Kateryna Lahno, 15, European Women's Champion

6/25/2005 – A total of 177 players were registered to play, amongst them the crème de la crème of European women's chess. After twelve gruelling rounds two players were tied for first, Kateryna Lahno and Nadezhda Kosintseva, with 9/12 each. Fifteen-year-old Kateryna took the title with two wins in the rapid chess tie-break. Congratulations, Katya! Giant photo report.

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The European Individual Women's Championship was held from June 10 – June 25 2005 in the Republic Palace in Chisinau, Moldova. The championship was a 12 round Swiss, with a rate of play of 40 moves in 1½ hours, plus 15 minutes to finish the game. There was an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first move on.


Participants of the EIWCC in Chisinau [photo: official web site]


The venue, inside the Republic Palace [photo: official web site]

After twelve rounds of play there were two winners: Kateryna Lahno and Nadezhda Kosintseva, both with 9/12. In the tiebreak match that followed Kateryna defeated Nadezhda in both their rapid (15'+10") games to take the title of European Individual Women's Champion 2005. Elena Dembo of Greece won the tie-break for the Bronze medal.


Key game: Kateryna Lahno vs Viktorija Cmilyte in round 11, won by Lahno


A quick draw in the last round against Elina Danielian


The decisive tiebreak games between Kateryna Lahno and Nadezhda Kosintseva


European women's Champion 2005: Kateryna Lahno

The new European Champion, whose name is originally Ekaterina Lagno, is 15, hails from Lvov but has spent most of her life in the industrial and chess-friendly town of Kramatorsk. Recently she moved to Donetsk, where the Ukraine company Danko is sponsoring her.

The European Championship yielded 18 passes to the Women's World Championship. Some of the top scorers had already qualified in other events, so that the first nineteen players in this event – that is everyone with eight points or more, secured a place, with three additional passes left over. That meant that all players with 7½ points, except those who were pre-qualified, had to play a tiebreak for these three places. They went to IM Almira Skripchenko and WGMs Anna Ushenina and Natasa Bojkovic.


Feodor Skripchenko, the main organiser of the event

In the following you will find the final standings of all 164 players and a big photo report with pictures sent to us by our correspondent Mikhail Golubev.

