IM Melia Salome Wins Georgian Women's Championship
Monday, 25 January 2010 04:58
The 67th Georgian Women's Championship took place from 9th until 22nd January in Tbilisi. The country is regularly competing for the medals at the big competitions and is currently holding team gold from the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad. Naturally, a strong field was lined for the national Championship.
IM Melia Salome, formerly twice European U18 Champion, maintained the margin ahead of the storming IM Nino Khurtsidze and won the title of the Georgian champion. Khurtsidze is second with 9.5 points, while IM Maia Lomineishvili took third after a strong finish.
Top-seeded GM Nana Dzagnidze and WIM Inga Khurtsilava withdrew from the last three and four rounds, respectively.
Final standings (13 rounds):
1. IM Melia Salome 2431 - 10,0
2. IM Khurtsidze Nino 2414 - 9,5
3. IM Lomineishvili Maia 2371 - 8,5
4-5. WIM Mikadze Miranda 2326 and WGM Tsereteli Tamar 2403 - 7,5
6-7. IM Khotenashvili Bela 2461 and WIM Arabidze Meri 2282 - 7,0
8-10. WGM Batsiashvili Nino 2309, IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 2438 and WIM Tsatsalashvili Keti 2312 - 6,5
11. IM Purtseladze Maka 2306 - 5,0
12. GM Dzagnidze Nana 2506 - 4,0
13. WIM Gavasheli Ana 2204 - 3,5
14. WIM Khurtsilava Inga 2303 -1,0
IM Melia Salome