Elina Danielian wins the European Women’s Championship

by Klaus Besenthal
8/21/2021 – The European Women’s Championship came to an end on Friday, with Armenia’s Elina Danielian winning the title as the only player who collected 9/11 points in Iasi, Romania. In the final round, Danielian clinched clear first place by beating Estonian WIM Mai Narva on top board. Draws were seen on boards 2 to 6. Iulija Osmak (Ukraine), who had been at the top of the standings table for several rounds, had to settle for second place. | Photos: Official site / Eropean Chess Union

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A seized opportunity

Armenian GM Elina Danielian can look back on a long, successful career: almost 30 years ago she became the world champion in the U14 and U16 categories; she would go on to get the GM title, and for a while had a 2500+ rating. So it is no surprise that Danielian became the 2021 European Champion. 

Notwithstanding, it was a seized opportunity for the Armenian, as many top European players did not take part in this tournament. Once the tournament is over, that is not so relevant though: what really counts for her is having won the title!

Mai Narva had a terribly hard time in her last-round game against Danielian. The Estonian missed a last, hard-to-find chance to equalize:


Estonian WIM Mai Narva could not stop Elina Danielian

Left to right: Iulija Osmak (2nd), Elina Danielian (1st) and Oliwia Kiolbasa (3rd)

The top German scorer — Josefine Heinemann finished in 46th place on 6/11

Final standings (7+ points)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Danielian Elina 9,0 2404
2 Osmak Iulija 8,5 2388
3 Kiolbasa Oliwia 8,0 2372
4 Buksa Nataliya 8,0 2334
5 Sargsyan Anna M. 7,5 2370
6 Mammadova Gulnar 7,5 2360
7 Khotenashvili Bela 7,5 2358
8 Narva Mai 7,5 2346
9 Arabidze Meri 7,5 2329
10 Garifullina Leya 7,5 2327
11 Badelka Olga 7,5 2324
12 Daulyte-Cornette Deimante 7,5 2321
13 Milliet Sophie 7,5 2304
14 Batsiashvili Nino 7,0 2368
15 Mammadzada Gunay 7,0 2364
16 Injac Teodora 7,0 2346
17 Javakhishvili Lela 7,0 2339
18 Zherebtsova Alexandra 7,0 2322

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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