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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Ekaterina Atalik8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Tea Lanchava8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Inna Gaponenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Yelena Dembo7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ilaha Kadimova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sopio Gvetadze7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Elena Sedina7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Anna Ushenina7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Marie Sebag7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Maria Velcheva7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Marta Bartel7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Eva Moser7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Salome Melia7/11(+7 -4 =0)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Irina Chelushkina6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Corina-Isabela Peptan6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Irina Turova6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Jovanka Houska6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Emilia Djingarova6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Natalija Pogonina6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Maia Lomineishvili6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Joanna Dworakowska6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Anna-Maria Botsari6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
* (96 players total; 64 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2006)

The 7th European Women's Championship was a 96-player 11-round Swiss tournament held at the KoruMar Hotel in Kusadasi, Aydin Province, Turkey, 4-16 April 2006, with a day for rest on 11 April and a day for playoffs on 16 April. It was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation, under the protection of the European Chess Union. The first 12 players would qualify for the next World Championship tournament. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 30,000 euros. First prize 4,000, 2nd prize 3,000, 3rd prize 2,000 euros. If players were tied for medals or qualifying places, the ties would be broken by a knockout system, each match consisting of two Rapid games (15 min + 5 sec), and if necessary two Blitz games (5 min) and an Armageddon game. Tournament director: Abdulrahman Koral. Chief arbiter: Ozgur Solakoglu. Play began at 3 pm. Number of games played: 525 Classical + 38 Rapid + 16 Blitz + 5 Armageddon = 584.

Ekaterina Atalik won with 8.5/11, ahead of Bosboom-Lanchava (8/11). Mkrtchian won the playoff for 3rd place, by knocking out Zhukova, Dembo, and Gaponenko in a final Armageddon game. The playoff for WC qualification was won by Ushenina, who knocked out Bartel and Sebag. Ushenina and the players with 7.5 or more points qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008).


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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 520  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Bartel vs N Zhukova  0-1302006European Championship (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Velcheva vs I Gaponenko  0-1792006European Championship (Women)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. M Sebag vs T Mamedjarova  1-0342006European Championship (Women)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
4. S Gvetadze vs E Paehtz  0-1642006European Championship (Women)B40 Sicilian
5. N Pogonina vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½532006European Championship (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
6. A Stefanova vs S Maksimovic  1-0402006European Championship (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. A Benderac vs Y Dembo  ½-½222006European Championship (Women)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
8. L Mkrtchian vs A Burtasova  ½-½212006European Championship (Women)A04 Reti Opening
9. E Fakhiridou vs N Dzagnidze  0-1332006European Championship (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. C Eckhardt vs E Danielian  0-1672006European Championship (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Arakhamia-Grant vs A Dragomirescu  1-0312006European Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
12. N Khurtsidze vs M Tsiganova  1-0422006European Championship (Women)E60 King's Indian Defense
13. K Kachiani-Gersinska vs P Schuurman 1-0932006European Championship (Women)A63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
14. L Javakhishvili vs K Smokina  1-0232006European Championship (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. M Bensdorp-De Labaca vs C Peptan  0-1352006European Championship (Women)E14 Queen's Indian
16. M Lomineishvili vs A Gavasheli  1-0462006European Championship (Women)A60 Benoni Defense
17. Z Peng vs S Andriasyan  1-0642006European Championship (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Stojanovic vs T Vasilevich  ½-½292006European Championship (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. S Melia vs V Bashkite  1-0312006European Championship (Women)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
20. M Shukurova vs J Zawadzka  0-1622006European Championship (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. E Moser vs I Makka  ½-½482006European Championship (Women)A03 Bird's Opening
22. E Pavlovskaia vs T Lanchava  0-1402006European Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
23. E Atalik vs T Lematschko  1-0552006European Championship (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. N Umudova vs J Houska  0-1372006European Championship (Women)A06 Reti Opening
25. C Andersson vs T Shadrina  1-0542006European Championship (Women)C24 Bishop's Opening
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Apr-10-06  AlexandraThess: Yelena Dembo is doing fine so far but she has been rather unstable recently ,so i wouldn't put a tenner for her. Hope to see Anna-Maria Botsari in the Top 10 at the end.
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  keypusher: I was wondering how that young prodigy Yifan Hou was doing in this event. Then I remembered that China is not in Europe.
Apr-10-06  petrovalovski: Yes it is.
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  lostemperor: That doesn't matter neither is Turkey :)
Apr-11-06  petrovalovski: Armenia, Azerbijan, Israel...
Apr-11-06  virginmind: come on, corina peptan, you are the first right before the last round! you got to struggle to win this championship, and become the european champion, just like nisipeanu did last year on men's section!! good luck!! romania's got to have another european champion!!
Apr-11-06  Appaz: <<lostemperor> That doesn't matter neither is Turkey :)> 3.05% of Turkey is located in Europe (16.03% of the population, including Istanbul), the rest is located in Asia.
Apr-11-06  Appaz: <lostemperor> and <petrovalovski: Armenia, Azerbijan, Israel...> Wiki has some interesting reading about this

