Russian WGM Olga Girya finished in clear first place at the AICF–KIIT Chess Cup, International Category Woman Chess Championship 2013, that took place on 17-27th March at the Banquet Hall, Campus -6, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India.

Second place went to Armenian IM Lilit Mkrtchian who ended up half a point behind the winner. Chinese WGM Guo Qi got the third place after getting a better tiebreak score than GM Elina Danielan.

This was India’s strongest ever women’s tournament. The prize fund totaled Rs. 920000/-.

The AICF-KIIT cup was aimed at providing top level opposition to the Indian talents. The benchmark event is likely to trigger some more women’s only tournaments in the country which are currently a rarity apart from various national championships.

Final Standings:

1 WGM Girya Olga RUS 2440 8.0
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2458 7.5
3 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2435 6.0
4 GM Danielian Elina ARM 2466 6.0
5 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2316 6.0
6 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela ROU 2401 5.5
7 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2387 5.5
8 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2487 5.5
9 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2387 5.0
10 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2246 4.5
11 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2325 3.5
12 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2205 3.0
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