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🏆 6th European Individual Championship (2005)

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Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Riazantsev, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Alexander Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Vadim Markovich Milov, Gabriel Sargissian, Peter Heine Nielsen, Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov, Sergei Tiviakov, Davit Maghalashvili, Sergey Volkov, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Mikhail Kobalia, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow, Igor Kurnosov, Sergey Fedorchuk, Evgeny Postny, Robert Markus, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Csaba Balogh, Oleg Korneev, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Jan Smeets, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Dariusz Swiercz, Bartosz Socko, Ildar Khairullin, Evgeny Romanov, Zviad Izoria, Grzegorz Gajewski, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf, Andrei Vasilyevich Kharlov, Tomi Nyback, Lajos Portisch, Bartlomiej Macieja, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Dmitry Bocharov, Robert Kempinski, Karen Asrian, Friso Nijboer, Milos Perunovic, Pavel Smirnov, Zdenko Kozul, Smbat Gariginovich Lputian, Ulf Andersson, Valerij Filippov, Vasilios Kotronias, Sergey Erenburg, Hrvoje Stevic, Tomasz Markowski, Rustem Khazitovich Dautov, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Sebastien Maze, Merab Gagunashvili, Yannick Pelletier plus 129 more players. Chess Event Description
6th European Individual Championship (2005)

Previous edition: 5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004). Next: 7th European Individual Championship (2006). See also 6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005).

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,288  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Jaracz vs Ivanchuk 0-16220056th European Individual ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
2. Dreev vs M Godena  1-05820056th European Individual ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. N Guliyev vs Bologan  ½-½8220056th European Individual ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. Aronian vs Portisch 1-03320056th European Individual ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. P K Wells vs Van Wely 1-04420056th European Individual ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Motylev vs G Dizdar  ½-½2220056th European Individual ChampionshipC11 French
7. A Bagheri vs Radjabov 0-15320056th European Individual ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Krasenkow vs M Mchedlishvili  1-03920056th European Individual ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
9. J Smeets vs Sakaev  ½-½3320056th European Individual ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. V Malakhov vs I Khairullin  ½-½4620056th European Individual ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
11. L'Ami vs Nisipeanu  ½-½3320056th European Individual ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
12. Kiril D Georgiev vs H Stevic  ½-½6020056th European Individual ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. R Zelcic vs A Moiseenko  0-15320056th European Individual ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
14. I Sokolov vs R Ibrahimov  ½-½5620056th European Individual ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. M Bartel vs V Milov  0-14320056th European Individual ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
16. P H Nielsen vs R Mamedov  ½-½3920056th European Individual ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
17. B Kovacevic vs Navara  1-05420056th European Individual ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Mamedyarov vs D Reinderman 1-02920056th European Individual ChampionshipA81 Dutch
19. Nalbandian vs Rublevsky  0-14020056th European Individual ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
20. M Kobalia vs D Frolyanov  1-04320056th European Individual ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
21. A Evdokimov vs Eljanov  0-14020056th European Individual ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
22. Lputian vs P Bobras  0-14020056th European Individual ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Mista vs Fressinet  ½-½3820056th European Individual ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Jobava vs K Urban  ½-½1420056th European Individual ChampionshipA55 Old Indian, Main line
25. L Pantsulaia vs A G Aleksandrov  1-06020056th European Individual ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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Premium Chessgames Member Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu is the 2005 European Champion.

We will have round 13 games available soon.

Jul-01-05  niemzo: Nisipeanou's last win was in the Nimzowitsh Defence and I have to say that he really played in a Nimzowitshian style . Just look how strong the white center appears in move 21. Of course it is only an optical illusion as Beliavsky is overextented.
Jul-01-05  roni.chessman: I just think its odd that the two 2700s had a hard time showing that they were 2700s.
Jul-01-05  roni.chessman: Anyways, Radjabov rocks and i am very proud of him beating Dreev with black. Karjakin was extremely promising but hey he's only 15. Radjabov or Karjakin will probably win this tournament next year. Just wait and see.
Jul-01-05  Pawsome: Levan Pantsulaia is a player to watch. He had a tought schedule, all of his opponents having 100 or more ELO pts more than he did, yet he still managed to finish in 19th place with eight points and a performance rating of 2719. His only loss was to Karjakin. An excellent crosstable of the tournament with relevant data can be found at
Jul-01-05  stijn: Thanks <chessgames> for putting the games available on such a short notice here.
Jul-01-05  roni.chessman: How old is Levan?
Jul-01-05  Akavall: How many rating points will Nisipeanou gain? Anybody know?
Jul-01-05  nsteinme: Looks like Pantsulaia is 19. He's got some catching up to do (rating is only 2510 on the July list), but if his performance here is any indication, he'll do it quickly.

Jul-01-05  roni.chessman: I still say Radjabov or Karjakin are the players to look out for. Karjakin for having the most wins against the players way above his rating, and Radjabov for being able to match a 2700 even with black.
Jul-01-05  TheHappyPrince: Fantastic performance! Congrats to Nisipeanu.
Jul-01-05  EeEk: Well, I do think most people have already looked out for Radjabov for quite some time now. Same with Karjakin.
Jul-01-05  weirdoid: <<I just think its odd that the two 2700s had a hard time showing that they were 2700s.>>

They still did better than they usually did against other top dogs. What was the last time Ivanchuk (or any other never-world-champ) scored 9/13 (69.3%) in a supertournament?

I think Jeff Sonas (of fame) once made an interesting point: many players who do well against opponents of a given strength get their results deteriorate very much when their opponents are a bit stronger than that (in other words, they are strong chess bullies); however, some other players do not see their score deteriorate that much against stronger opponents. I guess Nisipeanu would be dead meat in Linares, while Ivanchuk would have done reasonably, which does mean anything, because they do not get many such invitations lately. Oh, the plight of chess....

Jul-01-05  ARMENIA: The 6th European Individual Championship was a very interesting success... The favorite, Ivanchuk wasn't able to clearly show his advantage and experience but overall his performance was of a strong GM... As some of you noticed, few players were more successful than others in showing their stamina and ability to perform under pressure( it is usual that the the favorite doesn't usually match the expectations because of the pressure and also because of some unrelated factors: the difficulty of the previous tournaments and how much rest the player had) Levan Pantsulaia, a 19 years old player from the Republic of Georgia has the most effective performance and was able to achieve the deserved GM norm. This is when the real players show that ELO numbers are just a confusing part of the game. He has a very difficult matching and was able to come on top and bring great success for his country! Amazing performance by him... Also it is important to notice the few other previous tournaments he was present in Georgia where he again had terrrific performance. Karen Asrian is not a suprise to chess. His ablility to win isn't suprising to anyone who know him personally. He is a very devoted person to the game and has great talent and love for the game. Nevertheless, very few expected him to end with 9 out of 13. In the last round he drew with another genius, Levon Aronian to show his camridership towards his countrymen. Great performance and very much deserved place in the World Championships. Bologan Victor and Smbat Lputian on the other hand had disoppointing performances... For whatever reason they weren't able to collect their experience and "teach a good lesson" to the youngers but this in no means changes my great respect and appreciation of their talent. I wish them luck and much success in the future. Of course Karjakin is another story. Radjabov might have beaten Dreev in the end but Karjakin had a great presence in the tournament. The last slips in the end hurt the young man but in the future if he keeps dominating at this level, it would be very difficult for others to stop him. Again, for all the players that I didn't call names doesn't mean I didn't watch them play or I don't have respect, it is just that there are so many great ones that it is hard to pick and choose. THank you for their great time and the entertainment. God Bless Armenia
Jul-01-05  djmercury: Nisipeanu yesterday won after 6 hours of hard battle (Nisipeanu vs Eljanov, 2005) and today he was able to win against Beliavsky with black. Amazing performance!
Jul-01-05  TheHappyPrince: I guess Nisipeanu is one of those "tourists" in Las Vegas in 1999...
Jul-01-05  Ezzy: This was an extremely strong European championships! I was intrigued to know just how good the eventual champion was. So I ploughed through all of Nisipeanu's games from this tournament. I must say that It doesn't seem to me as a convincing 2833 performance as the statistics seem to show.

He played -

3 short Grandmaster draws - Game 6, 8 and 9

3 dull uneventful draws - games 1, 10 and 11

1 easy win against a 2497 rated player - Game 2

A win against a bad endgame player 2574 - game 3

3 wins against opponents who made terrible blunders

Struggled to win a 123 move game

And was outclassed in the opening against Beliavsky in the final round.

I mean congratulations, but he was given 3 free points in these games -

Nisipeanu vs V Babula, 2005 - Naiditsch vs Nisipeanu, 2005 - Nisipeanu vs V Milov, 2005

I have not seen in Nisipeanu's games any evidence of of a 2833 performance.

I suppose statistics don't always show you the true performance of a player, because his opponents may give a few free points away, because of an oversight, or bad form!!

But you can only try to beat what is put in front of you, so I suppose he a worthy champion!

<pawsome> Pantsulaia sure did have a fantastic tournament!!

<ARMENIA> Nice post on the tournament. It was an exciting championships!!

Jul-01-05  TheHappyPrince: <Ezzy> How was Nisipeanu outclassed in the opening against Beliavsky in the final round? After 15 moves the position looks pretty balanced to me...

However, I an not quite sure what he would have played if 22.Bf4 instead of the "blunder" 22.Bxg5.

Jul-01-05  fgh:

Chessbase report on the tournament. Some nice photos and final standings.

Jul-01-05  fgh: <Ezzy>: That's pretty disrespectfull to say that a 2574 rated GM is "a bad endgame player". No GM is a bad endgame player, there only mediocre ones among them, the ones who are a little bit better, the good ones, the very good ones, and the geniuses (Capablanca, Smyslov and Karpov. Might Kramnik be included as an endgame genius?). And of course there is Kasparov, who does not know how to win K+Pawns endgames.


Jul-01-05  fgh: Sokolov finishes with 8.5 points and on 15th place according to chessbase. Does anyone know how many points will he gain, or lose? I can't find the FIDE ratings calculator on their website.
Jul-02-05  falso contacto: Armenia: I saw both Asrian and Aronian being pretty much talented, so i agree with you. Asrian particullary didnt get results last year, but i saw a couple of games in the past wich were very impressive. Aronian plays positions that i dont understand that much, but he is near the elite right now.
Jul-02-05  ahmadov: Beliavsky was very close to take the first place in this tournament. I wish he at least win the bronze medal.
Jul-02-05  ughaibu: The swiss system maybe the ideal for GM level these days. It is competitive and can include large fields without too much time commitment. The uncertainty of the pairings adds an extra element of interest.
Jul-02-05  savuflorin1983: ok, let's put things straight. Is anyone able to assert that a game (any game, not just chess), especially at the highest levels, is won sheerly through superiority in understanding, without ANY mistakes? Be serious. ANY game is in fact a battle between opponents that try to make fewer mistakes, but we all know that humans are imperfect creatures. So, Nisipeanu's win is the win of his superior concentration, of his superiority in being able to refrain his instincts and play correctly. I think this is the greatest merit for a chess player. On the other hand, if guys like <Ezzy> feel the need to make negative statistics about the winner of a European Championship, treating disrespectfully Nisipeanu's wins, why does he overlook Ivanchuk's draw against him, a lucky draw obtained due to some inaccuracies on the part of the Romanian (btw, it's ROmanian, not RUmanian). I think the fact that the others made mistakes in his games is not to discredit him, but rather to enhance his achievement! I am sure that this guy will develop into a top-5 super GM, and one day will even won Linares or Corus. He was overlooked by the elite up to now, but he will surpass the 2700 in the next FIDE list and his name will achieve brilliancy. As some of his past games show: Sutovski-Nisipeanu 2004, Sandipan-Nisipeanu 2004, Nisipeanu-Ivanchuk 1999, to name just a few. Hail to the modern-day Tal!
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