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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Tatiana Shadrina6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Salome Melia8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Cristina-Adela Foisor7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Monika Socko7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Elina Danielian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Meri Arabidze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Thanh Trang Hoang6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Karina Cyfka6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Turkan Mamedjarova6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Iva Videnova-Kuljasevic6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Sopio Gvetadze6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Inna Gaponenko6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Almira Skripchenko6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Gulnar Mammadova6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Irina Bulmaga6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Anastasia Savina6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
* (116 players total; 84 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2014)

The 15th European Women's Individual Championship was a 116-player 11-round Swiss tournament played in the Plovdiv Hall of the Novotel Hotel in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 6-17 July 2014, with a day for rest on 13 July (after Round 7). It was organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation, 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. Prize fund: 60,000 euros. First prize 11,000, 2nd prize 9,000, 3rd prize 7,000 euros. Tournament director: Nikolay Velchev. Chief arbiter: Sava Stoisavljevic. Play began each day at 3 pm (Round 11 at 1 pm). Number of games played: 634.

Valentina Gunina won with 9/11, her 2nd European Championship title. Tatiana Kosintseva was 2nd (8.5/11), and Salome Melia was 3rd on tiebreak, ahead of Mariya Muzychuk (8/11). The first 14 players (ranked by average rating of opponents for those with equal number of points) qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2017).


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Previous: European Championship (Women) (2013). Next: European Championship (Women) (2015). See also European Championship (2014)

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 634  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Dzagnidze vs K Pilsova  1-0382014European Championship (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. M Manakova vs M Muzychuk  0-1492014European Championship (Women)B33 Sicilian
3. N Pogonina vs M Foisor 1-0342014European Championship (Women)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
4. I Ionescu vs V Gunina  ½-½662014European Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
5. O Girya vs A Dragomirescu  1-0662014European Championship (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. T Rodshtein vs T T Hoang  ½-½522014European Championship (Women)C00 French Defense
7. A Stefanova vs L Stetsko 1-0302014European Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
8. E Mirzoeva vs T Kosintseva  ½-½392014European Championship (Women)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. L Javakhishvili vs K Abdulla  1-0542014European Championship (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. K Petrova vs M Socko 0-1302014European Championship (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
11. N Khurtsidze vs D Wagner  1-0552014European Championship (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
12. I Agrest vs E Danielian  0-1992014European Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
13. E Paehtz vs D Belenkaya  1-0652014European Championship (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. A Styazhkina vs S Melia  0-1542014European Championship (Women)B33 Sicilian
15. C Peptan vs S Ibrahimova  0-1552014European Championship (Women)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
16. E Pavlidou vs N Zhukova 0-1332014European Championship (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. A Skripchenko vs T Mamedjarova  0-1322014European Championship (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. N Khalafova vs L Mkrtchian  0-1572014European Championship (Women)C03 French, Tarrasch
19. A Kashlinskaya vs H Isgenderova  ½-½532014European Championship (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
20. S Petrenko vs Goryachkina  ½-½402014European Championship (Women)B32 Sicilian
21. A Bodnaruk vs G Mammadzada  0-1722014European Championship (Women)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. N Kazimova vs N Batsiashvili  ½-½782014European Championship (Women)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. M Arabidze vs O Stjazhkina  1-0542014European Championship (Women)A34 English, Symmetrical
24. Z Topel vs S Milliet  ½-½562014European Championship (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. D Daulyte-Cornette vs S Tsolakidou  0-1502014European Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 634  PGN Download
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Jul-16-14  notyetagm: <Shams: I'm not wild about Gunina's handling of the opening. The fianchetto lines without 10.Rb1 are tepid.>

Yes, I thought that was supposed to be the best way for White to play the <FIANCHETTO BENKO>, with 10 ♖a1-b1!?.

Jul-16-14  notyetagm: 20 ... ♘c5-d3

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[Event "15th European Women's Individual Chess Championship"] [Site "Plovdiv, Bulgaria"]
[Date "2014.07.16"]
[Round "10.1"]
[White "Gunina"]
[Black "T. Kosintseva"]
[Result "*"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c5 5. d5 b5 6. cxb5 a6 7. bxa6 d6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Bg2 Nbd7 10. O-O Nb6 11. e4 Bxa6 12. Re1 Nfd7 13. Qc2 Nc4 14. Bf4 Qa5 15. Rac1 Rfb8 16. b3 Nce5 17. Red1 Nxf3+ 18. Bxf3 c4 19. Ne2 Nc5 20. Rb1 Nd3

Jul-16-14  notyetagm: Last Round 11 pairings:


Round 11 on 2014/07/17 at 13:00

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.

1 2 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2521 7½ 8½ GM Gunina Valentina 2501 4

2 8 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2476 7½ 7½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2451 16

3 14 IM Melia Salome 2454 7½ 7 GM Danielian Elina 2458 12

Gunina wins the title outright if she wins or draws her Black game against M. Muzychuk but Zhukova (2447) and Melia (2446) both have better tiebreaks than her (2422) if she loses and they win.

Jul-16-14  waustad: A win by Melia tomorrow would get her a GM norm. That's harder to do in a women's tournament because it takes 4 playing GMs in 11 rounds, but she's already played 4 and will play GM Danielian tomorrow. She already has 2 GM norms listed on the FIDE site. Her top posted rating is 2467 but her live rating is a bit higher now.
Jul-16-14  notyetagm: <waustad: A win by Melia tomorrow would get her a GM norm.>

Yes, Melia has a *lot* to play for tomorrow.

