Lithuanian Cmilyte maintains lead at European women chess championship

14:05, May 16, 2011      

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Three-time European runner-up Viktorija Cmilyte overcame a black-playing disadvantage on Sunday to manage a critical tie with Bela Khotenasvili to maintain a two- way lead at the 2011 European Individual Women Chess Championship.

The ninth seeded Lithuanian was one piece down for most of the latter half of Sunday's game only to claim a white pawn at her 70th move with her bishop to force the 11th seeded medal hopeful for the championship hosts to accept the draw and 6.5 points each.

Cmilyte is slightly in front thanks to her win-draw-lose record at the Tbilisi championship which is played out as a Swiss system tournament.

Twice continental champions Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine and Pia Cramling of Sweden could have joined the two leaders on Sunday, only to see their games pulled away into ties by Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia and by Lela Javakhishvili of Georgia.

Lahno and Cramling are now joined at the second medal chasing echelon with six points apiece by Lela, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant of Georgia and Nino Khurtsidze of Georgia. Ketevan, originally from Georgia but now playing for Scotland, and Khurtsidze both won their Sunday's games to garner one full point.

Source: Xinhua
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