Monday, November 8, 2010

Chess Femme News!

Chess is a big deal in Armenia.  The press regularly covers local and international events and the top Armenian players (who are very fine, I have to say), are stars in their homeland.  I thought this was particularly interesting, the mention of ex-pat Armenians who now play chess for other countries!

Report at
8 November 2010
Armenian chess players at World Women’s Championship
WGM Lilit Mkrtchian
The list of participants to World Women’s Championship due to start on December 2, host city Hatay, Turkey, is published by FIDE, “”.

Armenia will have two representatives to the championship. WGM Lilit Mkrtchian is going to play with WGM Zhang Xiaowen (China), GM Elina Danielian - with WGM Tatiana Shadrina (Russia) at the first round of the tournament which is going to be held by the knock-out system.

Two other Armenian chess players, GM Almira Skripchenko-Aghababian (France) and WIM Dina Kagramanova (Canada), are also going to play in Hatay. Their opponents will be WGM Christina-Adela Foisor (Romania) and GM Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), respectively.

Pinay wins gold in ASEAN Olympiad
Posted at 11/08/2010 12:13 PM | Updated as of 11/08/2010 12:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Chess player Marie Antoinette San Diego gave the Philippines its first gold medal in the ASEAN Primary School Sports Olympiad 2010 (APSSO) Chess Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.

San Diego bested Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien of Vietnam in the tie-break points to clinch the gold of the individual girls standard competition.

San Diego and Thanh Thuy Tien tallied 4 points apiece in 5 outings. San Diego crushed Parahita Miliyana L of Indonesia 3 in the final round while Thanh Thuy Tien clobbered former solo leader Dita Karenza of Indonesia 2.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President-Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. lauded San Diego's latest feat.

“This proves once again that the Filipino can be at par with the Asia’s best pawnpushers,” he said.

World Senior Chess Championships - Women
I found this report at GM Alexandra Kosteniuk's blog

Final standings:
1. WGM Khmiadashvili Tamar GEO 2162 7,0 7,0 1,0 37,5
2. GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2363 7,0 7,0 1,0 34,0
3. WIM Fomina Tatyana EST 2256 7,0 7,0 1,0 34,0
4. WGM Fatalibekova Elena RUS 2270 6,5 6,5 0,0 31,0
5. WFM Miednikova Swietlana RUS 2146 5,0 5,0 0,0 27,0
6. WFM Khropova Larisa RUS 2037 5,0 5,0 0,0 27,0
7. WIM Borisova Borislava SWE 2096 5,0 5,0 0,0 27,0
8. WFM Komysheva Margarita RUS 2084 5,0 5,0 0,0 24,0
9. Tsygankova Enni UZB 0 5,0 5,0 0,0 23,0
10. Chireykina Natalia RUS 1799 5,0 5,0 0,0 21,5

From the website (in Italian):
1° € 600.- coppa e medaglia d’oro / trophy and Gold medal / Trophäe und Goldmedaille
2° € 500.- medaglia d’argento / Silver medal / Silbermedaille
3° € 400.- medaglia di bronzo / Bronze medal / Bronzemedaille
4° € 200.-

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