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European Individual Women's Championship Tournament

Hoang Thanh Trang9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Salome Melia8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Monika (Bobrowska) Socko8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Olga Girya7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Kubra Ozturk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Natalija Pogonina7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Meri Arabidze7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Baira Kovanova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ekaterina Atalik7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Pia Cramling7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Sophie Milliet7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Ana Matnadze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Kateryna Lagno7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
(169 players total; 140 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Individual Women's Championship (2013)

Previous edition: European Individual Women's Championship (2012). Next: European Individual Women's Championship (2014). See also European Individual Championship (2013).

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 922  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Berke vs Goryachkina  0-1492013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. M Zarkovic vs Z Schleining  0-1402013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. D Daulyte-Cornette vs V Korchagina 1-0232013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
4. M Kursova vs T Blagojevic  1-0452013European Individual Women's ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. K Cemhan vs M Manakova  0-1662013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
6. M Purtseladze vs I Utiatskaja  1-0522013European Individual Women's ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
7. K Azimova vs S Gvetadze  0-1792013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
8. A Kashlinskaya vs S Milutinovic  1-0342013European Individual Women's ChampionshipA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
9. R Zivic vs E-L Cosma  0-1312013European Individual Women's ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
10. L Rogule vs T Gueci  1-0432013European Individual Women's ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
11. B Bejatovic vs J Movsesian  0-1572013European Individual Women's ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Savina vs A Imeeva  1-0502013European Individual Women's ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
13. B Nonkovic vs M Guseva  0-1272013European Individual Women's ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. B Kovanova vs L Miladinovic  1-0272013European Individual Women's ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. S Milliet vs V Todorovic  1-0342013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
16. A Vrabic vs I Gaponenko  0-1332013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. J Zawadzka vs M Bokuchava  1-0332013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
18. N Khalafova vs C Foisor  1-0402013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
19. E Ovod vs M Petrovic  1-0342013European Individual Women's ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. J Novkovic vs K Arakhamia-Grant  ½-½912013European Individual Women's ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. T Melamed vs M Coimbra  ½-½472013European Individual Women's ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
22. P Kruljac vs T Shadrina  0-1482013European Individual Women's ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. J Rapport vs T Bogumil  1-0332013European Individual Women's ChampionshipA84 Dutch
24. M Velickovski-Nejkovic vs J Majdan-Gajewska  1-0572013European Individual Women's ChampionshipA21 English
25. D Charochkina vs T Kezele  1-0292013European Individual Women's ChampionshipC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 922  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-03-13  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).
Aug-03-13  waustad: If you look back at comments for the last olympiad, there was a fair amount of discussion about women who played on open teams if I recall. Olimpbase player search defaults to listing the open team for players who have played in both. A player who has only played on the women's team will indicate that team.
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.


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  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>

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  whiteshark: a great pictural report about the event you can find here:
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