Including Israel in an European Ch. must be only for political reasons, as there are no geographical and doubtful cultural reasons.

Apr-12-06  Yelena Dembo: The new website of the European championship is now
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  keypusher: Thanks, <Yelena Dembo>! Good luck!!
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  Octavia: Could some1 tell them to make the webcam pic smaller? At the mo, all i can see is people walking around consisting of squares!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Dembo just won her game this round. Good show!
Apr-13-06  virginmind: sorry for the error in my previous posting. for some reason i thought there were only eight rounds. but keep on winning, peptan!
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  lostemperor: <Appaz> thanks for the link.
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  lostemperor: I believe the European Women's Champion will receive the male GM-title if her performance is 2600+. Tie-breaker games will decide who will get the title in case of a tie.
Apr-13-06  percyblakeney: <lostemperor> If so, Atalik or Bosboom Lanchava would be a comparatively weak GM. Both are below 2400 and Bosboom Lanchava has never reached it. Their performances are close to 2600 at the moment. But if Mariya Muzychuk in fifth place wins her last games she will have acceptable chances to become a GM in spite of being just 2172 :-)
Apr-15-06  BIDMONFA: 7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)

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Apr-15-06  Ezzy: Great win by Ketarina Atalik the number 1 Turkish woman player and now European womens champion.
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  lostemperor: <percyblakeney: If so, Atalik or Bosboom Lanchava would be a comparatively weak GM ..But if Mariya Muzychuk in fifth place wins her last games she will have acceptable chances to become a GM in spite of being just 2172> yes. Susan Polgar calls it cheapening of the title if I'm not mistaken. But the Fide rule was the continental women's champion gets the GM title if her performance is 2600+. Kosteniuk and Peng Zhoaqin got it that way. But I see Eketerina Atalik did not score the necessary 2600 performance.
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  lostemperor: <Ezzy> nice cool avatar and congratulations with your premium membership!
Apr-16-06  Ezzy: Thanks <lostemperor> for that welcoming gesture. This website is the only place to be for a chess enthusiast, so after 1 year and 1300 posts of continuos enjoyment, I realised is wan't just a temporary fad,and thought it would be a nice gesture to support the efforts of the <chessgames. com> team. The extra features will also enhance my enjoyment of this site!

But most of all - I just wanted to be a tree! :-)

Once again - Thanks mate!

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  lostemperor: You won't regret it, I guarantee! :)
Apr-17-06  AlexandraThess: <Ezzy: Great win by Ketarina Atalik the number 1 Turkish woman player and now European womens champion>

If Ekaterina Atalik is turk then all turks are russians:)Am I right?

Apr-19-06  stanleys: There is an interesting trend,discovered by chessbase - the recent World and European championships were won by three-months pregnant women: Xu Yuhua and now Ekaterina Atalik
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  Tabanus: Missing (rejected) game:

[Event "European Championship (Women)"]
[Site "Kusadasi TUR"]
[Date "2006.04.07"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Andriasian, Siranush"]
[Black "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2237"]
[BlackElo "2453"]
[EventDate "2006.04.04"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. O-O O-O 12. Rac1 Rac8 1/2-1/2

Another missing game is Kursova vs Ushenina 1/2 in rd. 3. I removed the Kursova vs Ushenina game that was here earlier because it was identical to the previously missing N Umudova vs S Sommer, 2006. The organizer produced a few duplicate games scores, even between the Women's and the Open section, and I can't figure it out.

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