18.07.2014 Category: Tournaments

GM VALENTINA GUNINA WINS THE 15TH EIWCC IN PLOVDIV

Russian GM Valentina Gunina (ELO 2501) won the 15th EIWCC with final result of 9 points out of 11. On a half point distance from the winner finished GM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS, ELO-2476), third in the final rankig remains IM Melia Salome (GEO, ELO-2454) with 8/11 pts.This is a second European title for GM Gunina. The 15th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship was held on July 06-17, 2014 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Chief-Arbiter of the championship, organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation, was IA Sava Stoisavljevic, Tournament Director - Nikolay Velchev.One hundred and sixteen chess players from 26 European countries took part in the competition. The average ELO rating of the championship was 2233.The championship was officially opened on 5th of July by the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Silvio Danailov, who on the second day made the first symbolic move in the 1st round of the championship in the game GM Nana Dzagnidze (GEO, ELO-2541) – WIM Karolina Olsarova (CZE, ELO-2274).The opening ceremony was attended by the participants and their accompanying persons, numerous guests from the world of chess, sport and public life of Bulgaria, as well as the guests of honour from abroad.On this occasion, all present were adressed by Mr. Plamen Mollov, Vice President of Bulgarian Chess Federation, Executive Director of Bulgarian Chess Federation, Mr. Nikolay Velchev, and Mr. Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union and President of Bulgarian Chess Federation.More information at the official website of the Championship http://www.eiwcc2014.eu/ 

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16.07.2014 Category: Tournaments

EIWCC 2014 – VALENTINA GUNINA HALF A POIN AWAY FROM THE SECOND TITLE

One round before the end Russian Grandmaster Valentina Gunina lead by full point and she needs a draw to achieve the second European Champion title.Today she drew with white pieces with her compatriot double European Champion Tatiana Kosintseva in Benko Gambit. Her followers Ukranian Natalian Zhukova and Georgian Salome Melia drew in direct encounter, while Mariya Muzychuk defeated Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska from Poland.Gunina is in the sole lead with 8.5 points, while 4 players will be fighting for the medals: Natalia Zhukova, Salome Melia, Mariya Muzychuk and Tatiana Kosintseva, who gained 7.5 points. Batsiashvili, Dzagnidze, Stefanova, Kashlinskaya, Khurtsidze and Danielian have 7 points, etc.Top pairings of the last 11th round are: Muzychuk vs Gunina, Kosintseva vs Zhukova, Melia vs Danielian, Stefanova vs Dzagnidze, Kashlinskaya vs Batsiashvli, Khurtsidze vs Mkrtchian, etc.The last round starts tomorrow, 16th July, 2014 at 13.00 pm local time.Follow the games live and find out who will be the new European Champion.Official website of the tournament is http://www.eiwcc2014.eu/ 

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16.07.2014 Category: Tournaments

EIWCC 2014 – GUNINA KEEPS A FULL POINT LEAD. TWO MORE ROUNDS TO GO

With only two rounds left to go, the European  Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2014 is about to  enter its decisive phase. GM Valentina Gunina (2501) retained  her full point lead after she drew as black with IM Salome Melia (2454) in the ninth round. Gunina\'s biggest and possibly final challenge will come in round ten, when she faces GM Tatiana Kosintseva (2476) in a direct clash for the title. In the ninth round Kosintseva took a valuable point with the black pieces from IM Lela Javakhishvili (2474). The Russian GM defended patiently and when finally white relieved pressure, she took the initiative and knocked her opponent out with a nice tactical blow on move 48.Reigning champion GM Hoang Thanh Trang (2490) has lost any chances to defend her title in Plovdiv after she lost to GM Natalia Zhukova (2451). Today’s win has lifted up Zhukova on 7.0/9 to tie with Kosintseva for the second.The game IM Nino Batsiashvili (2417) - GM Elina Danielian (2458) was a dramatic back-and-forth fight that finally produced no winner. IM Mariya Muzychuk (2521) got a decisive advantage with the black pieces in QGD Semi-Slav against IM Meri Arabidze (2406) and defeated her opponent in 31 moves. GM Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) created another brilliant masterpiece, defeating WGM Zoya Schleining (2376) after a positional piece sacrifice.Among the rest of the Bulgarian players, WGM Adriana Nikolova (2303) conceded the point to IM Nino Khurtsidze (2460) and WGM Iva Videnova (2315) drew with WGM Natalija Pogonina (2508). Noteworthy also is the win of WFM Nurgyul Salimova (1908) over WIM Anna Styazhkina (2220) as well as the victory of the youngest player at the tournament Beloslava Krasteva (1361) over WGM Maria Kouvatsou (2152).Round 9 Standings: Valentina Gunina (RUS) – 8.0 pts, GM Natalia Zhukova (UKR), IM Salome Melia (GEO), GM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) – 7.0 pts, IM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), IM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO), GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska (POL), IM Nino Khurtsidze (GEO) and GM Elina Danielian (ARM) – 6.5 pts, etc.The next round starts Wednesday, 15th July at 3:00 p.m.Official website of the tournament is http://www.eiwcc2014.eu/ 

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15.07.2014 Category: Tournaments

EIWCC PLOVDIV 2014 – GUNINA CLOSE TO SECOND TITLE 3 ROUNDS BEFORE THE END

Round 8 of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Plovdiv was full  of emotions and high quality chess. After the rest day, the pairings placed three Russians against three Georgians in a direct clash for the first place today.The leader Valentina Gunina (2501) consolidated her top position with a win over IM Lela Javakhishvili (2474). The Russian GM kept her opponent under constant pressure to end the game with nice shot on move 47. IM Salome Melia (2454) outplayed with the white pieces WGM Olga Girya (2493) and GM Tatiana Kosintseva (2476) and IM Nino Batsiashvili (2417) split the point in 101 moves.On board 5, GM Elina Danielian (2458) created the masterpiece of the round, defeating WGM Alina Kashlinskaya (2441) in a romantic style. GM Natalia Zhukova (2451) scored as black against WFM Gunay Mammadzada (2182) and also joined the group on 6.0/8.Despite her loss to Zhukova today the young Azeri has shown a good play so far and is making a great tournament in Plovdiv.Top seed GM Nana Dzagnidze (2541) created beautiful tactics on move 23 against  Bulgarian WGM Adriana Nikolova (2303) but could not manage to convert her pawn up advantage and was forced to settle for a draw. Meanwhile, GM Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) scored an easy win against Georgian IM Sofio Gvetadze (2356).Worth noting is also the victory of Bulgarian WFM Nurgyul Salimova (1908) as black over WGM Maria Kouvatsou (2152) and WGM Iva Videnova (2315) over WIM Anna Styazhkina (2220).Round 8 Standings: Valentina Gunina (RUS) – 7,5 pts, IM Salome Melia (GEO) – 6,5 pts, GM Natalia Zhukova (UKR), IM Lela Javakhishvili (GEO), IM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO), GM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) and GM Elina Danielian (ARM) – 6 pts, etc.The next round starts Tuesday, 15th July at 3:00 p.m.More information on the official website of the tournament http://www.eiwcc2014.eu/ 

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GM VALENTINA GUNINA WINS THE 15TH EIWCC IN PLOVDIV

EIWCC 2014 – VALENTINA GUNINA HALF A POIN AWAY FROM THE SECOND TITLE

One round before the end Russian Grandmaster Valentina Gunina lead by full point and she needs a draw to achieve the second European Champion title.

EIWCC 2014 – GUNINA KEEPS A FULL POINT LEAD. TWO MORE ROUNDS TO GO

With only two rounds left to go, the European  Individual Women’s Chess Championship 2014 is about to  enter its decisive phase

EIWCC PLOVDIV 2014 – GUNINA CLOSE TO SECOND TITLE 3 ROUNDS BEFORE THE END

SILVIO DANAILOV OFFICIALLY OPENED THE FIRST SCHOOL CHESS YEAR IN SLIVNITSA

2012-10-29

The ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opened the first school chess year in the town of Slivnitsa, Bulgaria. The official ceremony was held on 26th October at the school “St.st. Cyril and Methodius”. Slivnitsa became the first municipality in the European Union to introduce chess as a subject in its schools according to the ECU program - "Chess in Schools".

Besides Silvio Danailov, the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Slivnitsa Vasko Stoilkov, the Deputy Governor of Sofia district, Rositsa Todorova, the Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Prof. Nikolay Nedkov, Hristo Andreev, Head of the Regional Educational Inspectorate Sofia district and others.

Eighty children out of 240 students of the school "St.st. Cyril and Methodius" chose to study chess as a subject during the school year 2012-2013, which means that they will be the first students from the European Union to receive assessments in chess.

The Bulgarian Chess Federation presented the young students with professional chess sets "Staunton" and the President Silvio Danailov expressed his hopes that one day the new Veselin Topalov will be born in Slivnitsa.

The President of the European Chess Union gave the first professional chess lesson to the students, giving a session of simultaneous chess game for the most avid players.

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