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Natalia Zhukova is European Chess Champion 2015

Winner Natalia Zhukova


From May 19 to 30 2015 the 16th European Women`s Chess Championship was carried out. 98 participants, 9 of which grandmasters, from 19 countries attended the event. Georgia was represented by 28 players, better than any other participating nation, followed by Russia (17) and Azerbaijan (13). The average ELO-rating amounted to 2255 points.

After 11 rounds and a little agitation (see paragraph below), Natalia Zhukova (UKR) who had been first female European Champion in 2000 was announced winner. Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) who currently ranks 17th in worldwide rankings of active female players took home the silver medal.


Top 20 Final Rankings

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Rk. Name Rtg FED Pts.
1 GM Zhukova Natalia 2456 UKR 9,5
2 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2473 GEO 9
3 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2423 RUS 8
4 GM Danielian Elina 2458 ARM 7,5
5 IM Guseva Marina 2391 RUS 7,5
6 WGM Girya Olga 2479 RUS 7,5
7 GM Socko Monika 2467 POL 7,5
8 IM Melia Salome 2452 GEO 7,5
9 IM Gaponenko Inna 2391 UKR 7,5
10 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2450 RUS 7
11 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2402 RUS 7
12 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2527 GEO 7
13 IM Galliamova Alisa 2478 RUS 7
14 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2474 RUS 7
15 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2473 GER 7
16 WGM Charochkina Daria 2391 RUS 7
17 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2459 ARM 7
18 IM Savina Anastasia 2417 RUS 6,5
19 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2472 HUN 6,5
20 IM Guramishvili Sopiko 2370 GEO 6,5


Rumanian player Mihaela Sandu (ELO 2300) caused a stir at the tournament. Unexpectedly, she won the first five matches and lost the sixth, after the live stream had disconnected at her board. Thus, she fell from grace with the other participants who accused her of cheating. The accusations were firmly rejected plavix dosage by those who organized the event but seemed to be supported by the outcome of the following rounds. Due to protesting participants the live stream was delayed from cialis dosage the 8th round forward. In rounds 8,9,10, and 11 viagra online the Rumanian player was constantly inferior to her opponents, lost all matches and held an unaltered account of 6 points. Sandu was indignant with the damage of her reputation. Whether she was on the best way to score big as an underdog, her performance weakened because of the psychological pressure imposed by her opponents, or she actually cheated could not be clarified. In every way, this incident is not contributing to Sandu’s integrity.

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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe