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World Rapid Championship (Women) Tournament

Antoaneta Stefanova8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Humpy Koneru8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Kateryna Lagno8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anna Muzychuk7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Harika Dronavalli7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Pia Cramling6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Xue Zhao6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Qi Guo6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Zhongyi Tan6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Natalia Zhukova6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Chen Zhu6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Tatiana Kosintseva6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Qian Huang6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Nino Khurtsidze6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Wang Jue6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Lilit Mkrtchian6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Anna Ushenina5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Salome Melia5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Natalija Pogonina5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Elina Danielian5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Sopiko Khukhashvili5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Sopio Gvetadze5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Maia Chiburdanidze5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Deysi Estela Cori Tello5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
* (50 players total; 18 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (Women) (2012)

The first Women's World Rapid Championship was an 11-round Swiss held at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia, 31 May - 3 June 2012, with the participation of 50 players. Time control: 25 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. Rounds started at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm local time. Prize fund: $59,000, with $12,000 to the winner. Organizers: ACP (Association of Chess Professionals) and the Georgian Chess Federation. Tournament director: Giorgi Giorgadze. Chief arbiter: Nana Alexandria.

Antoaneta Stefanova won with 8.5/11, ahead of Kosteniuk (2nd on tiebreak), Koneru (3rd) and Lahno, all three with 8/11.


Next edition: World Rapid Championship (Women) (2014) (there was no event in 2013). See also World Blitz Championship (Women) (2012)

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 274  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Zhukova vs A Muzychuk  ½-½192012World Rapid Championship (Women)A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
2. Koneru vs N Batsiashvili  1-0272012World Rapid Championship (Women)A80 Dutch
3. Z Tan vs X Zhao  0-1312012World Rapid Championship (Women)A17 English
4. N Dzagnidze vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-0682012World Rapid Championship (Women)A48 King's Indian
5. E Kovalevskaya vs Lagno  ½-½542012World Rapid Championship (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
6. T Kosintseva vs Q Huang  0-1972012World Rapid Championship (Women)B06 Robatsch
7. S Khukhashvili vs V Gunina  0-1362012World Rapid Championship (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
8. A Stefanova vs S Melia  1-0322012World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. D E Cori Tello vs H Dronavalli  ½-½962012World Rapid Championship (Women)E60 King's Indian Defense
10. Chiburdanidze vs M Lomineishvili  1-0332012World Rapid Championship (Women)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Wang Jue vs B Khotenashvili  1-0552012World Rapid Championship (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
12. C Zhu vs Qi Guo  1-0782012World Rapid Championship (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. N Gaprindashvili vs E Paehtz  1-0982012World Rapid Championship (Women)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. E Danielian vs Y Ding  1-0472012World Rapid Championship (Women)D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
15. M Arabidze vs M Socko  ½-½342012World Rapid Championship (Women)E97 King's Indian
16. P Cramling vs M Purtseladze  1-0502012World Rapid Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. G Mammadova vs Kosteniuk  0-1402012World Rapid Championship (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
18. I Krush vs S Gvetadze  ½-½522012World Rapid Championship (Women)A25 English
19. I Charkhalashvili vs N Khurtsidze  ½-½482012World Rapid Championship (Women)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Muzychuk vs N Gurieli  1-0302012World Rapid Championship (Women)B07 Pirc
21. M Mikadze vs A Ushenina  0-1492012World Rapid Championship (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. L Javakhishvili vs M Klinova  1-0662012World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. N Janjghava vs L Mkrtchian  0-1642012World Rapid Championship (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
24. N Pogonina vs N Umudova  1-0402012World Rapid Championship (Women)B33 Sicilian
25. S Bezgodova vs A Matnadze  1-0382012World Rapid Championship (Women)C46 Three Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-04-12  notyetagm: First!
Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Women's World Rapid Championship (2012)/Antoaneta Stefanova

Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.

Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012 40 Qd2-c1?? Re6-e2! 0-1

Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012 37 Bg3xNe5?? Qc6xg2#

Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012

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37 ♗g3x♘e5????????

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Jun-04-12  notyetagm: Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012

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40 ♕d2-c1???????

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Jun-04-12  Thanh Phan: A nice article found at twitter thanks to @chessqueen <Alexandra Kosteniuk> A short article about the World Rapid Chess Championship (won by Stefanova, @Kosteniuk Silver, Koneru Bronze)
Jun-04-12  waustad: It looks like the blitz championship is starting too. I can see why it isn't on chessbomb like the rapids were. Blitz games very often mess up with the DGT boards.
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  HeMateMe: Nice to see Stefanova win a big tournament. I think her results were a bit pedestrian, over the last few years. Kosteniuk had a good event, too.
Jun-04-12  Open Defence: not a bad score from Humpy, nice to see Harika with a good score too
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  Honza Cervenka: <Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.>

So did I betting some chessbucks on her. On the other hand, I bet more of them on Lahno, and so I could have won even much more here.

Jun-04-12  MarkFinan: <Honza Cervenka> I was wandering who had their chess bucks on stefanova, well done, you got some good odds there!

And Natalia Pogonina faired really poor, I expected a higher finish..

I had some chessbooks on Krush!!

