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Valentina Gunina is Women World Blitz Championship

The Women’s World Blitz Championship 2012 took place on 4-5th June at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia.

The 15-round Swiss tournament was held with the time control of 4 mins + 2 sec per move and participation of 50 top female players.

The reigning European Champion Valentina Gunina took the gold medal by convincingly winning the tournament with 13/15 points and leaving the nearest followers 2.5 points behind.

Grandmasters Natalia Zhukova and Anna Muzychuk share the 2nd place with 10.5 points each. Zhukova wins the silver on better tie-break, while Muzychuk takes the bronze.

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

Prizes distribution:
1st place 10000 USD
2nd place 7000 USD
3rd place 5000 USD
4th place 4000 USD
5th place 3000 USD
6th place 2000 USD
7th-10th place 1500 USD each
11th-13th place 1000 USD each
14th-15th place 500 USD each

Prior to this event, Batumi hosted the Women’s World Rapid Championship 2012 where Antoaneta Stefanova won the gold medal.

Official website

Final standings:

1. IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2530 – 13
2. GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2442 – 10.5
3. GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2598 – 10.5
4. GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2457 – 10
5. GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2518 – 9.5
6. GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2547 – 9.5
7. WGM Ding Yixin CHN 2353 – 9.5
8. GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2546 – 9
9. GM Chiburdanidze Maia GEO 2500 – 9
10. WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2430 – 9
11. IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2366 – 9
12. IM Melia Salome GEO 2410 – 9
13. IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2454 – 9
14. WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2436 – 8.5
15. IM Matnadze Ana ESP 2446 – 8.5
16. IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2500 – 8.5
17. IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2456 – 8
18. WGM Cori T Deysi PER 2386 – 8
19. GM Zhao Xue CHN 2549 – 8
20. GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589 – 8
21. WIM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2345 – 8
22. WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2447 – 8
23. WIM Arabidze Meri GEO 2351 – 8
24. WGM Huang Qian CHN 2417 – 7.5
25. IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2491 – 7.5
26. GM Cramling Pia SWE 2478 – 7.5
27. IM Krush Irina USA 2457 – 7.5
28. WGM Guo Qi CHN 2360 – 7.5
29. GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2426 – 7
30. IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 – 7
31. IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2348 – 7
32. GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2508 – 7
33. IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2338 – 7
34. IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2449 – 7
35. WIM Mikadze Miranda GEO 2323 – 7
36. GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2532 – 6.5
37. Wang Jue CHN 2364 – 6.5
38. IM Khukhashvili Sopiko GEO 2414 – 6.5
39. GM Socko Monika POL 2484 – 6
40. GM Danielian Elina ARM 2484 – 6
41. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417 – 6
42. WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2334 – 6
43. GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491 – 6
44. IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2449 – 6
45. WIM Janjghava Natia GEO 2306 – 5.5
46. IM Klinova Masha ISR 2318 – 5
47. WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2231 – 4
48. IM Gurieli Nino GEO 2329 – 3.5
49. WIM Bezgodova Svetlana RUS 2120 – 3.5
50. GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2356 – 3.5

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