Women's World Rapid in Batumi – Pictorial Part 1

6/4/2012 – We brought you the video report of this very attractive event, won by Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova. Now, with the Blitz World Championship under way, it is time for a big pictorial. This was sent to us by our colleague Anastasya Karlovich, whose photographic skills are growing from event to event. "Nastya" not only provides professional pictures but also very useful player portraits.

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Women’s World Rapid Championship Pictorial

By WGM Anastasiya Karlovich (pictures: Anastasiya Karlovich, Roman Danilenkov)

Women’s World Rapid Championship 2012 was held in Batumi, Georgia from 31 of May till 3rd of June 2012. The event was organized and conducted by the ACP and the Georgian Chess Federation and approved by FIDE. The total prize fund for the rapid championship is US $59,000. The organizers also provided the special conditions for the players with the Elo of 2500+ and nominees from all national federations. As a result 50 players from 18 chess federations took part in the tournament including five former world champions Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chiburdanidze, Zhu Chen, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, current European champion Valentina Gunina and such strong GMs as Anna Muzychuk, Humpy Koneru, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Tatiana Kosintseva and others.

After eleven rounds of tough and uncompromised fight Bulgarian GM and former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova became the Women’s World Rapid Champion-2012. On the last day of the tournament she made two draws against Anna Muzychuk and Harika Dronavalli and finished the tournament half a point ahead of the closest pursuers. Russian GM Alexandra Kosteniuk is second and Indian player Humpy Koneru placed third. See full table below.


The venue: all players stayed and played in the five-star Sheraton Hotel in Batumi


Chief arbiter Nana Alexandria and chairman of the Appeals Committee Gennady Nesis starting a round

The participation of Nona Gaprindashvili, the former world champion and the first full grandmaster among women, was one of the biggest surprises. She won the first game against German player Elisabeth Pähtz, but unfortunately lost next seven games in row and finished the tournament with 2.0/11 points.

Another chess legend, Maia Chiburdanidze, scored two points against Maia Lomineishvili and Natalia Pogonina in the first two rounds, but then lost against Chinese players Huang Qian and Gua Qi. With 5.0/11 points the former world champion placed 31st in the final standings.

Nana Dzagnidze had the most successful tournament among the 17 Georgian players who took part in the event. After two days she scored only three points in six games, but during the third day Nana managed to win all three games. Two draws in the last two rounds didn’t let her to fight for more. As a result Nana Dzagnidze finished the tournament in seventh place.

Number four in the women’s world rating list, Humpy Koneru was leading together with Antoaneta Stefanova after the second day, but lost against Katerina Lahno in the eighth round. Despite that, two victories against the Chinese players Guo Qi and Tan Zhongui, and a draw against Nana Dzagnidze put her on the third place in the final standings.


Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk were in the leading group during the event. Both
former world champions in classical chess proved to be some of the strongest rapid players as well.


Top seed Anna Muzychuk placed fifth. Katerina Lahno (right) shared the second
place with Alexandra Kosteniuk and Humpy Koneru, but left without a medal.


Another Ukrainian player, Anna Ushenina, was not so successful and finished 22nd


The winner: GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, 2518, with 8.5/11 with a 2700 performance


In the last round Harika Drnavalli had good winning chances playing
against Antoaneta Stefanova but lost her edge and finished sixth.


The current European champion in classical chess and blitz, Valentina Gunina was defeated by Natalia
Zhukova and Nino Khurtsidze in rounds nine and ten, and lost her chances to fight for higher places.


Zhao Xue showed the best result among Chinese players: 6.5/11


German IM Elisabeth Pähtz made 6.5/ 11 and shared eighth place


USA champion Irina Krush showed an interesting result during the tournament:
she lost four games in a row and then managed to win four, one after another.


