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European Individual Championship Tournament

Ernesto Inarkiev9/11(+7 -0 =4)[view games]
Igor Kovalenko8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[view games]
Baadur Jobava8/11(+6 -1 =4)[view games]
David Navara8/11(+6 -1 =4)[view games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8/11(+5 -0 =6)[view games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Constantin Lupulescu7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[view games]
Sergei Zhigalko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Laurent Fressinet7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Robert Hovhannisyan7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[view games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[view games]
Alexey Dreev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[view games]
Nils Grandelius7/11(+4 -1 =6)[view games]
Martyn Kravtsiv7/11(+3 -0 =8)[view games]
Dariusz Swiercz7/11(+6 -3 =2)[view games]
Ivan Saric7/11(+6 -3 =2)[view games]
Evgeny Romanov7/11(+4 -1 =6)[view games]
David Anton Guijarro6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[view games]
Gawain Jones6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[view games]
Anton Korobov6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[view games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[view games]
Evgeny Najer6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[view games]
Markus Ragger6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[view games]
Anton Demchenko6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[view games]
Alexander Areshchenko6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[view games]
Maxim Matlakov6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[view games]
(221 players total; 193 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Individual Championship (2016)


The European Individual Chess Championship was the 17th edition of the annual continental event that was first staged in 2000 in Italy. It started with 245 registrations, which is the lowest turnout since the 2006 event and which has been in steady decline since its peak attendance of 408 players in 2010. (1) There were twenty withdrawals, sixteen of whom were local Kosovars apart from three Albanian players and GMs Potkin and Alekseenko who withdrew before the start of the first round, and Fedoseev who withdrew before the start of the last round.

Under the FIDE regulations, the top 23 placed players qualified for the World Cup 2017.


12 to 23 May 2016.


The tournament took place in Gjakova in Kosovo at Pashtriku Hotel. (2)


11 round Swiss system. (3)

Time Control

The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Default time was 15 minutes for each round.

Tie Breaks

Tiebreaks were applied in the following order:

1. Results of direct encounters between the tied players (applies only if all tied players have played each other);

2. Buchholz Cut 1 (the Buchholz score reduced by the lowest score of the opponents);

3. Buchholz (the sum of the scores of each of the opponents of a player);

4. The greater number of games played with black;

5. The greater number of wins.


The total prize was 120 000, distributed as follows:

<Main prizes>

1st 20,000 7th 5,000 13th 2,000 19th 1,000
2nd 15,000 8th 4,000 14th 2,000 20th 1,000
3rd 10,000 9th 3,500 15th 1,800 21st 1,000
4th 8,000 10th 3,000 16th 1,600 22nd 1,000
5th 7,000 11th 2,500 17th 1,400
6th 6,000 12th 2,000 18th 1,200

<Other prizes>

There were also ten prizes worth a total of 5,500 for best performances above rating and five prizes totaling 4,500 for the best results for seniors who turned 50 or more in 2016. There were also ten additional prizes of 1,000 each to ACP premium members who don't win a higher prize in this championship.


The first round produced no significant surprises, although Kryvoruchko, Sargissian and Howell drew their games with much lower rated opponents. Results almost invariably went with rating. 107 players won their first round games, nine others won by default, and there was one bye. There did not seem to be any women in the field.

The second round also had few surprises, although top seed Navara drew with #62 seed Hracek (2598) while #70 seed Ante Brkic defeated #13 seed Ivan Cheparinov. Thirty players finished the round with wins to stand on 2/2.

Round three saw further winnowing, with nine players registering their third consecutive wins, all of whom were rated over 2600 apart from Parligras (2599) and Sturua (2548).

Round four thinned the herd even further, with six players falling away from the lead after losses and draws. The three players on 4/4 were Wojtaszek, Inarkiev and Jobava. 231 players remained in the event.

Round five failed to produce any players winning their fifth game. The three leaders all drew, while Navara and Saric from the chasing pack won their games to join (or rejoin in the case of Navara) the lead. There were now five players on 4.5/5. Three players, all Kosovar locals, remain on zero.

Round six saw a lone leader for the first time, with Croatian GM Saric winning his game against Matlakov. His standing at the end of this round was sole first with 5.5/6, with a chasing pack of five players on 5/6, including the other four from round five with Kovalenko moving up into shared second following his win with Black against Parligras. Only one player, a Kosovar junior, had yet to get off the mark.

In round seven, Inarkiev beat Saric, and Navara beat Jobava to share the joint lead with 6/7. Saric fell back to the chasing pack of six players on 5.5/6. The local junior remained on zero. 228 players remained in the event.

Round eight saw a sharp tactical battle between Navara and Inarkiev for the lead in the event, with Inarkiev emerging as the winner of the game and sole leader at this point in the championship with 7/8 and a superb TPR of 2948. Navara (6/8) fell behind the chasing pack of Wojtaszek, Kovalenko and Goganov who were in joint second with 6.5/8.

Round nine and Inarkiev consolidated his sole lead with a win over Kovalenko who made a couple of blunders in the endgame. Inarkiev now led the event with 8/9, a point ahead of Wojtascek and Goganov on 7/9. One player in the field was still to get off the mark.

