Before the start of the second round of the European Individual Women Chess Championship FIDE Vice-President and the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici made an announcement: "The Chairman of the FIDE Qualification Commission Mr. Mikko Markkula has passed away. He was a good friend of us." All players raise up for one minute of silence.
In the second round Nadezhda Kosintseva, who moved today to the first board, unexpectedly lost the game against Sopiko Guramishvili. She managed to get a position with clear advantage but few inaccurate moves tip the scales in favor of Georgian player. The rating favorite of another game Elisabeth Paehtz decided to sacrifice a piece in the equal position but her opponent Jovana Vojinovic found a defence and the position became winning for her. Azeri player Gulnar Mammadova, who defeated Nana Dzagnidze in the first round, continues her winning march – in the second round she won against Eva Repkova.
Before the round Ali Nihat Yazici announced the sad news.
A handshake between Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia and Elena Sedina from Italy.
The defending European champion Viktorija Cmilyte is doing well 2 points after 2 rounds.
The game between Nastassia Ziaziulkina and Natalija Pogonina finished the last with draw result.
French player Marie Sebag started with two victories. In the second round she defeated Polish player Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska.
Natalia Pogonina, Elisabeth Paehtz, Baira Kovanova and Maria Kursova chatting before the round.
Turkish chess players: Emel Kaya, Ezgi Menzi and Busra Arig.