European Women’s Championship starts in Rhodes

by Press release
4/19/2024 – The Greek Chess Federation will host the European Women's Individual Championship this year. The tournament will take place from 18th (arrival) to 30th (departure) April 2024 at the 5 star conference hotel "Rodos Palace" in Rhodes, Greece. The hotel is also the official ECU hotel for this competition. | Photos: Offcial website

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FIDE Press release

The European Women’s Chess Championship 2024 began this Friday in Rhodes, Greece with the drawing of lots. In the presence of the Chief Arbiter Aleksandra Dimitrijevic, former Women’s World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova picked a Black pawn.

It means that the top-seeded player in the tournament will play as Black on the first board.

The event taking place April 18-30 at the 5-star “Rodos Palace” Conference Hotel with the first round is scheduled for April 19.

The 9-round Swiss tournament with classical time control brought together 183 players coming from 35 European federations and is set to be the largest European Women’s Championship ever. It boasts of a very strong line-up headlined by IM Yuliia Osmak (UKR, 2459), IM Marsel Efroimski (ISR, 2457), GM Bella Khotenashvili (GEO, 2454), IM Dinara Wagner (GER, 2453), GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL, 2447), IM Lela Javakhishvili (GEO, 2446), GM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO, 2445), IM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE, 2436), GM Monika Socko (POL, 2428) and IM Stavroula Tsolakidou (GRE, 2424).

Video preview of the event

The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2024 is a qualification event for the FIDE Women’s World Cup. According to the decision of the European Chess Union, at least 10 players will qualify.

The total prize fund of the Championship is 60,000 EUR with 10,000 EUR reserved for the champion.

Live broadcast of the event can be exclusively followed through the ECU YouTube channel, with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic and Dragana Nikolovska.

Official regulations of the event and detailed information can be found on the official website.

Starting list of players, results & pairings can be followed here.


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