Women's European Team Championship history

European ChessIt took 35 years to add women's contest to the European Team Championship as the premier edition took place in Hungary in 1992. The format adopted was nine round Swiss played at two boards, with right to field one reserve per team. The tiny size of teams entailed many casual results to appear and there was little consistency at the top throughout the years. None of teams managed to win more than once. The women's competition is played along with open championship and there is no separate set of rules from that prepared for men.

Georgia were favourites to pick the very first gold but were unexpectedly edged by superb Ukrainian team and had to wait until the very next edition took place to grab the title, with went to their hands without major obstacles on the way. The 1999 will be remembered for a long time from sensational win of underestimated Slovakian team (seeded #19!!) who outwitted much stronger opposition despite opening 0-2 debacle vs Yugoslavia. Georgian teams were disappointing again. The 2001 event produced a comparable surprise to that from previous edition. The gold and the challenge trophy went to France (15th seeds, with obscure Nepeina-Leconte at top board) who overtook Moldova, European poorest country, led by Almira Skripchenko. The 5th championship in 2003 was the first to see match points being a basis for final standings, which makes every game loss a considerable bias very hard to made up for. Armenia took the win (no game loss!) ahead of Hungary (one game loss). In 2005 there was another major format change, since number of boards was extended to four, clearly favouring teams with decent substitutes. Interestingly, the amendment was proposed by one of Polish officials and Poland made best use of it winning comfortably ahead of Georgia, who are desperately looking for their second ETCh victory.

Winners (1992-2013): 3x Russia, 2x Ukraine, 1x Georgia, 1x Slovakia, 1x France, 1x Armenia, 1x Poland




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