Stefanova Wins Women's World Rapid Championship

Stefanova Wins Women's World Rapid Championship

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Antoaneta Stefanova has won the the 2012 Women’s World Rapid Championship.  The competition was an 11-round Swiss at 25 minutes plus 10 second increment which took place from 30 May - 3 June in Batumi, Georgia.

Former women's world champion Stefanova finished with 8½/11, just claiming first place ahead of Kateryna Lahno, Humpy Koneru and another former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.

The Women's World Blitz Championship will now follow in Batumi on 4-5 June as a 15-round Swiss at 4 minutes plus 2 second increment.  Live coverage and more at the official website.

The final standings:

Name Nat Elo Pts TB
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta  BUL 2518 8.5 61.5
2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra  RUS 2457 8.0 61.5
3 GM Koneru Humpy  IND 2589 8.0 60.5
4 GM Lahno Kateryna  UKR 2546 8.0 57.5
5 GM Muzychuk Anna  SLO 2598 7.5 59.5
6 GM Harika Dronavalli  IND 2508 7.5 53.0
7 GM Dzagnidze Nana  GEO 2547 7.0 53.0
8 GM Cramling Pia  SWE 2478 6.5 57.5
9 GM Zhao Xue  CHN 2549 6.5 56.0
10 WGM Guo Qi  CHN 2360 6.5 56.0
11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth  GER 2491 6.5 54.5
12 WGM Tan Zhongyi  CHN 2430 6.5 54.0
13 IM Javakhishvili Lela  GEO 2449 6.5 52.0
14 GM Zhukova Natalia  UKR 2442 6.5 52.0
15 GM Zhu Chen  QAT 2491 6.5 52.0
16 GM Kosintseva Tatiana  RUS 2532 6.5 48.0
17 WGM Huang Qian  CHN 2417 6.0 62.5
18 IM Khurtsidze Nino  GEO 2456 6.0 58.5
19 Wang Jue  CHN 2364 6.0 55.5
20 IM Gunina Valentina  RUS 2530 6.0 54.5
21 IM Mkrtchian Lilit  ARM 2449 6.0 51.0
22 IM Ushenina Anna  UKR 2454 5.5 52.0
23 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan  SCO 2426 5.5 51.0
24 WGM Batsiashvili Nino  GEO 2436 5.5 50.0
25 IM Melia Salome  GEO 2410 5.5 46.0
26 WGM Pogonina Natalija  RUS 2447 5.5 46.0
27 GM Danielian Elina  ARM 2484 5.5 45.0
28 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko  GEO 2414 5.5 43.0
29 IM Gvetadze Sofio  GEO 2338 5.0 53.0
30 IM Muzychuk Mariya  UKR 2456 5.0 51.0
31 GM Chiburdanidze Maia  GEO 2500 5.0 49.5
32 WGM Cori T Deysi  PER 2386 5.0 47.5
33 WGM Ding Yixin  CHN 2353 5.0 45.0
34 IM Purtseladze Maka  GEO 2348 5.0 44.0
35 IM Krush Irina  USA 2457 5.0 43.0
36 IM Lomineishvili Maia  GEO 2366 5.0 41.5
37 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina  RUS 2417 4.5 48.5
38 GM Socko Monika  POL 2484 4.5 48.0
39 WGM Mammadova Gulnar  AZE 2345 4.5 47.5
40 IM Matnadze Ana  ESP 2446 4.5 44.0
41 WIM Mikadze Miranda  GEO 2323 4.5 41.5
42 WIM Arabidze Meri  GEO 2351 4.5 41.0
43 WGM Charkhalashvili Inga  GEO 2334 4.5 41.0
44 WIM Janjghava Natia  GEO 2306 4.0 42.0
45 IM Klinova Masha  ISR 2318 3.5 46.0
46 IM Khotenashvili Bela  GEO 2500 3.5 44.5
47 IM Gurieli Nino  GEO 2329 3.5 40.5
48 WIM Umudova Nargiz  AZE 2231 3.0 39.5
49 WIM Bezgodova Svetlana  RUS 2120 2.5 44.5
50 GM Gaprindashvili Nona  GEO 2356 2.0 39.0

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Stefanova won the $12,000 first prize, but admitted that luck was on her side since she benefited from two huge blunders from Zhao Xue and Kateryna Lahno.

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Highlights of the opening ceremony:

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Highlights from the final rounds and an interview with the winner:

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Videos from the official website.

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