The ladies battle it out in Moldova

6/15/2005 – The European Individual Women's Championship 2005 is under way in Chisinau, Moldova. 164 of the strongest female players from this part of the world are gathered together to crown a champion and to nominate twelve participants for the women's world championship. We bring you games, results and lots of beautiful pictures.

The event is being held from June 10 (day of arrival) until June 25 (day of departure) 2005. The venue is the Republic Palace in Chisinau.

The championship is a 12 round Swiss. Rate of play: 40 moves in 1½ hours, and additional 15 minutes to finish the game. There is an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first move.

The European Women’s Championship is open to any female player representing ECU Chess Federation (FIDE zones 1.1-1.9) regardless of their title or rating. The tournament is a preliminary qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. Twelve players will qualify for the WWCC.

The course of the tournament so far has been fairly even, with 41 players at 3½ or 3 after four rounds (after two rounds twenty players had won both their games). Top seeds Tatiana Kosintseva and Kateryna Lahno are to be found at the top of the table, whereas third seed Inna Gaponenko has had a slow start and is currently at place 82. Reigning champion and local darling Almira Skripchenko is also not yet under steam and can be found at number 75.

The official web site is in English and very informative. Obviously a lot of effort has been put into it and the organisers, for once, seem to have got their priorities right. The games files provided are close to faultless, and there are even small characterisations of the key games. The picture gallery with photos by Zlobin Gheorghe is very nice, only one problem needs to be solved (not just by these organisers): the pictures are in urgent need of captions. How frustrating is it to see scores of pictures of people, mostly beautiful young ladies, with no clues as to who most of them might be.

Below the following full score table (prepare your mouse wheel for some heavy-duty scrolling) you will find our own selection of pictures, where we have taken pains to identify most of the subjects.

Standings after four rounds

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

Picture Gallery


The openings ceremony


Local hero Almira Skripchenko, who has a sports complex named after her, addresses the audience


Festivities at the opening ceremony


The tournament hall, with top boards on the stage


The championship under way


Almira Skripchenko preparing for game one in this tournament


And surveying the event she helped to organise


Sixth seed Cmilyte Viktorija of Lithuania


Oh the intensity! An uncaptioned player at the championship

[Sotiris Logothetis of Athens, Greece, wrote in to day that this was Karina Szczepkowska of Poland. André Schulz, the editor of our German newspage, is fairly sure it is the younger of the Muzychuk sisters, Mariya.]


Another uncaptioned young lady

[Tomasz Pintal of Stalowa Wola, Poland writes: "This is Elena Cherednichenko of Ukraine, the sister of Svetlana Cherednichenko, who was ten years ago the U12 girls champion. I saw her and her sister with their mother in Poland on the tournament near the place where I live. Sotiris Logothetis says this is Irina Vasilevich of, Russia. The latter appears to be correct.]


Top seed Tatiana Kosintseva against Rakhil Eidelson in round one (Tatiana won)


Blitz tournament for journalists (a new form of accreditation?)


Round four in full swing

All pictures are by Zlobin Gheorghe. In our next report we will bring you fully captioned portraits of the players, sent to us by Mikhail Golubev.


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