Friday, September 17, 2010

Lahno leads Women's World Blitz at the half

After 15 (of 30 rounds), GM Lahno of Ukraine (married to my friend GM Robert Fontaine of France, an excellent reporter/journalist for Europe Echecs, the #1 French chess media source) is leading the 2010 Women's World Blitz Championship, 1 point ahead of former WWC Stefanova.

Lahno is a very strong and talented player. Unfortunately, she does not receive the recognition she truly deserves. Maybe this will be a breakthrough event for her. However, just keep in mind that no lead is safe in blitz and anything can still happen tomorrow with 15 more games to play.

Here are the full standings at the half:

1GMLahno, KaterynaUKR25392539X1110100=111111111.5
2GMStefanova, AntoanetaBUL255125510X1111111=1=1=0010.5
3GMKosintseva, TatianaRUS2573257300X0111001=111119.5
4WGMGunina, ValentinaRUS24652465001X1010011110119.0
5GMKoneru, HumpyIND259325931000X100111=11=19.0
6GMKosteniuk, AlexandraRUS2524252400010X110011==118.0
7IMGaponenko, InnaUKR24692469100010X=10=111108.0
8IMMuzychuk, AnnaSLO25352535101110=X=0=0=1018.0
9GMSebag, MarieFRA24992499=011010=X10=01017.5
10IMKrush, IrinaUSA249024900=0001110X01101=7.0
11IMSkripchenko, AlmiraFRA2464246400=000==11X0=11=6.5
12IMKosintseva, NadezhdaRUS256525650=00=001=01X10=16.0
13IMMuzychuk, MariyaUKR2464246400000=0=10=0X1115.5
14WGMPaikidze, NaziGEO237623760=010=0001010X105.0
15GMZhukova, NataliaUKR249924990100=001100=00X15.0
16WGMNebolsina, VeraRUS23602360010000100==0010X4.0

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