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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Pia Cramling9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Monika Socko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Marie Sebag8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Natalia Zhukova8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Yelena Dembo8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Almira Skripchenko7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Anna Ushenina7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Iweta Radziewicz Rajlich7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nastassia Ziaziulkina7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jolanta Zawadzka7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Thanh Trang Hoang7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Eva Moser7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Marina Guseva7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Sopio Gvetadze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Anastasia Savina7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Valentina Gunina7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Inna Gaponenko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Lilit Galojan6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Vera Nebolsina6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Elena Sedina6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
* (158 players total; 126 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2010)

The 11th European Women's Individual Championship was a 158-player 11-round Swiss tournament held in the Center Zamet sports hall in Rijeka, Croatia, 6-18 March 2010, with a day for rest on 13 March, and a day for playoffs on 18 March. It was organized by the Rijeka chess club and the Croatian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the City of Rijeka and 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. If players were tied for medals or qualifying places the ties would be broken by knockout matches, each match consisting of two Rapid games (15 min + 10 sec), and if needed two Blitz games (5 min + 2 sec) and an Armageddon game. Prize fund: 60,000 euros. First prize 10,000, 2nd prize 8,000, 3rd prize 6,500 euros. Tournament director: Damir Vrhovnik. Chief arbiter: Mladen Bratosevic. Play began each day at 3:30 pm. Number of games played: 865 Classical + 14 Rapid + 2 Blitz = 881.

Pia Cramling took her second European Championship title with 9/11. Cmilyte was once again 2nd, with 8.5/11, and Socko (3rd) beat Sebag (4th) and Dembo (7th) in the tiebreak matches for bronze medal. The six 7.5/11-players having lowest Buchholz score played matches for WC-qualification, from which also Kovalevskaya, Ziaziulkina and Rajlich qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012). Tiebreak games: 11th EU-ChW playoffs (2010).


Official site:
Tiebreak results:
ChessBase 1:
ChessBase 2:
Chess Daily News:
Pia Cramling in Tidskrift för Schack, 2010/2, pp. 22-30:

Previous: European Championship (Women) (2009). Next: European Championship (Women) (2011). See also European Championship (2010)

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 864  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Arabidze vs A Stefanova  ½-½642010European Championship (Women)E60 King's Indian Defense
2. N Kosintseva vs K Dolzhykova 1-0472010European Championship (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
3. Z Mamedjarova vs A Muzychuk 0-1462010European Championship (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. T Kosintseva vs M Medic 1-0282010European Championship (Women)C18 French, Winawer
5. M Sandu vs P Cramling 0-1312010European Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. M Sebag vs Y Melnikova  1-0282010European Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
7. I Semenova vs L Mkrtchian  0-1422010European Championship (Women)C19 French, Winawer, Advance
8. L Javakhishvili vs T Mamedjarova  1-0402010European Championship (Women)A80 Dutch
9. S Guramishvili vs N Zhukova  ½-½282010European Championship (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. E Danielian vs K Nemcova  1-0332010European Championship (Women)E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. P Papp vs T T Hoang  0-1632010European Championship (Women)C16 French, Winawer
12. V Tarasova vs Cmilyte  0-1352010European Championship (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
13. N Dzagnidze vs K Ozturk  1-0372010European Championship (Women)A22 English
14. K Toma vs I Gaponenko  0-1352010European Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
15. S Melia vs I Videnova  1-0272010European Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
16. E Paehtz vs S Pertlova 1-0492010European Championship (Women)B01 Scandinavian
17. A Romanovskaya vs M Socko 0-1212010European Championship (Women)C01 French, Exchange
18. I Rajlich vs O Sikorova  1-0302010European Championship (Women)A04 Reti Opening
19. M Bartel vs Y Dembo  ½-½262010European Championship (Women)E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
20. V Gunina vs E Fakhiridou 1-0302010European Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. L Drljevic vs A Skripchenko  0-1542010European Championship (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. A Ushenina vs B Franciskovic 1-0572010European Championship (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. J Worek vs B Khotenashvili 1-0822010European Championship (Women)D85 Grunfeld
24. K Arakhamia-Grant vs B Yildiz  1-0412010European Championship (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
25. A Mrvova vs M Muzychuk  0-1392010European Championship (Women)B40 Sicilian
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  HeMateMe: Ok. Why don't we start an investment company that guarantees a 20% return for all investors? I'm sure the chessplayers here will trust us...
Mar-11-10  alexapple: How many players will qualify for the Women's world Championship in Turkey?
Mar-12-10  DarthStapler: I notice that the description on the front page lists the name Kosintseva twice, I know there are two of them playing but to the less informed readers they might think it was a mistake, so perhaps adding the player's first initial before one of them would be prudent.
Mar-12-10  Atking: <Viewer Deluxe:> Yes this knights moves are amazing but I'm more impressed by this light Bishop still alive even closed in the queen side.

Almira does pretty well too.

