The Rest of the World wins the Match!

The Match Poland – Rest of the World has finished and the World team took it all – winning in every section and in the individual result as well, the guests proved that they are amazing players. The Polish Team showed a great team spirit and they were fighting till the very end for every point. The thing to be proud of was definitely the result of polish youngsters – Alicja Śliwicka and Julia Antolak, who both performed on a 2419 level!

Despite winning with one round to go, World team stayed focused and they managed to win the last round as well. There was a big competition for the first place for individual result in classical chess, till the very last moments. Before the last round Jolanta Zawadzka and Irina Bulmaga shared the 1st place. Jola didn’t manage to win her game and drew. Then all the eyes turned on Irina Bulmaga who had a better endgame against Alicja Śliwicka. Better, but very drawish, due to the different coloured bishops. However, there are always chances until the scorsheets are signed, and Alicja made a fatal mistake when she went 64. Bc3? Still it was great performance by Śliwicka and it’s never easy to defend worse positions after 4.5h of play! This win was important for Irina, as she became a sole winner of the individual section, congratulations!

Alicja was rewarded with the best game of the tournament prize and winner of the overall individual performance, in all Fischer’s, rapid and classical chess, was Anastasia Bodnaruk!

Once again congratulations to all the winners!

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The World Team shows amazing fighting spirit!

After painful loses in first two rounds, The Rest of the World team showed amazing fighting spirit.

In the 3rd round we saw a record 5 draws, none of the guests lost a game. The only, very important win, was scored by Irina Bulmaga.

Irina Bulmaga is sharing 1st place in individual performance after 5 rounds/Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Romanian WGM faced leader of polish women chess GM Monika Soćko. After the opening it seemed Monika acheived a perfect position, despite playing black pieces. However, the middle game showed that White’s attack was no to be underestimated and Irina crushed Black’s king-side with a final…

  1. Qg6!! +-

Fourth round was one of the most intense ones. After 4.5 hours half of the games were still unfinished! After a great fight and a win by Monika Socko, Polish Team did not manage to save the day.

Round was opened by Izabela Nowosławska, president of the board of PROBIT company and Bohdan Aniszczyk, member of the local government./Photo:Maria Emelianova/

The result was decided thanks to Anna Zatonskih and Jovanka Houska. They were fighting for a full point almost 5h with the youngest polish participants. Those games were also the first loses for Alicja and Julia.

Jovanka Houska was relieved that she finally managed to realise her advantage./Photo:Maria Emelianova/

This win was a breaking point in the Match and The Rest of the World overtook the lead. Thanks to their wins in rapid and Fischer’s competitions they suddenly were in a very comfortable position.

So it all meant that the 5th game was a decisive one, especially for Polish Team. Only a win in the last round could keep them in the game.

5th round was played in a chess club – Polonia Wroclaw. First move was made by Artur Czyż./Photo:Wojciech Zawadzki

After a draw between Karina Cyfka and Meri Arabidze the first resultative game was a win by Irina Bulmaga. Irina once again won in a very nice aggressive style. Afterwards it got even more intense! Monika Socko managed to even out the score, after winning with one of the most dangerous junior players in the world – Olga Badelka.

Maybe you can try to find yourself, how did our GM play in a position below. What should Black play?

29…Bxf2!! And Black’s Queen is ready to jump to a3. White has no defence anymore.

Unfortunately the World Team quickly took over again, as Anastasia Bodnaruk scored a win against Joanna Majdan. However once again Polish girls kept on fighting and Alicja Śliwicka won a great game playing Black….crushing on the black squares!

Then everything was up to Jolanta Zawadzka’s game, who was trying to realise a minimal advantage against Anna Zatonskih. Experienced USA player did not give any real chances and game finished peacefully.

Despite a great fight by Polish Team, they did not manage to keep the suspence and we already have the winners – The Rest of the World Team. Let’s still support the girls tomorrow as our Festival is not only about the result, but mainly about celebrating chess, especially women chess and our amazing players 😉

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The Women’s Chess Festival will start soon!

Women’s Chess Festival will start at 5th December! The main event will be the Women’s Chess Match, between the Polish National Team and the Rest of the World team! The best Polish chess players will compete with great opponents from around the world in:
– Fischer chess,
– rapid chess,
– classical chess.

However, there will be many side events that will honor the presence of fantastic chess players! Alina Kashlinskaya – Women European Champion will play in the rapid and blitz tournament !!!

We also have great news – the tournament sponsor, MOKATE company, will provide delicious coffee and tea during the Match !!!

We invite you to participate in tournaments and accompanying events and to support the best chess players during the Women’s Match!


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Women’s match 2019: Poland Team vs. World Team

This year the Women’s Match between the Polish National Team and the World team will be played from 5th December to 12th December ! The best Polish Female chess players will compete with excellent foreign Female chess players in: Classical chess, Rapid chess and Fischer chess (960) !

The opening ceremony of Festival will take place on 5th December from 3 pm in Hotel Jana Pawła II, Świętego Idziego street 2. We invite all chess fans for this event!

Accompanying events:

Opening torunament – 5th December, Hotel Jana Pawła II

Blitz tournament – 6th December, Hotel Jana Pawła II

Rapid tournament – 7th to 8th December, Hotel Jana Pawła II

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