The 17th European Women’s Individual Chess Championship takes place from 26th May to 8th June at the complex Comandor-Amiral in Mamaia, Romania.
The Championship is organized by the Romanian Chess Federation, “Mind Games & Events” Sports Association, under the auspices of European Chess Union.
After three rounds of the competition four players emerged as leaders with maximum score: IM Ekatarina Atalik (TUR 2408), WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova (AZE 2236), IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2415) and WIM Yuliya Shvayger (ISR 2415).
These four defeated their opponents in round 3 and took advantage of the peaceful outcomes on the top three boards.
The first seed GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2507) is back in business after defeating Turkish representative WGM Kubra Ozturk (2226), while the third seed WGM Natalija Pogonina (RUS 2490) cannot be happy with only 2/3.
IM Daria Charochkina (RUS 2362) defeated the 6th seed IM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO 2476), and her compatriot IM Salome Melia (2409) lost to WGM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE 2318).
Standings after round 3:
1-4 Atalik, Mamedjarova, Gaponenko and Shvayger – 3 points
5-17 Socko, Arabidze, Goryachkina, Paehtz, Houska, Kursova, Khurtsidze, Stefanova, Arakhamia-Grant, Zimina, Foisor, Mammadzada and Charochkina – 2.5 points, etc.
Top pairings of round 4 are:
Gaponenko vs Atalik, Mamedjarova vs Shvayger, Stefanova vs Arakhamia-Grant, Paehtz vs Charochkina, Goryachkina vs Zimina, etc.
Round 4 is on schedule on Monday 30th May at 3.00 pm Romanian time.