European Women's Championship: Mkrtchian and Konsintseva win

3/20/2009 – IM Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia and IM Tatiana Kosintseva from Russia both won their final round game to share first in Saint Petersburg. Tomorrow a tiebreak match will decide who takes the title. There are also matches for bronze (seven players shared third) and for a place in the World Championship. New videos by Europe Echecs and a giant portrait pictorial by Elena Mikheeva.

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10th European Individual Women's Championship,
Saint Petersburg 2009

The 10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship is taking place from March 7 – 21, 2009, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The venue is the Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel (Pobedy or Victory Square 1) in a huge Soviet style playing hall. The players are in two differents rooms, downstairs the top 20 boards, with their games broadcast live on the Internet (thanks to Evgeny Tkachiev), and upstairs the rest of the players. The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move number one. The prize fund is 87,500 Euros, with € 10,000 going to the winner, € 7500 for second place, € 6000 € for third, etc., with € 1000 going to the twentieth place.

Report after round eleven

In the final (eleventh) round of the European Women's Championship IM Tatiana Kosintseva, Russia, defeated IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Russia, (who was the sole leader after ten rounds), and IM Lilit Mkrtchian, Armenia, defeated WGM Marina Romanko, Russia, to share joint first place with 8.5/11 points. They are followed by seven players with 8.0 points each, and then ten players with half a point less. On Friday there will be tiebreak games (see below).

Final top standings (6.5/11 or higher)

# Player Pts Nat. Rtng Perf W.We BH1 BH2 PS
1 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 8.5 ARM 2460 2598 +1.94 64.5 78.0 53.0
2 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 8.5 RUS 2497 2551 +0.76 60.0 73.0 46.5
3 GM Socko, Monika 8.0 POL 2449 2565 +1.64 66.5 81.0 53.0
4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 8.0 RUS 2416 2552 +1.97 63.0 76.0 49.5
5 IM Lomineishvili, Maia 8.0 GEO 2437 2520 +1.14 61.0 74.0 49.5
6 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 8.0 RUS 2442 2550 +1.52 60.5 74.0 52.0
7 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 8.0 RUS 2467 2540 +1.07 60.5 73.5 49.5
8 IM Rajlich, Iweta 8.0 POL 2399 2552 +2.20 59.5 73.0 50.5
9 IM Ovod, Evgenija 8.0 RUS 2430 2504 +1.02 56.0 68.5 48.0
10 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.5 HUN 2483 2526 +0.68 63.5 76.5 53.5
11 WGM Romanko, Marina 7.5 RUS 2451 2482 +0.51 61.5 75.5 47.5
12 WGM Kovanova, Baira 7.5 RUS 2386 2490 +1.66 59.5 72.0 48.0
13 IM Turova, Irina 7.5 RUS 2379 2485 +1.61 57.5 71.0 45.5
14 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.5 GER 2455 2457 +0.09 57.0 70.0 45.0
15 IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 7.5 GEO 2416 2485 +1.06 56.5 69.0 46.5
16 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 7.5 POL 2385 2490 +1.66 56.5 69.0 46.5
17 IM Muzychuk, Anna 7.5 SLO 2540 2463 -0.88 55.5 68.0 43.5
18 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 7.5 UKR 2427 2450 +0.37 53.0 65.5 43.5
19 IM Vasilevich, Irina 7.5 RUS 2340 2414 +1.17 51.5 65.0 40.5
20 IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 7.0 ROU 2412 2478 +1.05 64.0 77.5 50.0
21 IM Melia, Salome 7.0 GEO 2422 2474 +0.77 63.0 75.5 51.0
22 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 7.0 GEO 2518 2479 -0.54 61.5 75.0 46.5
23 WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 7.0 RUS 2384 2473 +1.31 60.0 73.5 47.0
24 IM Khurtsidze, Nino 7.0 GEO 2421 2469 +0.72 59.0 72.0 46.5
25 IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 7.0 SCO 2500 2445 -0.76 58.5 71.0 44.5
26 WFM Girya, Olga 7.0 RUS 2315 2441 +1.89 57.5 70.0 41.5
27 IM Dworakowska, Joanna 7.0 POL 2352 2423 +1.08 57.0 69.0 43.5
28 WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana 7.0 RUS 2332 2438 +1.60 56.5 68.5 44.5
29 WIM Majdan, Joanna 7.0 POL 2351 2420 +1.03 55.0 68.0 43.0
30 WIM Paulet, Iozefina 7.0 ROU 2315 2395 +1.19 55.0 67.5 40.5
31 WIM Chasovnikova, Eugenia 7.0 RUS 2302 2383 +1.23 54.5 67.0 38.0
32 IM Gaponenko, Inna 7.0 UKR 2450 2404 -0.66 54.5 66.5 42.0
33 GM Peng, Zhaoqin 7.0 NED 2461 2352 -1.41 51.0 62.5 36.5
34 WGM Zhukova, Natalia 7.0 UKR 2490 2357 -1.70 50.0 60.5 37.5
35 GM Lahno, Kateryna 6.5 UKR 2488 2416 -1.00 63.0 76.5 46.5
36 IM Ushenina, Anna 6.5 UKR 2499 2410 -1.24 58.5 71.0 44.5
37 WGM Demina, Julia 6.5 RUS 2361 2394 +0.63 58.0 70.0 45.0
38 WIM Charochkina, Daria 6.5 RUS 2316 2374 +0.91 56.0 69.0 40.5
39 WIM Solovjova, Valentina 6.5 RUS 2324 2361 +0.62 54.0 67.0 41.5
40 WGM Botsari, Anna-Maria 6.5 GRE 2289 2319 +0.63 54.0 65.5 38.5
41 Lelekova, Olga 6.5 RUS 2222 2339 +1.76 51.5 62.5 34.5
42 IM Peptan, Corina-Isabela 6.5 ROU 2401 2316 -1.18 51.0 62.5 36.5
43 WIM Tsatsalashvili, Keti 6.5 GEO 2231 2352 +1.82 50.5 62.0 33.0
44 IM Gvetadze, Sopio 6.5 GEO 2377 2326 -0.61 50.5 61.0 39.0
45 WGM Kochetkova, Julia 6.5 RUS 2315 2282 -0.32 50.0 61.0 37.5
46 WIM Fakhiridou, Ekaterini 6.5 GRE 2256 2220 -0.29 48.5 59.5 35.0
47 WIM Andriasian, Siranush 6.5 ARM 2262 2260 +0.15 47.0 57.5 35.0

