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12th European Individual Championship Tournament

Judit Polgar8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Vladimir Potkin8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Anton Korobov8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Peter Svidler8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Markus Ragger8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ivan Saric7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Kaido Kulaots7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Sebastien Feller7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Baris Esen7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Arman Pashikian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Namig Guliyev7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Yaroslav Zherebukh7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jan Gustafsson7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Evgeny Romanov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Ildar Khairullin7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ivan Ivanisevic7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
(357 players total; 328 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,249  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs H Ziska  ½-½19201112th European Individual ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. A Y Potapov vs Vitiugov  ½-½82201112th European Individual ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. J Houska vs Dreev  0-170201112th European Individual ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Jakovenko vs A Smirnov 0-143201112th European Individual ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. R Wojtaszek vs K Roser  ½-½41201112th European Individual ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. M Erdogdu vs Caruana  0-150201112th European Individual ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
7. K Terrieux vs Jobava  ½-½28201112th European Individual ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. G Sermier vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-141201112th European Individual ChampionshipA15 English
9. Navara vs V Colin ½-½94201112th European Individual ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
10. F Vallejo Pons vs S Vedmediuc  ½-½44201112th European Individual ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
11. S Zhigalko vs V Nedilko  1-048201112th European Individual ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. G Battaglini vs McShane  0-161201112th European Individual ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
13. Fressinet vs B Thorfinnsson  ½-½35201112th European Individual ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Naiditsch vs M Roeder  1-038201112th European Individual ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. H Poetsch vs Judit Polgar  ½-½26201112th European Individual ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. V Laznicka vs S Telljohann  ½-½36201112th European Individual ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Rublevsky vs E Zude 1-020201112th European Individual ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. K G Shirazi vs Motylev  0-126201112th European Individual ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
19. B Zueger vs Sutovsky 0-131201112th European Individual ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. C Philippe vs A Riazantsev  ½-½32201112th European Individual ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A M Petrisor vs P H Nielsen 0-133201112th European Individual ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
22. R Kreisl vs B Grachev  0-131201112th European Individual ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. Akopian vs D Zarkua ½-½27201112th European Individual ChampionshipD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Bologan vs R Dragomirescu  1-031201112th European Individual ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
25. E Inarkiev vs A Manea  1-064201112th European Individual ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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  Penguincw: < Domdaniel: Are there still people who think 1.g3 is eccentric or weird? Like 1.Nf3, it almost always transposes - to a King's Indian Attack, or Fianchetto Grunfeld, Reti, English, etc. Even a Sicilian, if you swing that way. >

I don't even consider thinking g3 is weird.It was the opening in Kasparov vs Sting, 2000.

Mar-28-11  polarmis: <Domdaniel>, it's not that 1. g3 by itself is so odd, but Peter Svidler playing it probably came as a total shock to his opponent (as it did to Shipov).

Here's another of Shipov's letters from Aix-les-Bains, looking at how a young IM crushed an experienced GM with some impressive opening preparation:

Mar-29-11  siamesedream: Tuesday is <rest day>.
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  notyetagm: <Domdaniel: ... When GMs play the Budapest, or anything similar, then those who are not (yet?) GMs might usefully pay attention.>

What was the result?

A *massacre*.

Potkin vs B Savchenko, 2011

24 ♔g1-h1 1-0

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Mar-29-11  turbo231: I must be playing the Budapest or something similar because I always get massacred when I play Houdini 1.5a.

No wonder I can't survive more than 27 moves against Houdini 1.5a (I leave Houdini's ponder on) it's more of a challenge (as if playing against Houdini with the ponder turned off wasn't challenging enough!)

I have Houdini's level set @ 20moves in 20 minutes, my level is not set so I can take as long as I want, sometimes an hour per move (or longer). But while I'm taking my time Houdini is pondering. And I always play with black. I wish I could make it to 30 moves! That's my goal.

