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🏆 European Individual Chess Championship (2017) Chess Event Description
Played in Minsk, Belarus 30 May - 10 June 2017. Chief arbiter: ... [more]

Player: Sergei Zhigalko

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs S Zhigalko  0-1412017European Individual Chess ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. S Zhigalko vs T Harutyunian  1-0742017European Individual Chess ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
3. S Zhigalko vs A G Aleksandrov  1-0942017European Individual Chess ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. D Jojua vs S Zhigalko  ½-½92017European Individual Chess ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. S Zhigalko vs L Paichadze  ½-½452017European Individual Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. A Mikaelyan vs S Zhigalko  1-0322017European Individual Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
7. S Zhigalko vs M Petrosyan  1-0372017European Individual Chess ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. D Mastrovasilis vs S Zhigalko  ½-½222017European Individual Chess ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
9. S Zhigalko vs A Zhigalko  1-0512017European Individual Chess ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
10. M Rodshtein vs S Zhigalko  ½-½132017European Individual Chess ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
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  HeMateMe: a ton of decisive games here.
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  PhilFeeley: Interesting results: three 2700 players languish around 2.5/5 (Leko, Ponomariov, Kryvoruchko), while the leader has 5/5. Good showing by Kuzubov.
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  PhilFeeley: chess-results had Kuzubov on 5/5. Now that's not true you may ignore the previous message.
Jun-04-17  nok: Leko at 2.5/5? Say it ain't so!
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  tamar: It ain't so.
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  PhilFeeley: This should be an interesting encounter:

Oblamski Vladimir 2090 1 - 1 Kasperovich Mikhail 1232

I wonder how someone with a 1200 rating got into this tournament.

Jun-05-17  Nerwal: <I wonder how someone with a 1200 rating got into this tournament.>

He's a local player and only 12... Must be some kind of reward.

Many female players (rated around 2400, maybe going for norms) have decided to play this time. Girya and Bibisara Assaubayeva (only 13) are doing well so far.

Jun-05-17  Nf8: According to the regulations, "The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members, regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation. However, applications have to be sent by the national federations only" (, section 4). So in principle anyone can play, provided his/her national federation is ready to send the application.
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  alexmagnus: Yes, European championship was always open to everyone. Though to my knowledge somewhat costly, that's why you don't see too many sub-2000 players.
Jun-05-17  belgradegambit: Very impressive number of decisive games. Great Fighting spirit here.
Jun-06-17  belgradegambit: Looks like next round will be David vs David.
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  PhilFeeley: Howell would be a worthy winner of this.

I wonder why the L'Amis are not playing.

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  PhilFeeley: One part of my question answered:

Jun-07-17  ketchuplover: Go Americans!
Jun-08-17  notyetagm: Go Jobava!


<+7 -2 =0>


Jun-08-17  fisayo123: I'm still in awe of this field and how strong it is. Amazing level of competition.
Jun-08-17  Nerwal: <I'm still in awe of this field and how strong it is. Amazing level of competition.>

Indeed. Ragger and Korobov stand at 50%, Smirin has 4/9 (all three rated close to 2700). Volokitin gave up after three consecutive losses and Kryvoruchko (+2700) after six games without a win.

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  PhilFeeley: Large list of those who seem to have dropped out. I guess this is to be expected in a strong tournament with many players:

4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2714 3
42 GM Volokitin Andrei 2649 3
44 GM Lysyj Igor 2643 5
49 GM Edouard Romain 2640 5
55 GM Savchenko Boris 2634 4
162 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2508 4
180 GM Kislinsky Alexey 2484 0
197 GM Fernandes Antonio 2468 2
218 IM Zanan Evgeny 2442 0
278 FM Martynov Roman 2323 2
329 WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2155 3

Jun-09-17  Pawn Dillinger: Great tournament to see players who may be the future of chess, including three 19 year olds: Jan-Krzysztof, of Poland, who for the first time just broke into the 2700 club; Vladislav Artemiev, of Russia, who with one round remaining is 3.5 points away from 2700; and Matthias Bluebaum, of Germany, who is poised to crack the Top 100. All three will likely compete in the World Cup.

Twenty-two-year-old Vladimir Fedoseev, of Russia, is currently 2712 with a round to go. And 21-year-old Daniil Dubov, of Russia, is also moving his way toward 2700.

Twenty-one-year-old Richard Rapport , of Hungary, did not compete in this tournament, but has already been over 2700. And of course, China's Wei Yii, 18, is busy in the Chinese League.

Add the potential of these players with the usual suspects and the future of chess looks bright.

On a sidenote, since I'm American, a quick look at the up-and-comers players from the U.S., who hope to someday join transplanted Filipino Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura:, 25-year-old Sam Shankland, who is nearing the 2700 mark, and exciting Jeffery Xiong, who has ousted fellow 16-year-old Samuel Sevian for top honors in the juniors. Twenty-two-year-old Ray Robson is in the top 100, but seems to have hit the wall for now.

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  PhilFeeley: Howell took an early draw (3 moves). Must be tired, unless the record is incomplete.
Jun-10-17  botvinnik64: if Jobava wins its a log jam at 8/11
who wins?
Jun-10-17  botvinnik64: Matlakov wins...
Jun-10-17  nok: JARTS. Just Another Russian 2700.
Jun-10-17  notyetagm: So who qualifies for the World Cup?


Jun-10-17  mprodrigues: I have the same question as notyetagm. Wikipedia says 23 qualifiers from 2016 and 22 from 2017 edition, if so, I imagine there is some overlapping occurring.
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