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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Tatiana Shadrina6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Anastasija Gogic4.5/11(+4 -6 =1)[games]
Thanh Trang Hoang9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Salome Melia8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Monika Socko8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Meri Arabidze7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Natalija Pogonina7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Baira Kovanova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Olga Girya7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Kubra Ozturk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Pia Cramling7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ekaterina Atalik7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Sophie Milliet7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Kateryna Lagno7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Valentina Gunina7/11(+7 -4 =0)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Inna Gaponenko7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Ann Matnadze Bujiashvili7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
* (168 players total; 136 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2013)

The 14th European Women's Championship was a 168-player 11-round Swiss tournament played at the Metropol Palace hotel in Belgrade, Serbia, 23 July - 3 August 2013, with a day for rest on 30 July (after Round 7). It was organized by the Serbian Chess Federation and "Centar za razboj saha" Belgrade, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. The first 14 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. The order of players that finished with the same number of points was determined by the application of tiebreak rules (no playoff matches). Prize fund: 60,000 euros. First prize 10,500, 2nd prize 8,250, 3rd prize 6,500 euros. Tournament director: Jasna Sakotic. Chief arbiter: Sava Stoisavljevic. Play began each day at 3:30 pm (Round 11 at 1:30 pm). Number of games played: 922.

Hoang Thanh Trang won with 9/11, a full point ahead of Salome Melia (2nd on tiebreak), Lilit Mkrtchian (3rd on tiebreak) and four others (with 8/11). Excluding those that were not already qualified (Stefanova and Anna Muzychuk), the first 14 players (by average rating of opponents for those with 7.5/11) qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015) (originally scheduled for October 2014).


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 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 922  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Abdulla vs A Muzychuk  ½-½422013European Championship (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
2. N Dzagnidze vs M Sandu 0-1502013European Championship (Women)E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. A Balaian vs Lagno  0-1652013European Championship (Women)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
4. T Kosintseva vs D Kaps 1-0782013European Championship (Women)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. A Benderac vs P Cramling  0-1262013European Championship (Women)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. B Khotenashvili vs J Eric  1-0562013European Championship (Women)A30 English, Symmetrical
7. M Makropoulou vs V Gunina  0-1402013European Championship (Women)B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. V Cmilyte vs H Isgenderova 1-0332013European Championship (Women)E84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
9. A Hairapetian vs A Stefanova  0-1322013European Championship (Women)C60 Ruy Lopez
10. Kosteniuk vs E Pavlidou 1-0272013European Championship (Women)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. L Stetsko vs M Muzychuk  ½-½602013European Championship (Women)B33 Sicilian
12. N Pogonina vs N Kazimova 1-0412013European Championship (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
13. A Srebrnic vs N Zhukova  0-1602013European Championship (Women)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
14. T T Hoang vs T Rodshtein 1-0602013European Championship (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. S Djukic vs L Javakhishvili  0-1302013European Championship (Women)E20 Nimzo-Indian
16. L Mkrtchian vs S Shulakova 1-0472013European Championship (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. D Belenkaya vs E Paehtz 1-0642013European Championship (Women)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. N Khurtsidze vs I Petrukhina  1-0552013European Championship (Women)A15 English
19. M Folkova vs A Bodnaruk  0-1512013European Championship (Women)B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. C Peptan vs L Drljevic  1-0482013European Championship (Women)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. M Niyazgulova vs O Girya 0-1652013European Championship (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. M Socko vs I Baraeva  1-0462013European Championship (Women)B01 Scandinavian
23. I Makka vs E Atalik  ½-½592013European Championship (Women)B58 Sicilian
24. S Melia vs A Gavasheli  1-0592013European Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
25. S Ibrahimova vs S Guramishvili 0-1442013European Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Aug-03-13  nescio: <notyetagm: [...] Damn, Gunina should get a special award for playing <FIGHTING CHESS>: no draws after 10 rounds!>

I don't think people who are too stubborn to accept the inevitable should be specially awarded. If she had drawn her 4 losses she could have won the tournament.

Look what happened today.

Mkrtchian-Gunina, position after 66.Bd8

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Black will lose h4 but will be able to pick up a2 (66...Nf2+ 67.Ke2 Ne4, and ...Nc3+), with about an equal game. Instead Gunina completely self-destructed: 66...Nc3 67.a3 Ne4 68.Be7+ Kd5 69.axb4 Ke6 70.Bxh4 and she resigned at the 79th.

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)

<niemzo: GM Hoang managed to draw and won the tournament! She had a rather cagey position all game, but what do you expect when you play the Tromp(I hate it).>

Congratulations to GM Hoang Thanh Trang, the <2013 EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S CHESS CHAMPION>!

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: Damn, Goryachkina was a perfect <4/4> after four rounds, and then went <+0 =5 -2>, not winning a single game(!) in the last seven rounds of the tournament.

European Individual Women's Championship (2013)/Aleksandra Goryachkina

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: Wow, so Gunina lost in round 11, keeping her spotless record intact: she did not play a single draw(!!) in this 11-round tournament:

<+7 =0 -4>

European Individual Women's Championship (2013)/Valentina Gunina

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)

So four women tied for first in the <MOST WINS> category with <7> in the 11-round tournament.

The difference of course was the number of losses:

0 Hoang (no losses!)
2 Kosteniuk
3 Arakhamia-Grant
4 Gunina

Aug-03-13  Nerwal: 1. Hoang Thanh Trang 2. Salome Melia 3. Lilit Mkrtchian. I don't think many people would have predicted this podium at the beginning of the tournament. None of the five top seeds reached 8/11. At least 7 players remained undefeated in this championship after 11 rounds. With +5 and no losses Monika Socko is only 7th...

Great tournament for Kashlinskaya and Arabidze, winning almost 50 points.

Aug-03-13  cbpatzer:
Aug-03-13  waustad: Talking about the Gunina result, I would have expected something like that from Cmilyte, but I remember her saying that she'd probably pick up 100 elo if she played a more positional style. Maybe so but pure aggression is fun to watch.
Aug-03-13  waustad: Looking at the group at +4, fro some it was a disappointment and for some it was the best result of their career.
Aug-03-13  notyetagm: <waustad: Looking at the group at <<<+4>>>, for some it was a disappointment and for some it was the best result of their career.>

Was not that disappointing if you qualified for the <2014 FIDE WOMEN'S KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIP> by finishing in the top 14, like Stefanova did by finishing 14th(!).

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)

The 14 qualifiers for the <2014 FIDE WOMEN'S KNOCKOUT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP>:

1 GM Hoang Thanh Trang
2 IM Melia Salome
3 IM Mkrtchian Lilit
4 GM Cmilyte Viktorija
5 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra
6 IM Khotenashvili Bela
7 GM Socko Monika
8 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina
9 WGM Arabidze Meri
10 WGM Pogonina Natalija
11 WGM Kovanova Baira
12 GM Muzychuk Anna
13 WGM Girya Olga
14 GM Stefanova Antoaneta

Congratulations to our <WGM POGONINA>, who qualified by being 10th on tiebreak. :-)

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: Sucks to be #15.

WGM Ozturk Kubra failed to qualify for the upcoming Women's Championship because her first tiebreak was two(!!) points lower than #14 Stefanova's (2362 vs 2360).

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  Natalia Pogonina: <notyetagm> Thanks, I have qualified last year. The players who have already earned their spots in the WWCC are not taken into account, so the list of players who have qualified this year is different from the one you have posted. Don't worry, Ozturk Kubra is in, as well as a few more women :)
Aug-03-13  notyetagm: <Natalia Pogonina: <notyetagm> Thanks, I have qualified last year. The players who have already earned their spots in the WWCC are not taken into account, ...>

Thanks for the info. Did not realize that. :-)

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: <WGM POGONINA>

Do you know when the <2013 EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S RAPID & BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP> will be held?? Last year it was held immediately after the classical tournament. I was looking forward to watching it.


Aug-03-13  cro777: The 2012 Individual European Chess Championship for women was also qualification event for the next World Cup.

Last year the following players qualified: Gunina, T.Kosintseva, A.Muzychuk, Cmylite, Sebag, Stefanova, Lahno, Danielian, Khotenashvili, Pogonina Kosteniuk, Hoang, Khurtsidze and Dzagnidze.

They are not taken in account for the list of players who have qualified this year.

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: <cro777: ... Last year the following players qualified: Gunina, T.Kosintseva, A.Muzychuk, Cmylite, Sebag, Stefanova, Lahno, Danielian, Khotenashvili, Pogonina Kosteniuk, Hoang, Khurtsidze and Dzagnidze.>

Ok, so we strike A.Muzychuk (12), Cmylite (4), Stefanova (14), Khotenashvili (6), Pogonina (10), Kosteniuk (5), and Hoang (1) because they qualified in 2012, and that frees up 7 spots for the 2013 qualifiers:

2 IM Melia Salome
3 IM Mkrtchian Lilit
7 GM Socko Monika
8 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina
9 WGM Arabidze Meri
11 WGM Kovanova Baira
13 WGM Girya Olga
15 WGM Ozturk Kubra
16 GM Cramling Pia
17 IM Javakhishvili Lela
18 IM Atalik Ekaterina
19 IM Milliet Sophie
20 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan
21 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina


So all the players who finished +4 got in and only one player who finished at +3 made the cut, Kovalevskaya, because she had the best tiebreak score of the +3 finishers.

Of course, since these are my own calculations, they could be completely wrong. :-)

Aug-03-13  notyetagm: And let's not forget the *huge* controversy about IM Atalik's participation, who otherwise qualified.
Aug-04-13  notyetagm: I just noticed that if IM Atalik gets disqualified, then WGM Daulyte will take her place based on the final standings listed here.

Aug-12-13  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)


This brand new article (August 12th!) covers *exactly* what we were discussing in this forum a little over a week ago. It should answer *all* of the questions asked.

<Lipstick over the board
Women at the men's Olympiads 1950-2012>

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  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of 80 chess puzzles from the tournament:
Aug-25-13  notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)

This upcoming book from the <CHESS INFORMANT> publisher looks really good if you follow women's chess.

<<<<Official book of the European Women's Chess Championship "Belgrade 2013">>>


There is a double standard in the usual behavior of men when it comes to women’s chess. Regarding the quality of the games at women’s tournaments, neglect is still a common issue from the point of view of the opposite sex.

At the same time, there is an enormous fear of losing the game when a brave man finds himself at the board across from a lady. In fact, it is all about knowledge. Good players, no matter which sex they are, will always make an impression.

The main difference is that female players do it in a more esthetic way, with a gracious, dancing style of their battlefield pieces. We hear the common complaint from women chess grandmasters many times – “I never beat healthy men.

They always have an excuse as to why it happened.” Shamefully, the authors cannot refute this statement from their own tournament experiences. Ladies do sacrifice pieces over the board, right!? Oh yes, they do, and they often do it in a blink of an eye.

There is a collection of annotated chess combinations carried out by women players throughout history in front of the reader. These combinations throw some light on an attractive part of the chess creativity of some of the greatest personalities in chess.

When it is about combinations, it is about the decisive point of every game. It is true that women’s chess deserves wider attention, but we are at least now able to open the door a crack.

Inside, special space is dedicated to the Women’s World Champions and one non-crowned champion. And there is space for top Serbian players as well, since this book is published to celebrate the European Individual Women’s Championship that took place in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, a country with a great chess tradition.

We hope this book will encourage further projects dedicated to the prettiest side of the wonderful game of chess.

IM Slobodan Mirkovic
FM Josip Asik>

Jan-14-14  whiteshark: a great pictural report about the event you can find here:
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  Tabanus: <notyetagm: <cro777: ... Last year the following players qualified: Gunina, T.Kosintseva, A.Muzychuk, Cmylite, Sebag, Stefanova, Lahno, Danielian, Khotenashvili, Pogonina Kosteniuk, Hoang, Khurtsidze and Dzagnidze.> Ok, so we strike A.Muzychuk (12), Cmylite (4), Stefanova (14), Khotenashvili (6), Pogonina (10), Kosteniuk (5), and Hoang (1) because they qualified in 2012, and that frees up 7 spots for the 2013 qualifiers:>

I think EuChW in March 2012 was qual. for the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) in November? So that only Stefanova (previous WC finalist) and Anna Muzychuk (by rating) was qualified for WC 2014 (or as it turned out, 2015) at he time this was played. Hmm, I could be wrong.

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  Tabanus: No, EuChW 2012 was qual for WWC 2015 (scheduled for 2014), sorry.
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