The penultimate round yielded the predictable number of draws as players standing to qualify for the World Cup sought to defend their potentially qualifying placements thus far. Nine of the top twelve games were drawn, including Inarkiev's game against Goganov (with Inarkiev retaining his full point lead over the field). The exceptions were Kovalenko's win against Fressinet, Nisipeanu's win over Khismatullin and Dreev's win over Yilmaz. The qualifiers will come from the large group of players who finish the event with seven points or more. However, as players standing on 6.5 or 7 points were placed 5th through to 42nd on placement, there was considerable tension leading into the last round, especially on the twenty one players with 6.5 points currently located at 21st to 42nd on the standings.

In the 11th and final round, Inarkiev drew with Piorun to become the 17th European Champion, scoring 9/11 and taking clear first place by half a point from outright second-placed Igor Kovalenko from Latvia. They, and 21 other players from the event have qualified for the World Cup of 2017.

Official site



(1) Wikipedia article: European Individual Chess Championship; (2) & Wikipedia article: Gjakova; (3) Wikipedia article: Swiss-system tournament

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Complete Results and standings

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 617  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Beliavsky vs Burim Dushi  1-042 2016 European Individual ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Nisipeanu vs D Gavrilescu  1-069 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
3. G Sargissian vs G Gaehwiler  ½-½71 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA15 English
4. Jahjush Sahiti vs E Romanov  0-152 2016 European Individual ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. M Kravtsiv vs A Agushi  1-038 2016 European Individual ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
6. I Kovalenko vs Bekim Sejdiu 1-029 2016 European Individual ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
7. O Koka vs M Kobalia 0-127 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA20 English
8. S Zhigalko vs M Gal 1-037 2016 European Individual ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
9. N Grandelius vs K Vebic  1-030 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA14 English
10. B Sadiku vs I Saric 0-126 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
11. G Jones vs P Van Hoolandt 1-087 2016 European Individual ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
12. D Mehaj vs D Swiercz  0-176 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. E Berisha vs F Berkes  0-144 2016 European Individual ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. R Hovhannisyan vs Fikri Xheladini  1-048 2016 European Individual ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Ramush Murati vs M Oleksienko  0-172 2016 European Individual ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
16. H Gabuzyan vs A Mahmuti  1-050 2016 European Individual ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
17. Sulejman Kollari vs C Lupulescu  0-134 2016 European Individual ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
18. T Nabaty vs R Frick 1-019 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Kiril D Georgiev vs D Tahiri 1-012 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Gebigke vs A Volokitin  0-174 2016 European Individual ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. H Melkumyan vs R Veleski  1-095 2016 European Individual ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
22. M Bartel vs M Xheladini 1-025 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Salihu vs Jobava 0-142 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
24. Arsim Hana vs I Salgado Lopez  0-133 2016 European Individual ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. Y Kryvoruchko vs B Thorfinnsson  ½-½36 2016 European Individual ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
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May-23-16  siggemannen: what happened with Fedoseev? Did he get ill?
May-23-16  notyetagm: Top 23 wins invitations to the 2017 World Cup


21 19 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-DieterGER
22 85 GM Tari Aryan U18 NOR 2558
23 69 GM Demchenko Anton ACP RUS

24 59 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM
25 48 GM Lupulescu Constantin ACP ROU
26 83 GM Bortnyk Olexandr U20 ACP UKR

May-23-16  et1: BUNA - I agree absolutely Adriekin must be the fifth player in the Russian team. But I am not sure if teams have 5 or 6 players. If there is a sixth player Inarkiev could be the one. Thank you.
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  twinlark: <notyetagm: Top 23 wins invitations to the 2017 World Cup>

Navara and possibly Wojtaszek might make it into the World Cup on the basis of ratings. If that is the case, then Ter-Sahakyan and Lupulescu might still qualify.

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  cro777: Without supporters, where would the winners be?

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  Eyal: <twinlark: <notyetagm: Top 23 wins invitations to the 2017 World Cup> Navara and possibly Wojtaszek might make it into the World Cup on the basis of ratings. If that is the case, then Ter-Sahakyan and Lupulescu might still qualify.>

Yeah - and amomg the top 23 Vitiugov might qualify by rating as well; maybe even Inarkiev, if he manages to keep his new high rating (in such a case even Saric, with the best tiebreak among those who finished with 7 points, would qualify). Something to remember here is that several high rated players would qualify as semi-finalists of the previous World Cup (Svidler, Giri, Eljanov; and Karjakin probably won't participate in the next World Cup, since he's already qualified for the next Candidates even if he loses the match with Carlsen) - which should "vacate" a few rating spots.

<Without supporters, where would the winners be?>

That's a photo from 2011 - there's an update...

