:: European Women Chess Championship 2004

Alexandra Kosteniuk - European Women΄s Champion in Dresden 2004!

The European Women’s Chess Championship took place in Dresden between 21st of March and 2nd of April 2004.
Champion of Europe for 2004 is Alexandra Kosteniuk who beat Peng Zhaoqin in tie-breaks 1.5-0.5 .

The official site reports:
Glamorous Alexandra Kosteniuk finishes tournament

"The talks were quite short, but the smiles of the winners much longer at the closing ceremony in the “treff” hotel this evening. Besides a once more excellent banquet the best players of the tournament should be awarded at the stage, who had taken much effort during the tournament to gain such honors.

The first to come was of course the new European Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, who without her seemingly not inevitable glasses but presented herself and in a really cute-looking outfit. For the photographers she gave a definitely wonderful smile as well.
Zhaoqin Peng didn't wear any shades about loosing the final against Kosteniuk on her face anymore.
After having all the winners of the tournament including the bronze medalist Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria on the stage and having awarded the prices for the rating groups in the categories, some small queries about the money prices weren't enough to overshadow the atmosphere of this chess-players evening.

Chief Organizers Dr. Dirk Jordan didn't miss the opportunity to say many thanks to all his helpers in the team, so did Chief arbiter Klaus Deventer. The final stage of the evening was the passing of the “squadron rod”, the ECU flag, to Feodor Skriptchenko. The Moldavian is going to organize a similarly successful European Women΄s Championship 2005 as did the Dresdeners!"

Players participated: 1. Cramling, Pia WGM 2488 SWE 2. Stefanova, Antoaneta WGM 2478 BUL 3. Kosteniuk, Alexandra WGM 2469 RUS 4. Zhukova, Nataliya WGM 2462 UKR 5. Dzagnidze, Nana WGM 2459 GEO 6. Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina WGM 2451 RUS 7. Kosintseva, Tatiana WGM 2447 RUS 8. Radziewicz, Iweta WGM 2442 POL 9. Peptan, Corina-Isabela WGM 2439 ROM 10. Alexandrova, Olga WGM 2437 UKR (Total 107 players).

- View and download the games | Official site

In the photo (from the official site): Alexandra Kosteniuk