Picture Gallery – the Damsels of Dresden

3/23/2004 – The European Women's Chess Championship in Dresden, Germany is under way. After two rounds the favourites are already having a rough time, with a 14-year-talent disposing of the number four seed. We bring you all the links to live coverage, games, results and standings. And a second extensive picture report of the girls in Dresden.

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The European Women's Chess Championship is being held from March 21st till April 3rd 2004. The rounds start at 13:00h and will be covered on the Playchess.com server – with Radio ChessBase bringing periodic audio feed directly from the tournament hall. The tournament will be over 12 rounds, with a rest day on March 29th.

After two rounds there were already a number of upsets. Top seed Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine was defeated by her very talented 14-year-old compatriot Anna Muzychuk. Sixth seed Ekateryna Kowalevskaya lost to Dutch player Tea Bosboom-Lanchava. Number one Pia Cramling did not get more than a draw against number 30 Tatiana Stepovaia. In the German duel between Elisabeth Pähtz and Jessica Nill the former needed a lot of time to get out of a worse position and win the game. The top six games are being commented live on Radio ChessBase by GM Klaus Bischoff and Natalia Kiseleva. You can find all the information, games and results in the links below.

Links

Here is the official web site with live coverage, information, games, scores and standings. Naturally we will also be covering the event on ChessBase.com and Playchess.com.

Here's a list of all the players. You can click on each name to get a picture, short biographical information and the results so far.

Pairings and results.

Interview with GM Uwe Bönsch, who is in charge of the German Women's team.

Information on the city of Dresden.

Games from round 1, 2

Pictorial report on the opening day

Picture gallery

The following pictures, taken during rounds one and two, were sent to us by Ben Bartels and André Schulz.


The "Zwinger", Dresden's world-famous art gallery. Garry Kasparov was there in 2002 (warning: the last picture in that report appears to be manipulated?!)


Asil Bayrak, 18-year-old player from Turkey, Elo 1898


Yildiz Cavusoglu, 28, Elo 2013, Turkey


Aleksandra Dimovski, 19, Yugoslavia, Elo 2111


WGM Elisabeth Pähtz, 19, Elo 2399, Germany


WIM Jessica Nill, 24, Elo 2246, Germany


WIM Tina Mietzner, 20, Elo 2201, Germany


WGM Tatiana Stepovaia, Elo 2374, Russia


WGM Nataliya Zhukova, 24, Elo 2462, Ukraine

WIM Anna Muzychuk, 14, Elo 2367, Ukraine


WIM Eugenia Chasovnikova, 22, Elo 2277, Russia


Top seed GM Pia Cramling, Elo 2488, Sweden


Third seed WGM Alexandra Kosteniuk, 19, Elo 2469


WIM Jana Krivec, 23, Elo 2301


WGM Maia Lomineishvili, 26, 2397, Georgia


Bulgarian WGM Genrieta Lagvilava, Elo 2302


Karolina Smokina, Elo 2278, Moldavia


Monika Tsiganova, Elo 2269, Estonia


Russian sisters Tatiana (17, 2447) and Nadezhda (19, 2451) Kosintseva


Press officer Natalia Kiseleva with WGM Tea Bosboom-Lanchava (Elo 2323)


Live audio coverage on Radio ChessBase by André Schulz (ChessBase) and GM Klaus Bishoff


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