Final standing

Rank SNo.
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Name Rtg FED Pts Rp
1 4 IM Lahno Kateryna 2467 UKR 9 2588
2 7 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2459 RUS 9 2562
3 26 IM Dembo Yelena 2402 GRE 2478
4 37 WGM Collas Silvia 2381 FRA 2501
5 29 WGM Zaiatz Elena 2398 RUS 2525
6 21 IM Danielian Elina 2415 ARM 2486
7 18 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2418 GEO 8 2480
8 10 IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan 2452 GEO 8 2475
9 27 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2400 ARM 8 2495
10 20 WGM Kononenko Tatiana 2416 UKR 8 2456
11 32 GM Peng Zhaoqin 2392 NED 8 2451
12 53 WGM Houska Jovanka 2334 ENG 8 2460
13 8 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2457 POL 8 2431
14 13 WGM Matveeva Svetlana 2423 RUS 8 2476
15 23 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2407 GER 8 2472
16 61 . Purtseladze Maka 2311 GEO 8 2446
17 5 IM Socko Monika 2464 POL 8 2413
18 19 IM Sebag Marie 2417 FRA 8 2434
19 16 WGM Zielinska Marta 2419 POL 8 2418
20 6 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2459 LTU 2482
21 1 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2486 RUS 2447
22 12 WGM Javakhishvili Lela 2430 GEO 2471
23 49 WIM Vasilevich Irina 2347 RUS 2466
24 65 IM Ovod Evgenija 2305 RUS 2390
25 51 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia 2344 UKR 2423
26 28 WGM Korbut Ekaterina 2399 RUS 2391
27 30 IM Lomineishvili Maia 2396 GEO 2425
28 9 IM Skripchenko Almira 2453 FRA 2406
29 24 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2406 ROM 2399
30 46 WGM Ushenina Anna 2350 UKR 2433
31 22 IM Slavina Irina 2415 RUS 2378
32 40 WGM Bojkovic Natasa 2371 SCG 2422
33 15 IM Sedina Elena 2422 ITA 2337
34 25 IM Jackova Jana 2406 CZE 2371
35 38 WGM Matnadze Ana 2376 GEO 2333
36 57 WGM Shumiakina Tatiana 2316 RUS 7 2413
37 54 WGM Grabuzova Tatiana 2327 RUS 7 2413
38 47 WGM Stepovaia Tatiana 2348 RUS 7 2378
39 2 IM Dzagnidze Nana 2482 GEO 7 2394
40 31 IM Vasilevich Tatjana 2395 UKR 7 2400
41 36 IM Hagarova Zuzana 2386 SVK 7 2352
42 44 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2355 RUS 7 2373
43 34 IM Klinova Masha 2391 ISR 7 2312
44 75 WGM Vozovic Oksana 2288 UKR 7 2346
45 92 WGM Calzetta Monica 2254 ESP 7 2362
46 68 WGM Melnikova Yana 2301 RUS 7 2350
47 35 IM Vajda Szidonia 2391 HUN 7 2369
48 80 WIM Sharevich Anna 2278 BLR 7 2341
49 58 . Molchanova Tatjana 2315 RUS 7 2332
50 43 WGM Ciuksyte Dagne 2356 LTU 7 2320
51 87 . Guseva Marina 2264 RUS 7 2316
52 17 IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino 2418 GER 2397
53 72 WIM Hryhorenko Nataliya 2294 UKR 2379
54 90 WGM Zakurdjaeva Irina 2260 RUS 2407
55 82 WIM Tsereteli Tamara 2273 GEO 2335
56 3 IM Gaponenko Inna 2482 UKR 2343
57 11 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2435 ROM 2349
58 124 . Charochkina Daria 2183 RUS 2396
59 116 . Rudolf Anna 2210 HUN 2334
60 112 WIM Srebrnic Ana 2221 SLO 2381
61 63 WGM Rohonyan Katerina 2309 UKR 2332
62 93 WGM Ionescu Irina 2252 ROM 2362
63 39 WGM Pokorna Regina 2374 SVK 2308
64 60 WIM Kochetkova Julia 2311 RUS 2346
65 88 . Andriasian Siranush 2263 ARM 2301
66 67 WIM Nebolsina Vera 2302 RUS 2341
67 56 WGM Milliet Sophie 2319 FRA 2257
68 94 WIM Doluhanova Evgeniya 2251 UKR 2267
69 74 WIM Nill Jessica 2290 GER 2251
70 78 WGM Makropoulou Marina 2285 GRE 2198
71 59 WIM Kostiuk Tatiana 2313 UKR 6 2333
72 66 WGM Velikhanli Firuza 2303 AZE 6 2350
73 50 WGM Demina Julia 2346 RUS 6 2327
74 70 WIM Kursova Maria 2300 RUS 6 2345
75 48 IM Petrenko Svetlana 2348 MDA 6 2301
76 106 . Dolzhikova Kateryna 2232 UKR 6 2334
77 89 WIM Chulivska Vita 2262 UKR 6 2238
78 95 WGM Susterman Anja 2250 MDA 6 2313
79 77 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2286 AZE 6 2249
80 71 WGM Bogza Adina-Maria 2297 ROM 6 2244
81 113 WIM Tsiganova Monika 2211 EST 6 2300
82 148 . Paulet Iosefina 2051 ROM 6 2266
83 91 WIM Galojan Lilit 2256 ARM 6 2276
84 14 IM Moser Eva 2422 AUT 6 2232
85 100 WIM Czarnota Dorota 2244 POL 6 2236
86 97 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini 2247 GRE 6 2286
87 69 WIM Malysheva Polina 2301 RUS 6 2243
88 114 . Alexanian Nelli 2211 RUS 6 2252
89 96 WIM Makka Ioulia 2250 GRE 6 2228
90 42 WGM Muzychuk Anna 2363 SLO 6 2232
91 64 WGM Smokina Karolina 2307 MDA 6 2200
92 55 WGM Goreskul Alyona 2323 UKR 6 2210
93 33 WGM Repkova Eva 2392 SVK 6 2187
94 84 WIM Calotescu Ana-Cristina 2268 ROM 6 2225
95 137 . Lupik Marina 2123 RUS 6 2245
96 99 WIM Ionica Iulia-Ionela 2245 ROM 6 2208
97 86 WFM Szczepkowska Karina 2264 POL 6 2161
98 79 WIM Gvetadze Sopio 2283 GEO 2295
99 146 WFM Muzychuk Mariya 2059 UKR 2310
100 102 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2241 ROM 2278
101 52 IM Zozulia Anna 2343 UKR 2288
102 41 WGM Chelushkina Irina 2369 SCG 2232
103 111 WIM Mamedjarova Turkan 2221 AZE 2249
104 85 WIM Tarasova Viktoriya 2268 RUS 2251
105 105 WIM Bensdorp Marlies 2232 NED 2211
106 62 WIM Voicu Carmen 2310 ROM 2228
107 110 WIM Burtasova Anna 2223 RUS 2205
108 128 WFM Iodo Anna 2176 RUS 2201
109 104 WGM Mirzoeva Elmira 2232 RUS 2198
110 120 WIM Meshcheriakova Evgenia 2193 RUS 2243
111 98 WIM Laesson Tuulikki 2246 EST 2174
112 119 . Ivanova-Skripova Tatiana 2205 RUS 2180
113 117 WIM Sirotkina Nina 2206 RUS 2183
114 81 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka 2277 ISL 2130
115 130 . Van Weersel Arlette 2158 NED 2152
116 103 . Gheorghe Corina 2234 ROM 5 2209
117 109 WIM Koskoska Gabriela 2230 MKD 5 2191
118 121 WGM Partac Elena 2190 MDA 5 2221
119 127 . Sarakauskiene Zivile 2177 LTU 5 2230
120 76 FM Schuurman Petra 2288 NED 5 2159
121 132 . Padurariu Ioana-Smaranda 2153 ROM 5 2240
122 108 WIM Cherednichenko Svetlana 2230 UKR 5 2152
123 131 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2156 TUR 5 2156
124 122 . Khudaverdieva Afag 2187 AZE 5 2165
125 45 WGM Olarasu Gabriela 2353 ROM 5 2153
126 136 . Kuzevanova Evgenia 2124 RUS 5 2153
127 107 WGM Lematschko Tatjana 2231 SUI 5 2109
128 83 WGM Eidelson Rakhil 2268 BLR 5 2112
129 115 . Foisor Sabina-Francesca 2210 ROM 5 2100
130 139 WFM Seps Monika 2116 SUI 5 2110
131 134 WIM Ankerst Milka 2124 SLO 5 2052
132 144 . Kucherenko Olena 2079 UKR 5 2107
133 133 WFM Butuc Maria 2147 MDA 5 2026
134 147 . Minina Veronika 2059 RUS 2163
135 155 . Lazo Xenia 2001 MDA 2122
136 153 . Kalinina Olga 2022 UKR 2165
137 125 . Stiri Alexandra 2181 GRE 2126
138 138 WIM Mar Karmen 2119 SLO 2131
139 141 WFM Topel Zehra 2085 TUR 2104
140 118 WIM Bashkite Viktoria 2205 EST 2098
141 156 . Cherednichenko Elena 1969 UKR 2106
142 101 WIM Hamelink Desiree 2244 NED 2026
143 149 . Bulmaga Irina 2046 MDA 2064
144 126 . Kalinina Larisa 2177 UKR 2062
145 129 . Golubenko Valentina 2171 FID 2048
146 145 WFM Grishina Alexandra 2065 RUS 2090
147 157 WFM Bayrak Asli 1949 TUR 2043
148 123 WFM Doibani Lilia 2185 MDA 1955
149 151 WIM Cinar Corlulu Nilufer 2037 TUR 4 2041
150 143 . Cicariova Elena 2081 MDA 4 2075
151 158 . Vartic Irina 1948 MDA 4 2049
152 163 . Babei Angelica 1843 MDA 4 2010
153 142 . Andronic Iulia 2085 MDA 4 1977
154 160 . Vetrila Sanda 1911 MDA 4 1956
155 150 WFM Harbuz Daniela 2040 MDA 4 1938
156 159 . Foisor Mihaela-Veronica 1930 ROM 1975
157 140 WFM Coimbra Margarida 2098 POR 1910
158 135 WFM Vasilieva Maria 2124 MDA 1906
159 152 . Apanaviciute Kristina 2028 LTU 1842
160 161 . Iurascu Mihaela 1906 MDA 1869
161 162 . Baciu Diana 1870 MDA 1863
162 154 . Talmazan Olga 2013 MDA 3 1801
163 164 . Antoshkiv Anastasija 0 UKR 1 1387
164 73 WIM Semenova Irina 2292 RUS 0 .