Mar-16-10  alexapple: Cmilyte got a GM norm, I think.
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  sisyphus: Cramling has a winning advantage over Cmilyte as the first time control is reached. She could get the title clear.
Mar-17-10  Karpova: Both Kosintseva sisters won their last round games so Tatiana finishes with 8.0/11 and Nadezhda with 7.5/11.
Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: N Ziaziulkina (2188) played two 2500 opponents and won against both (with black).
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  sisyphus: It looks like there will be five players tied for the bronze at 8 points: Kosintseva (Tatiana), Sebag, Zhukova, Socko, and Dembo. Tiebreaks tomorrow at 9:00 UT.
Mar-17-10  waustad: Congrats to Pia Cramling for winning her second EICC. She also beat Cmilyte for the first time.
Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: Cramling hasn't lost much strength with age when she still can win such a top event.
Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: Cramling and Kasparov are almost exactly the same age, only ten days between them.
Mar-17-10  kurtrichards: Maybe Kasparov should entertain some thoughts of coming back to play chess. :)
Mar-17-10  weisyschwarz: Tough luck for Cmilyte. She was undefeated until the last round. Those early draws are deadly.

Too bad for the beautiful Lilit Mkrtchian. She had a terrible tournament run this year.

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  sisyphus: IM Dembo beat GM-elect Zhukova in the first round of the medal tiebreaks.
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  sisyphus: GM Socko beat Dembo in the second round, 1.5-0.5.
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  sisyphus: Sebag beat Kosintseva, 1.5-0.5. She'll face Socko for the bronze medal at 15:30 UT.
Mar-18-10  stanleys: Ziaziulkina mated Scripchenko in the last blitz game and qualified for the WC.Congratulations
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  sisyphus: Socko beat Sebag with White in the first finals game.
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  sisyphus: It looks like Socko held the second game against Sebag to win the bronze medal.
Mar-19-10  Kopenhagener: I clearly remember the petite girl playing in Copenhagen Open 1980, a tournament won by Smyslov. She was the sister of Dan Cramling - today Dan must be considered the brother of Pia. Many congratulations !
Mar-19-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
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  Tabanus: The one missing game is Ivakhinova vs Bojkovic 1/2 in round 9.
Jun-02-21  macer75: <sisyphus: It looks like there will be five players tied for the bronze at 8 points: Kosintseva (Tatiana), Sebag, Zhukova, Socko, and Dembo. Tiebreaks tomorrow at 9:00 UT.>

Who do you think will win?

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  Tabanus: Two playoff games are also missing. They are rejected by the program, so I post them here for the sake of completeness.

[Event "11th EU-ChW playoffs"]
[Site "Rijeka CRO"]
[Date "2010.03.18"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Dembo, Yelena"]
[Black "Zhukova, Natalia"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C07"]
[WhiteElo "2457"]
[BlackElo "2492"]
[EventDate "2010.03.06"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bc4 Qd8 7. O-O a6 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Bd6 11. Bd3 Nf6 12. c3 O-O 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 Be7 15. Qe2 Nd5 16. Bg3 Bd6 17. Rad1 Bxg3 18. hxg3 Qf6 19. Be4 Ne7 20. Nf3 g6 21. Qe3 Kg7 22. Qc5 Ng8 23. Ne5 Qe7 24. Qxe7 Nxe7 25. Nd7 Re8 26. Nb6 Rb8 27. Nxc8 Nxc8 28. c4 f5 29. Bf3 e5 30. Rd7+ Re7 31. Rd8 e4 32. Be2 Ra8 33. Rfd1 Nb6 34. R8d6 Na4 35. R1d2 Rc8 36. Bd1 Nc5 37. Bc2 Rcc7 38. b4 Nd7 39. c5 Ne5 40. Bb3 a5 41. a3 axb4 42. axb4 Nd3 43. Rb6 e3 44. fxe3 Rxe3 45. Bd5 Re1+ 46. Kh2 Ne5 47. Rd4 Ng4+ 48. Rxg4 fxg4 49. Rxb7 Rxb7 50. Bxb7 Rb1 51. c6 Rxb4 52. c7 Rxb7 53. c8=Q Rf7 54. Qxg4 h5 55. Qg5 Rf5 56. Qe7+ Rf7 57. Qe5+ Kh7 58. Kh3 Rd7 59. Kh4 Rf7 60. Kg5 Rf5+ 61. Qxf5 gxf5 62. Kxh5 Kg7 63. Kg5 1-0

[Event "11th EU-ChW playoffs"]
[Site "Rijeka CRO"]
[Date "2010.03.18"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Zhukova, Natalia"]
[Black "Dembo, Yelena"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E81"]
[WhiteElo "2492"]
[BlackElo "2457"]
[EventDate "2010.03.06"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Bg5 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Qd2 exd5 9. Nxd5 Be6 10. Ne2 Bxd5 11. cxd5 Nbd7 12. Nc3 a6 13. Rc1 b5 14. b3 h6 15. Be3 h5 16. Be2 Ne5 17. O-O Nh7 18. h3 Nd7 19. a4 b4 20. Nd1 a5 21. Nb2 Nb6 22. Bb5 Qe7 23. Nd3 Nd7 24. Rfe1 Rad8 25. Re2 Rc8 26. Nf2 g5 27. Bxd7 Qxd7 28. Bxg5 c4 29. bxc4 Nxg5 30. Qxg5 b3 31. Nd3 Qa7+ 32. Kh1 Qd4 33. Nb2 Qe5 34. Qe3 Qd4 35. Qg5 Qe5 36. Qd2 Qd4 37. Qxa5 Bh6 38. Rd1 Qg7 39. g3 Kh8 40. Rd3 Qxg3 41. Qe1 Qf4 42. Rg2 Rg8 43. Qc3+ Kh7 44. Rdd2 Qh4 45. Rdf2 0-1

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