Batumi Picks Up the Baton

Время публикации: 31.05.2012 00:12 | Последнее обновление: 31.05.2012 00:13

Another World Championship is under way: among women in rapid and blitz      

The opening ceremony of the Women's World Rapid and Blitz Championship was held today in Sheraton Batumi. The ceremony started several hours after the World Champion was determined in Russia, the old-new Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Gelfand on a tie-break. Some of the participants couldn't follow the tie-break for the World crown as long as they were on their way to Batumi. The President of ACP Emil Sutovsky followed the fight and expressed his disappointment with the result. 

Emil Sutovsky entertains Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina 

Emil Sutpvsky and the President of the Georgian Chess Federation Gia Giorgadze gave a speech during the official part of the event. The draw was held by the head arbiter of the tournament Nana Alexandria. 

Overall 50 participants will compete in the competition. The top seeds are: Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia, 2598), Humpy Koneru (India, 2589), Zhao Xue (China, 2549), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2547), Ekaterina Lahno (Ukraine, 2546). First two were asked to come out to the stage. 

Tomorrow Humpy Koneru will be white against Nino Batsiashvili, while Anna Muzychuk will face an honoured citizen of Batumi Natalia Zhukova playing black.

The draw of the first round.

The strongest rapid player will be determined in 11-round Swiss in 4 days. After this the parrticipants will fight in 2-day blitz marathon: 15 double-rounds in Swiss format.

Tatiana Kosintseva with her usual supporter. Her sister Nadezhda didn't arrive to Batumi. 

In the first row: Nino Gurieli, Maia Chiburdanidze; the 2nd row: Muzychuk sisters, Natalia Pogonina, Elizabeth Paehtz; the 3rd row: Nana Dzagnidze, Sofiko Khukhashvili and the Head of the Appeals' Committee Gennady Nesis.  

As it usually happens in Georgia the culmination of the opening ceremony were stirring Georgian dances. 

You can't always meet two fivefold champions together. 

The games will be starting at 15:00. You will be able to follow them live. Follow us to get the news from the spot.


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