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European Championship (Women) Tournament

Valentina Gunina8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Anna Muzychuk8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Marie Sebag7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Kateryna Lagno7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Elina Danielian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Natalija Pogonina7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Thanh Trang Hoang7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Salome Melia7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Marina Guseva7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Baira Kovanova7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Natalia Zhukova7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Anna Ushenina7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Nadezhda Kosintseva7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Cristina-Adela Foisor6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Zoya Schleining6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Olga Girya6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Almira Skripchenko6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Inna Gaponenko6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Jovana Rapport6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Anastasia Bodnaruk6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Meri Arabidze6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
* (103 players total; 71 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (Women) (2012)

The 13th European Women's Individual Championship was a 103-player 11-round Swiss tournament held at The Anatolian Hotel in Gaziantep, Turkey, 2-13 March 2012, with a day for rest on 8 March. It was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation, under the auspices of the City of Gaziantep 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. The order of players that finished with the same number of points was determined by the application of tiebreak rules, not playoff matches. Prize fund: 100,000 euros. First prize 20,500, 2nd prize 15,500, 3rd prize 11,500 euros. Tournament director: Melih Sagit. Chief arbiter: Erdem Ucarkus. Play began each day at 3 pm (Round 1: 4 pm). Number of games played: 561.

Valentina Gunina won on tiebreak ahead of Tatiana Kosintseva (2nd) and Anna Muzychuk (3rd), all three with 8.5/11. Fourteen players qualified for participation in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015) (originally scheduled for October 2014). The event was shortly followed by the European Rapid Championship (Women) (2012) (15-16 March, won by Tatiana Kosintseva) and the European Blitz Championship (Women) (2012) (17-18 March, also won by Gunina).


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 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 561  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Savina vs A Muzychuk  ½-½352012European Championship (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. N Dzagnidze vs G Mammadova 0-1472012European Championship (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. Z Mamedjarova vs Lagno  ½-½342012European Championship (Women)A48 King's Indian
4. N Kosintseva vs M Manakova  1-0562012European Championship (Women)B30 Sicilian
5. K Ozturk vs A Stefanova  0-1422012European Championship (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. T Kosintseva vs I Bulmaga  1-0432012European Championship (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J Dworakowska vs M Sebag  0-1382012European Championship (Women)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. V Gunina vs Z Cibickova 1-0492012European Championship (Women)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. I Videnova vs Cmilyte 0-1502012European Championship (Women)B03 Alekhine's Defense
10. B Khotenashvili vs I Ivakhinova  0-1472012European Championship (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
11. T Mamedjarova vs M Muzychuk  ½-½462012European Championship (Women)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. E Danielian vs L Drljevic 1-0782012European Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Tsiganova vs N Paikidze  ½-½422012European Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
14. S Melia vs M Coimbra  1-0742012European Championship (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
15. O Zemlickova vs C Foisor  0-1432012European Championship (Women)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. N Bojkovic vs E Averchenko  1-0532012European Championship (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. C De Seroux vs S Guramishvili  0-1452012European Championship (Women)B50 Sicilian
18. B Kovanova vs N Alexanian  0-1562012European Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. M Mareckova vs M Michna  0-1512012European Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
20. A Kashlinskaya vs M Bezgodova  1-0832012European Championship (Women)A53 Old Indian
21. A Uta vs D Charochkina  0-1272012European Championship (Women)B83 Sicilian
22. K Cyfka vs M Rojickova 1-0542012European Championship (Women)C55 Two Knights Defense
23. E Kaya vs L Galojan  0-1492012European Championship (Women)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. J Zawadzka vs R Messina  1-0272012European Championship (Women)B54 Sicilian
25. K Cemhan vs J Rapport  0-1452012European Championship (Women)B54 Sicilian
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Mar-13-12  twinlark: <tamar>

In that case Gunina wins with a TPR of 2659, Muzychuk is second with TPR=2631 and Kosintseva, Tatiana third on 2598.

Congratulations to Gunina who must have a GM norm out of this. Wonder if she has any others?

Mar-13-12  waustad: What exactly is this?
<Buchholz cut - 1>

I found a definition of Buchholz, but does the - 1 indicate something like skipping the results of the first round opponent?

Mar-13-12  waustad: It looks like there is no Hort system for division of the prize money here. That's a 9000 Euro difference between 1st and 3rd, determined by tie breaks.
Mar-13-12  twinlark: <waustad>

According to FIDE regs, the Buchholz Cut 1 is the Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the players' opponents.

Apparently, this tries to lessen the distortions caused by playing low rated players in the early rounds of large opens. There's also a Buchholz Cut of 2.

Mar-13-12  brankat: <twinlark> <Caruana is starting to chew some time on this position after <21. Bf1>:...>

I was pretty sure Yifan Hou was to give Caruana a run for his money in their game. So far it has been the case.

