European Women's Championships start in Gaziantep, Turkey

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3/3/2012 – For the first time in history a women's event will have a higher prize fund than the corresponding men's event. The European Women's Championships boast a total prize fund of 150,000 Euros, with a 20,500 Euro first prize in the classical section – that's 500 Euros more than the top male will receive in Plovdiv later this month. Round one in Gaziantep brought a number of surprises.

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The European Individual Women Chess Championships are being held from 2 to 13 March, 2012, in the Anatolian Hotel in Gaziantep, Turkey. The event will be followed by the European Rapid Championship and European Blitz Championship (15-18 of March). The EIWCC consists of eleven games. The rate of is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Games start at 16:00h local time.

Organizers and prize fund: The Turkish Chess Federation, with the sponsorship and support of the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, under the auspices of the City of Gaziantep and the European Chess Union, provided a prize fund of 150,000 Euro for all three events. This is the biggest prize fund in the history of European Women's Chess events. For the first time in the chess history the European Women's Champion will get a higher prize sum, 20,500 Euros, than the Champion of the (Open or "Men's") European Individual Championship, which will be held in Plovdiv after this event.

Players at the opening ceremony in the Zeugma Museum watching...

... the colorful Turkish dance presentation

Afterwards round one is under way

Round one

The first round of the EIWCC started with a number of surprises for the favourites. The rating favorite IM Anna Muzychuk could have easily lost her game against a Russian IM rated over 250 points lower than her.

The start of Anastasia Savina vs Anna Muzychuk on board one

[Event "European Individual Women Championship"] [Site "Gaziantep"] [Date "2012.03.02"] [Round "?.1"] [White "IM Savina Anastasia"] [Black "IM Muzychuk Anna"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. Rd1 Qc7 11. Ne4 Nxe4 12. Qxe4 e5 13. Qh4 h6 14. e4 exd4 15. Bxh6 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. f4 b5 18. fxe5 bxc4 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qg5+ Kh7 21. Qh5+ Kg7 22. Qg5+ Kh7 23. Rf1 Rg8 24. Qh5+ Kg7 25. Rf6 Rh8 26. Qg5+ Kf8 27. Raf1 Ra7 28. Rxf7+ $2 ({In time trouble Anastasia Savina missed} 28. Qg6 $1 { and Black has no good defences, e.g.} Bh3 29. Rd6 $1 {and if} Rg8 30. Rxf7+ Qxf7 31. Rd8+ Ke7 32. Qd6#) 28... Qxf7 29. Qd8+ Kg7 30. Rxf7+ Rxf7 31. Qg5+ Kh7 32. Qh5+ Kg7 33. Qg5+ Kh7 34. Qh5+ Kg7 35. Qg5+ 1/2-1/2

Wandering on the edge: top seed IM Anna Muzychuk

Anastasia Savina got a winning position but let her advantage slip away in time trouble. Anna's sister IM Mariya Muzychuk, as well as top Ukrainian GM, Katerina Lahno, played against Mamedjarova sisters from Azerbaijan, but could not take more than 50% as well.

The biggest upset was the white loss by second seed GM Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia to WIM Gulnar Mammadova, rated 235 points below her.

[Event "European Individual Women Championship"] [Site "Gaziantep"] [Date "2012.03.02"] [Round "?.2"] [White "GM Dzagnidze Nana"] [Black "WIM Mammadova Gulnar"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 c5 4. O-O Nc6 5. d4 Nf6 6. c4 dxc4 7. Ne5 Bd7 8. Na3 cxd4 9. Naxc4 Be7 10. Qb3 O-O 11. Bf4 Rc8 12. Qxb7 Nb4 13. Rfd1 Bc5 14. a3 Nbd5 15. b4 Rc7 16. Nxf7 Rxb7 17. Nxd8 Rxd8 18. bxc5 Rb5 19. Bd6 Nc3 20. Rd2 Rc8 { White is clearly winning, but her next move} 21. Rc1 $2 {turns the tables.} Rbxc5 22. Bxc5 Rxc5 {and White must give up the knight to defend against the deadly fork ...Nxe2+.} 23. Rb2 Rxc4 24. Rcc2 a5 25. Rb7 Kf8 26. Ra7 Rc5 27. Rb2 Bb5 28. Bf1 a4 29. Ra5 Nd7 30. f3 Ne5 31. Rb4 Nc4 32. Ra8+ Kf7 33. f4 Nd5 34. Rb1 Nxa3 35. Rd1 Nc2 36. Ra5 Nc3 37. Rd2 Ne3 38. Rxd4 Nxf1 39. Ra7+ Kf6 40. Kxf1 Nxe2 41. Rd8 Nxg3+ 42. Kg2 Nf5 43. Rf8+ Kg6 44. Kg1 Rc1+ 45. Kf2 Rc4 46. Kf3 Bc6+ 47. Kg4 h5+ 0-1

Another top player, IM Bela Khotenashvili, rated 2490, lost her white game to WIM Inna Ivakhinova, rated 2285. The most of other rating favorites managed to win in the first round, of which we today bring you the full results.

Addendum: Can Gurses drew our attention to an upset in the bottom part of the table: Russian WIM Aleksandra Goryachkina, 2341, lost to Hilal Ozturk, rated 1784. There are over 550 points between the two. "You guys never miss it when a Ukrainian or an Indian kid does anything extraordinary," Can writes. We apologise for missing this one, which was the only win by a Turkish player in round one. We discovered another upset at the bottom of the table:

Many-time Turkish Champion and top seed WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz, 2341, was only able to draw her first-round game against compatriot Yesim Patel, rated 1839, i.e. over 500 points below Betul.

Title Name Rtng  FED 
Title Name Rtng  FED 
IM Savina Anastasia 2325 RUS
IM Muzychuk Anna 2583 SLO
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2559 GEO
WIM Mammadova Gulnar 2324 AZE
WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2321 AZE
GM Lahno Kateryna 2546 UKR
GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2535 RUS
WGM Manakova Maria 2315 SRB
WGM Ozturk Kubra 2314 TUR
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531 BUL
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513 RUS
WIM Bulmaga Irina 2307 ROU
IM Dworakowska Joanna 2304 POL
GM Sebag Marie 2512 FRA
IM Gunina Valentina 2511 RUS
WGM Borosova Zuzana 2302 SVK
WGM Videnova Iva 2301 BUL
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2497 LTU
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2490 GEO
WIM Ivakhinova Inna 2285 RUS
WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2284 AZE
IM Muzychuk Mariya 2490 UKR
GM Danielian Elina 2478 ARM
WIM Drljevic Ljilja 2278 SRB
WIM Rakic Marija 2270 SRB
IM Skripchenko Almira 2468 FRA
IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2459 GER
WGM Chelushkina Irina 2263 SRB
WGM Sandu Mihaela 2253 ROU
IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2458 ARM
IM Ushenina Anna 2458 UKR
WIM Kazimova Narmin 2253 AZE
WIM Bronnikova Elizaveta 2252 RUS
WGM Pogonina Natalija 2449 RUS
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2448 RUS
WIM Abdulla Khayala 2246 AZE
WFM Foisor Mihaela-Veronica 2242 ROU
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2448 GEO
IM Khurtsidze Nino 2447 GEO
WIM Hairapetian Anna 2227 ARM
WGM Makropoulou Marina 2224 GRE
GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2438 HUN
WGM Batsiashvili Nino 2438 GEO
WIM Umudova Nargiz 2220 AZE
WIM Seps Monika 2204 SUI
GM Zhukova Natalia 2435 UKR
IM Romanko Marina 2417 RUS
WIM Isgandarova Khayala 2203 AZE
WIM Bezgodova Maria 2200 RUS
IM Gaponenko Inna 2416 UKR
IM Repkova Eva 2416 SVK
WGM Shaydullina Sandugach 2197 RUS
WIM Kharmunova Nadejda 2191 RUS
IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2412 RUS
WGM Girya Olga 2406 RUS
WIM Olsarova Karolina 2189 CZE
WIM Tsiganova Monika 2185 EST
WGM Paikidze Nazi 2406 GEO
IM Melia Salome 2400 GEO
WFM Coimbra Margarida 2156 POR
WFM Cherednichenko Elena 2130 UKR
IM Foisor Cristina-Adela 2398 ROU
IM Bojkovic Natasa 2395 SRB
WFM Kineva Ekaterina 2126 RUS
WFM De Seroux Camille 2122 SUI
WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2395 GEO
WGM Kovanova Baira 2392 RUS
WIM Alexanian Nelli 2114 RUS
WFM Mareckova Martina 2114 CZE
WGM Michna Marta 2383 GER
WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2377 RUS
WIM Bezgodova Svetlana 2109 RUS
WFM Uta Adeline-Ramona 2098 ROU
WGM Charochkina Daria 2371 RUS
WGM Szczepkowska Karina 2369 POL
WFM Motycakova Monika 2087 SVK
WCM Kaya Emel 1997 TUR
IM Galojan Lilit 2364 ARM
WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2358 POL
  Messina Roberta 1957 ITA
WCM Cemhan Kardelen 1952 TUR
WGM Vojinovic Jovana 2356 MNE
IM Sedina Elena 2353 ITA
  Menzi Nezihe Ezgi 1900 TUR
  Soyunlu Narmin 1842 AZE
WGM Molchanova Tatjana 2346 RUS
WIM Ziaziulkina Nastassia 2343 BLR
  Arig Busra 1839 TUR
  Patel Yesim 1839 TUR
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2341 TUR
WIM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2341 RUS
  Ozturk Hilal 1784 TUR
  Martynkova Olena 1689 UKR
WIM Arabidze Meri 2337 GEO
IM Gvetadze Sofio 2334 GEO
  Alev Gonulden Seda 1612 TUR
  Dai Irmak 1592 TUR
WIM Mikadze Miranda 2329 GEO
WGM Kursova Maria 2328 ARM
  Bozkurt Hatice Mislina   TUR
  Durmus Aslihan   TUR
WGM Schleining Zoya 2326 GER
  Sahin Hayrun Nisa   TUR
1 - -

German IM Elisabeth Pähtz, 2459, won her round one game against WGM Irina Chelushkina 2263

IM Almira Skripchenko (2468) FRA drew with black against WIM Marija Rakic (2270) SRB

IM Lilit Mkrtchian (2458) ARM beat WGM Mihaela Sandu (2253) ROU

Freshly crown Romanian champion IM Cristina-Adela Foisor,
2398 ROU beat WFM Elena Cherednichenko 2130 of Ukraine

The youngest participant: Sahin Hayrun Nisa, who had a bye

All photos by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, with kind permission of the TCF


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