Gaziantep: Sebag, Cmilyte, Foisor lead with perfect scores

3/5/2012 – After three rounds of the European Women's Championship in Turkey three players have won all their games and lead, followed by a clutch of 13 players at 2.5/3 points. Typical for women's tournaments with participants in a thousand point range the draw average is just 23%. We bring you pictures and some highlights from two rounds of play, with commentary by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko.

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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.

Round two

Before the start of the second round FIDE Vice President and the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici asked for a minute of silence: "The Chairman of the FIDE Qualification Commission, Mikko Markkula, has passed away. He was a good friend of of all of us."

In the second round GM Nadezhda Kosintseva, who had moved up to the first board, unexpectedly lost her game against WGM Sopilko Guramishvili, 140 Elo points below her. She managed to get a position with clear advantage in but few inaccurate moves tip the scales in favor of Georgian player.

[Event "European women's Championship"] [Site "GAZIANTEP"] [Date "2012.03.03"] [Round "?.1"] [White "Guramisvili, Sopiko"] [Black "Kosintseva, Nadezhda"] [Result "1-0"] [Annotator "Miroshnichenko,Evgenij"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. Bg5 Na6 9. Nd2 Qe8 10. g4 Nd7 11. h4 Ndc5 12. a3 Bd7 13. h5 f5 14. gxf5 gxf5 15. Rg1 Kh8 16. h6 Bf6 17. Qf3 Qe7 18. Bxf6+ Qxf6 19. Qh5 Rg8 20. Rh1 Nxe4 21. Ndxe4 fxe4 22. Nxe4 Qf4 23. Qh4 Raf8 24. Qxf4 Rxf4 25. Nd2 a4 26. Rc1 Nc5 27. Rc3 { Black has a clearly better endgame and it is difficult to imagine she is in any trouble.} Bf5 28. Re3 Bg6 29. Rh2 c6 $2 {Not the right moment! After the bishop's transfer to g6 the rook on g8 has nothing to do, so that was a time to improve its position:} (29... Rgf8 {followed by R8f6 and Kg8-f7, improving the position slowly, as White has no counterplay.}) 30. b4 axb3 31. Nxb3 Nxb3 32. Rxb3 cxd5 33. cxd5 Rc8 34. f3 $2 {This move should have lost the game for White, but instead it brought her a full point.} Rd4 $2 (34... Rc1+ $1 {would have won at least a pawn.} 35. Kf2 Be4 $1 36. Be2 Bxd5 37. Rd3 Rc5 {with a clear advantage.}) 35. Rhb2 Rxd5 $6 (35... Bf7 $1 36. Rxb7 Bxd5 37. Rb8 Rg8 { and Black should be able to survive.}) 36. Rxb7 Rdc5 $2 {The final mistake!} ( 36... Kg8 {Trying to escape a deadly corner, would probably be the best try. Still, after} 37. Bh3 Rc1+ 38. Kf2 Kf8 39. Ra7 Rc2+ 40. Rxc2 Bxc2 41. a4 { White's advantage looks decisive.}) 37. Bh3 $1 Re8 38. Bd7 $1 {Ensuring the bishop's position on e6 with a tempo.} Rg8 39. Be6 Re8 40. Rb8 Rc1+ 41. Kf2 Rc2+ 42. Rxc2 Rxb8 43. Rd2 {Black is paralyzed, so white's passed pawn decides the game.} Rf8 44. Rxd6 e4 45. a4 Rxf3+ 46. Ke1 Rf8 47. a5 e3 48. a6 Bd3 49. Rxd3 Rf1+ 50. Kxf1 e2+ 51. Kg2 1-0

Azeri player Gulnar Mammadova, who defeated Nana Dzagnidze in the first round, continued her winning streak – in the second round she won against Eva Repkova. The rating favorite of another game, Elisabeth Pähtz, decided to sacrifice a piece in an equal position, but her opponent Jovana Vojinovic found a defence and won the game.

[Event "European Women's Championship"] [Site "GAZIANTEP"] [Date "2012.03.03"] [Round "?.8"] [White "Vojinovic, Jovana"] [Black "Pähtz, Elisabeth"] [Result "1-0"] [Annotator "Miroshnichenko,Evgenij"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] 1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nbd7 8. Qc2 c6 9. d5 Nh5 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. Rd1 Nc5 12. Be3 Qe7 13. Qd2 Nb7 14. Rac1 f5 15. exf5 gxf5 16. Bg5 Nf6 17. b4 Qe6 18. Ne1 Kh8 19. a4 Bd7 20. a5 a6 21. f3 Rg8 22. Na4 Be8 23. Nb6 Ra7 24. Kh1 Nh5 25. Bf1 Bf8 26. Ra1 f4 27. Bh4 Bg7 28. Ra3 Bf6 29. Bxf6+ Nxf6 30. Qf2 c5 31. Nd5 Nh5 32. Nc7 Qe7 33. Nxe8 Rxe8 34. b5 axb5 35. cxb5 Rxa5 36. Rxa5 Nxa5 37. Qd2 {Black had seen hard times during this game, but now everything would have been fine after the modest 37...Nb7. Instead, perhaps being in time trouble Black played} Ng3+ $2 38. hxg3 fxg3 { completely missing} 39. Qh6 $1 {The rest wasn't really needed...} Nb7 40. Bd3 Rf8 41. Kg1 Rf6 42. Qg5 d5 43. Bf1 d4 44. Ra1 Nd8 45. Ra6 Ne6 46. Qxe5 Qg7 47. Rxe6 Rxe6 48. Qxe6 Qg5 49. Bd3 c4 50. Bxc4 d3 51. Qe8+ Kg7 52. Qg8+ 1-0


Defending European champion Viktorija Cmilyte defeating WGM Jolanta Zawadzka


Turkish players Emel Kaya, Ezgi Menzi and Busra Arig


Round three

The third round of the European Individual Women Chess Championship left only three players with a 100% score. Defending European champion Viktorija Cmilyte won her game against Jovana Vojinovic, Cristina-Adela Foisor and Marie Sebag were stronger in their games against Tatjana Kosintseva and Natasa Bojkovic. On the first board former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova made a draw with Salome Melia. Hilal Ozturk shows the best result among Turkish players. In the third round she defeated Anastasia Savina, whose rating is 550 points above the Turkish youngster! Another Turkish player, Kubra Ozturk, started to score and gained her first point by winning nice game against Roberta Messina. Muzychuk's sisters got quite dangerous positions today, but both of them managed to secure half a point.


In the lead: GM Marie Sebag from France, rated 2512, with 3.0/3 points


Almira Skripchenko from France before her third round game against Lilit Galojan,
which she won. Almira is now in fourth place with 2.5/3 points.


Sopiko Guramishvili is also at 2.5/3 points, with a 2662 performance


The youngest participant of the event: Sahin Hayrun Nisa from Turkey

Evgenij Miroshnichenko, 33, has been an International Grandmaster since 2002. "Miro", as he likes to be called, is a two times Ukrainian Champion (2003 and 2008) and a winner of numerous international tournaments. In the following notes we find the highlights of round three in Gaziantep. Note that you can select the games in the dropdown box above the Javascript window.

Top standings after three rounds

#
Sd
 Ti.
Name Rtng
FED
Pts
ratP
BH.
BH.
wins
1
7
GM
Sebag Marie 2512
FRA
3
3156
3
4
3
2
9
GM
Cmilyte Viktorija 2497
LTU
3
3138
4
6
3
3
31
IM
Foisor Cristina-Adela 2398
ROU
3
0
3
3
4
53
WIM
Mammadova Gulnar 2324
AZE
2747
2
5
33
WGM
Guramishvili Sopiko 2395
GEO
2662
2
6
54
WGM
Mamedjarova Zeinab 2321
AZE
2661
2
7
5
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
BUL
2637
2
8
8
IM
Gunina Valentina 2511
RUS
2629
4
5
2
9
13
IM
Skripchenko Almira 2468
FRA
2579
3
4
2
10
21
GM
Hoang Thanh Trang 2438
HUN
2568
5
2
11
20
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2447
GEO
2566
2
12
22
WGM
Batsiashvili Nino 2438
GEO
2550
4
5
2
13
30
IM
Melia Salome 2400
GEO
2540
2
14
43
WGM
Molchanova Tatjana 2346
RUS
2532
2
15
44
WIM
Ziaziulkina Nastassia 2343
BLR
2522
2
16
51
WGM
Schleining Zoya 2326
GER
0
4
2

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


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