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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Anna Ushenina8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Sabrina Vega Gutierrez8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ekaterina Atalik7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ana Matnadze7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Yuliya Shvayger7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Sopiko Khukhashvili7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Natalija Pogonina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Karina Cyfka7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Szidonia Lazarne Vajda7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Irina Bulmaga7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Salome Melia7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Olga Girya7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Jovanka Houska7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Cristina-Adela Foisor6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Monika Socko6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Sarah Papp6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Anna Styazhkina6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Ticia Gara6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Corina-Isabela Peptan6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Olga Babiy6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Inna Gaponenko6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Maria Kursova6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
* (112 players total; 80 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2016)

The 17th European Women's Individual Championship was a 112-player 11-round Swiss tournament held in Hotel Comandor in Mamaia, Romania, 27 May - 7 June 2016. Rest day: 2nd June (after Round 6). It was organized by the Romanian Chess Federation and the “Mind Games & Events” Sports Association, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. The first 14 players would qualify for the next Women's 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: 60,000 euros. First prize 11,000, 2nd prize 9,000, 3rd prize 7,000 euros. Tournament director: IO Elena Cristian. Chief arbiter: IA Ashot Vardapetyan. Play began each day at 3 pm (Round 11 at 1 pm). Number of games played: 614.

Former World Champion Anna Ushenina won with 8.5/11, edging out Vega on the second tiebreak criterion. Top seed and former World Champion Stefanova (3rd) and Mkrtchian (4th) finished half a point behind the leaders. The top 14 players qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2018).


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 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs A Rudolf  ½-½392016European Championship (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. U Fataliyeva vs L Javakhishvili  1-0652016European Championship (Women)B83 Sicilian
3. N Pogonina vs A Hojjatova  ½-½492016European Championship (Women)C07 French, Tarrasch
4. L Galojan vs E Paehtz  0-1362016European Championship (Women)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. Goryachkina vs F Osmanodja  1-0592016European Championship (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. D Belenkaya vs N Batsiashvili  0-1602016European Championship (Women)C47 Four Knights
7. A Bodnaruk vs N Buksa  0-1452016European Championship (Women)C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. E Sedina vs M Socko  0-1542016European Championship (Women)B40 Sicilian
9. A Ushenina vs K Tsatsalashvili  1-0522016European Championship (Women)A06 Reti Opening
10. T Rodshtein vs O Girya  0-1592016European Championship (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. J Zawadzka vs E Doluhanova  1-0392016European Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. T Mamedjarova vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½232016European Championship (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. M Guseva vs M Gevorgyan  1-0192016European Championship (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. M Manakova vs I Gaponenko  0-1342016European Championship (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. Y Shvayger vs E Raeva 1-0602016European Championship (Women)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. D Movileanu vs K Cyfka  1-0682016European Championship (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
17. N Khurtsidze vs M Sandu  1-0362016European Championship (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
18. L Unuk vs S Melia  ½-½692016European Championship (Women)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. E Atalik vs A Rakhmangulova  1-0352016European Championship (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
20. Z Mamedjarova vs C Peptan  1-0402016European Championship (Women)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
21. N Ziaziulkina vs D Drozdova  1-0322016European Championship (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
22. M Mikadze vs D Daulyte-Cornette  0-1452016European Championship (Women)A47 Queen's Indian
23. J Houska vs A Balaian  1-0322016European Championship (Women)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
24. E Hapala vs S Vega Gutierrez  0-1382016European Championship (Women)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. M Lomineishvili vs K Ozturk  0-1422016European Championship (Women)E14 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
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Jun-03-16  sonia91: <But having married a German means she can now be German. & when she's good enough grading wise she'll play for Germany one day.> Very unlikely, as Arkady Naiditsch plays for Azerbaijan now and they both live in Baku.
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  alexmagnus: <Very unlikely, as Arkady Naiditsch plays for Azerbaijan now>

But Naiditsch still has his German citizenship. He moved to Azerbaijan due to a conflict with the German chess federation. Rumor has it he purposefully sandbagged his Elo to under 2700 so he can be "bought" cheaper. But I guess it will be impossible to ever verify or falsify thit rumor.

Jun-03-16  sonia91: <alexmagnus> I know that Naiditsch's transfer was due to a conflict with the German chess federation, but my point was that given the fact that her husband lives and plays for Azerbaijan, I think it's unlikely that she will transfer to the German chess fed.; it seems that the German chess fed. doesn't support enough its top players (and according to Paethz, if I recall correctly, even less the female ones).
Jun-04-16  Octavia: I believe the Germans want more grassroot players! seems a good enough reason NOT to support the top. They also encourage old players which is not heard of anywhere else in the world.

Why is cg not updating the tournament?

Jun-04-16  Octavia: <sonia91> I see you've uploaded lots of games.Could you upload 3 games of Ketevan Arakhamia? She was white against Portisch in women-veterans, Copenhagen 1997 1-0

black against Stuart Conquest in British Championship, Edinburgh 2003 0-1

and white against Rauf Mamedov in International Open, Calvia 2007 1-0

You'll find all 3 of those interesting games online somewhere.

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  alexmagnus: <They also encourage old players>

Not old <top> players though. Remember the story about non-nomination of Khenkin to one of the olympiads for the single reason that the man turned 40? He was nominated for the next olympiad's team though.

Jun-04-16  sonia91: I submitted games clicking on "Upload PGN" in the home page, though the last games I submitted (already 1 year ago) still have to be added to the database... the last time I sent an email to, but after 2 weeks I had to remind them in the chessforum! So the fastest way, I think, is to post the games in's forum
Jun-05-16  ndg2: Is Paehtz on her way to a second GM norm? Looks like it:

But she has at least to draw the last two rounds. Tomorrow she will play none other than Pogonina. I think a player like Sabrina Vega would have been more convenient.

Jun-05-16  waustad: Paehtz has the tpr, but has only played 2 GMs. Pogonina has a GM norm and has been over 2500, but needs 2 more norms. 3 GMs is enough for a 9 game norm, but for an 11 game norm it may require 4. I'd need to reread the details to be sure. The Swiss pairing gods haven't been with her.
Jun-05-16  ndg2: I forgot, Pogonina is a WGM, not a GM. OK, so she must win and play Ushenina in the last round :-)
Jun-05-16  waustad: I looked it up and Paehtz would need to play 4 GMs to get an 11 game norm, which is impossible.
Jun-05-16  ndg2: Bummer! At least she can try for first place. Qualification for next world championship should be assured, even if she draws the last two rounds, no?
Jun-05-16  waustad: That's likely, 18 other players could end up with at least 8 and if I read right on another site, the top 14 go into the knockout. However, some of them will play each other, and two would draw with play Paehtz in that scenario, so they can't all win.
Jun-05-16  sonia91: <waustad> Pogonina has 2 GM norms: Women's World Championship 2015 and Gibraltar 2016.
Jun-06-16  paavoh: @alexmagnus: <... Finnish-sounding Mariia...> Maria is basically never with a double I in Finnish. If and only if one's parents tweaked the name to make it stand out. True, Finnish has a lot of names and words with double vowel, but all double vowel names are not Finnish.
Jun-06-16  siamesedream: RIP Viktor Korchnoi
Jun-06-16  Petrosianic: Believe it or not, Korchnoi never played in the European Women's Championship.
Jun-07-16  cro777: Anna Ushenina is the new European Champion!

Final Standing:

Ushenina 8.5 (Buchholz 69.5)
Vega 8.5 (Buchholz 65.0)
Mkrtchian 8
Stefanova 8
Paehtz 7.5
Atalik 7.5
Khurtsidze 7.5
Bodnaruk 7.5

Jun-07-16  siggemannen: Great tourney by Vega!
And Ushenina of course
Jun-07-16  botvinnik64: Good to see Ushenina win this, she's had some difficult times recently including her loss on time last year in the knock out in Sochi ("Oooops, my cell phone didn't account for the time change going from Ukraine to Russia...")
Jun-07-16  Calar: Kudos to GM Anna Ushenina :)

One thing to note is how hard she had to work for all of her wins - the shortest game she won lasted for 51 moves.

Jun-08-16  WorstPlayerEver: Still weird that drawing is promoted.
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  alexmagnus: <paavoh> I said Finnish because while many languages make use of aa, ee, oo and uu, I am aware of only three languages regularly using ii - Finnish, Estonian and the completely unrelated Greenlandic.
Jun-08-16  sonia91: <top 14 qualified for the next FIDE Women's World Championship knockout tournament> Actually they qualified for the 2018 k.o. WWC; top 14 from 2014 and 2015 events qualified for the next WWC (i.e. the one scheduled for October).
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  Tabanus: I hope you are right sonia, that it was not for Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2017) (scheduled for October 2016).
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