Wednesday, January 26, 2011

2011 Gibraltar (2001 Tradewise Chess Festival)

It seems like yesterday that The Chief named Spain's Monica Calzetta as a female player to keep my eye on.  And over the years I have faithfully done so, in honor of his memory.

In Round 1 of the Masters Tournament, Calzetta defeated the USA's youngest Grandmaster, Ray Robson.  I don't know whether to smile and nod and give a thumbs-up to The Chief, wherever he may now be, or feel sad because Robson, who is a nice young man and one of the USA players besides, lost the game! From the Week in Chess:  The biggest surprise was Monica Calzetta's defeat of US GM Ray Robson which is analysed in depth.  You can find the analysis in the Round 1 report

There are 232 players in the Masters Tournament! If I counted correctly, there are 30 chess femmes in the Masters.  Right now I'm only going to report on the top-rated femmes. Standings for R 2 have been calculated - here are full standings.

Summary of top-rated chess femmes (results only):
GM Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS 2570) 2.0
IM Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS 2552) 2.0
GM Nana Dzagnidze (GEO 2550) 1.5
GM Antoneta Stefanova (BUL 2546) 1.0
GM Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU 2526) 2.0
IM Harika Dronavalli (IND 2520) 1.5
GM Pia Cramling (SWE 2516) 1.0
GM Zhu Chen (QAT 2495) 2.0
IM Anna Zatonskih (USA 2493) 1.0
IM Irina Krush (USA 2483) 1.5
WGM Natalia Pogonina (RUS 2472) 1.5

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