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European Championship Tournament

Emil Sutovsky9.5/13(+8 -2 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Zurab Azmaiparashvili9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Judit Polgar9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Georgy Timoshenko8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Loek van Wely8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Ashot Anastasian8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Vadim Milov8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Alexander Graf8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Rafael Vaganian8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Thomas Luther8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Vadim Malakhatko8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Boris Avrukh8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Andrei Volokitin8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Sarunas Sulskis8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Ognjen Cvitan8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Konstantin N Aseev8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Motylev8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Predrag Nikolic8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Lev Psakhis8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Lastin8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Smbat Lputian8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Sergey Volkov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
* (203 players total; 174 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2001)

The 2nd European Championship was a 13-round Swiss tournament held in Ohrid, Macedonia, 1-15 June 2001, with a rest day on 8 June, and a day for playoffs on 15 June. No less than 142 GMs (of which 40 were rated >2600), 38 IMs, 14 FMs and 9 other players participated. The players were obligated to stay in Hotel Desaret. The top 46 players would qualify for the World Championship knockout tournament in Moscow in November. FIDE's new and faster time control was used: 75 minutes for the first 40 moves, 15 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: $240,000 (minus 20% for FIDE and ECU taxes). First prize $40,000, 2nd prize $30,000, 3rd prize $20,000. Tournament director: Marjan Gjorcev. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen. Appeals committee: Boris Kutin and Gaguik Oganessian. Play began each day at 2 pm. N games played: 1312 Classical + 38 Rapid = 1350.

Emil Sutovsky won the event by defeating Ponomariov 1˝-˝ in the Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) playoff. The playoff for 3rd place was won by Azmaiparashvili, who beat Polgar 1˝-˝. The 45 players with 8 points or more qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02). Of these, Azmaiparashvili, Gurevich and Van Wely were already qualifed. Nigel Short (who had 7.5/13) was also qualified, so that 21 of the 22 players with 7.5/13 had a knockout playoff with Rapid time control (15 min + 10 sec) for the four remaining places. From which Georgiev, Gyimesi, Lautier and Delchev qualified. See 2nd European Championship Playoff g/15 (2001). The competition was fierce and celebrities like Tregubov (the last year's winner), Almasi, Piket, Korchnoi, Akopian, Yusupov and Miles did not make it. GM norms: Galego, Moreno, Volokitin and Ekstroem. IM norms: Azarov, Korobov, Stojanovski and Thorfinnsson.


Official site:
Mark Weeks:
Chess Siberia:
Tidskrift för Schack, 2001/6, pp. 397-400:

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 page 53 of 53; games 1301-1309 of 1,309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1301. M Mitkov vs A Ulker  1-0932001European ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
1302. C Morrison vs A Colovic  0-1352001European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
1303. A Kizov vs K Haznedaroglu  ½-½302001European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
1304. B Gicev vs R Kutirov  ½-½122001European ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
1305. Z Gicov vs V Trkaljanov  ½-½122001European ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
1306. J I M Grant vs Blatny  0-1612001European ChampionshipA13 English
1307. V Petkovski vs L Ilic  ½-½292001European ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
1308. Minasian vs Korchnoi  ½-½552001European ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
1309. B Avrukh vs Ehlvest  ½-½82001European ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
 page 53 of 53; games 1301-1309 of 1,309  PGN Download
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  Tabanus: <No less than 142 GMs> Is this the record high number of GMs in a Swiss tournament?

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