The European Chess Championship of women in 2013 held a big surprise for chess fans: The Hungarian Hoàng Thanh Trang won the title, even though she was only number 14 in seeding list at an Elo of 2467.
Hoàng Thanh Trang obtains 9.0 points in eleven rounds
The Hungarian grandmaster with ancestors from Vietnam put in a very convincing performance at the European Chess Championship 2013 in Belgrade and therefore brought home the gold medal. At the end of 11 duels, Trang had scored 9.0 points with seven victories and four draws. The Hungarian placed before two farther surprise successes: Silver was obtained by the Georgian Salome Melia (Elo 2428), who was only placed 24th in seeding list and takes rank 50 in world chess rankings of women. Nonetheless, Melia achieved five victories and six draws in Belgrade, so that she scored 8.0 points – just like the bronze medallist Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia (Elo 2454).
Favorites went away empty-handed
The top-favorite players of the event did not win a single medal at the European Chess Championship 2013. The number 1 seeded player, Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia (Elo 2594), ended up with only 7.5 points and an unsatisfying 12th rank. She attained four victories and seven draws. Even further behind was the number 2 of the seeding list, Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia (Elo 2558); after six victories, two draws, and three defeats she had 7.0 points and ranked 26th. Also, former European Chess Champions in the women’s division left the tournament in Belgrade empty-handed.
Two former European Champions in 4th and 5th place
The first female European Champion ever, Natalja Zhukova from the Ukraine (Elo 2471), took 30th place in final rankings of the event, 13 years after her triumph at the first title fights. The two-time European Champion from Sweden, Pia Cramling, who is number 12 in FIDE world rankings of women and one of the top-favorites of the championship took rank 16 in overall standings. Tatiana Kosintseva (Elo 2528) who held the title in 2007 and 2009 scored even less and at 7.0 points ranked 28th only. The best overall performance of former European Champions was given by Viktorija Cmilyte from Lithuania (Elo 2497), champion in 2011, and Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia (Elo 2489), champion in 2004. At each 8.0 points, the two took ranks 4 and 5.
Picture: wikipedia / karpidis
written by Michael, translated by Birthe