41st International Women Chess Tournament

3-11th March in Belgrade, Serbia

The 41st International Women Chess Tournament took place on 3-11th March in Belgrade. One of the longest running chess tournaments in the world, established back in 1963, is celebrating 8th March – International Women’s Day. Following the last decade’s decline in sponsorship, the event is slowly losing on significance, and the calendar is already seized by the Ataturk Tournament, now even raised to Grand Prix level by FIDE. In addition, the ECU has scheduled European Women Chess Championship in the same time frame. Thus, even Serbian Champion WGM Andjelija Stojanovic decided to play in St. Petersburg, in the tournament which is a qualifier in the world championship cycle.

WGM Benderac Ana and WGM Chelushkina Irina, both members of the national team champion Radnicki Rudovci, have shared the first place with 6.0 points each. Benderac took the trophy on better additional criteria. As always, Chelushkina played sharp and exciting games, which resulted in 5 wins, 2 losses and only 2 draws. Marija Rakic also performed extremely well, and although still untitled, she is set to cross the rating barrier usually amounted to WGM title.

Belgrade Women Benderac

Ana Benderac making a move

Belgrade Women Maksimovic-Chelushkina

Suzana Maksimovic and Irina Chelushkina shaking hands before the game start

The tournament is organized by Belgrade City Council and Belgrade Chess Federation, the playing venue was a beautiful hall in Hotel “Slavija”. Last year winner was IM Natasa Bojkovic.

Round 9 results:

WGM Chelushkina Irina 2359 ½ – ½ WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2327

WFM Eric Jovana 2126 ½ – ½ WGM Maksimovic Suzana 2284

WGM Voiska Margarita 2339 0 – 1 Rakic Marija 2284

WGM Cosma Elena-Luminita 2343 ½ – ½ IM Petrenko Svetlana 2251

Djukic Sandra 2196 ½ – ½ WGM Benderac Ana 2304

Final standings:

1-2. WGM Benderac Ana 2304 SRB and WGM Chelushkina Irina 2359 SRB – 6.0

3-5. WGM Maksimovic Suzana 2284 SRB, IM Petrenko Svetlana 2251 MDA and Rakic Marija 2284 SRB – 5.5

6. WGM Cosma Elena-Luminita 2343 ROU – 4.5

7. WGM Voiska Margarita 2339 BUL – 4.0

8. WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2327 IND – 3.5

9. Djukic Sandra 2196 SRB – 2.5

10. WFM Eric Jovana 2126 SRB – 2.0

Belgrade W Meenakshi-Cosma

Elena-Luminita Cosma – Subbaraman Meenakshi

Belgrade W Chelushkina

Irina Chelushkina receiving flowers on 8th March

Belgrade W Benderac-Eric

Sandra Djukic observing game Benderac – Eric

Belgrade W Rakic-Maksimovic

Marija Rakic – Suzana Maksimovic