Lithuania capture the Women’s Plate Gold

The ever-resilient Elge Marcinkevience played superb chess in overcoming tough opponents in winning the Women’s plate that contained a powerful field. The final lived to its billing for her opponent was the formidable Indian No. 1, Malika Handa.  who was unfortunate to suffer several internet disconnections in both the main competition and the earlier rounds.

The Lithuanian’s play with the Black pieces against the tough Polish player, Lukasik (who will be one to watch in the near future was a joy to watch.  There was also superb chess elsewhere in the competition which shows that online chess is a good means of improving their chess. The arbiters were impressed with the level of play. –

Alas, there were a few protests but all were eventually resolved.  Special praise must go to Ghazanfari of Iran – she was a victim of unfortunate events but nevertheless managed to keep smiling through the video chats. It was a privilege to have her in the competition. I must also mention Ana Vuljanic of Croatia – her professionalism impressed me greatly with her inspiring comments even in defeat.

Well done to all who took part – it has been wholly great fun.

Women’s ‘B’ Winner – Egle Marcinkevience (Lithuania)

1st round: Beat A. Vuljanic (Croatia) 1-0

2nd round: Beat Z. Lukasik (Poland) 1-0

Final:  Beat M. Handa (India)  2-0

Women’s “B” Runner Up – Malika Handa (India)

Women’s “B” 3rd Place – Zuzanna Lukasik (Poland)