European Championship for Women starts in Antalya

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4/11/2019 – Today the first round of the European Women's Championship will be played in Antalya. In all 130 players are on the starting list but only the top 14 finishers will qualify for the World Cup. The top seeds are Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia, 2534) and Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2513). Live games kick off each day at 12 Noon UTC (14:00 CEST / 8 AM EDT) from April 11th to 22nd with a rest day on April 17th (and the last round four hours earlier). Commentary by GM Ioannis Papaioannou & IM Can Arduman Official site: eiwcc2019.tsf.org.tr

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A World Cup qualifier

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The Turkish Chess Federation is hosting this year's European Women's Championship in the seaside resort city of Antalya. The venue is the Aska Lara Resort, which also serves as the official tournament hotel.

The competition will take place from April 11th to 22nd over eleven rounds according to the Swiss system. The first round starts today at 3 PM local time in Antalya. Aside from the lone rest day on April 17th, the last round on April 22nd starts at 11:00 local time. 

The prize fund comprises a total of EUR €60,000, with the top three players receiving 10,000, 8,000 and 6,000 euros respectively. But on top of that, the 14 best players qualify for the next World Cup, a world championship qualifying event.

130 players have registered for the tournament. The largest contingent is the Russian Chess Federation with 20 players, followed by the host nation, Turkey with 16 players and Azerbaijan with 10 players participating.

Antalya is an ancient city on the Mediterranean coast with a population of over a million

Starting rank (Top 25)

No. Name Rtg
1 GORYACHKINA ALEKSANDRA 2534
2 DZAGNIDZE NANA  2513
3 KHOTENASHVILI BELA 2479
4 KASHLINSKAYA ALINA 2477
5 STEFANOVA ANTOANETA 2464
6 CORNETTE DEIMANTE 2464
7 SEBAG MARIE 2461
8 GIRYA OLGA 2461
9 CRAMLING PIA 2460
10 SHUVALOVA POLINA 2457
11 PAEHTZ ELISABETH 2456
12 ATALIK EKATERINA 2455
13 POGONINA NATALIJA 2455
14 BATSIASHVILI NINO  2453
15 SOCKO MONIKA 2447
16 BULMAGA IRINA 2438
17 MAMMADZADA GUNAY 2438
18 HOANG THANH TRANG 2435
19 USHENINA ANNA 2432
20 TSOLAKIDOU STAVROULA 2429
21 GAPONENKO INNA 2428
22 BODNARUK ANASTASIA 2427
23 HOUSKA JOVANKA 2426
24 ZAWADZKA JOLANTA 2418
25 SALIMOVA NURGYUL 2415

...130 players


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