RIGA, April 13 (LETA) – Latvian players earned three wins on the second day of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Riga on Wednesday, while Latvia’s highest-ranked player, Grandmaster Ilze Berzina’s match against Jolanta Zawadzka (Poland) ended in a draw.
Berzina is 66th in the tournament’s starting rank list, while Zawadzka is in 15th place.
Inguna Erneste, Agnese Lickrastina and Renate Vidruska won their matches yesterday, while the other Latvian players suffered defeats in their games.
Anna Muzychuk (first on the starting rank list) had a draw with France’s Sophie Milliet (56th), while Antoaneta Stefanova (5th) had a draw with Ticia Gara (60th).
After two rounds, twelve players have two points each. 39 players, including Berzina, have 1.5 points.
There are a number of interesting pairings for the third round today, the tournament director Egons Lavendelis told LETA. Berzina will play the seventeen-year-old Stavroula Tsolakidou from Greece (currently ranked 35th in Europe). And there will be several all-Latvian match-ups as Linda Krumina will play Marija Nikolajeva, Elizabete Limanovska will play Katrina Ivanova, and Natalja Mieze will play Margarita Parhomenko.
The third-round matches will start at 3 p.m.
As reported, the European Women’s Chess Championship is taking place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija in Riga through April 22. Latvia is represented by seventeen players at the championship.