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  HeMateMe: A lot of people in this event. Polgar is still a point back at 5/7.
Mar-29-11  BobCrisp: A lot of men in this event, yeah. So you concentrate on the woman. Sexist.
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  HeMateMe: She's the only one in this group that has been in the world's top ten.
Mar-29-11  BobCrisp: Yeah, right, that's the reason you fantasise about her - the size of her ELO.
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  HeMateMe: Well, I've always thought she was cute, and still hope she loses the baby pounds.
Mar-29-11  14DogKnight: <HeMateMe: She's the only one in this group that has been in the world's top ten.>

Dmitry Jakovenko was in the Top 10 from Jan -July 2009. He was 5th in the world at one point - higher than Polgar ever was.

Mar-29-11  Bdellovibrio: <Dmitry Jakovenko was in the Top 10 from Jan -July 2009. He was 5th in the world at one point - higher than Polgar ever was.>

Same goes for Svidler, although that was in 2004/2005 I think.

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  HeMateMe: You're right--i hadn't waded through the huge group of names.
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  Domdaniel: <notyetagm> My apologies. The comment about openings and persons who are not (yet) GMs was uncalled-for.

As it happens, I don't care for the Budapest much: it leads to the wrong kind of chaos. Piece activity alone - and a fragile sort of activity at that - is not good enough against a strong player.

But it remains playable, I suspect, for those willing to take their chances - despite the latest massacre. One can find catastrophic losses in any opening - only when they become inevitable is anything proven. I am sometimes vaguely irritated by people who think that a large number of playable openings are eccentric, unsound, or worse.

They tend not to know any better. But you do, which is probably why I made my peevish comment.

Mar-29-11  polarmis: Sergey Shipov continues to take an alternative look at the European Championship. Here he is talking about the physical conditions... and certain physiological matters that affect games of chess more than you'd expect :)

Mar-29-11  Harvestman: Just because a GM played an unusual opening and lost, doesn't mean one shouldn't pay attention to the game. You might, for example, look at the way the victorious player overcame the so-called lesser opening.

I've played a few Budapests in my time, but then I'm nowhere near being a strong player, found, like <Domdaniel>, that I don't much like the positions that I get. Give me a good sound reliable Alekhine's Defence every time :-)

Mar-29-11  Everett: Nothing wrong with the Budapest in the right hands. One must play the openings that suit their style, their mood, and the situation.

Some people on this site still insist, like Korchnoi, that the KID is barely sound. Of course they are wrong.

Mar-29-11  Hovik2009: Armenian players in overall really suck in this tournament, I wonder they are tired of winning or losing in the end or may be because they have one and only Aronian, so they are fond of sitting on their hand while feeling cool!
Mar-29-11  Hovik2009: that was a good post about KID, why did you delete it?
Mar-29-11  Blunderdome: A game worth playing through:

L Pantsulaia vs Judit Polgar, 2011

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  TheFocus: When a Grandmaster says that an opening is no longer viable, he means at top-level chess.

Masters and Class players do not have the opening knowledge or experience that Grandmasters have, so EVERY opening under the sun is viable for them.

I enjoy playing both sides of the KID, and because I will never reach GM level, the opening will continue to garner points for me.

I have also played the Old Indian Defense many times, which most GMs would shun. But I have LOTS of wins, a handful of losses and a lot of draws and this too will continue to earn me some points.

Amateurs do not always play the same openings and variations as GMs, nor should they.

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  DarthStapler: Of course you'll never reach GM level with that attitude!
Mar-30-11  14DogKnight: <Bdellovibrio>
Of course Svidler was a Top Ten regular for awhile. I just didn't see his name listed here but he is in the group with 5 pts.
Mar-30-11  14DogKnight: Svidler plays for too many draws. The only time he tries to win is when he's playing Nakamura.
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  TheFocus: <DarthStapler>< Of course you'll never reach GM level with that attitude!>

What do you mean? In what way do you disagree?

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