Melia wins the title if she beats Danielian, Zhukova does not beat T. Kosintseva and M. Muzychuk beats Gunina, which is all very possible. In this case there would be a 3-way tie for first at 8 1/2 between Gunina, M. Muzychuk, and Melia but Melia has the better tiebreak among those three.

Only Zhukova has a better tiebreak, at least after 10 rounds. Not sure how the final round pairings will change the tiebreak numbers.

Jul-16-14  Nerwal: <Gunina wins the title outright if she wins or draws her Black game against M. Muzychuk but Zhukova (2447) and Melia (2446) both have better tiebreaks than her (2422) if she loses and they win.>

Having worse tie-breakers after leading throughout the tournament is quite peculiar.

Jul-16-14  notyetagm: <Nerwal: ...Having worse tie-breakers after leading throughout the tournament is quite peculiar.>

She drew a master in the first round before winning 7 games in a row.

Now she has drawn her last two games, against Melia and T. Kosintseva, allowing the #2 seed Maria Muzychuk to pull into striking distance by winning her last three games.

Jul-17-14  notyetagm: New chess scandal:

<Russian Women's team out of Olympiad

7/17/2014 – Shocking news: the organisers of the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø have informed FIDE that federations that did not meet the June 1st deadline for registration had been excluded from the Olympiad. One of these is the Russian Women's team! FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer has mysteriously blamed Garry Kasparov for this development and advocates cancelling the Olympiad.>

Jul-17-14  whiteshark: <Russian reigning champions miss 2014 Olympiad>

"<Reigning Olympiad Women’s Champions Russia> may miss the Tromsø Olympiad after failing to submit their team line-up on schedule.

In an open letter to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) the <Norwegian organisers> explain that no exceptions can be made for a major federation like Russia, who appear to have delayed picking their team until the transfer of Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine to Russia went through.

<FIDE> has hit back, going as far as to threaten cancelling the Olympiad with only 16 days to go,

while the <Russian Chess Federation> are threatening to take the organisers to court."

read on:

Jul-17-14  notyetagm: <whiteshark: ...

In an open letter to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) the <Norwegian organisers> explain that no exceptions can be made for a major federation like Russia, who appear to have delayed picking their team until the transfer of Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine to Russia went through.>

Yes, that I think is *exactly* what happened: if the Russian Women had submitted their line-up by June 1, they would have had to exclude Lahno because she was not eligible to play then.

So they waited until Lahno *was* eligible to play and only then submitted their line-up.

I did not understand why the Russian men registered in time but not the women until the LAHNO FACTOR was pointed out.

Jul-17-14  waustad: The official site doesn't seem to respond now, which is a shame since they chose to make it dificult to get the games from anywhere else.
Jul-17-14  whiteshark: I don't want to disturb the dramatic <Russian/Lagno topic> but a quick draw against M. Muzychuk secured <Valentina Gunina> the undisputed 1st place/title. CONGRATULATIONS to her!!
Jul-17-14  siggemannen: Congratulations to Valentina, once again winning the euro champs!
Jul-17-14  waustad: It looks like Zhukova and Kosintseva are the only ones wanting to take sole posession of 2nd place. Everybody else on the top boards drew fairly quickly it seems, making rather a mockery of Sofia rules.
Jul-17-14  waustad: They both got to time control with short time and Tatiana K seems to have real winning chances from my patzer's eye view.
Jul-17-14  waustad: Congratulations are also in order for Tatiana Kosintseva for an excellent game in the final round, leaving her in sole possession of 2nd place, 1/2 point behind the leader.
Jul-17-14  PhilFeeley: <Whiteshark> <notyetagm> Re: The Olympiad - Russian problem division:

We need an Olympiad page here so we can discuss it. From what I've read on Chessbase, it doesn't look like the women's team can be excluded, since the Russians already paid for them. Presumably the deadline for the names is to allow the organizing committee to make up player signs, schedules and crosstables, etc. But surely that shouldn't be a problem with computers.

The other dispute is between Ukraine and Russia, but that one doesn't look like it'll be resolved too soon. Lahno should be able to play for whoever she likes. Didn't Karjakin make the same switch last time?

Jul-17-14  notyetagm: <PhilFeeley: <Whiteshark> <notyetagm> Re: The Olympiad - Russian problem division: We need an Olympiad page here so we can discuss it.>

I just asked for one about 10 minutes ago.

Great minds think alike. :-)

Jul-17-14  waustad: It appears that Melia still got the GM norm, with a performance rating of 2602, even with the last round draw. Unless there are some issues like with Ju Wenjun, she should be eligible for the title when her peak rating goes above 2500.
Jul-17-14  waustad: The game Salome Melia vs Olga Girya 1-0 from round 8 seems to be missing here. Perhaps the board wasn't connected properly or something like that.
Jul-18-14  stanleys: Gunina's way of preparation for the games (she did it everyday) - (pics 2-5)
Jul-18-14  waustad: Looking at the pictures from the previous post, the only person who doesn't look happy is T. Kosintseva.
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  beenthere240: Looks like N Pogonina needs to take some lessons.
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  Tabanus: <waustad: The game Salome Melia vs Olga Girya 1-0 from round 8 seems to be missing here.> Never say never:

S Melia vs O Girya, 2014, from OlimpBase.

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  Tabanus: <the first 14 players ... qualified for the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015) (originally scheduled for October 2014).>

Qual. for Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2017) according to <sonia91>. I have no idea.

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