Reports | March 15, 2012 14:14

Gunina clinches European title

Gunina clinches European title

Valentina Gunina won the European Women's Championship on Tuesday in Gaziantep, Turkey. The 23-year-old Russian IM edged out Tatiana Kosintseva and Anna Muzychuk on tie-break after the three had finished on 8.5/11.

Valentina Gunina (Russia) wins in Giazantep | All photos by Anastasiya Karlovich © Turkish Chess Federation

Event Europen Women's Championship | PGN via TWIC
Dates March 2nd-13th, 2012
Location Gaziantep, Turkey
System 11-round Swiss
Players

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

Rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1
Prize fund First prize € 20,500 and € 150,000 in total, including the European Rapid Championship and European Blitz Championship which are held right afterwards 

The last time we reported about the European Women's Championship, Vietnamese-born Hungarian GM Hoang Thanh Trang was leading with 5.5/6, half a point more than Marie Sebag, Valentina Gunina, Cristina-Adela Foisor and Viktorija Cmilyte had by that point. The rest day was well spent, with most of the participants, trainers and organizers visiting the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the Medusa Museum, the Cuisine Museum, Gazientep Castle and Coppersmiths' Bazaar.

The players in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum

After the free day, the players seemed ready for good fights again. On the first board, Valentina Gunina defeated the leader Hoang Thanh Trang and replaced her opponent in first place. Cristina-Adela Foisor defeated defending champion Viktorija Cmilyte and thus joined Gunina in first place. Rating favorite Anna Muzychuk won a important game against Marie Sebag, to reach shared first place with Hoang Thanh Trang.

Valentina Gunina, mentally preparing for the game against the tournament leader

In the eighth round, leaders Foisor and Gunina agreed on a draw after 42 moves. Hoang Thanh Trang fell back even further after a loss against Muzychuk, who joined the group of leaders with 6.5 points. Viktorija Cmilyte defeated Nazi Paikidze and reached fourth place, shared with Tatiana Kosintseva and Nino Khurtsidze.

Anna Muzychuk seemed well on her way to win the tournament

Beating Foisor and Cmilyte in the next two rounds, Anna Muzychuk increased her lead to a full point, with one round to go. Two Russian players, Valentina Gunina and Tatiana Kosintseva, were sharing second place. Muzychuk was as close as you can get to clinch the title, but then it eventually went wrong for her in a thrilling final round. In a position where she had good drawing chances, she blundered a mate in two against Gunina.

PGN string

Although Kosintseva also win in the last round, it was Gunina who ended with the better tie-break (rating performance).

Valentina Gunina of Russia is the new European Champion

The European Women's Championship was held between March 2nd and 13th in the Anatolian Hotel in Gaziantep, Turkey. According to the official site it was also a qualifier for the World Cup, so we assume that the top 14 players are going to Tromsø next year.

The men's (or rather: open) European Championship will be held from March 19th till April 1st, 2012 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Many players of the Reykjavik Open are travelling to Bulgaria as we speak, although some are making a stop-over in Germany for this weekend's Bundesliga.

Selection of games rounds 7-11

PGN file

European Women's Championship 2012 | Final standings (top 30)

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts ratP BH.-1 BH. vict
1 8 IM GUNINA Valentina 2511 RUS 2660 70 74½ 6
2 6 GM KOSINTSEVA Tatiana 2513 RUS 2649 68½ 73 7
3 1 GM MUZYCHUK Anna 2583 SLO 2631 70 75 7
4 9 GM CMILYTE Viktorija 2497 LTU 8 2592 67½ 73 8
5 7 GM SEBAG Marie 2512 FRA 2570 71½ 77 6
6 5 GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2531 BUL 2544 68½ 73½ 6
7 3 GM LAHNO Kateryna 2546 UKR 2524 67½ 72½ 4
8 12 GM DANIELIAN Elina 2478 ARM 2515 60½ 64 5
9 10 IM KHOTENASHVILI Bela 2490 GEO 2503 61 64½ 6
10 17 WGM POGONINA Natalija 2449 RUS 2501 61½ 66½ 5
11 18 GM KOSTENIUK Alexandra 2448 RUS 2437 57 61½ 6
12 21 GM HOANG Thanh Trang 2438 HUN 7 2510 69 74½ 6
13 20 IM KHURTSIDZE Nino 2447 GEO 7 2505 66½ 71½ 6
14 2 GM DZAGNIDZE Nana 2559 GEO 7 2468 65 69 6
15 30 IM MELIA Salome 2400 GEO 7 2461 63½ 68 5
16 34 WGM KOVANOVA Baira 2392 RUS 7 2452 60 64½ 6
17 19 IM JAVAKHISHVILI Lela 2448 GEO 7 2450 62 66½ 4
18 24 IM ROMANKO Marina 2417 RUS 7 2444 60½ 64 5
19 16 IM USHENINA Anna 2458 UKR 7 2429 58 62½ 4
20 23 GM ZHUKOVA Natalia 2435 UKR 7 2415 57½ 62 4
21 4 GM KOSINTSEVA Nadezhda 2535 RUS 7 2406 61 65 5
22 31 IM FOISOR Cristina-Adela 2398 ROU 2509 75 75½ 5
23 51 WGM SCHLEINING Zoya 2326 GER 2483 66½ 68 4
24 28 WGM GIRYA Olga 2406 RUS 2448 66 70½ 5
25 33 WGM GURAMISHVILI Sopiko 2395 GEO 2446 67 71½ 5
26 41 WGM VOJINOVIC Jovana 2356 MNE 2431 64½ 68 5
27 25 IM GAPONENKO Inna 2416 UKR 2428 62 66½ 5
28 22 WGM BATSIASHVILI Nino 2438 GEO 2424 63½ 69 4
29 14 IM PAEHTZ Elisabeth 2459 GER 2416 62½ 67 5
30 66 WGM SANDU Mihaela 2253 ROU 2404 58½ 63 6

 

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Comments

Thomas's picture

The official homepage indeed mentions that 14 players qualified for the World Cup, and this is also stated at the FIDE homepage. Still it's hard to believe (plus similar numbers from other continental women championships?), or will there be a separate Women World Cup?

Juan Castillo's picture

Could it be the Women World Championship? It has a World Cup format, but I don't find any reference to be called World Cup.

I like very much the format of the World Cup but it isn't a suitable format to determine challenger even worst the World Champion (talking about the Women WC), for example the last time Ruan Lufei (16th seed) reached the final having won on tiebreaks in every round.

Thomas's picture

Yeah this could be - in that case these 14 women won't travel to Tromso next year but (according to the FIDE calendar) to Khanty-Mansiysk at the end of this year (10 Nov to 3 Dec 2012).

Conbo Leboeuf's picture

World Cup 2014, is the World Women Chess Championship 2014, in the format World Cup in even years

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