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Viktorija Cmilyte wins European Women Championship

Viktorija Cmilyte wins European ChampionshipToday Viktorija Cmilyte won the European Women Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. The grandmaster from Lithuania finished clear first with a score of 9 out of 11. Former World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria took the silver medal with 8.5/11 while GM Elina Danielian of Armenia edged out IM Svetlana Matveeva (Russia) on tie-break to win bronze.

The 12th European Individual Women's Championships took place May 6-18, May 2011 in Tbilisi. It was organized by the Georgian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Tbilisi City Hall and the European Chess Union. The tournament hall was in the Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel of the Georgian capital.

The tournament was open all female players representing the federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) regardless of their title or rating. There was also no limit of participants per federation.

The championship was an 11-round Swiss. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Viktorija Cmilyte had an excellent start and won her first five games. By then she was leading by a full point, but in the next round she lost to Antoaneta Stefanova. Eventually this would be her only loss.

After an easy win against Russian IM Marina Romanko and a draw with Black against IM Bela Khotenashvili, some crucial games followed. Cmilyte beat two experienced grandmasters in a row: Pia Cramling with White and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan with Black. Two quick draws on the top boards in the final round meant that, the Lithuanian lady kept her sole lead in the final standings.

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European Women Championship 2011 | Final Standings
Rk. Ti Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 GM Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2504 9.0 2692 64.5 78.0 24.3
2 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2506 8.5 2637 64.5 79.5 18.4
3 GM Danielian Elina ARM 2506 8.0 2629 64.5 79.5 17.5
4 IM Matveeva Svetlana RUS 2380 8.0 2413 48.5 60.5 8.3
5 IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2470 7.5 2580 66.0 79.5 16.9
6 GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2530 7.5 2565 63.5 76.5 5.8
7 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2454 7.5 2553 60.5 74.5 15.2
8 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2559 7.5 2539 60.0 73.0 -1.9
9 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2462 7.5 2535 56.0 70.0 11.4
10 IM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2537 7.5 2533 63.0 76.5 0.4
11 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela ROU 2414 7.5 2490 56.5 69.0 12.5
12 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2419 7.5 2489 55.5 68.5 11.7
13 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2448 7.5 2383 51.5 63.0 -6.0
14 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2567 7.0 2513 61.5 76.0 -7.1
15 IM Ovod Evgenija RUS 2404 7.0 2509 61.5 74.0 16.2
16 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2468 7.0 2506 61.0 75.0 5.5
17 IM Romanko Marina RUS 2387 7.0 2487 57.5 70.5 15.4
18 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2436 7.0 2456 57.5 70.0 3.8
19 GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2456 7.0 2452 52.0 63.5 -0.2
20 IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2473 7.0 2439 53.5 65.0 -4.5
21 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2468 7.0 2432 54.5 67.0 -5.1
22 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko GEO 2421 7.0 2428 53.0 65.5 1.4
23 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2400 7.0 2425 55.5 67.0 5.0
24 WIM Tsatsalashvili Keti GEO 2280 7.0 2418 52.5 63.5 30.9
25 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2455 7.0 2412 53.5 66.0 -5.6
26 WIM Abdulla Khayala Mardan Qizi AZE 2168 7.0 2366 53.0 64.0 42.8
27 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2428 7.0 2298 48.0 59.0 -16.2
28 WGM Paikidze Nazi GEO 2408 6.5 2456 63.5 76.0 11.9
29 WGM Savina Anastasia RUS 2389 6.5 2444 55.0 66.5 9.4
30 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2557 6.5 2405 54.5 66.5 -19.9
31 IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2468 6.5 2405 52.5 64.5 -8.7
32 IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2352 6.5 2402 54.5 67.0 12.4
33 WIM Arabidze Meri GEO 2277 6.5 2396 53.0 64.5 27.0
34 IM Melia Salome GEO 2444 6.5 2391 52.0 64.5 -7.0
35 WGM Kochetkova Julia SVK 2341 6.5 2314 53.5 66.5 -1.2
36 WIM Janjghava Natia GEO 2291 6.5 2314 51.0 60.5 15.3
37 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2429 6.5 2213 43.5 52.0 -24.7
38 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2394 6.5 2185 46.0 54.5 -23.5
39 WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi AZE 2262 6.0 2390 57.0 68.5 27.9
40 WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2399 6.0 2382 58.0 70.0 -2.8


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S3's picture

Another reason to take Grischuk out of the candidates!

Thomas's picture

Why? I guess Grischuk would still have eliminated Aronian and Kramnik if the players' wifes/girl-friends had to battle it out in the tiebreak. :)

S3's picture

agreed

adam's picture

clear first in a very strong field of women, congrats viktorija!

gg's picture

With three losses in a row against players rated 2352, 2387 and 2462, and draws against a couple of opponents in the 2200s. Grischuk's wife GM Zhukova didn't exactly have an amazing event either, with losses against opponents rated 2141, 2168 and 2220.

DMiA's picture

By the way, I guess you don't have fingers enough, but why not an article about Lublin tournament (avg. rating 2680).
There is "Fire on board" again !! (some lucky one today against Alekseev, but everything counts). Go Shirov !!

Player's picture

queen Kosteniuk 5.5/11

Meppie's picture

I can see only one game....

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