Stefanova Wins North Urals Cup

Stefanova Wins North Urals Cup

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 3, 2008, 11:39 AM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

The Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova (pictured) has won the North Urals Cup in Krasnoturinsk.  She won three games against Marie Sebag, Humpy Koneru and Natalija Pogonina and only lost one - to Pia Cramling.

The event was the strongest all-women event ever held, with an average Elo rating of 2522.  However, the top ranked player, Humpy Koneru of India, had a poor tournament.  After losing the first 2 games, she never really had time to recover in this relatively short event, but she will be back to fight again another day.

The final standings were:

1  Stefanova, Antoaneta    BUL    2550 
*   ½   1 ½   1 0 ½   1   
2  Ushenina, Anna   UKR   2476 ½  *  ½  1 ½  0 1 ½  4
3  Sebag, Marie   FRA   2530 0 ½  *  ½  1 1 ½  ½  4
4  Xu Yuhua   CHN   2483 ½  0 ½  *  ½  1 ½  ½   
5  Koneru, Humpy   IND   2622 0 ½  0 ½  *  1 ½  1  
6  Cramling, Pia   SWE   2544 1 1 0 0 0 *  ½  ½  3
7  Muzychuk, Anna   SLO   2504 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  3
8  Pogonina, Natalija   RUS   2469 0 ½  ½  ½  0 ½  ½  *   

 

Here is Stefanova's 5th round win against Marie Sebag.

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