The ACP Women Cup Rapid in Tbilisi

2/19/2012 – It is a typically fighting event, with only one of the first twelve games ending in a (hard-fought, 103-move) draw. This very strong rapid, which lasts from February 17th to 21st February, 2012, has a prize fund of US $40,000 and is organised by the Association of Chess Professionals and the Georgian Chess Federation. After two rounds four players lead with perfect scores.

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The ACP Women Cup Rapid is taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, from February 17th to 21st February, 2012. Top seeds are Anna Muzychuk (2580), Kateryna Lahno (2557) and Nadezhda (2537) and Tatiana Kosintseva (2513), Nana Dzagnidze (2535) and former women's world champion Maia Chiburdanidze (2500). The event is a twelve player all-play-all. The official website and Playchess are providing live broadcast of the games, the former has in addition streaming video, interviews and live commentary by Mark Dvoretsky.

The event carries a prize fund of US $40,000, of which $10,000 goes to the winner. It is sponsored by SOCAR Energy Georgia, and organised by the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) and the Georgian Chess Federation.

Schedule

February 17 Arrival, Opening Ceremony 20:00
February 18  1st Round   15:00
February 18 2nd Round   16:30
February 19  3rd Round   15:00
February 19 4th Round   16:30
February 19 5th Round   18:00
February 20  6th Round   15:00
February 20 7th Round   16:30
February 20 8th Round   18:00
February 21  9th Round   14:00
February 21 10th Round   15:30
February 21 11th Round   17:00
February 21 Tie-break   18:00
February 21 Closing Ceremony    20:00
February 22 Departure  

On the first day, in the two rounds played, only one game ended in a draw – and even that was a 103-move battle, in which Nana Dzagnidze missed a forced mate on move 69 and then fought on for 28 moves, trying to trick her opponent, Nadezhda Kosingseva in a drawn rook plus knight vs rook ending. All this is a testimony to the fighting spirit in these women's events.

Anna Muzychuk, Katerina Lahno, Pia Cramling and Maia Chiburdanidze won both games in the first round and lead with the maximum 2:0 points.

Round one

GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda
½-½
GM
Dzagnidze Nana
GM
Muzychuk Anna
1-0
IM
Zatonskih Anna
WGM
Mamedjarova Zeinab
0-1
GM
Chiburdanidze Maia
GM
Cmilyte Viktorija
0-1
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
GM
Lahno Kateryna
1-0
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana
0-1
GM
Cramling Pia

Round two

GM
Dzagnidze Nana
0-1
GM
Cramling Pia
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
1-0
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
0-1
GM
Lahno Kateryna
GM
Chiburdanidze Maia
1-0
GM
Cmilyte Viktorija
IM
Zatonskih Anna
1-0
WGM
Mamedjarova Zeinab
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda
0-1
GM
Muzychuk Anna

Picture gallery


From the opening ceremony


Drawing of lots – second seed GM Kateryna Lahno gets the number five slot


The playing hall with the round one games under way


Viktorija Cmilyte losing to Antoaneta Stefanova with white in round one


Tatiana Kosintseva vs Pia Cramling, who has won her first two games with black


Round two with Pia Cramling beating Nana Dzagnidze with the black pieces


GM Tatiana Kosintseva with two losses in the first two rounds


Sister Nadezhda scored a draw and a loss so far


Former women's world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk with a loss and a win so far


Former women's world champion Maia Chiburdanidze has won the first two games


So has top seed GM Anna Muyzchuk (here in her game against Anna Zatonskih)

Photos from the official web site

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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