After nine played rounds at the European Women Individual Chess Championship 2018 which takes place in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia, the leading position belongs to Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2507) with the score of 8 points.

round_05_027Valentina Gunina maintains the lead from the 6th round and managed to improve it with the whole point ahead of the runner-ups, with only two rounds to go. After the draw in the 2nd round, Valentina Gunina won 3 games in a row, and then in a clash of the 6th round drew again to continue with victories in the rest of the games.


And while Gunina secured the top for at least one more round, Ushenina Anna (UKR, 2422), Stefanova Antoaneta (ECU, 2479), Paehtz Elisabeth (GER, 2468) and Atalik Ekaterina (TUR, 2452) tie for the second place, each with 7 points.

Ranking list 

round-09-029Only two rounds left to be played, and the live transmission of the final games can be followed through the official website of the Championship.

The 10th round starts today at 15.00 pm (local time) and the top pairings are as followed:

1 13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2468 7 8 GM Gunina Valentina 2507 4
2 17 IM Atalik Ekaterina 2452 7 7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2479 8
3 24 GM Ushenina Anna 2422 7 IM Osmak Iulija 2361 47
4 65 WGM Kulon Klaudia 2319 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2495 5
5 3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2507 6 WGM Girya Olga 2470 12
6 1 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2540 6 6 IM Arabidze Meri 2393 34
7 36 IM Mammadzada Gunay 2392 6 6 IM Cornette Deimante 2467 14
8 15 IM Javakhishvili Lela 2467 6 6 WIM Badelka Olga 2375 41
9 25 IM Bulmaga Irina 2414 6 6 WIM Shuvalova Polina 2389 38
10 33 IM Szczepkowska Karina 2403 6 6 WIM Unuk Laura 2329 57

Pairings of the 10th round

round-09-017The European Individual Women’s Chess Championship  is a qualification event for the next World Women’s Chess Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify. The total prize fund of the event is 70.000 EUR.

The Championship is played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

Official Website of the Championship

Photos by: Oleksandr Martynkov