Gunina leads European Women's Championship

by Johannes Fischer
7/12/2014 – After six of eleven rounds a sole leader emerged at the European Women's Championship in Plovdiv: Valentina Gunina from Russia. The European Women's Champion from 2012 won a crucial game against top seed Nana Dzagnidze and now leads the event by 5.5 out of 6, followed by Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) and Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia) with 5 points each.

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15th European Individual Women's Chess Championship

This event, organised by the Bulgarian Chess Federation under the auspices of the European Chess Union, will be held in the Plovdiv Hall of the Novotel Hotel in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from July 5 (day of arrival) until July 18 (day of departure) 2014. The tournament is open to all players from chess federations which are members of the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10), regardless of title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. The European Individual Women’s Championship 2014 is a qualification event for the next World Cup, for which 14 players will qualify.

Round 6

Before the sixth round three players shared the lead: Natalia Zhukova, Nana Dzagnidze and Valentina Gunina. While Gunina won the top encounter against Dzagnidze, Zhukova achieved no more than a draw with Black against Olga Girya.

 

 

Round 6 - Results

Br. Nr.   Name Elo Pkt. Ergebnis Pkt.   Name Elo Nr.
1 4 GM Gunina Valentina 2501 1 - 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2541 1
2 5 WGM Girya Olga 2493 4 ½ - ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2451 16
3 8 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2476 4 ½ - ½ 4 IM Khurtsidze Nino 2460 11
4 10 GM Socko Monika 2462 4 0 - 1 4 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2474 9
5 6 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2490 1 - 0 4 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2456 13
6 2 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2521 1 - 0 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2429 21
7 22 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2417 1 - 0 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2508 3
8 20 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2434 0 - 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2488 7
9 12 GM Danielian Elina 2458 ½ - ½ WGM Nikolova Adriana 2303 53
10 14 IM Melia Salome 2454 1 - 0 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela 2383 28
11 18 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2446 ½ - ½ WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina 2369 33
12 42 WGM Kochetkova Julia 2333 0 - 1 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2441 19
13 17 IM Skripchenko Almira 2449 3 ½ - ½ 3 WGM Mammadova Gulnar 2331 44
14 50 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2311 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Arabidze Meri 2406 23
15 24 IM Milliet Sophie 2406 3 1 - 0 3 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2308 52
16 26 IM Guramishvili Sopiko 2402 3 0 - 1 3 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka 2310 51
17 67 WIM Abdulla Khayala 2233 3 1 - 0 3 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2397 27
18 56 IM Sedina Elena 2288 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Savina Anastasia 2383 29
19 30 IM Gaponenko Inna 2380 3 ½ - ½ 3 WGM Golubenko Valentina 2292 55
20 31 WGM Schleining Zoya 2376 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Galojan Lilit 2277 58
21 32 WGM Charochkina Daria 2375 3 1 - 0 3 WFM De Rosa Mariagrazia 2081 94
22 36 IM Gvetadze Sofio 2356 3 1 - 0 3 WIM Agrest Inna 2223 70
23 71 WFM Belenkaya Dina 2223 3 ½ - ½ 3 WGM Kursova Maria 2331 43
24 25 WGM Daulyte Deimante 2405 0 - 1 3 WFM Mammadzada Gunay 2182 79
25 61 WIM Foisor Mihaela-Veronica 2257 1 - 0 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2453 15
26 73 WIM Ibrahimova Sabina 2218 0 - 1 IM Guseva Marina 2362 34
27 81 WGM Stjazhkina Olga 2177 0 - 1 IM Bulmaga Irina 2357 35
28 40 WGM Cosma Elena-Luminita 2344 ½ - ½ WIM Olsarova Tereza 2251 64
29 75 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2205 1 - 0 WIM Kulon Klaudia 2341 41
30 91 WFM Mareckova Martina 2094 0 - 1 IM Ovod Evgenija 2330 45
31 46 IM Vasilevich Irina 2328 1 - 0 WGM Mirzoeva Elmira 2241 66
32 48 WGM Videnova Iva 2315 1 - 0 WIM Havlikova Kristyna 2229 68
33 84 WFM Petrukhina Irina 2156 0 - 1 WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2312 49
34 54 WGM Ambartsumova Karina 2301 1 - 0 IM Petrenko Svetlana 2183 78
35 59 WIM Olsarova Karolina 2274 0 - 1 WIM Kazimova Narmin 2180 80
36 97   Nevioselaya Maria 2039 0 - 1 WGM Manakova Maria 2273 60
37 76 WFM Khalafova Narmin 2191 2 ½ - ½ 2 WGM Ohme Melanie 2352 37
38 38 IM Zimina Olga 2351 2 1 - 0 2 WIM Topel Zehra 2170 82
39 85   Blagojevic Tijana 2154 2 0 - 1 2 WGM Shadrina Tatiana 2348 39
40 77 WIM Isgandarova Khayala 2184 2 0 - 1 2 FM Brunello Marina 2321 47
41 86 WGM Kouvatsou Maria 2152 2 0 - 1 2 WIM Fuchs Judith 2280 57
42 87   Galunova Tsveta 2125 2 ½ - ½ 2 WGM Ionescu Irina 2253 62
43 88 WFM Paramzina Anastasya 2117 2 0 - 1 2 FM Stetsko Lanita 2245 65
44 69 WFM Dordzhieva Dinara 2225 2 1 - 0 2   Ivanova Simoneta 2038 98
45 89   Sargsyan Shushanna 2107 2 0 - 1 2 WIM Styazhkina Anna 2220 72
46 102 WFM Avramidou Anastasia 2007 2 ½ - ½ 2 WIM Pavlidou Ekaterini 2209 74
47 96 WCM Shabanaj Eglantina 2046 ½ - ½ WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2251 63
48 83 WFM Tsolakidou Stavroula 2157 ½ - ½   Azimova Karina 2033 99
49 104 WCM Kaya Emel 1987 ½ - ½ WIM Yordanova Svetla 2101 90
50 105   Litvinenko Ekaterina 1978 1 - 0 WIM Vovk Oksana 2083 92
51 93 WFM Sazonova Anastasia 2082 0 - 1 WFM Salimova Nurgyul 1908 110
52 95   Amrayeva Aytan 2065 1 - 0 WCM Radeva Viktoria 1937 108
53 111 WFM Antova Gabriela 1876 1 - 0 1 WFM Bokuchava Madona 2027 100
54 101   Mammadova Narmin 2019 1 1 - 0 1   Shivacheva Donika 1790 112
55 109   Soyunlu Narmin 1936 1 ½ - ½ 1 WFM Sop Selen 1970 106
56 107   Olea Liliana 1951 1 1 - 0 1   Brezalieva Steliyana 1456 115
57 114   Vasileva Cveta 1598 ½ 0 - 1 ½   Vasova Maria 1991 103
58 116   Krasteva Beloslava 1361 ½ ½ - ½ ½   Balimezova Margarita 1631 113

With her win against Dzagnidze Gunina established herself as the sole leader.

Standings

Rg. Snr     Name FED Elo Pkt.  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 4
 
GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2501 5.5 2389 18.0 20.5
2 16
 
GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2451 5.0 2473 21.0 23.5
3 9
 
IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2474 5.0 2381 19.5 23.0
4 1
 
GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2541 4.5 2442 23.0 25.5
5 2
 
IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2521 4.5 2426 20.5 23.0
6 14
 
IM Melia Salome GEO 2454 4.5 2417 18.0 21.0
7 22
 
IM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2417 4.5 2392 20.0 22.0
8 7
 
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2488 4.5 2392 19.0 22.0
9 5
 
WGM Girya Olga RUS 2493 4.5 2388 19.5 21.5
10 6
 
GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2490 4.5 2378 17.0 19.5
11 11
 
IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2460 4.5 2371 19.0 22.0
12 8
 
GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2476 4.5 2349 17.0 19.5
13 19
 
WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2441 4.5 2333 17.0 18.5
14 18
 
IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2446 4.0 2438 21.0 23.5
15 67
 
WIM Abdulla Khayala AZE 2233 4.0 2420 18.5 20.0
16 13
 
IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2456 4.0 2414 20.0 23.0
17 79
 
WFM Mammadzada Gunay AZE 2182 4.0 2388 16.5 19.0
18 10
 
GM Socko Monika POL 2462 4.0 2361 17.5 20.0
19 53
 
WGM Nikolova Adriana BUL 2303 4.0 2353 18.0 20.0
20 33
 
WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina POL 2369 4.0 2348 18.5 20.5
21 12
 
GM Danielian Elina ARM 2458 4.0 2343 18.5 21.5
22 32
 
WGM Charochkina Daria RUS 2375 4.0 2298 19.0 21.0
23 36
 
IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2356 4.0 2285 16.5 19.0
24 24
 
IM Milliet Sophie FRA 2406 4.0 2264 17.5 19.5
25 51
 
WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2310 4.0 2211 13.0 14.5

...116 players

Valentina Gunina (Photo: Archive)

Reigning Champion Thanh Trang Hoang

Resolute: Natalia Zhukova

Russian Talent: Aleksandra Goryachkina. Born in 1998 she became a Women Grandmaster with 2013
and World Junior Champion (Girls) in 2013


Iva Videnova

Maria Brunello

Cristina Adela-Foisor

Marya Muzychuk

Games from round 1 to 6

 

 

Schedule 

Saturday 05.07 at 19.00 Opening ceremony
Saturday 05.07 at 22.00 Technical Meeting
Sunday 06.07 at 15.00 1st round
Monday 07.07 at 15.00 2nd round
Tuesday 08.07 at 15.00 3rd round
Wednesday 09.07 at 15.00 4th round
Thursday 10.07 at 15.00 5th round
Friday 11.07 at 15.00 6th round
Saturday 12.07 at 15.00 7th round
Sunday 13.07 Rest day
Monday 14.07 at 15.00 8th round
Tuesday 15.07 at 15.00 9th round
Wednesday 16.07 at 15.00 10th round
Thursday 17.07 at 13.00 11th round
Thursday 17.07 at 20.00 Closing Ceremony

The championship is an eleven-round Swiss. The rate of play 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. Players may only agree to a draw after the 40th move has been made by Black. Players violating this rule will be forfeited. If a player is offered a draw before the 40th move she should call an arbiter. Her opponent shall be punished for distracting, according to the FIDE Laws of Chess. The zero–tolerance rule will be applied: players who are not seated at the board at the start of a round forfeit the game.

Prizes

The total prize fund is 60,000 Euros, distributed as follows:

1 €11,000
2 €9,000
3 €7,000
4 €5,500
5 €4,000
6 €3,000
7 €2,500
8 €2,250
9 €2,000
10 €1,750
11 €1,600
12 €1,500
13 €1,400
14 €1,300
15 €1,200
16 €1,000
17 €1,000
18 €1,000
19 €1,000
20 €1,000

The first three places will be awarded cups and medals. According to Article 4.4 of the ECU Tournament Rules and regulations, the money prizes will be equally shared among the players with the same score.

Previous Champions

2000 Batumi: Natalia Zhukova
2001 Warsaw: Almira Skripchenko-Lautier
2002 Varna: Antoaneta Stefanowa
2003 Silivri: Schweden Pia Cramling
2004 Dresden: Russland Alexandra Kostenjuk
2005 Chisinau: Kateryna Lagno
2006 Kusadasii: Ekaterina Atalik
2007 Dresden: Tatiana Kozintseva
2008 Plovdiv: Kateryna Lagno
2009 Saint Petersburg: Tatiana Kozintseva
2010 Rijeka: Pia Cramling
2011 Tiflis: Viktorija Cmilyte
2012 Gaziantep: Valentina Gunina
2013 Belgrad: Hoang Thanh Trang

Photos: Elisabeth Pähtz and Boyan Botev for the tournament site


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Johannes was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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