Saturday, September 18, 2010

2010 Women's World Blitz Chess Championship

From FIDE website news:

GM Kateryna Lahno, winner 2010 Women's World Blitz Ch.
GM Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine) won the 2010 Women's World Blitz Chess Championship. She finished with 20,0/30, a full point ahead of GM Tatiana Kosintseva (silver medal), and 1,5 points ahead of WGM Valentina Gunina (bronze medal).

The competition was organized by the Russian State Social University and the Moscow Chess Federation in co-operation with the Russian Chess Federation and under the aegis of FIDE. The event was open to all women players representing their National Chess Federations regardless of their title or rating and consisted of qualifications, semi final, and final. The games were 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, starting from move one (G 3’+2”) and tiebreak scores were based on direct results, followed by number of wins.

The next event for GM Kateryna Lahno will be the World Olympiad 2010 where she will play on board 1 for Ukraine.

All information and details on the official website:
NOW there is an official website? Geez! Well, better late than never.

Final standings
1 GM Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2539 20
2 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2573 19
3 WGM Gunina, Valentina RUS 2465 18.5
4 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2551 17.5
5 GM Koneru, Humpy IND 2593 17.5
6 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2524 17
7 IM Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2469 15.5
8 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 2565 15.5
9 GM Sebag, Marie FRA 2499 15
10 IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2535 15
11 IM Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2464 12.5
12 WGM Paikidze, Nazi GEO 2376 12.5
13 IM Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2464 12.5
14 IM Krush, Irina USA 2490 12
15 GM Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2499 10.5
16 WGM Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2360 9.5

More news at GM Susan Polgar's blog.  Click on the tag Women's World Blitz Championship for all of the news at Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information to get all of SP's posts on the Championship. 

Congratulations to GM Lahno for an outstanding performance!  She, and many of the other players are now heading to somewhere in Siberia (Mansky Kamsky or something like that) to play in the 39th Chess Olympiad.  Never heard of this place in Siberia, although other tournaments have been held there. How can a world championship be held in a place that no one has ever heard of and doesn't even have a fricking airport of its own?  FIDE - DUH!  Bad job, boys, bad job.  Who the hell wants to play chess in Siberia?  I don't understand this - FIDE could not find sponsorship to host this important championship anywhere else in the entire world?  That's pathetic. 

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