Another highlight in the chess world is coming up: the European Women Championship. The event is scheduled to run between July 22nd and August 14th. On the very last day, the European Women Individual Chess Champion will be crowned. At this point, 165 women from 33 nations have signed up for the event.
14th edition of the championship
The 14th edition of the Women Chess Championship in Europe is staged in Belgrade, Serbia. The 1st edition of the tournament took place in 2000, when 32 players lined up at Batumi, Georgia. Back then, the tournament was played in the knock-out system. Since 2001, the duels are fought in the Swiss tournament system in eleven rounds. Until now, 165 women registered to participate in the championship in Belgrade, most of them from Russia. In total, 37 players from the Russian Federation will compete, along with 25 women from Serbia, the country hosting the event, and 15 Georgians. Also, Julia Navkovic from Austria and the Germans Elisabeth Pähtz, Tatjana Melamed, and Zoya Schleining will be part of the tournament.
Anna Muzychuk and Nana Dzagnidze are top-favorites
Top-favorite player at the Women Chess Championship is Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia, who lists 4th in worldwide standings at an Elo of 2594. Second favorized player is the world’s number 5, Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia. Her Elo rating amounts up
to 2558 points. Overall, there are seven women of an Elo of 2500 and higher participating; twelve grandmasters, 23 IMs, and 41 WGMs.
Numerous former European Champions among participants in Belgrade
We will see many European Champions from previous editions of the tournament competing in Serbia. Not only the two most recent champions – Viktorija Cmilyte from Lithuania (2011) and Valentina Gunina from Russia (2012) will be competing; players such as Natalia Zhukova from the Ukraine (European Champion 2000), Antoaneta Stefanove from Bulgaria (2002) or Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia (2004) are eager to win the fourth double-title after Pia Cramling from Sweden (2003 & 2010), Katheryna Lagno (2005 & 2008) and Tatiana Kositnseva from Russia (2007 & 2009). The last three women named try to obtain their third title in Belgrade.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe