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Women's World Blitz Chess Championship

  • WGM Natalia_Pogonina
  • | Jun 12, 2012
  • | 9521 views
  • | 54 comments

My previous report was dedicated to the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship, and now it is the time for blitz. The participants were the same, but not the results. The time control was rather unusual: 4m+2s/move. The typical one nowadays is 3m+2s/move, while in the past everyone used to play 5m/game. The schedule was comfortable enough: 15 rounds in two days.

In blitz the ability to play without thinking much, “with your hands”, is critical. One can’t calculate much, so instincts come into play. To become a good blitz player, one has to constantly practice, solve a lot of tactics and have special opening schemes to surprise the opponents and make life easier for oneself.

Before the tournament one of the main favorites was Valentina Gunina from Russia. She is the reigning European classical and blitz chess champion, who has proven herself as a successful blitz player in women’s and mixed events. She lived up to her status and scored a spectacular 8/8 on day one! As Valya herself has commented, she got lucky (in most of the games she was actually lost), but, nonetheless, there is no such thing as a random victory. Generally speaking, in blitz most of the games are far from perfect, so one can see the advantage swing back and forth. Often the last one to blunder terribly loses.  

Of course, other strong blitz players were taking part, but no one could match Valya’s speed. The Muzychuk sisters had 6/8, as well as Zhukova Natalia and Nana Dzagnidze. The winner of the rapid event – Antoaneta Stefanova – had 5/8. I started off badly with 3/8.

On day two another 7 rounds were to be played, offering a chance to catch up. Alexandra Kosteniuk won the first three games (on day one she had 4.5/8). Antoaneta Stefanova scored 3.5/4. Natalia Zhukova got only 2.5/5, but went on to win the final games. Maria Muzychuk defeated Zhukova in round 9, but lost five games in a row after that! I started with 3.5/4, then lost a game, didn’t convert a commanding advantage in the next one, and ended up at 8/15. Day two was clearly an improvement for me as compared to day one: 5/7.

Valentina Gunina drew four games in a row – that is a rare case in blitz. Then she won three games and finished at 13/15. A great achievement for the new Women’s World Blitz Chess Champion! Natalia Zhukova and Anna Muzychuk earned medals with 10.5/15.

The atmosphere at the tournament was very friendly and, no matter how serious were the titles at stake, one could see most players smiling and chatting with each other. During prize-giving we were all eating a tasty cake. :) Batumi is a very beautiful city and a great place for holding chess tournaments.

I love taking pictures, so here is another photo report:

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And here is some chess content. While reviewing the games to find some interesting samples to show to you, I was actually shocked by the number of one and two-move mates, blundered queens, etc.












Comments


  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    Natalia Madam, Sorry for spamming but i was just answering the previous posts (which were more interested in the photographs rather than games). As far as standings are concerned I just thought it will add something to your reporting of the championship.Thanks for your response and I will keep in mind next time not to bring nationality too much in my comments.Cry

  • 2 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    @vijay55 I was just wondering when you will get tired of bringing up nationality over and over again in your comments. This is an international website with people from all over the world reading and commenting. I appreciate you being a fan of your countrymen, but it doesn't mean that you should make nasty remarks about others. Anyone can check out the final standings without your prompts. Also, if you are worried about the Indian media underreporting on chess, then why try to solve the problem by spamming my columns? Not to mention that chess doesn't get decent coverage pretty much anywhere.

  • 2 years ago

    ChazR

    ...a woman,

    made man's equal,

    becomes his superior.

  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    yes this is offtopic. But as we are discussing about the tournament, shoudn't we try to find out who were the indian participants in that tournament and what were their performance in front of some of the best woman players of the world?

  • 2 years ago

    lintuip

    @vijay55 so are you doing something in this regard??? other than complaining here?

     

    PS: This is so offtopic... 

  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    I meant to say our chess players need fan following. We just know Vishwanathan Anand. Nobody notices the achievements of the other players.Koneru Humpy, Tania Sachdev, Parimarjan Negi, Surya shekhar Ganguly, P. Harika are great prospects.They just need the support and fan following to achieve greater heights.

    If some cricket player score a half century, our  news papers and media praises them more than vishwanathan anand winning world championship. This is unfortunate. In the rapid tournament which Natalia mentioned in the previous article Our Koneru Humpy finished 3rd, but no newspaper or media reported that. I was just talking about that.

  • 2 years ago

    lintuip

    @vijay55 I'm sure they can take care of themselves...Sealed

  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    its ok to be fan of somebody. Just take care of our own female chess players.Tongue out

  • 2 years ago

    lintuip

    @vijay55 hey thanks for replying but I'm natalias fanboy through and through... I love her for who she is as a person (though I never met her).. not just because she is pretty. I follow her articles and comments; she is always honest about everything... thats what I like about her the most. I love her... I don't care what others are saying here... 

  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    @lintuip, Natalia is pretty, no doubt about that. But we know her, just because she is a WGM and different from the masses of so many models. I respect her for her very good informative articles.

    PS: as you are an indian, have you ever watched our own Tania Sachdev? Just see her pics and you will forget Natalia.Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    lintuip

    heya I love you!! for me also the best part of the article was the last pic... you are such a babe :)

  • 2 years ago

    chess2Knights

    Actually I read the article and looked at the games. I just did not comment on those. I happen to be a professional photographer so it is not unusual for me to check out the photos.

  • 2 years ago

    vijay55

    it seems that noboday is watching the games, just photos. but good informative article. for information about the article you can check their website. Natalia herself finished 24th and 23rd( somewhere there) in both rapid and blitz tournaments. for me, India's Koneru humpy finished 3rd in rapid and 20th in blitz.

  • 2 years ago

    chess2Knights

    Nice photos, you are good at taking them and even better when you are in them!

  • 2 years ago

    calbearstats

    My opinion is in between YoniKer and richardep; while I can appreciate the free content, I also see much room for improving the quality of this article.

    I would prefer fewer positions with more detailed analysis of whichever positions you decide to present. What is the target rating range of this article? This is just information overload for a patzer like me.

    In any event, thanks for the post.

  • 2 years ago

    richardep

    please ignore YoniKer's rantings, he/she obviously thinks the world owes them a living, the rest of us can enjoy the freely provided content -text, photos and games Cool

  • 2 years ago

    YoniKer

    BAD article. a lot of interesting positions and it for sure took some time to find all the positions but should I guess who is going to play a good move?!

    Why on 50% of the positions,white moves and then black plays a winning move or vice versa?

    Why non of the positions are in a form of a puzzle?

    The fact that non of the positions are in a form of a puzzle,and that in most or all positions i could not even guess who is going to play a good move,made this article useless from my point of view,since i could not think for myself about any position!

    You should learn from GM Gersper or IM silman how to write a good article.

     

    Nice pics though.

  • 2 years ago

    Rook98

    nice article

  • 2 years ago

    Estragon

    Thanks for the report!  And you have earned the coveted PGM title (Photography Grandmaster), beautiful shots.

    Cool

  • 2 years ago

    retu66

    Natalia you are the best and beutiful too:)

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