Photo Gallery by Mikhail Golubev


IM Tatiana Kosintseva, 2486, RUS


IM Kateryna Lahno, 2467, UKR


IM Nadezhda Kosintseva, 2459, RUS

IM Viktorija Cmilyte, 2459, LTU

WGM Natasa Bojkovic, 2371, SCG

IM Yelena Dembo, 2402, GRE

GM Peng Zhaoqin, 2392, NED

WGM Svetlana Matveeva, 2423, RUS

IM Almira Skripchenko, 2453, FRA

WGM Anna Ushenina, 2350, UKR

WGM Zdebskaja Natalia 2344 UKR

WGM Elena Zaiatz, 2398, RUS

IM Elina Danielian, 2415, ARM

WIM Irina Vasilevich, 2347, RUS

IM Masha Klinova, 2391, ISR

IM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, 2452, GEO

IM Corina-Isabela Peptan, 2435, ROM

WIM Carmen Voicu, 2310, ROM

IM Elisabeth Paehtz, 2407, GER

IM Inna Gaponenko, 2482, UKR

WGM Dagne Ciuksyte, 2356, LTU

WGM Tatiana Kononenko, 2416, UKR

WIM Sveta Cherednichenko, 2230, UKR

WIM Ana-Cristina Calotescu, 2268, ROM

WIM Sharevich Anna, 2278, BLR

IM Elena Sedina, 2422, ITA

WGM Tatiana Grabuzova, 2327, RUS

Kateryna Dolzhikova, 2232, UKR

All photos in the above report (unless otherwise specified) are by GM Mikhail Golubev. He is the chess observer for the Ukrainian newspaper Komanda, author of the books Easy Guide to the Dragon and The Sicilian Sozin. Mikhail lives in Odessa, Ukraine and writes for Chess Today.

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