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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Baltic Queen Chess Tournament

The Baltic Queen chess tournament is being held in St Petersburg, Russia from August 11th-20th. This event is an all-woman competion involving the following players:

Pia Cramling (Sweden) - Pia holds the Men's grandmaster title, ELO 2525.

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Scotland) -Ketevan holds the Men's grandmaster, ELO 2506.

Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) - has the Woman grandmaster title and , Men's international master title, ELO 2474.

Viktorija Cmilyte (Lithuania) -She has the Woman grandmaster title and the , Men's international master title, ELO 2470.

Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) -has the Women grandmaster title, ELO 2465.

Ekaterina Atalik (Turkey) - holds the Women's grandmaster title and the Men's international master title, ELO 2434.

Zhaoqin Peng (Netherlands) -holds the Men's grandmaster, ELO 2418.

Anastasia Bodnaruk (St. Petersburg, Russia) -has achieved the the Women's grandmaster title, ELO 2388.

Irina Turova (Arkhangelsk, Russia) - has the Women's grandmaster title and the Men's international master title, ELO 2387.

Julia Demina (St. Petersburg, Russia) - holds the Woman grandmaster title, ELO 2378.

Here are the results from the first 7 rounds of play:
Round 1: August 11th 15:00
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 - Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 1-0
Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 - Demina, Julia 2378 ½-½
Zhukova, Natalia 2465 - Turova, Irina 2387 ½-½
Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 - Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 1-0
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 - Cramling, Pia 2525 ½-½

Round 2: August 12th 15:00
Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 - Cramling, Pia 2525 0-1
Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 1-0
Turova, Irina 2387 - Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 ½-½
Demina, Julia 2378 - Zhukova, Natalia 2465 ½-½
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 - Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 0-1

Round 3: August 13th 15:00
Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 - Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 ½-½
Zhukova, Natalia 2465 - Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 ½-½
Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 - Demina, Julia 2378 1-0
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 - Turova, Irina 2387 1-0
Cramling, Pia 2525 - Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 1-0

Round 4: August 14th 15:00
Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 - Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 0-1
Turova, Irina 2387 - Cramling, Pia 2525 ½-½
Demina, Julia 2378 - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 1-0
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 - Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 ½-½
Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 - Zhukova, Natalia 2465 ½-½

Round 5: August 15th 15:00
Zhukova, Natalia 2465 - Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 ½-½
Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 - Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 1-0
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 - Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 1-0
Cramling, Pia 2525 - Demina, Julia 2378 1-0
Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 - Turova, Irina 2387 ½-½

Rest day: August 16th

Round 6: August 17th 15:00
Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 - Turova, Irina 2387 ½-½
Demina, Julia 2378 - Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 0-1
Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 - Cramling, Pia 2525 ½-½
Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 0-1
Zhukova, Natalia 2465 - Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 ½-½

Round 7: August 18th 15:00
Atalik, Ekaterina 2434 - Peng, Zhaoqin 2418 ½-½
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 2506 - Zhukova, Natalia 2465 1-0
Cramling, Pia 2525 - Paehtz, Elisabeth 2474 0-1
Cmilyte, Viktorija 2470 - Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2388 ½-½
Turova, Irina 2387 - Demina, Julia 2378 ½-½

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