Tiebreaks

First of all there will be a match for the Championship title between Lilit Mkrtchian and Tatiana Kosintseva, starting at 14:00h local time (12:00 noon CET or 06:00 a.m. EST). There will be tiebreak games for the bronze medal (Moniko Socko gets a bye in the first round), starting from 10:00 a.m. local time, or 8 a.m. CET, 2 a.m EST.

   
3
GM Socko, Monika (POL)
6
IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS)    
7
WGM Pogonina, Natalija (RUS)    
       
4
WGM Shadrina, Tatiana (RUS)    
9
IM Ovod, Evgenija (RUS)    
       
5
IM Lomineishvili, Maia (GEO)    
8
IM Rajlich, Iweta (POL)    

There is also a match for the 14th qualifying place in the Women's World Championship knockout, between IM Mariya Muzychuk, Ukraine, and IM Irina Vasilevich, Russia, starting at 14:00h local time. All matches are knockout 15+10, 5+2 and armageddon.


Picture gallery

The following pictures (except for the first earlier glamour shot) were kindly provided by Elena Mikheeva, who is the wife of tournament director Vladimir Bykov and a very good friend of our regular photo reporter, WGM Irina Sudakova, who also took some of the pictures. Both are working in the press center of the European Women's Championship in Saint Petersburg. Under each picture you see the standings, the player (with FIDE title), nationality, rating, points and performance.

# Player Pts Nat. Rtng Perf
1 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit (glamor shot) 8.5 ARM 2460 2598

2 IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 8.5 RUS 2497 2551

14 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.5 GER 2455 2457

21 IM Melia, Salome 7.0 GEO 2422 2474

24 IM Khurtsidze, Nino 7.0 GEO 2421 2469

34 WGM Zhukova, Natalia 7.0 UKR 2490 2357

42 IM Peptan, Corina-Isabela 6.5 ROU 2401 2316

54 WFM Severiukhina, Zoja 6.0 RUS 2327 2324

56 WIM Galojan, Lilit 6.0 ARM 2316 2301

90 WGM Calzetta, Monica 5.5 ESP 2371 2232
 
5 IM Lomineishvili, Maia 8.0 GEO 2437 2520
8 IM Rajlich, Iweta 8.0 POL 2399 2552

  
10 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.5 HUN 2483 2526
64 IM Matveeva, Svetlana 6.0 RUS 2422 2272

  
60 WIM Tarasova, Viktoriya 6.0 RUS 2257 2291
7 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 8.0 RUS 2467 2540

  
98 WFM Brunello, Marina 5.0 ITA 2106 2282
29 WIM Majdan, Joanna 7.0 POL 2351 2420

  
125 WIM Cedikova, Katerina 4.5 CZE 2150 2160
154 De Seroux, Camille 3.5 SUI 1928 1873

  
152 Lezhepekova, Veronika 3.5 RUS 1917 2079
131 WFM Korchagina, Viktoria 4.5 RUS 2187 2059

  
28 WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana 7.0 RUS 2332 2438
92 WGM Mamedjarova, Turkan 5.5 AZE 2245 2202

  
13 IM Turova, Irina 7.5 RUS 2379 2485
53 WGM Cherednichenko, Svetlana 6.0 UKR 2367 2340

  
80 WFM Fominykh, Maria 5.5 RUS 2279 2276
112 WFM Cherednichenko, Elena 5.0 UKR 2161 2142

  
45 WGM Kochetkova, Julia 6.5 RUS 2315 2282
102 IM Kostiukova, Liubov 5.0 UKR 2235 2236

  
77 WGM Aginian, Nelly 5.5 ARM 2335 2275
25 IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 7.0 SCO 2500 2445

  
161 Goryachkina, Aleksandra 3.0 RUS 2019 1857
168 Toporkova, Sofia 1.0 RUS 0 1595

  
122 WIM Kirillova, Varvara 4.5 RUS 2246 2172
166 Chetina, Elizaveta 2.5 RUS 1645 1517


Video reports by Europe Echecs

The video reports are by GM Robert Fontaine and the Europe Echecs team. They give us a unique view of the tournament, with daily wrap-ups and atmosphere reports. Robert is reporting, while his wife Kateryna Lahno is playing in the tournament.

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse the PGN games.



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