Gunina clinches European title

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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

EventEuropen Women's Championship | PGN via TWIC
DatesMarch 2nd-13th, 2012
LocationGaziantep, Turkey
System11-round Swiss

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 play90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1
Prize fundFirst 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.

[Event "European Ind w 2012"]
[Site "Gaziantep TUR"]
[Date "2012.03.13"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Gunina, V."]
[Black "Muzychuk, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2511"]
[BlackElo "2583"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5k2/p4p2/7p/3bN1pN/P7/4K3/1r5P/3R4 w - - 0 37"]
[PlyCount "2"]
[EventDate "2012.03.02"]

37... Be6 $2 (37... Rxh2 38. Rxd5 Rxh5 {would have kept drawing chances.}) 38.
Rd8+ {and Black resigned, because 38...Ke7 39.Nc6 is mate.} 1-0

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)

RankSNo. NameRtgFEDPtsratPBH.-1BH.vict
18IMGUNINA Valentina2511RUS26607074½6
26GMKOSINTSEVA Tatiana2513RUS264968½737
31GMMUZYCHUK Anna2583SLO263170757
49GMCMILYTE Viktorija2497LTU8259267½738
57GMSEBAG Marie2512FRA257071½776
65GMSTEFANOVA Antoaneta2531BUL254468½73½6
73GMLAHNO Kateryna2546UKR252467½72½4
812GMDANIELIAN Elina2478ARM251560½645
910IMKHOTENASHVILI Bela2490GEO25036164½6
1017WGMPOGONINA Natalija2449RUS250161½66½5
1118GMKOSTENIUK Alexandra2448RUS24375761½6
1221GMHOANG Thanh Trang2438HUN725106974½6
1320IMKHURTSIDZE Nino2447GEO7250566½71½6
142GMDZAGNIDZE Nana2559GEO7246865696
1530IMMELIA Salome2400GEO7246163½685
1634WGMKOVANOVA Baira2392RUS724526064½6
1719IMJAVAKHISHVILI Lela2448GEO724506266½4
1824IMROMANKO Marina2417RUS7244460½645
1916IMUSHENINA Anna2458UKR724295862½4
2023GMZHUKOVA Natalia2435UKR7241557½624
214GMKOSINTSEVA Nadezhda2535RUS7240661655
2231IMFOISOR Cristina-Adela2398ROU25097575½5
2351WGMSCHLEINING Zoya2326GER248366½684
2428WGMGIRYA Olga2406RUS24486670½5
2533WGMGURAMISHVILI Sopiko2395GEO24466771½5
2641WGMVOJINOVIC Jovana2356MNE243164½685
2725IMGAPONENKO Inna2416UKR24286266½5
2822WGMBATSIASHVILI Nino2438GEO242463½694
2914IMPAEHTZ Elisabeth2459GER241662½675
3066WGMSANDU Mihaela2253ROU240458½636


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