After 15 (of 30 rounds), GM Lahno of Ukraine (married to my friend GM Robert Fontaine of France, an excellent reporter/journalist for Europe Echecs, the #1 French chess media source) is leading the 2010 Women’s World Blitz Championship, 1 point ahead of former WWC Stefanova, and 3.5 points ahead of WWC Kosteniuk. This is considered a huge upset to some chess fans because Kosteniuk led the poll before the final and she started out with the score of 5/5!

Lahno is a very strong and talented player. Unfortunately, she does not receive the recognition she truly deserves. Maybe this will be a breakthrough event for her. However, just keep in mind that no lead is safe in blitz and anything can still happen tomorrow with 15 more games to play.

Here are the full standings at the half:

No. Title Name Fed. FIDE Local 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total
1 GM Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2539 2539 X 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5
2 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2551 2551 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 1 = 0 0 10.5
3 GM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2573 2573 0 0 X 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 9.5
4 WGM Gunina, Valentina RUS 2465 2465 0 0 1 X 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 9.0
5 GM Koneru, Humpy IND 2593 2593 1 0 0 0 X 1 0 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 9.0
6 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2524 2524 0 0 0 1 0 X 1 1 0 0 1 1 = = 1 1 8.0
7 IM Gaponenko, Inna UKR 2469 2469 1 0 0 0 1 0 X = 1 0 = 1 1 1 1 0 8.0
8 IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2535 2535 1 0 1 1 1 0 = X = 0 = 0 = 1 0 1 8.0
9 GM Sebag, Marie FRA 2499 2499 = 0 1 1 0 1 0 = X 1 0 = 0 1 0 1 7.5
10 IM Krush, Irina USA 2490 2490 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 X 0 1 1 0 1 = 7.0
11 IM Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2464 2464 0 0 = 0 0 0 = = 1 1 X 0 = 1 1 = 6.5
12 IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 2565 2565 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 1 = 0 1 X 1 0 = 1 6.0
13 IM Muzychuk, Mariya UKR 2464 2464 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 = 0 X 1 1 1 5.5
14 WGM Paikidze, Nazi GEO 2376 2376 0 = 0 1 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 1 0 5.0
15 GM Zhukova, Natalia UKR 2499 2499 0 1 0 0 = 0 0 1 1 0 0 = 0 0 X 1 5.0
16 WGM Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2360 2360 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 = = 0 0 1 0 X 4.0
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