RIGA, April 21 (LETA) – The tenth, or second to last round, of the European Women’s Individual Chess Championship will take place in Riga today.

Before today’s matches, which will begin at 3:00 p.m., a fair play memorandum will also be signed in a special ceremony. Participating in the signing ceremony will be the European Fair Play Movement president Christian Hinterberger, executive committee member Baiba Veisa, European Chess Union president Zurab Azmaiparashvili, as well as the president of the Latvian Chess Federation Aris Ozolins.

Topping the overall standings at the moment are Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) and Aleksandra Goryachkina with 7 points each after nine matches, with Dzagnidze having a slight lead. They are closely followed by six runners-up with 6.5 points each.

The main pairings for the tenth round are as follows: Dzagnidze will play Poland’s Monika Socko, Goryachkina will take on Hoang Thanh Trang representing Hungary, second-seeded Ukrainian Mariya Muzychuk will play against Russia’s Alina Kashlinskaya and Elina Danielian of Armenia will take on Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany.

Meanwhile, Latvia’s top chess player in the competition Ilze Berzina, who is currently in 70th place in the standings with 4.5 points, will play Khanim Balajayeva today.

The round today will begin at 3 p.m. at the Omega hall of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, as usual, but on the last day of the tournament, tomorrow, the games will begin at 11 a.m. with the award ceremony scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

As reported, the European Women’s Chess Championship is taking place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija in Riga through April 22. The players finishing in the first 14 places at the European tournament in Riga will qualify for the Chess World Cup.