WIM (1998); WGM (1999); IM (2001) and GM (2010). Hailing from from Shaulyai, which is in the north of Lithuania, Cmilyte started playing chess when she was six. Her early achievements include winning the U10 Girls European Junior Championship in 1993, the Girls U12 at Verdun in 1995, and the World Girls U12 Championship in Szeged in 1995.
In 2000, at the age of 16, Cmilyte won the Women’s Lithuanian Championships. She was given permission to compete in the “Men’s” Lithuanian Championship the following week and made headlines by winning the contest ahead of 5 grandmasters. Also in 2000, she played for Lithuania and won the Gold Medal for Board One (Women’s) at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul in 2000. In 2001, she won the Corus Reserve Group at Wijk aan Zee.
In 2003, Cmilyte came second after Pia Cramling in the EU-ch 4th, Women (2003) that was held in Silivri,Turkey. In 2004, she won the Gold Medal at 36th Olympiad (2004) for best percentage on top board, edging out Zsuzsa Polgar who took silver. Also in 2004, Cmilyte played and won a 4 game match with Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, who was runner up in the Women's World Championship that year, in Siaulai, Lithuania by 3-1. Cmilyte contested the FIDE Women's World Championship (2004) in Elista, Russia, and made it to the quarter finals, losing to Maia Chiburdanidze. She also contested the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006), and made it to the semi-final by defeating Maia Chiburdanidze in the quarter final, before losing to Alisa Galliamova. She reached the third round of the Women's World Chess Championship (2010), bowing out in the tiebreaker to Almira Skripchenko.
Cmilyte played in the Gibraltar Masters (2005) and placed equal first in the Women’s with four other players. Also in 2005, she played in the giant Ordix Open which included 52 grandmasters, scoring 8/11 to gain equal 16th with 26 other players, winning the prize for second best woman player after Nino Khurtsidze. In May 2010, she won 7/7 games in the 43rd team championship for women played in Bulgaria, and in August she scored 7.5/10 at the powerful Politiken Cup in Denmark. She played board 3 for Lithuania in the Chess Olympiad (2010). In 2011, she scored 6/10 in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), 6/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) in March and early April and took outright 1st place with 9/11 in the European Women's Individual Championship in May. At the Politiken Cup in Denmark in August 2011, she scored a rating-neutral 7/10. In March 2012, she scored 8/11 to place outright 4th, half a point behind the three co-leaders, in the European Individual Women's Championship (2012).
Cmilyte scored 4.5/11 in the Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix (2011) in August 2011, 6/11 to place 4th in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011) in September 2011, 7/11 to place 3rd at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012) in June 2012 and 6.5/11 to place =4th in the Women Grand Prix Ankara (2012) in September 2012. These results gave her 7th place in the 2011-12 Women's Grand Prix series with 285 points. Playing in the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012), she defeated Ingrid Yadira Aliaga Fernandez in the first round before losing to WGM Huang Qian in the second round. She competed in the Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013) in May 2013 and in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Dilijan (2013), but on both occasions placed in the bottom half of the field with a below standard 4.5/11. In August, she staged a mild recovery scoring 8/11 and placing =2nd at the European Individual Women's Championship (2013). She continued her surge in October 2013 in the European Club Cup (2013) where she played board 2 for the Romanian team CS Politehnica-Antibiotice Iaşi, helping it to 4th place and in November 2013, when she won individual gold for top board representing Lithuania in the European Team Championship (Women) (2013). She was also a member of the Snowdrops team that won the Snowdrops - Oldhands (2013) match, scoring 4.5/8, defeating veteran GM Borislav Ivkov and drawing with the other veteran GMs.
At the beginning of 2014, Cmilyte competed in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), scoring 6.5/10.
Cmilyte was married to but is now divorced from Alexey Shirov and has two children. She married Danish GM Peter Heine Nielsen in December 2013.
She is currently (November 2014) Lithuania's #1 female player with rating of 2525, and the world's #10 woman player. She's also ranked #4 overall in Lithuania. Her rapid rating is 2462 (women's world #20) and her blitz rating is 2439 (women's world #22).
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Last updated 7 Nov 2014