The Girls of Silivri

6/10/2003 – Meet the masters – yesterday it was the men's section of the European Individual Championships in Silivri, Turkey. Now by popular demand we bring you the women's section with 28 portraits of some of the finest female chess players Europe has to offer. You will admit that we will all have to abandon certain age-old prejudices we have held about chess-playing women.

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4th European Individual
Chess Championships

May 30th – June 14th 2003 in Silivri, Turkey

First let us quickly go through the results after nine rounds. In the men's section Zurab Azmaiparashvili is in the sole lead with seven points, followed by Konstantin Sakaev, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Alexander Grischuk and Kiril Georgiev half a point behind.

In the women's section Alisa Galliamova is in the lead, with 6.5 a full point ahead of her nearest rivals Almira Skripchenko, Antoaneta Stefanova, Olga Zimina Olga and Viktorija Cmilyte, each with 5.5

Picture gallery

Now we come to the section we promised, and which you all have been waiting for: portraits from the women's section of the European Championship. Remember we did a corresponding report on the men's section yesterday, so nobody can accuse us of any kind of bias or discrimination.

So here they are, the beautiful, smart ladies playing in the European Individual Championships is under way in Silivri, Turkey. While studying these pictures remember all of these players could probably give you a sound whipping in a game of chess. You may also want to take notes. At the end of the tournament we will be asking you to name your favourite players.


IM Nino Khurtsidze, 27, from Georgia


WGM Svetlana Matveeva, 33, of Russia


13-year-old Anna Muzychuk of the Ukraine


18-year-old Vera Papadopoulou from Greece


IM Olga Alexandrova, 25, of the Ukraine


WIM Christine Flear, 36, France


The tournament leader IM Alisa Galliamova, 31, from Russia


WGM Inna Gaponenko, 26, Ukraine


Olga Gerasimovitch, 18, from Belarus


19-year-old Sophie Milliet from France


WFM Alina Motoc from Romania, who just turned 18 a few days ago


Bianca Muhren, 17, of Holland


WGM Elisabeth Pähtz, 18, Germany


WIM Svetlana Petrenko, 29, of Moldova


WGM Regina Pokorna, 21, from Slovakia


WIM Maria Sebag, 16, of France


WGM Tatiana Stepovaia, 37, of Russia


WGM Elena Zaiatz (nee Zayac), 34, Belarus


WIM Olga Zimina, 21, Russia


IM Viktorija Cmilyte, 19, Lithuania


WIM Anna Dergatchova-Daus, 34, Russia


GM Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgia


WFM Tatiana Kosintseva, 17, Russia


WIM Tea Bosboom-Lanchava, 28, Netherlands


20-year-old Zehra Topel from Turkey


Yildiz Cavusoglu, 27, from Turkey


WGM Maia Lomineishvili, 25, from Georgia


WIM Lela Javakhishvili, 19, from Georgia

Thanks to Selim Citak of Ýstanbul, Sotiris Logothetis of Athens, Harold Bosboom, Winschoten, Netherlands and Davit Chokoshvili of Tbilisi,Georgia for supplying the names of the last four players. Sotiris also filled in the details of Elena Zaiatz.

Harold Bosboom wrote: "Thank you for the very nice pictures. Most of the time the women's section of chess tournaments is given much less attention than the men's section. It's good to see that you have a different approach and give the ladies the attention they deserve."

Pictures by Galina Tiviakova

Coming soon to a web site near you

The above picture gallery shows you the Girls of Silivri ar work, fighting for the title of the European Individual Champion.

In the next few days we will be bringing you pictures of these smart young ladies, and of course their male counterparts, at play. We will also ask you to select your favourite player, so keep a note of your candidates for the title of most popular player in Silivri.


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