March 19, 2012 15:28

European Women's Rapid and Blitz Championships

Just after the regular tournament, won by Valentina Gunina of Russia, the European Women's Rapid and Blitz Championships were held in Gaziantep, Turkey. Gunina also took the blitz title, while Tatiana Kosintseva was the strongest in the rapid section.

By Anastasia Karlovich

Event Europen Women's Rapid and Blitz Championship
Dates March 15th-18th, 2012
Location Gaziantep, Turkey
System Rapid: 11-round Swiss | Blitz: 10 double rounds

The top seeded players were Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Kateryna Lahno, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Antoaneta Stefanova, Tatiana Kosintseva, Marie Sebag, Valentina Gunina and Viktorija Cmilyte

Rate of play Rapid: 15 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 10 seconds per move | Blitz: 3 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 2 seconds per move
Prize fund Rapid: € 10,000 total, first prize € 2,000 | Blitz: same

The European Individual Women Rapid Chess Championship was held from 15 till16 of March 2012 in Gazientep, Turkey. Tatiana Kosintseva became the winner, while Alexandra Kosteniuk got silver medal. The German player Elisabeth Paehtz, who defeated Antoaneta Stefanova in the last round, was placed third. Nana Dzagnidze lost against Tatiana Kosintseva in the last round and shared the fourth place together with Katerina Lahno, Anna Muzychuk, Nino Batsiashvili, Antoaneta Stefanova and Valentina Gunina.

Valentina Gunina became the winner of the European Individual Women Blitz Chess Championship (March 17th-18th) and thus got her second gold medal in Gazientep. In the last round she managed to win against Antoaneta Stefanova 2-0 and this victory placed her on the first rank. Elisabeth Paehtz, who was leading before the last round, lost to Nadezda Kosintseva 1.5-0.5 and got the silver medal. Nana Dzagnidze was placed third.

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