Former world champion Zhu Chen made 6.5 out of eleven


Georgian IM Maia Lomineishvili scored 5.0/11 for a 36th place


WGM Ding Yixin, 2353, scored 5.0/11 and finised 33rd


WIM Nargiz Umudova, 2231, from Azerbaijan


32nd: WGM Deysi T. Cori, of Peru, rated 2386, scored 5.0/11

– Part two to follow soon –

Final standings (after eleven rounds)

Rk. Title Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
TB1 
TB2
Perf
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta
BUL
2518
8.5
61.5
74.5
2700
2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra
RUS
2457
8.0
61.5
74.5
2672
3 GM Koneru Humpy
IND
2589
8.0
60.5
74.5
2630
4 GM Lahno Kateryna
UKR
2546
8.0
57.5
70.5
2639
5 GM Muzychuk Anna
SLO
2598
7.5
59.5
70.5
2554
6 GM Harika Dronavalli
IND
2508
7.5
53.0
64.0
2563
7 GM Dzagnidze Nana
GEO
2547
7.0
53.0
65.5
2562
8 GM Cramling Pia
SWE
2478
6.5
57.5
68.0
2545
9 GM Zhao Xue
CHN
2549
6.5
56.0
69.5
2535
10 WGM Guo Qi
CHN
2360
6.5
56.0
69.0
2562
11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth
GER
2491
6.5
54.5
64.5
2491
12 WGM Tan Zhongyi
CHN
2430
6.5
54.0
65.5
2528
13 IM Javakhishvili Lela
GEO
2449
6.5
52.0
63.5
2514
14 GM Zhukova Natalia
UKR
2442
6.5
52.0
63.0
2527
15 GM Zhu Chen
QAT
2491
6.5
52.0
63.0
2485
16 GM Kosintseva Tatiana
RUS
2532
6.5
48.0
57.0
2424
17 WGM Huang Qian
CHN
2417
6.0
62.5
75.5
2542
18 IM Khurtsidze Nino
GEO
2456
6.0
58.5
71.5
2530
19 Wang Jue
CHN
2364
6.0
55.5
67.0
2540
20 IM Gunina Valentina
RUS
2530
6.0
54.5
67.5
2481
21 IM Mkrtchian Lilit
ARM
2449
6.0
51.0
63.0
2460
22 IM Ushenina Anna
UKR
2454
5.5
52.0
63.5
2445
23 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan
SCO
2426
5.5
51.0
63.0
2459
24 WGM Batsiashvili Nino
GEO
2436
5.5
50.0
62.5
2442
25 IM Melia Salome
GEO
2410
5.5
46.0
58.0
2443
26 WGM Pogonina Natalija
RUS
2447
5.5
46.0
55.0
2370
27 GM Danielian Elina
ARM
2484
5.5
45.0
55.0
2370
28 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko
GEO
2414
5.5
43.0
52.5
2390
29 IM Gvetadze Sofio
GEO
2338
5.0
53.0
66.5
2426
30 IM Muzychuk Mariya
UKR
2456
5.0
51.0
61.0
2407
31 GM Chiburdanidze Maia
GEO
2500
5.0
49.5
60.5
2386
32 WGM Cori T Deysi
PER
2386
5.0
47.5
58.0
2365
33 WGM Ding Yixin
CHN
2353
5.0
45.0
55.0
2381
34 IM Purtseladze Maka
GEO
2348
5.0
44.0
54.0
2380
35 IM Krush Irina
USA
2457
5.0
43.0
51.0
2340
36 IM Lomineishvili Maia
GEO
2366
5.0
41.5
51.0
2362
37 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina
RUS
2417
4.5
48.5
60.0
2396
38 GM Socko Monika
POL
2484
4.5
48.0
58.5
2347
39 WGM Mammadova Gulnar
AZE
2345
4.5
47.5
59.0
2381
40 IM Matnadze Ana
ESP
2446
4.5
44.0
53.0
2304
41 WIM Mikadze Miranda
GEO
2323
4.5
41.5
49.0
2315
42 WIM Arabidze Meri
GEO
2351
4.5
41.0
50.0
2330
43 WGM Charkhalashvili Inga
GEO
2334
4.5
41.0
49.5
2323
44 WIM Janjghava Natia
GEO
2306
4.0
42.0
51.5
2261
45 IM Klinova Masha
ISR
2318
3.5
46.0
54.5
2246
46 IM Khotenashvili Bela
GEO
2500
3.5
44.5
53.0
2258
47 IM Gurieli Nino
GEO
2329
3.5
40.5
49.0
2218
48 WIM Umudova Nargiz
AZE
2231
3.0
39.5
48.0
2188
49 WIM Bezgodova Svetlana
RUS
2120
2.5
44.5
54.0
2192
50 GM Gaprindashvili Nona
GEO
2356
2.0
39.0
48.0
2105

Remaining schedule

4 June Blitz (rounds 1-8) 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc...
5 June Blitz (rounds 9-15), 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc... Closing Ceremony.
6 June Departure

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