Peng and Kosteniuk in the lead

4/2/2004 – One round before the end of the European Women's Chess Championship in Dresden Russian vice champion of the world Alexandra Kosteniuk has caught up with leader Peng Zhaoqin, with a bunch of other girls in hot pursuit. We bring you games, results, standings and a spectacular picture gallery.

ChessBase 14 Download ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!


Along with the ChessBase 14 program you can access the Live Database of 8 million games, and receive three months of free ChesssBase Account Premium membership and all of our online apps! Have a look today!

More...

The European Women's Chess Championship is being held from March 21st until April 3rd 2004. The rounds start at 13:00h and will be covered on the Playchess.com server – with Radio ChessBase bringing periodic audio feed directly from the tournament hall. The tournament will be over 12 rounds, with a rest day on March 29th.

General links

Round 11 report

One day before the last round of the championship two players are in the lead: Peng Zhaoqin (WGM 2419 NED) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (WGM 2469 RUS). In round 11 they faced each other and played a hard-fought draw. Their hottest pursuers Irina Slavina (WGM 2413 RUS) and Cristina Adela Foisor (WGM 2404 ROM), each half a point behind, also drew. Two other players with the same number of points were Natalia Zhukova (WGM 2462 UKR) and Tatiana Kosintseva (WGM 2447 RUS). Natalia drew against GM Antoaneta Stefanova (2478 BUL) while Tatiana beat Jovanka Houska (WGM 2370 ENG). Local favourite Elisabeth Pähtz (WGM 2399 GER) won for a second time in a row to keep near the top, beating Elina Danielian (WGM 2428 ARM) in a fine attacking game.

The standings after round 11 and before the final round on Friday are as follows:

Peng Zhaoqin
WGM
2419
NED
Kosteniuk Alexandra
WGM
2469
RUS
Slavina Irina
WGM
2413
RUS
8
Foisor Cristina Adela
WGM
2404
ROM
8
Zhukova Natalia
WGM
2462
UKR
8
Kosintseva Tatiana
WGM
2447
RUS
8
Stefanova Antoaneta
GM
2478
BUL
Sedina Elena
WGM
2393
ITA
Peptan Corina-Isabela
WGM
2439
ROM
Dzagnidze Nana
WGM
2457
GEO
Pähtz Elisabeth
WGM
2399
GER

The pairings for round 12 see Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk, Foisor vs Peng, Zhukova vs Slavina, Stefanova vs Pähtz and Peptan vs Dzagnidze. If there is a tie for first then there will be tie-break games on Saturday.

Picture Gallery

All of the following pictures were taken by Dagobert Kohlmeyer, Berlin


Leading player Peng Zhaoqin of the Netherlands (WGM, 2419)


R ussian WGM Tatiana Kosintseva, 2447, who moved to striking distance in round 11


One of the two GMs in this tournament: Antoaneta Stefanova, 2478, BUL


The other GM, reigning champion Pia Cramling, 2488, SWE


Downs and ups: WGM Elli Pähtz, 2399, GER


Natalia Zhukova, also still in contention for the title


WGM Maia Lomineishvili, 2397, GEO


19-year-old Russian WIM Natalija Pogonina, Elo 2382


Vera Papadopoulou, 2247, from Greece


WGM Natasa Bojkovic, 2391, SCG


WIM Anna Sharevich, 2236, BLR


WGM Lilit Mkrtchian, 2395 ARM


Ukraine WIM Anna Muzychuk, 2367, who has just turned 14


WGM Monika Socko, 2415, POL


Monika Seps, 2078 Switzerland


WIM Heather Richards, 2236 ENG


Elli Pähtz baked a cake on her friend Heather's 21st birthday


WIM Irina Sudakova, 2310, RUS


WIM Jana Krivec, 2301, SLO


WGM Joanna Dworakowska, 2370, POL


WIM Tina Mietzner, 2201 GER. Tina shares a flat with Elli Pähtz


Elisabeth Pähtz in what she calls her "Bulgarian skirt"


National trainer of the German squad: GM Uwe Bönsch


The man behind it all: organiser Dr Dirk Jordan

Other picture reports:

If you are interested in more – lots and lots of – pictures of the ladies of Dresden, here are some secret links. The pictures are being posted by our colleagues on the German ChessBase site. The reports are in the language of Goethe and Schiller, but the pictures and names can be viewed by anyone.


Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Discuss

Rules for reader comments

 
 

Not registered yet? Register