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European Individual Women Chess Championship 2012 – Round 2

The second round of the 2012 European Individual Women Chess Championship was played on 3rd March in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Before the games start FIDE Vice-President and the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici made an announcement: “The Chairman of the FIDE Qualification Commission Mr. Mikko Markkula has passed away. He was a good friend of ours.” All players stood up for one minute of silence.

In the second round Nadezhda Kosintseva, who moved to the top board after Anna Muzychuk was held to a draw yesterday, unexpectedly lost the game against Sopiko Guramishvili. She had a clear advantage but a couple of inaccurate moves tipped the scales in favor of the Georgian player.

Lilit Mkrtchian - Elena Sedina

Lilit Mkrtchian and Elena Sedina starting the round

The rating favorite of another game, Elisabeth Paehtz, decided to sacrifice a piece in an equal position against Jovana Vojinovic, but missed a simple reply that rendered black’s idea harmless. Vojinovic proceeded to convert the material advantage.

The defending champion Viktorija Cmilyte scored another victory although her opponent Jolanta Zawadzka had a good compensation after the fine exchange sacrifice in the opening.

Jolanta Zawadska and Viktorija Cmilyte

Jolanta Zawadska and Viktorija Cmilyte

Azeri player Gulnar Mammadova, who stunned Nana Dzagnidze in the first round, continued her winning march – in the second round she defeated Eva Repkova.

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Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Announcement of the sad news

The announcement of sad news

Marie Sebag

Marie Sebag

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

Maria Muzychuk

Maria Muzychuk

Nastassia Ziaziulkina and Natalija Pogonina

Nastassia Ziaziulkina and Natalija Pogonina

Turkish players Emel Kaya, Ezgi Menzi and Busra Arig

Turkish players Emel Kaya, Ezgi Menzi and Busra Arig

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