Queen Crown Pink

On the eve of the International Women’s Day, a traditional match between “Blondes” and “Brunettes” took place in the Moscow restaurant “Carlson”.

The playing format was 8-rounds Scheveningen system with the time control 3′+2″.

Blondes: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Olga Girya, Natalia Zhukova, Alina Bivol, Maria Fominykh (founder of the event), Irina Vasilevich, Dina Drozdova and Anastasia Eryshkanova.

Brunettes: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Darya Pustovoitova, Marina Nechaeva, Daria Charochkina, Dinara Dordzhieva, Nadezhda Harmunova, Elmira Mirzoeva and Tatyana Bogumil.


At the opening ceremony the director of the FIDE representative office in Russia, the assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev congratulated the International Women’s Day and awarded the bronze medal of the women’s world championship to Alexandra Kosteniuk.

As a result, the victory with a score of 34:30 was won by Blondes.

In the winning team Ekaterina Kovalevskaya had the best score of 6,5/8 points, followed by Natalia Zhukova and Olga Girya with 6 points each.

In the team of brunettes Alexandra Kosteniuk was best with 6,5/8 points.

The overall score in all matches held since 2011 is 4,5:2,5 in favor of Blondes.

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

The first match was held in 2011, when the Brunettes won. In 2012 the Blondes struck back. In 2013 after the fierce fighting the match was tied 50:50. Blondes then won two times in a row, in 2014 and 2015.

Brunettes were better in 2016.

All participants received flowers and souvenirs from the organizers, and the winners were presented with handkerchiefs with chess drawings and books from the famous writer Sergei Lukyanenko, which he handed them personally.


Photos by Eteri Kublashvili

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