European Championships And Women's Grand Prix Underway

European Championships And Women's Grand Prix Underway

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 9, 2009, 1:50 PM |
4 | Chess Event Coverage

The 10th European Individual Chess Championships is underway in Budva, Montenegro.  This 11-round Swiss competition is open to men and women, although there is a separate Women's Individual European Championship also underway in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The top seeds from the 'men's' event are:

1 Francisco Vallejo Pons  ESP 2702
2 Vladimir Akopian ARM 2700
3 Arkadij Naiditsch GER 2693
4 Vladimir Malakhov RUS 2692
5 Alexey Dreev RUS 2688
6 Viktor Bologan MDA 2687
7 Nikita Vitiugov RUS 2687
8 Sergei Tiviakov NED 2685
9 Ivan Cheparinov BUL 2679
10 Alexander Motylev RUS 2676


The first prize is € 15,000, second € 12,000 and third € 10,000.  Sergei Tiviakov (pictured) is the defending champion.  Yelena Dembo is one of the few women taking part, and with an Elo of 2456 she is ranked 166th in a field of more than 300 players.

The top ten seeds from the Women's championship are:

1 Anna  Muzychuk SLO  2540
2 Nana Dzagnidze GEO  2518
3 Ketevan Arakamia-Grant SCO  2500
4 Anna Ushenina UKR  2499
5 Tatiana Kosintseva RUS  2497
6 Natalia Zhukova UKR  2490
7 Kateryna Lahno UKR  2488
8 Nadezhda Kosintseva RUS  2486
9 Thanh Trang Hoang HUN  2483
10 Natalija Pogonina RUS  2467

 

The strength of the women's championship has been affected somewhat by an unfortunate scheduling clash with the first event of FIDE's inagural Women's Grand Prix.  The full line-up of this round-robin event is:

1 Humpy Koneru IND   2621
2 Hou Yifan CHN  2571
3 Antoaneta Stefanova BUL  2557
4 Pia Cramling SWE  2548
5 Marie Sebag FRA  2529
6 Maia Chiburdanidze GEO  2516
7 Martha L. Fierro Baquero ECU 2403
8 Zhu Chen QTR  2496
9 Elina Danielian ARM  2496
10 Shen Yang CHN  2448
11 Zeinab Mamedjarova AZE  2362
12 Betül Cemre Yildiz  TUR  2214

 

Three games from the hundreds already played are below.  More games and pictures can be found by visiting the official websites at the links given above.

 

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