FIDE Women World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 under way!!!

  

The FIDE Women World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 started today at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, with former Olympic Champion in biathlon Evgeniy Redkin making the first honorary move in the game Gunina – Khotenashvili.
34 female players from 14 countries are competing for the title and prize fund of $50,000.

After the five rounds in the World Rapid Championship Russian Grandmaster Tatiana Kosintseva is leading the standings with 4,5/5 points. She started with a draw against her compatriot Karina Ambartsumova, but then followed with an impressive string of four victories, including the round five clash against the then leader Kateryna Lagno.

Leader of the tournament after 5 rounds GM Tatiana Kosintseva 

Mariya Muzychuk won a nice positional game against Elisabeth Paehtz, and Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated the defending Rapid champion Antoaneta Stefanova to join Lagno on the shared second place with 4,0/5 points each

The biggest surprise of the day is the score of top-rated Valentina Gunina who has only 2,0/5 points.

The event continues over the next two days for a total of 15 rounds, with a single game for each round.

Former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and former European champion Pia Cramling celebrated birthdays and were presented with flowers by the Organizing Committee.

Top round six pairings are Kosteniuk, Alexandra – Kosintseva, Tatiana, Lagno, Kateryna – Muzychuk, Mariya, Ushenina, Anna – Dzagnidze, Nana and Stefanova, Antoaneta – Girya, Olga.

Standings -before round 6 Print
Place S.No. Title Name Fed. FIDE Total vs+ Wins
1 8 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS RUS R 2509 4.5 9;33;11;2; 4
2 2 GM Lagno, Kateryna UKR UKR R 2581 4.0 19;13;7;5; 4
3 5 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS RUS R 2551 4.0 22;14;10;4; 4
4 12 IM Muzychuk, Mariya UKR UKR R 2469 4.0 29;17;6; 3
5 23 WGM Girya, Olga RUS RUS R 2381 3.5 34;14;16; 3
6 3 GM Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GEO R 2580 3.5 30;21;15; 3
7 10 GM Ushenina, Anna UKR UKR R 2486 3.5 27;17;29; 3
8 17 GM Krush, Irina USA USA R 2407 3.0 34;28;33; 3
9 6 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth GER GER R 2524 3.0 23;15; 2
10 11 GM Zhao, Xue CHN CHN R 2470 3.0 28;20; 2
11 7 GM Muzychuk, Anna SLO SLO R 2520 3.0 24;18; 2
12 4 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL BUL R 2570 3.0 25;13; 2
13 29 WIM Fominykh, Maria RUS RUS R 2278 2.5 22;18; 2
14 15 GM Harika, Dronavalli IND IND R 2437 2.5 32;26; 2
15 13 WGM Charochkina, Daria RUS RUS R 2439 2.5 30;20; 2
16 24 WIM Ubiennykh, Ekaterina RUS RUS R 2337 2.5 34;1; 2
17 18 GM Khotenashvili, Bela GEO GEO R 2398 2.5 1;32; 2
18 21 IM Guseva, Marina RUS RUS R 2383 2.5 31; 1
19 27 WGM Muminova, Nafisa UZB UZB R 2321 2.5 20; 1
20 19 IM Gaponenko, Inna UKR UKR R 2394 2.5 28; 1
21 9 GM Cramling, Pia SWE SWE R 2504 2.5 31; 1
22 33 WIM Drozdova, Dina RUS RUS R 2245 2.0 16; 1
23 20 WGM Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS RUS R 2388 2.0 3;31; 2
24 1 GM Gunina, Valentina RUS RUS R 2583 2.0 30;34; 2
25 14 GM Zhu, Chen QAT QAT R 2438 2.0 31; 1
26 22 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS RUS R 2382 2.0 28; 1
27 16 GM Zhukova, Natalia UKR UKR R 2409 2.0 25; 1
28 26 WGM Batchimeg, Tuvshintugs MGL MGL 2340 2.0 0
29 30 WIM Popova, Natalija BLR BLR R 2268 1.5 34; 1
30 25 WGM Ambartsumova, Karina RUS RUS R 2324 1.5 0
31 32 Sukhareva, Evgeniya RUS RUS R 2254 1.5 0
32 28 WIM Bezgodova, Svetlana RUS RUS R 2281 1.0 1; 1
33 31 WGM Shaydullina, Sandugach RUS RUS R 2263 1.0 24; 1
34 34 WFM Sviridova, Vlada RUS RUS R 2086 0.0 0

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