Reports | March 08, 2012 13:00

Hoang Thanh Trang leads European Women's Championship

Hoang Thanh Trang leads European Women's Championship

Hoang Thanh Trang is leading the European Women's Champoinship after six rounds. Four participants are half a point behind: Marie Sebag, Valentina Gunina, Cristina-Adela Foisor and Viktorija Cmilyte.

Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary) | All photos by Anastasiya Karlovich © Turkish Chess Federation

Event Europen Women's Championship | PGN
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 

We pick up the tournament from the second round - our first report can be found here. At the start of this round, FIDE Vice President and Turkish Chess Federation President Ali Nihat Yazici announced that the Chairman of the FIDE Qualification Commission, Mikko Markkula, had passed away. Chessbase has an eulogy.

In this round, Nadezhda Kosintseva unexpectedly lost her game against Sopilko Guramishvili. Jovana Vojinovic defended well and won against her higher rated opponent Elisabeth Paehtz, who sacrificed a piece in an equal position.

Nastassia Ziaziulkina vs Natalija Pogonina, a game from round 2

After three rounds, only three players were left with 100%. Defending European champion Viktorija Cmilyte won her game against Jovana Vojinovic while Cristina-Adela Foisor and Marie Sebag were defeated Tatiana Kosintseva and Natasa Bojkovic respectively. On first board former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova was held to a draw by Salome Melia. The upset of the day was Hilal Ozturk beating Anastasia Savina, who was 550 points higher rated!

A good day for Hilal Ozturk: rated 1784 she beat a 2325

In the fourth round Marie Sebag of France grabbed sole lead thanks to a win over reigning champion Viktorija Cmilyte. Valentina Gunina, Nastassia Ziazulkina, Nino Khurtsidze, Hoang Thanh Trang and Zoya Schlening managed to win, and were sharing second place, half a point behind Sebag.

Marie Sebag of France was leading the field after round 4

Sebag dropped her first half point the next day, against Valentina Gunina. The French lady was caught in the standings by Cristina-Adela Foisor, who defeated Nino Khurtsidze. The Georgian player blundered a rook in slightly better endgame and had to resign immediately. Hungarian player Hoang Thanh Trang became the third leader after beating Nastassia Ziaziulkina. Six players were on 4 points, sharing 4th place.

A cheerful atmosphere at ther start of round 5

Hoang Thanh Trang became the sole leader after the sixth round. Her opponent Olga Girya decided to trade queens and transfer the game into a knight endgame which happened to be more pleasant for the Hungarian player, who succeeded to convert her advantage into a full point. Four participants are half a point behind: Marie Sebag, Valentina Gunina, Cristina-Adela Foisor and Viktorija Cmilyte.

Hoang Thanh Trang leads the European Women's Championship after six rounds

The European Women's Championship is the first ECU tournament where the new dress code is applied. On the website of the tournament, an interview is published with General Secretary of ECU Sava Stoisavljevic. It makes clear that despite introducing these rules per January 1, 2012 the ECU doesn't know exactly what should be allowed, and what not. When Anastasiya Karlovich asks: "What do you think, is it acceptable to wear short skirts or open décolleté in the playing hall?" Stoisavljevic replies

Décolleté is partly covered in our regulations stating that in respect to shirts the second from the top button may also be opened in addition to the very top button. But, nothing is written in our rules about the length of skirts or dresses. There are several special rules in some companies which put restrictions on the length of skirts and dresses - not shorter than 5-10 cm above the knees for example. I can see that there are many players here who wear very short skirts. It's nice to see chess players with short skirts - they are very pretty girls, but I believe there should still be some limit. (...) So, the question remains open – I don't know if we should do something about it or not.

The Championship runs until March 13th and takes place in the Anatolian Hotel in Gaziantep, Turkey. The men's (or rather: open) event will be held from March 19th till April 1st, 2012 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Selection of games rounds 2-6

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European Women's Championship 2012 | Round 6 standings (top 30)

Rank SNo. Title Name Rtg FED Pts ratP BH.-1 BH. vict
1 21 GM HOANG Thanh Trang 2438 HUN 5.5 2727 16½ 19 5
2 7 GM SEBAG Marie 2512 FRA 5.0 2685 22 25 4
3 8 IM GUNINA Valentina 2511 RUS 5.0 2683 19 21½ 4
4 31 IM FOISOR Cristina-Adela 2398 ROU 5.0 2667 20 20½ 4
5 9 GM CMILYTE Viktorija 2497 LTU 5.0 2658 19 22 5
6 6 GM KOSINTSEVA Tatiana 2513 RUS 4.5 2586 20½ 23½ 4
7 1 IM MUZYCHUK Anna 2583 SLO 4.5 2571 18½ 21 3
8 20 IM KHURTSIDZE Nino 2447 GEO 4.5 2534 18½ 21 4
9 3 GM LAHNO Kateryna 2546 UKR 4.5 2514 15½ 18 3
10 29 WGM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2406 GEO 4.5 2365 16 18 3
11 5 GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2531 BUL 4.0 2515 20 23 3
12 51 WGM SCHLEINING Zoya 2326 GER 4.0 2515 19 19½ 3
13 33 WGM GURAMISHVILI Sopiko 2395 GEO 4.0 2492 19 21 3
14 28 WGM GIRYA Olga 2406 RUS 4.0 2475 19½ 22 3
15 17 WGM POGONINA Natalija 2449 RUS 4.0 2447 15½ 18 2
16 15 IM MKRTCHIAN Lilit 2458 ARM 4.0 2444 15½ 18½ 3
17 12 GM DANIELIAN Elina 2478 ARM 4.0 2444 14½ 16½ 3
18 30 IM MELIA Salome 2400 GEO 4.0 2419 17 18½ 3
19 24 IM ROMANKO Marina 2417 RUS 4.0 2416 14 16 3
20 19 IM JAVAKHISHVILI Lela 2448 GEO 4.0 2412 17 18½ 2
21 26 IM REPKOVA Eva 2416 SVK 4.0 2410 15 17 3
22 25 IM GAPONENKO Inna 2416 UKR 4.0 2407 16 18½ 3
23 23 GM ZHUKOVA Natalia 2435 UKR 4.0 2385 13 14½ 3
24 46 WIM GORYACHKINA Aleksandra 2341 RUS 4.0 2327 15½ 16 3
25 61 WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 2285 RUS 3.5 2487 19 22 3
26 60 WGM VIDENOVA Iva 2301 BUL 3.5 2424 20 22 2
27 44 WIM ZIAZIULKINA Nastassia 2343 BLR 3.5 2423 21½ 24 3
28 64 WIM RAKIC Marija 2267 SRB 3.5 2420 17 19 2
29 41 WGM VOJINOVIC Jovana 2356 MNE 3.5 2406 18½ 20½ 3
30 22 WGM BATSIASHVILI Nino 2438 GEO 3.5 2404 18½ 21½ 2

 

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aerodarts's picture

someone explain the scoring system of this tournament! So many player with 4 points but they can be so far separated by points....?!

Anonymous's picture

Hoang Thanh Trang comes from Vietnam, my country

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