European Women Chp: Cmylite perfect after four rounds

5/10/2011 – Contrary to previous editions, this year the European Women Chess Championship is being held separately from the overall event at Tbilisi, Georgia. It is a fitting choice considering the history of women's chess there, and the number of Georgian greats. After four rounds, Lithuanian GM Viktorija Cmylite is the only player with 4.0/4. Robert Fontaine from Europe Echecs has provided daily video reports.

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The European Women Chess Championship is underway and runs from May 7-18 at Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The event is open to any female player registered with a federation that is part of the European Chess Union. It is a swiss system with eleven rounds played at 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 KO, with a 30-second increment as of the first move.

The top fourteen players will also qualify for the World Cup. As in the overall European Championship held earlier this year, there will be no tiebreak matches. In case of a tie, the tiebreaks used in order are: performance, Median-Buchholz, Buchholz, and the number of wins.


Satellite view of Tbilisi with the surrounding mountain range
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About Tbilisi

We could feed you the usual yadda-yadda about the city's economic this, and demographical that, but not every city has such a colorful story behind its baptism (source: Wikipedia):

According to an old legend, the present-day territory of Tbilisi was covered by forests as late as 458. One widely accepted variant of the legend of Tbilisi's founding states that King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Georgia went hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The King's falcon allegedly caught or injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died from burns. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the hot springs that he decided to cut down the forest and build a city on the location.


Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia

The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "Tpili" (თბილი), meaning warm. The name 'Tbili' or 'Tbilisi' ('warm location') was therefore given to the city because of the area's numerous sulphuric hot springs that came out of the ground.


After four rounds, the Lithuanian grandmaster Viktorija Cmilyte has taken the early lead with an impeccable 4.0/4 including a notable fourth round victory over Nadezhda Kosintseva, the second-seed with 2567 Elo. Right behind are GM Elena Danielian, IM Bela Khotenashvili, and Anastasia Bodnaruk with 3.5/4, followed by 25 players with 3.0/4.


Viktorija Cmilyte is leading the charge with a perfect 4.0/4

Standings after four rounds

Rk
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 Perf 
1
GM
Cmilyte Viktorija
2504
4.0
3188
2
GM
Danielian Elina
2506
3.5
2715
3
IM
Khotenashvili Bela
2470
3.5
2700
4
IM
Bodnaruk Anastasia
2419
3.5
2550
5
IM
Kosintseva Nadezhda
2567
3.0
2597
6
WGM
Kovanova Baira
2361
3.0
2578
7
GM
Lahno Kateryna
2530
3.0
2564
8
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2506
3.0
2545
9
IM
Ovod Evgenija
2404
3.0
2538
10
IM
Javakhishvili Lela
2454
3.0
2534
11
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit
2468
3.0
2521
12
GM
Cramling Pia
2468
3.0
2519
13
IM
Muzychuk Anna
2537
3.0
2508
14
IM
Khurtsidze Nino
2436
3.0
2503
15
WGM
Paikidze Nazi
2408
3.0
2492

Robert Fontaine from Europe Echecs has been covering the event with daily video reports which he kindly shared. They are short and fun. Enjoy.

Round one report

 

Round two report

 

Round three report

 

Round four report

 


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