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  Honza Cervenka: I bet only 10 on her, and I was the first who did it with odds fourty something to one. The final odds was a bit worse in comparison to that but still I won nearly 300.:-)
Jun-05-12  waustad: <MarkFinan>Pogonina was rated 24th out of 50 and scored 5.5/11. How is this a surprize? We all find her commentary delightful, but she's a 2450ish player who is also a new mom, which tends to pull women's ratings down for a while. As she mentioned once during the WCC match, she's spending a lot time on block towers now.
Jun-05-12  waustad: <nice to see Harika with a good score too> I'd agree except that they knocked Cramling out of contention. After a great first day, she just couldn't maintain that level. Of course in a Swiss, success just keeps making the competition tougher. Against Indian players she was 0/2 but against the rest of the field she was +4.
Premium Chessgames Member We have all of the games in place now; thanks for your patience. We'll be putting up the blitz event shortly.
Jun-05-12  MarkFinan: <Wausted> I never said It was a surprise, I just said I expected her to do better! And maybe If she has all that going on In her life then she shouldn't be entering these competetions... Or maybe It's her charming manager's Influence??

The same guy who once Insulted <JFQ> for daring to have an opinion and wasn't rated 2500+ like NP !!

And I didn't find her recent commentary too "Delightful" either, I found It a bit patronising, aloof, with an "I know far more than you guys so listen to me" attitude! I found Shahade a lot more warm and friendly, and down to earth....

But thats just my opinion.

And so what If she was rated 24th out of 50, remind me again what Miss Stepanova's rating was out of 50 before the tourney began?

Not that much better, going by bookies odds, and I don't just mean at CG's chessbookie's.. Even though they get their odds from the official sites!

Jun-08-12  waustad: Since you ask, Stefanova was rated 8th at the beginning of the tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member It turns out that the blitz games are apparently not available, at least not yet. We'll create a page if we can get at least some of the games, but in any case congratulations to Valentina Gunina for going a perfect 13-0.
Nov-21-12  Eric Farley: It's interesting to note that Stefanova -- a d4 player - defeated Humpy, Kosteniuk, Lahno, and Muzyshuk -- all e4 players. This pattern emerges constantly in other tournaments. Do we have a message here?
Nov-21-12  Bengambit: Help!! I need to know how much time is on the clocks during a rapid chess game,and how much time is allowed to make each move. I am currently playing rapid games at 15 minutes until the time expires. I want to speed up my play a bit more,and improve my position,pace of play,and learn to strike more quicker from the first 3 minutes. And we play for that dollar bill too.
Jun-22-13  notyetagm: D Harika vs A Stefanova, 2012

25 ?

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25 f4-f5?

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25 ♖f1-d1! Δ ♖d1-d6

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<"None of the experts doubted that the position of the leader Antoaneta Stefanova against Harika Dronavalli was close to lost ... <<<The Indian only had to make the standard transfer of the f rook to d6, but she hurried with 25.f5?>>> and soon was happy herself to finish the game peacefully">

White's 25 f4-f5? is a very poor move showing a lack of understanding of the position, mainly the giant <WEAK SQUARE/HOLE> on d6. As the commentary on the Russian website points out, the transfer of a White rook to the d6-sq is nearly decisive.

After the huge positional mistake 25 f4-f5?, it is Black(!) who is much better in the final position, with Houdini 2.0 giving an eval of <-0.93 >.

32 ... ♖f8-d8 1/2-1/2

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But since Stefanova playing Black needed only a draw to assure herself at least a share of 1st, she took the draw here.

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  Tabanus: The one missing game:

[Event "World Rapid Championship (Women)"]
[Site "Batumi GEO"]
[Date "2012.06.03"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Inga Charkhalashvili"]
[Black "Svetlana Bezgodova"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "365Chess"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c6 3. e3 d6 4. b3 Nbd7 5. Bb2 Qc7 6. Be2 g6 7. c4 Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. h3 e5 11. Qc2 e4 12. Ng5 d5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Ngxe4 f5 15. Ng5 N7f6 16. a3 h6 17. Ngf3 Be6 18. Bd3 Rad8 19. Ne5 Kh7 20. Rfe1 Nd7 21. Ndf3 Nxe5 22. Nxe5 Bxe5 23. dxe5 Qf7 24. Bd4 a6 25. b4 f4 26. Be4 Rf8 27. Bc5 Rg8 28. Rad1 fxe3 29. fxe3 Qg7 30. Bd4 Rd7 31. Rf1 Rgd8 32. Rd2 Nc7 33. Rf6 Bf7 34. Rdf2 Ne6 35. Rxf7 Rxf7 36. Bxg6+ Qxg6 37. Rxf7+ Ng7 38. Qxg6+ Kxg6 39. Rxb7 h5 40. Rb6 h4 41. Rxc6+ Kh5 42. e6 Nf5 43. Rxa6 Rc8 44. Ra5 Kg6 45. Rc5 Rf8 46. Rc1 Ng3 47. e7 Re8 48. Rc7 Kf7 49. Be5 Ra8 50. Rc4 Rxa3 51. Rxh4 Ne2+ 52. Kf2 Ra2 53. Rh7+ Ke8 54. Bf6 Kd7 55. Rh8 Nd4+ 56. Kg1 1-0

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