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    Time for a surprise and last, but not least participant of the Match – IM, WGM Iweta Rajlich!

    It’s one of the most successful polish players, who’s known for her aggressive, original play and an outstanding fighting spirit .
    She won her first World Championship title at 12, and at 17 she became the youngest polish WGM ever.
    The biggest achievements of last year’s Polish Women Champion:
    – Bronze medalist of the Chess Olympiad (2002)
    – 8-time Polish Women Champion
    – European Team Champion (2005)
    – Silver and bronze medalist of the ETCC with team and individually
    – World Youth Champion (1993) and 3-time European Women Champion
    Welcome back, Iweta!
    Photo: Krzysztof Szeląg
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    Time to introduce the last player of the Team Georgia – GM Bela Khotenashvili!

    Rated 2463 she is 3rd Georgian female player and 25th player in the world!
    Bela’s biggest achievements are:
    – World Junior Champion (2004)
    – Team World Champion (2017)
    – Team European vice-Champion (2009, 2017, 2019)
    – Winner of the Women FIDE Grand Prix (Geneva, 2014)
    – Two-time Georgian Women Champion (2012, 2017)
    – Bronze medalist of the Chess Olympiad (2010)
    Photo: David Llada
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    The youngest participant of the Match – WIM Alicja Śliwicka (2311)!

    This 19-year-old had a very successful career right from the start winning her first European Championship title at the age of 10!
    Afterwards she won silver in World Youth Championship, two medals in European Team Championship and last year won her last youth event and became a European Champion under 18! 
    Her young age doesn’t stop her from challenging the very top players at all!
    Last year she beat IM Anastasia Bodnaruk in the very first round of our Match in a beautiful style. She was awarded a prize for the most beautiful game of the tournament for this win.
    Alicja is also a Polish Women vice-champion in blitz, which will definitely be helpful in the blitz match!
    Photo: Maria Emelianova
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    Meet the next member of the Team Georgia – IM Melia Salome (2371) !

    Melia is yet another member of the team, who has had an amazing success over the years, both individually and with the Georgian National Team
    Interestingly, she is the lowest rated player of the team, which only shows how POWERFUL WOMEN CHESS are in Georgia! 
    Just take a look at her biggest achievements:
    – Team World Champion (2017)
    – European Women vice-Champion (2013) and bronze medalist (2014)
    – European Team vice-Champion (2017, 2019)
    – Two time Georgian Women Champion (2008, 2010)
    – Bronze medalist of the Chess Olympiad (2010)
    – Six-time medalist of European and World Youth Championship
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    IM, WGM Meri Arabidze, rated 2437 is another member of the Team Georgia !

    Despite being the youngest one from the team, she has been one of the top women players in Europe for years now!
    So it makes us really happy that Meri has chosen to participate in our Festival again  after playing in Wroclaw last year for the Team World!
    Let’s see the impressive list of Meri’s achievements:
    – 14-TIME (!!) medalist of European and World Youth Championship
    – Quarterfinalist of Women World Championship (2015)
    – Team World Champion (2017)
    – Bronze medalist of the Chess Olympiad (2018)
    – vice-Champion of European Team Championship (2019)
    – Georgian Women Champion (2019)
    Impressive, right?
    Photo: Maria Emelianova
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    The Queen of polish chess – GM Monika Soćko will participate in Polish Team in the Match!

    Monika is a true champion, who has been the best example for young talents for years now. Regardless of the stake or the opponent, she always shows extraordinary level, fighting spirit and class.
    In 2009 she won a strong open in Tromso, finishing before many strong GMs, including…GM Bartosz Soćko (who got 13th place at the end)
    She’s also the only polish women player with the title of GM  and also:
    • 8-time Polish Women Champion
    • Bronze medalist of European Women Championship
    • 1st board and winner of 2 Olympic medals and 4 European Team Championship medals with Polish Women Team
    It is impossible to list all of the success Monika’s had, but one thing is for sure – it will be a great pleasure to see her in the polish team again!
    (though probably not for a Team Georgia?)
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    You don’t want to mess with this player!

    WIM Julia Antolak is a 20-time Polish Youth Championship medalist.
    She has also been a bronze medalist of European Youth Championship, European Team Youth Champion and bronze medalist of European Team Youth Championship.
    Last year Julia made a debut in our Festival, winning such players like IM Anastasia Bodnaruk and IM Meri Arabidze!
    We are very happy to see Julia back in Polish Team!
    Photo: Maria Emelianova
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    Our SuperHero – WGM Jolanta Zawadzka!

    It is thanks to her that our tournament is not only organized, but it is organized on a world-class level!
    Every year Jola manages to combine her responsibilities as an organizer and as a player.
    Jola’s biggest achievements:
    – 4-time Polish Women Champion and 12-time medalist of National Championship
    – Silver medalist of Chess Olympiad in Baku (2016)
    – Winner of a 2nd place for an individual result in Chess Olympiad in 2012
    – Youth World Champion (2004)
    – 4-time medalist of European Team Championship
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    Player who drew the World Champion Magnus Carlsen will participate in our Festival !

    GM Nino Batsiashvili (2467) Nino is a current Women Georgian Champion and also the winner of 2013 edition of our Memorial!
    Another super dangerous and titled representative of the Team Georgia!
    – Women Georgian Champion (2020, 2018, 2015)
    – Winner of our Memorial in 2013!
    – European vice-Champion (2015)
    – Team World Champion
    – Team European vice-Champion
    – Bronze medalist of Olympiads in 2018 and 2010
    Welcome back, Nino!
    Photo: David Llada
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    IM, WGM Lela Javakhishvili is the second number of Team Georgia !

    Rated 2473 Lela is 18th women player in the world! It makes us very happy that it will be already Lela’s third time in our Festival, which shows that top world’s players value our event very highly. 
    This Georgian player has had an amazing amount of success and she won her first Georgian Championship title in 2001!
    Her biggest achievements include:
    – World Team Champion (2017)
    – Gold medalist of the Dresden Chess Olympiad (2008)
    – European Team vice Champion (2009, 2017, 2019)
    – bronze medalist od Olympiads in 2010 and 2018
    – 4-time Georgian Women Champion (2001, 2007, 2014, 2016)
    We can’t wait to see Lela in action in our event again!
    Photo: Lela’s Facebook page