2011 L. Rudenko Memorial won by 13-year-old Goryachkina

9/5/2011 – In its fifth edition, the Lyudmila Rudenko Memorial, dedicated to the second Women's World Champion, brought together 43 female players, vying for a spot in the Russian Women's Cup later this year. In spite of a field including no fewer than eight WGMs, the surprise winner was 13-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina, a full point ahead of the field. Report and pictures by Evgenia Doluhanova.

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The 2011 "L. Rudenko Memorial" International Women's Chess Tournament

The traditional women’s open dedicated to the second women’s world champion, Lyudmila Rudenko, took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia from August 22nd to 31st.

This tournament is also one of the qualifier tournaments for Russia’s Women’s Cup. There are several qualifier tournaments like this throughout the year where the top finishers receive bonus points towards the qualification spot. At the end of the year, the top seven players with the most bonus points join the previous year’s winner in the main tournament to fight for the cup.


The tournament took place in the club dedicated to Chigorin,
located right in the heart of the city


WGM Irina Sudakova, one of the organizers of the tournament


The highest rated player of the tournament – Marina Romanko (2402)


The second highest rated player was Lilit Galoyan (2389), a
member of the Armenian national team.


Of the eight WGMs in the tournament, Rahil Eidelson was the
most experienced.


WGM Irina Zakurdiaeva


After five rounds, a surprise leader emerged: Darya Trapeznikova,
rated 1979, who had scored a perfect 5.0/5.


But in the sixth round she lost to a young talent, Alexandra Goryachkina


Then, after seven rounds, the lead passed to WGM Sandugach
Shaidulina, who had previously won the tournament twice.


However in round eight she lost to 13-year-old Goryachkina, who
then took a full point lead in the tournament.


Double the beauty: twin sisters Irina and Marina Baraev


WGM Tatyana Molchanova, after having a rough mid-tournament,
was able to redeem herself and finish with a strong 3.0/3.


Lidia Savrova, who won the Best Senior prize, receives her award from Chief Arbiter
V.P. Ivanov and one of the organizers, V.V. Bykov.


WGM Anna Kostrikina won the U2200 prize


Yours truly Evgenia Doluhanova


The winner of the tournament – 13-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina

Final standings

Rk Name
Pts
Fed
Rtg
Perf
TB
1 WFM Goryachkina, Aleksandra
7.5
RUS
2153
2441
48.5
2 WGM Doluhanova, Evgeniya
6.5
UKR
2227
2329
49.0
3 WGM Molchanova, Tatjana
6.5
RUS
2346
2339
48.5
4 WGM Stjazhkina, Olga
6.5
RUS
2247
2315
46.5
5 WGM Eidelson, Rakhil
6.5
BLR
2242
2297
44.5
6 WGM Shaydullina, Sandugach
6.0
RUS
2158
2296
48.5
7 IM Galojan, Lilit
6.0
ARM
2389
2327
42.0
8 WIM Baraeva, Marina
6.0
RUS
2197
2173
39.5
9 Trapeznikova, Darya
5.5
RUS
1979
2292
53.0
10 IM Romanko, Marina
5.5
RUS
2402
2265
53.0
11 WFM Bivol, Alina
5.5
RUS
2171
2167
46.0
12 WFM Baraeva, Irina
5.5
RUS
2204
2158
42.0

Click here for complete standings


St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is famous worldwide for its architectural beauty, so here are some photos for the reader’s aesthetic pleasure.


The magnificent arch of the General Staff building

The Alexander Column — the tallest monument of its kind in the world — is 47.5 m (155 ft 8 in) tall and is topped with a statue of an angel, designed by Russian sculptor Boris Orlovsky. The face of the angel bears great similarity to the face of Emperor Alexander I. In 1952, according to some recent reports, the authorities of the Soviet Union secretly planned to replace the statue of the angel with a statue of Joseph Stalin. Thankfully, this never took place.


Links

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