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Friday, 31 Jul 2020 08:48
Nino Batsiashvili wins Georgian Women's Championship

The 77th Georgian Women's Championship was held in a round-robin format on 21-30 July at the Chess Palace in Tbilisi and boasted of a very strong lineup with eight out of the top-10 national players taking part.

The eventual champion Nino Batsiashvili started slowly with 1.5/3, losing to Salome Melia in the third round, but then she picked up tremendous speed winning five straight games. A draw against Bela Khotenashvili in the last round sealed the deal for Nino as she finished the event as a sole winner with 7/9.

This is Batsiashvili's third title, previously she won the Georgian championship in 2015 and 2018.

Meri Arabidze (6.5 points) came second with a slightly better  Sonneborn-Berger over Bela Khotenashvili (6.5 points) who claimed bronze. Both silver and bronze winners completed the tournament distance undefeated.

Final standings

1. Nino Batsiashvili (2457) – 7 
2. Meri Arabidze (2428) – 6.5 
3. Bela Khotenashvili (2458) – 6.5 
4. Lela Javakhishvili (2475) – 6 
5. Sofio Gvetadze (2308) – 5 
6. Salome Melia (2370) – 5 
7. Sopiko Khukhashvili (2339) – 4 
8. Nino Khomeriki (2319) – 3 
9. Aleksandra Vakhania (2138) – 2 
10. Elene Tsotsonava (2012) – 0

Georgian Chess Federation

Photo: Georgian Chess Federation Facebook