Cmilyte maintains lead at European women chess championship

09:44, May 18, 2011      

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Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania on Tuesday secured at least a silver medal from the 2011 European Individual Women Chess Championship by winning her 10th rounder.

The ninth seed defeated Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant from Scotland to have garnered 8.5 points. The Lithuanian has already collected three silver medals from the continental championships in 2003, 2008 and last year.

In the 11th and last round slated for Wednesday, Cmilyte is to play white facing off 37th-seeded Svetlana Matveeva of Russia who has garnered 7.5 points.

The only player from the 130 medal-chasing pack to challenge Cmilyte for the gold medal will be eighth-seeded Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian, 2002 European champion, won her Tuesday's game for an accumulative tally of eight points and on Wednesday is to play black to face off seventh seed Elina Danielian of Armenia.

The Armenian has on her scoresheet 7.5 points from the previous 10 rounds.

Lilit Mkrtchian also from Armenia on Tuesday produced a fully drawn out game by playing on with an obvious tied-up game against Serbia's Maria Manakova.

Playing black, Mkrtchian had three pieces, a castle and a bishop plus the king, left against Manakova's two white pieces, without the bishop.

The Serbian tried to invite a tie by offering her castle for a castle-for-castle trade-off. But the Armenian stuck to her strategy of coaxing her opponent to err and to lose.

Their game lasted for well over six hours and ended a tie.

Source: Xinhua
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