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European Individual Championship (Women) Tournament

Sabrina Vega Gutierrez8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Anna Ushenina8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ekaterina Polovnikova-Atalik7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Sopiko Khukhashvili7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Szidonia Lazarne Vajda7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Natalia Pogonina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Irina Bulmaga7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Jovanka Houska7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ana Matnadze7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Yuliya Shvayger7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Olga Girya7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Salome Melia7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ticia Gara6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Sarah Hoolt6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Monika (Bobrowska) Socko6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Cristina-Adela Foisor6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Olga Kalinina6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Anna Styazhkina6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
(112 players total; 83 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Individual Championship (Women) (2016)

The 17th European Women's Individual Chess Championship, an 11-round Swiss System tournament, was held in Mamaia (Romania) between May 27 and June 7, 2016. 112 players took part; the top 14 qualified for the 2018 FIDE Women's World Championship knockout tournament. Former World Champion Anna Ushenina of Ukraine won with 8.5/11, edging out Spain's Sabrina Vega Gutierrez on the second tie-break criterion (Buchholz minus lowest score). Top seed Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) and Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia) finished half a point behind the leaders.

The time control was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Tie-break criteria: 1. head-to-head score; 2. Buchholz minus lowest score; 3. Buchholz; 4. most games with Black; 5. most wins.

Official site: Crosstable:

Previous edition: European Individual Women's Championship (2015). Next: European Individual Championship (Women) (2017).

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. U Fataliyeva vs L Javakhishvili  1-0652016European Individual Championship (Women)B83 Sicilian
2. L Unuk vs S Melia  ½-½692016European Individual Championship (Women)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. E Polovnikova-Atalik vs A Rakhmangulova  1-0352016European Individual Championship (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
4. Z Mamedjarova vs C Peptan  1-0402016European Individual Championship (Women)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
5. N Ziaziulkina vs D Drozdova  1-0322016European Individual Championship (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
6. M Mikadze vs D Daulyte-Cornette  0-1452016European Individual Championship (Women)A47 Queen's Indian
7. J Houska vs A Balaian  1-0322016European Individual Championship (Women)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
8. L Hapala vs S Vega Gutierrez  0-1382016European Individual Championship (Women)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. M Lomineishvili vs K Ozturk  0-1422016European Individual Championship (Women)E14 Queen's Indian
10. L Stetsko vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-1312016European Individual Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
11. N Kazimova vs A Dragomirescu  0-1432016European Individual Championship (Women)E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. K Abdulla vs M Arabidze  0-1402016European Individual Championship (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
13. Alisa Surovtseva vs A Styazhkina  0-1422016European Individual Championship (Women)C48 Four Knights
14. T Mamedjarova vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½232016European Individual Championship (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. D Movileanu vs K Szczepkowska-Horowska  1-0682016European Individual Championship (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
16. N Pogonina vs A Hojjatova  ½-½492016European Individual Championship (Women)C07 French, Tarrasch
17. L Galojan vs E Paehtz  0-1362016European Individual Championship (Women)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. A Goryachkina vs F Osmanodja  1-0592016European Individual Championship (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. D Belenkaya vs N Batsiashvili  0-1602016European Individual Championship (Women)C47 Four Knights
20. A Bodnaruk vs Nataliya Buksa  0-1452016European Individual Championship (Women)C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. E Sedina vs M Socko  0-1542016European Individual Championship (Women)B40 Sicilian
22. A Ushenina vs K Tsatsalashvili  1-0522016European Individual Championship (Women)A06 Reti Opening
23. T Rodshtein vs O Girya  0-1592016European Individual Championship (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. J Zawadzka vs E Doluhanova  1-0392016European Individual Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. M R Nechaeva vs M Gevorgyan  1-0192016European Individual Championship (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Jun-03-16  Octavia: that is awful. You should be able to write it any way you like. You should see how some Germans write English names, e.g.: Maik for Michael!
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.
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  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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