Monika Socko claims European Women’s Chess Championship 2022

The 2022 European Individual Women’s Chess Championship concluded yesterday in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 120 players from 28 European federations competed over 11 swiss rounds for the title of European Champion and 9 qualification spots for the next FIDE Women’s World Cup.

GM Monika Socko (POL, 2423) claimed the European Women’s Chess Championship scoring 8.5 points. Socko secured the sole first place with a draw in the last round against IM Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM, 2362).

IM Monika Socko is European Women Chess Champion 2022

IM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE, 2466) needed a victory in the last round to join Monika Socko on the top. After more than 4 hours of play, Gunay Mammadzada drew against IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (POL, 2360) to score 8 points and be in the group of five players who tied for silver medal. Mammadzada had the best tiebreak criteria and clinched silver.

WGM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (AZE, 2413) won bronze with the same score of 8 points, and better tiebreaks than IM Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM, 2362) who came fourth, IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (POL, 2360) who finished fifth, and IM Irina Bulmaga (ROU, 2403) who came sixth.

Final standings and all results can be found here.

WGM Ulviyya Fataliyeva (left) and IM Gunay Mammadzada (right) at the Closing ceremony of the event

The Closing ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening and it was broadcasted live. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmapairashvili addressed the players and joined the awarding ceremony.

Official website of the event

Photos by: Vladimir Jagr

Replay the video from the Closing ceremony: