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🏆 European Individual Championship (2007)

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Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pavel Eljanov, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Zoltan Almasi, Alexander Moiseenko, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Alexander Riazantsev, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Beliavsky, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Gabriel Sargissian, Markus Ragger, Peter Heine Nielsen, Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov, Sergei Tiviakov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Sergey Volkov, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Eltaj Safarli, Mikhail Gurevich, Ivan Saric, Vladimir Potkin, Christian Bauer, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Artur Yusupov, Mikhail Kobalia, Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Konstantin Yuryevich Landa, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Igor Kurnosov, Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin, Evgeny Postny, Robert Markus, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Csaba Balogh, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Oleg Korneev, Georg Meier, Igor Khenkin, Jan Smeets, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Gadir Guseinov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Arman Pashikian, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Rafael Vaganian, Grzegorz Gajewski, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Andrei Vasilyevich Kharlov, Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf, Tomi Nyback, Boris Savchenko, Borki Predojevic, Jan Gustafsson, Viorel Iordachescu, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Dmitry Bocharov, Robert Kempinski, Karen Asrian, Rainer Buhmann, Zaven Andriasian, Mikhailo Oleksienko, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Dragan Solak plus 301 more players. Chess Event Description
European Individual Championship (2007)

Previous edition: 7th European Individual Championship (2006). Next: European Individual Championship (2008). See also European Individual Championship (Women) (2007).

 page 87 of 87; games 2151-2154 of 2,154  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
2151. D Calder vs N Katte 1-0182007European Individual ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
2152. H Hanemann vs R Glantz  0-1452007European Individual ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
2153. S Pick vs A Kirsch  1-0282007European Individual ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2154. R Schiefner vs K Hesselbarth  ½-½272007European Individual ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
 page 87 of 87; games 2151-2154 of 2,154  PGN Download
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Apr-15-07  TheGladiator: <Mameluk>

The players were ranked after these tie-break criteria:

"The order of players that finish with the same number of points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) to the extent required:

a) Median-Buchholz 1, the highest number wins;
b) Buchholz, the highest number wins
c) Number of wins, the highest number wins
d) Progressive Score, the highest number wins."

Number 1-7 + these players advanced to WCC without tie-break matches (here listed with tie-breaks a and b attached):

8 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2654 7,5 63,5 77,0
9 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2588 7,5 63,5 75,5
10 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2641 7,5 63,0 76,0
11 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2675 7,5 62,0 76,0
12 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2679 7,5 62,0 75,0
13 GM Galkin Alexander RUS 2590 7,5 61,0 73,5
14 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2608 7,5 60,5 74,0
15 GM Nisipeanu L ROM 2693 7,5 60,5 73,5
16 GM Nevednichy V ROM 2528 7,5 60,0 71,0
17 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2608 7,5 59,5 73,0
18 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2640 7,5 0 59,5 72,5
19 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2592 7,5 59,5 72,0
20 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2686 7,5 59,5 71,5
21 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2635 7,5 58,5 71,5
22 GM Avrukh Boris ISR 2644 7,5 58,5 71,5

I have no idea about those placing 23-44 - who of these 22 went through?!?

Apr-15-07  Plato: Tkachiev is just too good in fast time controls. Congratulations to him for winning the playoffs.
Apr-15-07  TheGladiator: <Plato>

But is there anyone who is "good" at answering these questions? Are you up for the challenge?!? :)

1) Who qualified? (for the WCC)

2) Who else will qualify (from Europe) and how?

Apr-15-07  Plato: <TheGladiator> Indeed, I don't think that the organizers themselves can give you an answer (if the quality their website is any indication). In terms of format, this is the most peculiar European championship I've ever followed. The format of elite tournaments in general has become more and more bizarre in recent years. At the moment I have Mexico 2007 in mind...

For the love of Caissa, will people PLEASE elect Bessel Kok?

Apr-15-07  slomarko: <Plato> i'm not sure what you mean most peculiar format as this same format was used in the previous European championships, probably it is the first time you follow it. As for Bessel Kok i hope he wont be elected, he's only interested in self-promotion and always full of promises "to professionalise" chess and blablabla and never managed to do anything... now he even works together with Kirsan !??
Apr-15-07  acirce: The "competition" is over, Kok already lost by a convincing margin and then he chose to join ranks with the winner instead. I'm not sure he would have made things better anyway.
Apr-15-07  Plato: <slomarko> No, this is not the first time I followed it, I just don't remember so much confusion regarding qualification in previous years. I had the feeling that they were organized more professionally (although again I only have the lousy official website to go on meanwhile; even chessbase has been extremely vague so far, which is revealing). I also remember more rounds in some of the previous European championships... As you can see, 13 rounds would not have been a bad idea here either.

<Bessel Kok> Probably not worth getting into a debate on that one on this page. I'll just say that I think Bessel would be infinitely better than Kirsan.

Apr-15-07  Rolfo: <Slo> Are you Kirsan fan, or just like the good old days?
Apr-15-07  Plato: Somehow it wouldn't surprise me if <slomarko> is a Kirsan fan...
Apr-15-07  slomarko: <Plato> I remember the play-off rules were more or less the same last time around. I agree that 13 rounds would have been better and yeah the official web page sucked. btw i'm not a Kirsan fan, i've mentioned more than once that FIDE needs big changes however i just dont think that Bessel is any better. and i dont understand how can he now work with Kirsan, he ran with a program which was basically the complete opposite of Kirsan's but after he lost he simply joined him. It means the program was a facade.. <Rolfo> what old days? what do you mean?
Apr-15-07  Plato: I just meant that there was more confusion this time than any other, especially regarding this year's website but also because they chose to follow last year's 11-round schedule. Last time around we were fortunate in that Kozul won clear first and Ivanchuk clear second, so they didn't have to deal with the mess of seven players tying for first and settling the title of European Champion in a series of rapid playoffs. I really hope they go back to 13 rounds for next year's championship.

Regarding Bessel, I think he realized that Iljumzhinov's power and influence (a.k.a. "money") is too great... and he probably hoped that he could do some positive work within the current system since he realizes that he is utterly unable to topple it. I have no doubt that he would have made some serious changes if he had the power to do so, but sadly, the outcome of that election was never in doubt.

Apr-15-07  Plato: <btw i'm not a Kirsan fan, i've mentioned more than once that FIDE needs big changes> This may be so, but I remember you mentioning more than once that you support the idea of a World Champion being decided in tournaments rather than matches and I also have a vague recollection of you stating that you support the faster time controls that have been used in recent (so-called) "World Championships."

Those two things have been among Iljumzhinov's trademarks over the past decade.

Apr-15-07  slomarko: <Plato> true i support the K.O. but i wont go into details here. also i'm for faster time controls. however i'm against reinventing the format of the championship each time (and Kirsan seems to do that whenever he pleases so) and also i'm absolutely against any rapid and blitz games being part of the world championship in any way.
Apr-15-07  TheGladiator: According to the signature "Emil Sutovsky" on the chessninja blog, there were only 29 qualifiers, not 33. This probably means that only these players qualified without playing tie-break matches (in addition to the top 7 finishers):

8 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2654 7,5 63,5 77,0
9 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2588 7,5 63,5 75,5
10 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2641 7,5 63,0 76,0
11 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2675 7,5 62,0 76,0
12 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2679 7,5 62,0 75,0
13 GM Galkin Alexander RUS 2590 7,5 61,0 73,5
14 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2608 7,5 60,5 74,0

While these 8, in addition to finishers 23-44 - in total 30 players - had to play for the remaining 15 places.

15 GM Nisipeanu L ROM 2693 7,5 60,5 73,5
16 GM Nevednichy V ROM 2528 7,5 60,0 71,0
17 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2608 7,5 59,5 73,0
18 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2640 7,5 0 59,5 72,5
19 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2592 7,5 59,5 72,0
20 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2686 7,5 59,5 71,5
21 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2635 7,5 58,5 71,5
22 GM Avrukh Boris ISR 2644 7,5 58,5 71,5

Still, I'm at a loss regarding who went through. I've checked TWIC,, the Dresden pages, chessninja columns but nothing has showed up yet...

Apr-16-07  Rolfo: <slo> <Rolfo> <what old days? what do you mean?> I was just thinking of those people who allways thinks all was better before, unwilling to face changes.. As reffering to you I asked a question, you answered quite well in posting to <plato>..

<Gladiator> If you couldn't find out by know, the organisers don't know either. Give them some time :)

Apr-16-07  TheGladiator: With the help from "Rank zero" on the chessninja blog, it's now clear:

"33 qualifiers were in the announcement, but were reduced to 29 since it was realized that some players qualified from the 2006 Euro. This caused further irritation in tie-breaks since Gurevich and Naiditsch (both with 7,5) seemed to be already qualified.

Having 34 non-prequalified players with 7,5 points for 29-7=22 places in the cup, the top 10 by median Buchholz [and other tie-break criteria - <TheGladiator>] went for free:

Volokitin, Gustafsson, Tomashevsky, Almasi, Malakhov, Galkin, Laznicka, Nisipeanu, Nevednichy, Landa.

The remaining 24 matched for 12 places. Link:"

Qualified: Volkov, Vitiugov, Eljanov, Avrukh, Roiz, Iljushin, Motylev, Markus, Tiviakov, Socko, Najer, Gajewski."

To this, I (<TheGladiator>) added:

"There were 37 players with 7,5 points - who were pre-qualified and why?

Who I guess are answered by those 7,5 finishers who didn't play tie-break matches (and "why" is probably Euro 2006, then?):

21 Gurevich
30 Arkadij Naiditsch
42 Sergei Zhigalko"

I haven't checked who the 4th qualifier (from Euro 2006?) was, though. Interesting is that Khalifman didn't play his tie-break games at all. I can only speculate on the reasons...

Apr-16-07  Rolfo: <Gladiator> You made it, organiser ought to hire you next year..:) Do you think Khalifman were disappointed for some reason?
Apr-16-07  Ragh: Vlad Tkachiev's interview by Frederic Friedel, 4 years ago, highlights some interesting shades of his flamboyant personality..
Apr-16-07  Rolfo: <Ragh> What about this one: "As Tal said it was always too difficult for women to play chess because during the games they are forced to keep silent. Now the games are much quicker and it has become easier to shut up during the games [laughs uproariously]."
Apr-16-07  sitzkrieg: yeah its a good player and he has humor..Rare quality for a chessplayer (of all levels)..
Apr-16-07  slomarko: <As Tal said> it was Smyslow who said that not Tal.
Apr-16-07  Rolfo: Well, the evangelist Paul may have said it, reformer Martin Luther may also have said it, so why not Smyslov or Tal:)
Apr-16-07  slomarko: why would evangelist Paul or Martin Luther said such a thing?
Apr-16-07  Rolfo: I was recollecting some of my lessons at school about these gentlemen's view on women.. (to be silent and to stay at the kitchen, wasn't it?) :)
Apr-17-07  slomarko: they were dumb..
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