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Antoaneta Stefanova sole leader in the World Women Rapid 2012

Women’s World Rapid Championship 2012 is under way in Sheraton Hotel, Batumi, Georgia. The event is organized by the ACP and the Georgian Chess Federation and approved by FIDE.

Five former world champions – Nona Gaprindashvili, Maia Chiburdanidze, Zhu Chen, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk participate in the event.

The current European champion Valentina Gunina and strong Grandmasters Anna Muzychuk, Humpy Koneru, Zhao Xue, Nana Dzagnidze, Tatiana Kosintseva are also in the competition.

After 9 rounds former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova leads the race with 7,5 points. In the 7th round she made a draw against Humpy Koneru and managed to win against Nino Khurtsidze and Katerina Lahno in the last two games.

Alexandra Kosteniuk is placed second half a point behind. Full standings bellow.

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World Women Rapid Championship d3

The last two rounds will take place on 3rd June. The champion will be decided after 11 rounds with time control 25 min + 10 seconds.

Report by Anastasya Karlovich

Round 9 standings:

1. GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2518 – 7.5
2. GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2457 – 7
3. GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589 – 6.5
4. GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2546 – 6.5
5. GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2598 – 6.5
6. IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 – 6
7. GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2547 – 6
8. GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2508 – 6
9. WGM Huang Qian CHN 2417 – 5.5
10. WGM Guo Qi CHN 2360 – 5.5
11. WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2430 – 5.5
12. IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2449 – 5.5
13. GM Cramling Pia SWE 2478 – 5
14. GM Zhao Xue CHN 2549 – 5
15. IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2530 – 5
16. Wang Jue CHN 2364 – 5
17. IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2491 – 5
18. GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491 – 5
19. IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2449 – 5
20. GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2442 – 5
21. WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2436 – 5
22. IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2338 – 4.5
23. IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2454 – 4.5
24. GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2426 – 4.5
25. IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2456 – 4.5
26. WGM Cori T Deysi PER 2386 – 4.5
27. IM Melia Salome GEO 2410 – 4.5
28. GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2532 – 4.5
29. GM Danielian Elina ARM 2484 – 4.5
30. WGM Ding Yixin CHN 2353 – 4.5
31. WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2447 – 4.5
32. IM Krush Irina USA 2457 – 4.5
33. GM Chiburdanidze Maia GEO 2500 – 4
34. IM Khukhashvili Sopiko GEO 2414 – 4
35. WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2345 – 3.5
36. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417 – 3.5
37. GM Socko Monika POL 2484 – 3.5
38. IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2348 – 3.5
39. IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2500 – 3.5
40. IM Matnadze Ana ESP 2446 – 3.5
41. WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2334 – 3.5
42. WIM Arabidze Meri GEO 2351 – 3.5
43. WIM Janjghava Natia GEO 2306 – 3.5
44. WIM Mikadze Miranda GEO 2323 – 3.5
45. IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2366 – 3
46. IM Klinova Masha ISR 2318 – 2.5
47. IM Gurieli Nino GEO 2329 – 2.5
48. GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2356 – 2
49. WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2231 – 2
50. WIM Bezgodova Svetlana RUS 2120 – 1.5

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