April 16, 2024

Georgian Women’s Championship: Lela Javakhishvili wins fifth title

Lela Javakhishvili emerged as the winner of the Georgian Women’s Championship 2024. One of the most titled Georgian chess players, Lela clinched her fifth national title. She previously won this event in 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2016.

The Georgian Women’s Chess Championship 2024, a 10-player round-robin with classical time control, took place from February 9-18 in the country’s capital Tbilisi.

As is often the case in  Georgian Women’s championships, it was a very close race among the top-rated players and the members of the national team IM Lela Javakhishvili, GM Nino Batsiashvili, IM Meri Arabidze and GM Bella Khotenashvili.

Lela Javakhishvili delivered an outstanding performance, scoring 7.5/9. Most importantly, the native of Telavi defeated her main rivals, Nino Batsiashvili and Meri Arabidze, in the direct encounters to clinch the title. The champion became the only unbeaten player in the event.

Nino Batsiashvili (7/9) and Meri Arabidze (6.5/9) stayed in the contest for the most part but could not keep up with the champion and took silver and bronze, respectively.

Final standings:

1

IM

Javakhishvili, Lela

2438

2

GM

Batsiashvili, Nino

2447

7

3

IM

Arabidze, Meri

2461

4

GM

Khotenashvili, Bella

2464

6

5

IM

Melia, Salome

2355

4

6

WFM

Mgeladze, Kesaria

2040

4

7

WCM

Tsetskhladze, Mariam

1881

3

8

 

Donghvani, Nia

2029

9

WFM

Lomaia, Diana

2001

10

WFM

Kirtadze, Anastasia

2089

2

Photos: Georgian Chess Federation Facebook