Every national Chess Federation was allowed to send any number of players to the championship, completely independent from titles or rankings. The only precondition was the membership in a Chess Federation that is included in the European Chess Federation.
116 participants from 26 nations competed in the event. Russia was represented by the largest number of competitors (24), followed by Bulgaria (15), and Azerbaijan (10).
The entire prize money fund of 60,000€ was split amongst the participants on the first 20 ranks. The winner received an award of 11,000€, whilst the second and third place were bestowed with 9,000€ and 7,000€.
Next to the prize money, the qualification for the World Championship was a powerful incentive for high-class performances. 14 starting slots were assigned for the next World Championship that will be carried out in the knock-out mode next year
The competitors played 11 rounds in Swiss Tournament System, in each of which they were given 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the duel.
First rank was obtained by the 25 year-old Russian player Valentina Gunina with 9 out of 11 points. Only half a point short was her Russian colleague Tatiana Kosintseva who was followed by Salome Melia from Georgie with 8 points. Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) also scored 8 points and came off 4th in final rankings. None of the four German competitors were able to secure higher ranks, but placed in the top half of the table.
Overview of the first 20 ranks (final result after 11 rounds):
(See full rankings on http://chess-results.com/tnr136442.aspx?lan=0&art=4&flag=30&wi=821)
|Rank||SNo.||Name||FED||Elo||Pts||SC 1||SC 2||SC 3|
|20||6||GM||Hoang Thanh Trang||HUN||2490||6.5||2400||69.0||74.5|
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe