4th Chess Mitropa Cup (women): Szeged 2007

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Basic data

4th Chess Mitropa Cup (women)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 8th - 16th May 2007
City: Szeged, Hungary
Venue: Hotel Novotel
Tournament Director: Mr. Zsolt Korpics (HUN)
Chief Arbiter: IA Zsuzsa Verőci (HUN)
Teams participating: 10 (incl. four Hungarian teams)
Players participating: 25 (incl. 1 IM, 6 WIMs and 7 WFMs)
Games played: 90
Competition format: Two board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Berger; 4. Direct match
Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, 30 sec. increment after each move
Downloadable game file: 07mitropaw.zip


Photos taken from www.chessbase.de

Tournament review

There were 10 women's teams participating in the 4th edition of the Mitropa Cup held in Szeged, Hungary. Hungary, privileged as hosts, fielded as much as 4 potent teams. Szidónia Vajda of Hungary (2407) was the top seed and the only IM to appear in the women's contest. Slovenia, winners from 2006, came with the same duo as previously (Rožič, Novak). The on-the-paper favourites were Hungary "A" and "B", though.

The competition was very tight all time long. The top four teams (Hungary "A" and "B, Slovenia and Slovakia) dominated the rest. With one day to go Hungary "A" were in the lead at 12 points, half of a point ahead of Slovenia and a clear point ahead of Hungary "B" and Slovakia who had to face each other on the closing day. The Germans held Hungary "A" to an unexpected draw, paving Slovenia's win to fourth Mitropa Cup win in a row, but the Slovenians failed to beat Hungary "C" to finish in second place. Slovakia drew with Hungary "B" to take third place on match point count.

Szidónia Vajda of Hungary "A" and Mária Ignácz of Hungary "B" scored 8/9 both to produce best individual results. Sarah Hoolt of Germany (2226) scored horrible 2/9 to draw her team down to 9th place (compared to silver medals a year before).

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. IM Vajda, Szidónia Hungary HUN 8 9 88.9
2. WIM Ignácz, Mária Hungary HUN2 8 9 88.9

Interesting games

Now you understand why you mustn't ever leave h4 unprotected?
Kozma, Edit (HUN3) - Varholáková, Niki (SVK) 0 - 1

White pe5 pinned Black's Kingside.
Hodová, Lucie (CZE) - Hoolt, Sarah (GER) 1 - 0

A glittering win sealed Hungary's sole match loss.
Novak, Ksenija (SLO) - Tóth, Lili (HUN) 1 - 0