf3 O-O 11. b4 Bb6 {Perhaps this is the reason why Nino played ...b5}) 9... bxc4 10. Bxc4 O-O 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Bg4 13. h3 Bh5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Qe2 Nbd7 16. Rg1 Qb8 {Black has all the pieces developed and now turns to the queenside for counterplay.} 17. Bb5 (17. g5 hxg5 18. Bxg5 Qb6 $13) 17... Qb6 18. Kf1 Rab8 19. Nd2 a6 20. Nc4 Qa7 21. Nxd6 $6 (21. Bxd7 Nxd7 22. b4 $16) 21... cxd6 22. Bf2 Qb7 23. Bxa6 Qxb2 $19 {Black is already winning.} 24. Qxb2 Rxb2 25. Re1 Ra8 26. Bb5 Rxa3 27. Bxd7 Rxc3 28. Bf5 Bxf5 29. gxf5 Rxh3 30. Bg3 Rb3 31. Bf2 Rhf3 0-1


Sagar Shah is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He is also a chartered accountant and would like to become the first CA+GM of India. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder of the ChessBase India website.
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mcplayerus mcplayerus 7/31/2017 10:45
Hi,
While trying to use the account for Euros GE59 TB39 1764 5063 6224 87 I get this error message saying that the IBAN is not valid for Germany.
Can anyone help ?
I found this site indicating the IBAN format for Germany "http://www.xe.com/ibancalculator/sample/?ibancountry=germany"
and the format looks indeed different to the one indicated here.
Any ideas ?
Kim Bhari Kim Bhari 7/27/2017 12:28
Speedy recovery Nino. Done my small bit.
imdvb_8793 imdvb_8793 7/21/2017 10:57
:( That blows...

If I had an actual income at the moment, I would definitely make some sort of contribution...
Jarman Jarman 7/20/2017 10:19
@DaTribe: in case you missed the article, she needs cool hard cash to fight her disease. Your religious zeal and "tips" are totally uncalled for here.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 7/20/2017 03:08
i wish nino a speedy recovery...
DaTribe DaTribe 7/19/2017 10:15
May God provide Nino a spiritual blessing and help her with her physical recovery. Help her to eat natural, study the Word and get well soon.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 7/19/2017 07:33
Is the treatment not covered in Georgia? I thought that most countries had national health care systems?
zralok zralok 7/19/2017 04:34
taffy28, what is your suggestion? for Germany to give free medical treatment to every foreigner who needs it? how would that work?
benedictralph benedictralph 7/19/2017 10:59
Medicine is one of those areas where as technology improves, prices go up and not down.
taffy28 taffy28 7/19/2017 10:42
This sad tale is all too common. I think society has this very wrong where this kind of treatment depends on ones bank balance.
calvinamari calvinamari 7/19/2017 04:49
Done. Godspeed Nino. Stay strong.
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