Thursday, 27th of November 2014

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The closing ceremony of European Individual Women's Chess Championship was held last night in „Nikola Tesla“ hall of hotel Metropol Palace in Belgrade...
GM Hoang Thanh Trang (2467) is the new European Champion for 2013! She drew with Viktorija Cmilyte in the last 11th round and won the Championship with 9 points out of maximum 11. The curiosity is that Hoang Trang is the first woman to win both Asian and European Individual Women's Championships.
The leader Hoang Trang defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk with black in the 10th round of European Individual Women's Chess Championship. It seems Kosteniuk had a bad day, and practically beat herself. She chose a strange sequence of moves, which Hoang punished right away and now she has a full point advantage over the following players, since the other important matches were drawn...
Hoang Trang drew with Salome Melia today, again in an endgame, just this time, unlike the others, with a peaceful outcome. Melia with this draw gained her second GM norm in 9 rounds and rating performance of 2641 points.

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cc 24Nadezda Stojanovic
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the final press conference of the European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2013. Here with me is the new European Champion, GM Hoang Trang from Hungary, who drew in tha last round with Viktorija Cmilyte, and with 9 points won the title.
Trang welcome and congratulations for the title!

round07 11Our today's Guest of the day was Salome Melia, and there is one special reason why she was with us tonight. Not only that she drew with black, with the leading Hoang Trang, but with this draw she gained her second GM norm, with 7/9 and rating performance of 2641 points.

Nadezda Stojanovic
Salome, what are your impressions about this achievement?
Salome Melia
I think if a player is playing well, then norms and titles will come. Of course, this second GM norm is important for me, and I am very happy.

Interview - part 1
Interview - part 2

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Nadezda Stojanovic
You were a player of attractive style. Even nowadays in analyses you seem to suggest moves which others don't see. Many people respect you for this.
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
I wouldn't say so. Every person has their own moment of lucidity. Even a chess player who is objectively considered as a weaker player can have ingenious ideas. The only question is if he will use that moment of lucidity to make a good result worth of that ingenious idea. During my chess development, when there were no computers to rely on their suggestions, I was trying to get to know the secrets of chess with all my being and capacities I had. There is a difference when you see some picture on the screen, and you remember it, or when you come to that picture by deduction and logical thinking.

round08 52Today, our Guest of the day was GM Hoang Trang, who defeated Valentina Gunina with black, and took the sole lead in the tournament. After sharing some impressions about the game, she answered a few questions.
Nadezda Stojanovic
Trang, we have noticed that you played a few endgames in the tournamet, and you showed quite an understanding and good techniques. Is it just a coincidence, or you enjoy playing endgames?
Hoang Trang
I enjoy playing endgames and I feel very comfortable.

Results / Standings

Round 01results 01
Round 02 - results 02 
Round 03 - results 03
Round 04 - results 04
Round 05 - results 05
Round 06 - results 06
Round 07 - results 07
Round 08 - results 08
Round 09 - results 09
Round 10 - results 10
Round 11 - results 11 

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Round 03 - pgn 03 - viewer 03
Round 04 - pgn 04 - viewer 04
Round 05 - pgn 05 - viewer 05
Round 06 - pgn 06 - viewer 06
Round 07 - pgn 07 - viewer 07
Round 08 - pgn 08 - viewer 08
Round 09 - pgn 09 - viewer 09
Round 10 - pgn 10 - viewer 10
Round 11 - pgn 11 - viewer 11 

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Combination of the day from the book "Chess Queens" - today P. Cramling - M. Chiburdanidze

chess queens250 cramling chiburdanidzeIn the honour of European Individual Women's Chess Championship, Chess Informant published (promoted) the book "Chess Queens" of the authors Josip Asik and Slobodan Mirkovic.

Every day until the end of the tournament we will publish one chosen combination from this book. Today we publish combination number 250 from the game P. Cramling - M. Chiburdanidze. (Combination >>>)