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  PhilFeeley: I hope Saric gets a spot. He had an absolutely miserable second half, going 1.5/5, after leading at the half way point.
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  PawnSac: < znsprdx: @<CG>WHY is equal 2nd Goganov (Aleksey) not shown on your leader board - I asked earlier today

sonia91: <znsprdx> doesn't read kibitzing boards, you should either submitt a <correction slip> (link at the bottom of every page) or post in the chessforum >

I suspect part of the problem is CG does not have all of Goganov's games. In his personal game library I counted only 8 of the 10 tourney games.

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  alexmagnus: Ratings are not the first, but the last qualification criterium. Not people qualifying by ratings move down the ECC spots, but people qualifying via ECC move down rating spots.
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  Tabanus: <PhilFeeley: I hope Saric gets a spot.>

Saric is out. As I understand it, the 23 first on this list (incl. 16-year-old Aryan Tari) qualified:, + see <twinlark>'s post.

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  Eyal: For those who try to qualify for the World Cup there's also next year, btw. Actually, in this regard the situation of those who play in the second (odd-year) European Championship of the cycle is somewhat more convenient, since then they might benefit from the "double qualification" of players who already did it in the previous (even) year. For example, last year ( no less than 6 of those who finished in the top-23 (Navara, Eljanov, Motylev, Smirin, Cheparinov, Sargissian) already qualified in 2014, so even no. 29 - with 7 points - got to qualify.
May-25-16  sonia91: <alexmagnus> From

<Regulations for the FIDE World Chess Cup 2015

3. 1. Qualifiers - There are 128 qualifiers (in order of priority): World Champion + four (4) semi-finalists from the World Cup 2013, Women's World Champion, World Junior U-20 Champions 2013 & 2014, eighteen (18) rated players as described in 3.1.2, ninety (92) players from Continental Championships, the one (1) highest-placed participant of the ACP Tour who has not qualified with the previous criteria, two (2) FIDE President nominees, four (4) organiser nominees , three (3) qualifiers from FIDE-approved internet events. If there are no internet events, the spot(s) will be decided by the FIDE President after consulting the WCOC.
3. 1. 1. Replacements - World Champion, semi-finalists of the World Cup 2013, Women's World Champion, World Junior U-20 Champions and rated players can be replaced only from the average rating list. Continental and Zonal qualifiers will be replaced from their respective events, except that in the Zonal Tournament, the replacement must have scored 50% or more in the Zonal event. Otherwise the place passes to the Continental Championship. The average rating list has priority if a player qualifies either from the rating list or a zonal/continental event.

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  PhilFeeley: <Tabanus> Yes, I know the regs about the top 23. But as <eval> wrote, some already qualified by rating, etc., so it's possible Saric squeaked in. Is there anywhere that lists those who can go to the World Cup or is that not determined until later?
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  PhilFeeley: On another note, Hammer got hammered (couldn't resist). Ranked 10th, he came in at #82, with only 6 point.
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  OhioChessFan: Excuse me, didn't you use to be Ruslan Ponomariov?
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  alexmagnus: <sonia91> looks like they changed the rules in the last decade. I mean, the only non-rating-qualified winner of the World Cup - Aronian in 2005 - had a high rating but still counted as qualified via ECC 2004
May-26-16  waustad: The women's version of this starts today in Roumania.
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  Eyal: According to the regulations quoted by <sonia91>, rating should indeed have priority over the European Championship (as a "Continental Championship") when it comes to qualification - but I checked what happened in the recent World Cup, and in practice it's actually the other way around; the Championship has priority.

Looking at the rating list for the recent World Cup (, one can see that qualifiers according to rating went all the way down to no.26 in that list (Harikrishna), even though there were only 19 qualifying spots (18 + 1 replacement for the world champion); that's because Anand didn't participate, Kramnik & MVL qualified as semi-finalists of the previous World Cup, and three players - Jakovenko, Wojtaszek & Eljanov - qualified from the European Championship of 2014.

(A full list of the qualified players with the criteria for qualification can be seen here -

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  alexmagnus: Talking about priorities, ratings and zonals, things get even weirder if the player if eligible for multiple zonals (as some zonals are national championships (US and Indian championships come to mind), some continental (actually IIRC all continental championships have zonal status), and some simply zonal tournaments with no championship status). Which zonal counts "first"?!
May-26-16  waustad: Today is the organizational stuff and opening. Games begin tomorrow in Roumania.
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  Tabanus: "Tournament standings" per May 30 (2016):

S Zhigalko vs M Gal, 2016 should be 1-0, and of the 23 qualifiers (to World Cup), Piorun, Dubov, Najer, Guijarro and Demchenko has 10 games, Goganov 9 games, Tari and Stupak 8 games, and Palac 7 games.

May-30-16  sonia91: <Tabanus> Dubov and Najer got a free point in round 1 because their opponents didn't show up:
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  Tabanus: <sonja91> Ok. So only 15 missing games of the 23 qualifiers!
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  zanzibar: <TWIC> has 618 games vs. <CG>'s 617.


Jun-08-16  sonia91: <Eyal> I read again the regulations of the 2015 World Cup:

<3. 1. 1. [...]
In the exceptional case that the zonal/continental event is organized before the publishing of the January 2015 rating list, then the zonal/continental event has priority over the average rating list for qualifying purposes.>

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