Women's World Blitz – Gunina wins with a 2804 performance

6/6/2012 – It was almost Fischer-like: European champion Valentina Gunina ravaged the opposition and finished with an unprecedented 13.0/15, a full 2½ points ahead of her nearest rivals (Natalia Zhukova and Anna Muzychuk). Gunina, the only IM in the top group of five GMs, did not lose a single game. We bring you results, a video report and closing ceremony pictures in our final report.

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Valentina Gunina wins Women’s World Blitz Championship

Women’s World Rapid Championship 2012 was held in Batumi, Georgia from 31 of May till 3rd of June 2012. The event was organized and conducted by the ACP and the Georgian Chess Federation and approved by FIDE. The total prize fund for the rapid championship is US $59,000. The organizers also provided the special conditions for the players with the Elo of 2500+ and nominees from all national federations. As a result 50 players from 18 chess federations took part in the tournament including five former world champions, the current European champion and such many strong GMs. The Blitz World Championship was a 15-round Swiss played at a rate of 4 min + 2 second.


The winners: GMs Alexandra Kosteniuk (fouth), Natalia Zhukova (second), Anna
Muzychuk (third), IM Valentina Gunina (first), GM Antoaneta Stefanova (fifth)

The reigning European champion in classical chess and blitz, Valentina Gunina, started the first day with a perfect 8.0/8 score. On the second day she seemed to be slowing down, drawing her first four games and narrowing her lead from two to one point. But then this amazing new star on the women's chess firmament went on to win her final three games and ended 2½ points ahead of her nearest rivals (Natalia Zhukova and Anna Muzychuk). Her performance was a stirling 2804, which means that we could only expect the final result against the opposition she faced from a player rated that high. Her current FIDE rating is 274 points lower than that.


Second was GM Natalia Zhukova, Ukraine, fourth Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russia. In
the background is the Chief arbiter, former women's world champion Nana Alexandria.


The winner, Valentina Gunina, with GM Antoaneta Stefanova, who finised fifth

GM Robert Fontaine and his video producer Gérard Demuydt have castled from the World Championship in Moscow to the Women's Rapid and Blitz in Batumi. They are producing video reports and interviews after each round for the French chess magazine Europe Echecs. We are grateful to receive these reports and that they include interviews with players and personalities.

Final standings (after fifteen rounds)

Rk. Title Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
 TB1 
 TB2 
 Perf
1 IM Gunina Valentina
RUS
2530
13.0
116.0
133.0
2804
2 GM Zhukova Natalia
UKR
2442
10.5
113.0
129.5
2629
3 GM Muzychuk Anna
SLO
2598
10.5
110.5
129.5
2612
4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra
RUS
2457
10.0
113.0
131.5
2583
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta
BUL
2518
9.5
114.5
134.5
2559
6 GM Dzagnidze Nana
GEO
2547
9.5
112.5
132.0
2543
7 WGM Ding Yixin
CHN
2353
9.5
93.0
105.0
2544
8 GM Lahno Kateryna
UKR
2546
9.0
109.5
128.5
2530
9 GM Chiburdanidze Maia
GEO
2500
9.0
108.0
127.0
2512
10 WGM Tan Zhongyi
CHN
2430
9.0
102.5
119.0
2541
11 IM Lomineishvili Maia
GEO
2366
9.0
100.0
116.0
2541
12 IM Melia Salome
GEO
2410
9.0
100.0
115.5
2544
13 IM Ushenina Anna
UKR
2454
9.0
99.5
116.0
2525
14 WGM Batsiashvili Nino
GEO
2436
8.5
112.0
130.5
2530
15 IM Matnadze Ana
ESP
2446
8.5
101.5
118.0
2507
16 IM Khotenashvili Bela
GEO
2500
8.5
95.0
111.5
2455
17 IM Muzychuk Mariya
UKR
2456
8.0
117.0
133.5
2471
18 WGM Cori T Deysi
PER
2386
8.0
112.5
131.5
2507
19 GM Zhao Xue
CHN
2549
8.0
109.0
125.5
2431
20 GM Koneru Humpy
IND
2589
8.0
98.0
112.5
2407
21 WIM Mammadova Gulnar
AZE
2345
8.0
97.5
111.0
2472
22 WGM Pogonina Natalija
RUS
2447
8.0
92.0
105.0
2449
23 WIM Arabidze Meri
GEO
2351
8.0
79.5
90.5
2417
24 WGM Huang Qian
CHN
2417
7.5
106.5
122.5
2471
25 IM Paehtz Elisabeth
GER
2491
7.5
99.5
113.5
2422
26 GM Cramling Pia
SWE
2478
7.5
92.5
107.0
2387
27 IM Krush Irina
USA
2457
7.5
89.0
101.5
2374
28 WGM Guo Qi
CHN
2360
7.5
86.5
101.0
2413
29 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan
SCO
2426
7.0
101.0
114.0
2410
30 IM Khurtsidze Nino
GEO
2456
7.0
97.5
112.5
2387
31 IM Purtseladze Maka
GEO
2348
7.0
96.0
109.0
2408
32 GM Harika Dronavalli
IND
2508
7.0
95.5
108.0
2383
33 IM Gvetadze Sofio
GEO
2338
7.0
93.0
106.0
2427
34 IM Mkrtchian Lilit
ARM
2449
7.0
91.0
104.0
2387
35 WIM Mikadze Miranda
GEO
2323
7.0
85.5
98.0
2384
36 GM Kosintseva Tatiana
RUS
2532
6.5
107.0
124.5
2372
37 Wang Jue
CHN
2364
6.5
106.0
122.0
2408
38 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko
GEO
2414
6.5
90.5
107.0
2380
39 GM Socko Monika
POL
2484
6.0
99.0
114.5
2328
40 GM Danielian Elina
ARM
2484
6.0
96.5
111.0
2334
41 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina
RUS
2417
6.0
95.0
108.0
2374
42 WGM Charkhalashvili Inga
GEO
2334
6.0
85.5
99.5
2334
43 GM Zhu Chen
QAT
2491
6.0
84.0
98.0
2315
44 IM Javakhishvili Lela
GEO
2449
6.0
83.0
97.0
2325
45 WIM Janjghava Natia
GEO
2306
5.5
80.5
94.0
2278
46 IM Klinova Masha
ISR
2318
5.0
80.5
92.0
2255
47 WIM Umudova Nargiz
AZE
2231
4.0
78.0
89.5
2185
48 IM Gurieli Nino
GEO
2329
3.5
82.0
96.0
2149
49 WIM Bezgodova Svetlana
RUS
2120
3.5
82.0
95.0
2183
50 GM Gaprindashvili Nona
GEO
2356
3.5
81.0
93.5
2153


Antoaneta Stefanova gets her first prize for winning the Rapid Chess section


In great form: "Etti" Stefanova during the Blitz championship


Unbeatable: IM Valentina Gunina did not suffer a single loss in fifteen rounds


At the closing ceremony at the end of a successful tournament


The musicians, Georgian style, to which there was...


... the obligatory dance recital in national costumes...


... and a chess-themed Black vs White performance


The man behind it all: ACP President and GM Emil Sutovsky from Israel

Pictures by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, Roman Danilenkov

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