Anyhow, You may have meant to post the above on the "Reykjavik Open" page. This one is "The Women European Championship". Neither Hou nor Caruana are participants :-)

Mar-13-12  waustad: <twinlarks> Thanks. With early draws TK dropped behind on tiebreaks but got to snack on weaker opposition.
Mar-13-12  twinlark: oops!
Mar-13-12  twinlark: <brankat>

I've cut and copied my comments to the Reykjavik page, thanks for stepping in before I made a complete ass of myself.

Mar-13-12  twinlark: <waustad>

Indeed, while the other two got to dine out on meatier opposition.

Mar-13-12  dx9293: Gunina gets a <20 game> GM norm, by achieving a GM norm in a Continental Championship.
Mar-13-12  amaurobius: Congratulations to Cmilyte on 11 decisive games out of 11!
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  Penguincw: So it looks like we have a three way tie, before tiebreaks. Congratz all!
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  Natalia Pogonina: Very narrow finish, actually. 2660 vs 2649 vs 2631 performances. The silver and bronze medalists must be feeling uncomfortable.
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  kingscrusher: Absolute Congratulations Natalia!

What a fantastic performance!

Well done!

Maybe I should cover some of your games in my Chessbase broadcast later or next week?!

Best wishes

Mar-13-12  jakaiden: Wow, no comments about the dress code?? If there is no outrage about this, the next thing will be all women will have to wear Burkas in these countries. I can't stand these people who always want to tell you what to wear, what to drink, what to eat, and how to look.
Mar-13-12  jakaiden: OMG I just saw your comment on Chessbase Natalia, would you actually wear a Burka in a Muslim country?
Mar-13-12  virginmind: congratulations to the three players who got 8.5 points!
Mar-13-12  BLS: hmmm...been looking around at some of the players in this tournament, from different sites on the web. One might conclude, thru preconceived notions and bias associated with intellect, that the top women players in the world would be nerdy, plump folk with an order in for Proactive skin cleanser. The fact is, the vast majority of these top-ranked players are HOTTT!!!
Mar-14-12  Boomie: <Natalia Pogonina>

Nice finish to the tournament. You're going to win one of these some day.

Mar-16-12  cro777: Tatiana Kosintseva became the winner of the European Individual Women <Rapid> Chess Championship 2012 in Gaziantep, Turkey.

An interesting detail. In the last game Antoaneta Stefanova missed a mate in 1 against Elisabeth Paehtz.

Position after 55...Qe4

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White to play.

The position is approximately equal. White could play, for instance, 56.Qf1 and if 56...Kxh6 then 57.Qf4+ (or 56...Qxe3 57.Qc4) etc. Stefanova played <56.Qb6>.

56.Qb6?? Qh1#

Mar-16-12  notyetagm: [ 20. Rxe7+ Kf8 21. Rxc7 Qb8 22. Rxf7+ Kxf7 23. Bxb8 bxc4 24. Bf4 Rhc8 25. Qe2 g5 26. Bxg5 c3 27. bxc3 Kg6 28. Bf4 Bh6 29. Qc2+ Kg7 30. Bxh6+ Kxh6 31. Re1 Kg7 32. Qf5 Re8 33. Re6 Rxe6 34. Qxe6 Re8 ]
Mar-16-12  notyetagm: 1) Hoang,Thanh Trang - Lahno,Kateryna (2), => TACTICAL TARGET CAN BE A TACTICAL MOTIF (PINNING CHAIN!!) a la Chin vs Pointe 30...Qh4xe4! A tricky double attack! Perhaps White completely missed the second target of it - 31.Re5 [31.Rf3 Rxf3 32.gxf3 Qe1–+] 31...Rxh3# 0–1

2) T.Kosintseva vs Stefanova (9), => PAWN AVALANCHES 20 Re1xe7+!

3) Gunina,Valentina - Molchanova,Tatjana (1) => PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! PINS! but after careless 32.Rd1?? [32.Nd4!] 32...Bc6-a4! those pins became White's nightmare

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  Natalia Pogonina: Some impressions from the championship:

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  WTHarvey: I posted 55 chess puzzles from critical positions in the 2012 Women's European Championship & Rapid tournaments at Find the winning moves.
Dec-24-12  Expendable Asset: Final Standings (after tie-breaks):

1. IM Gunina, Valentina - 2511
2. GM Kosintseva, Tatiana - 2513
3. GM Muzychuk, Anna - 2583
4. GM Cmilyte Viktorija - 2497
5. GM Seba, Marie - 2512
6. GM Stefanova, Antoaneta - 2531
7. GM Lahno, Kateryna - 2546
8. GM Danielian, Elina - 2478
9. IM Khotenashvili, Bela - 2490
10. WGM Pogonina, Natalija - 2449
11. GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra - 2448
12. GM Hoang, Thanh Trang - 2438
13. IM Khurtsidze, Nino - 2447
14. GM Dzagnidze, Nana - 2559

The top 14 players qualified for the 2013 World Cup.

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