The 11th European Women's Team Championship was held in Laugardalshöll sporting arena, Reykjavik, Iceland, 13-22 November 2015, as a 9-round Swiss System tournament. Rest day: 18 November. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 20,000 euros, with 5,000 euros to the winning team. Tournament directors: ... [more]
Player: Aleksandra Goryachkina
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|Nov-13-15|| ||notyetagm: <waustad: I see that Anna Muzychuk was forfeited since the sisters didn't make their connection to Iceland. ...>|
|Nov-16-15|| ||HeMateMe: <Sorry, I just cannot resist saying First! in an empty, pristine, virginal forum.>|
I've never seen one of those, but then I live in NYC...
|Nov-17-15|| ||virginmind: Romanian team has 3.5/4 so far, but today they face Ukraine.|
|Nov-17-15|| ||galdur: Svidler - Mamedyarov managed to waste 90 minutes on some computer line. They should have just whipped it out quickly and agreed the draw at 15:02, Greenwich Mean Time.|
|Nov-17-15|| ||galdur: Aw Shucks, I´m in the ladies room. It was an honest mistake. I do apologize.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||waustad: With another win today, Anna-Christina Kopinits is at +4.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||nok: Thank you for this vital piece of news.|
|Nov-20-15|| ||Mr. V: Muzychuk has really picked it up since she won the championship. If it weren't for her loss to Hou Yifan in Monaco, I'd say she has good chances in the match. But that one game was such a blemish on the record.|
Anyone have any predictions?
|Nov-20-15|| ||Dr. Overlord: <Anyone have any predictions?>|
I predict Britain to leave the Eurozone. The UK house bubble to crash. And <nok> to continue being a jerk.
|Nov-21-15|| ||detritus: I don't think Mariya will beat Hou Yifan in March, but if she played a match against Carlsen right now, she might win. She is definitely having a better tournament than he is.|
|Nov-22-15|| ||Mr. V: Wow Gunina is all decisive games so far|
|Nov-22-15|| ||waustad: The Austrian women performed better than anybody could have expected. They ended by beating Armenia and then tying with Georgia. Veronika Exler and Tina Kopinits both achieved norms.|
|Nov-22-15|| ||Karposian: <waustad> That is quite an impressive feat given that they played without their best player, Eva Moser. With her on the team they could actually have won a medal, I think.|
|Nov-22-15|| ||sonia91: Congratulations to the Russian team!
This year Russia took double gold (men's and women's), last time was in 2007.
Podium of the women's section:
|Nov-22-15|| ||siggemannen: Great run for Goryachkina here as well as Maria Muzhichuk|
|Nov-22-15|| ||HeMateMe: <Anyone have any predictions?>|
I think England will waste even more money trying to be an actor on the world stage by committing more troops and air warfare against ISIS and Syria, where frankly, they have no interest.
They would do better to use the Royal Navy to patrol the Mediterranean Sea and turn back every refugee vessel before it can reach Europe.
|Nov-22-15|| ||alexmagnus: <I don't think Mariya will beat Hou Yifan in March, but if she played a match against Carlsen right now, she might win. She is definitely having a better tournament than he is.>|
Hehe, if we go by TPR in this tournament, yes (MM 2772, MC 2670).
By the way, MM is now number 3 live - behind only Hou and Humpy, with the distance to Humpy being only 22 points.
|Nov-23-15|| ||HeMateMe: I think MM will play better than Humpy and the last victim did, but the Wall of China still looks formidable.|
|Nov-23-15|| ||sonia91: Here the individual board medals of women's ETCC 2015: http://etcc2015.com/wp-content/uplo...|
|Nov-23-15|| ||waustad: <Karposian> Eva Moser hasn't played a rated game in over 6 months, though she's listed as being a player in two leagues. I hope she starts playing some more since I enjoy her games. I wonder if they'll ever field the 3 ladies from Wien and the two from Graz.|
|Nov-24-15|| ||detritus: Just realized that no one in the women's section finished with a TPR within 100 points of Muzychuk's 2772, and that Goryachkina's 2668 was the only one within 150 points (Houska was #3 at 2614). Taking a weighted average of her performances in Monaco and Iceland gives me a combined TPR of 2685, with seven wins over Top 20 players (Koneru, Dzagnidze x2, Kosteniuk, Stefanova, Sebag, Zhukova). |
Even throwing in her 0.5/2 against Adams in the '15 World Cup only brings the weighted average down to 2673, and even that is encouraging given that she effortlessly equalized with Black and squandered a sizable positional advantage built after 20 moves with White. Her recent body of work suggests she has the chops to give Hou a real match.
The flip side to that is that Muzychuk's preference for 1. e4 plays into Hou's Sicilian. She's gotten thrashed the two times she's played with White vs. Hou, one of which occurred in Monaco. Normally I wouldn't give that much weight to such a small sample size, but I think it's a concrete, matchup-specific issue that she has to solve somehow to have any chance in the match.
|Nov-24-15|| ||Hawkman: detritus < ...She's gotten thrashed the two times she's played with White vs. Hou... >|
Wrong. She's won 2.5/3 points. "3. M Muzychuk vs Koneru 1-0 55 2015 Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. M Muzychuk vs Koneru ½-½ 58 2015 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship C45 Scotch Game
5. M Muzychuk vs Koneru 1-0 29 2015 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship C45 Scotch Game" http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
|Nov-24-15|| ||detritus: *facepalm*
That would be a great point if she were playing Koneru for the title in March, but she's not. She's playing Hou, who has indeed thrashed Muzychuk twice with the Black pieces with the Sicilian:
|Nov-24-15|| ||Hawkman: detritus< I think it's a concrete, matchup-specific issue > Sleep deprivation. 2 games is concrete. Really?|
|Nov-26-15|| ||alexmagnus: Talking about sleep, remember complaints of Ushenina's team during the WC match - among others, disturbing their sleep by "informing there will be no hot water tomorrow" at something like 2AM?|
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