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European Individual Chess Championship Tournament

Kirill Shevchenko8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Alexey Sarana8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Daniel Dardha8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Thai Dai Van Nguyen8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Alexander Donchenko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Etienne Bacrot8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Jaime Santos Latasa8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Valentin Dragnev8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
David Anton Guijarro8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
David Paravyan8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Robert Hovhannisyan7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Jergus Pechac7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Shant Sargsyan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Rasmus Svane7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexandr Predke7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sergei Azarov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Grzegorz Nasuta7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Vitaliy Bernadskiy7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nijat Abasov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Jonas Buhl Bjerre7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Benjamin Gledura7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Frederik Svane7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Szymon Gumularz7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Anton Korobov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Volodar Murzin7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
(336 players total; 304 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Individual Chess Championship (2023)

Name: European Individual Chess Championship Event Date: March 02 - 14, 2023 Site: Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia Format: 11-round Swiss Time Control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment beginning from move 1.

Official Website:

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 986  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Damjanovic vs G Sargissian 0-1592023European Individual Chess ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Martirosyan vs B Hagner 1-0592023European Individual Chess ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. J Szwed vs D Anton Guijarro 0-1562023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
4. Navara vs Y Samani  1-0422023European Individual Chess ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
5. M Novkovic vs J Moussard  0-1372023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
6. A Predke vs S Tadic  1-0312023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. L I Filip vs Wojtaszek  0-1402023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA10 English
8. A Esipenko vs V Manafov  ½-½412023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
9. L Danov vs Gelfand 0-1462023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. Saric vs M Milosevic 1-0412023European Individual Chess ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
11. S Nyysti vs A Sarana 0-1792023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. K Shevchenko vs E Atakishiyev  1-0582023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. N Bashirli vs E Najer 0-1262023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Ivanchuk vs A Sahakyan  ½-½352023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
15. M van Foreest vs I Cheparinov  0-1542023European Individual Chess ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Bacrot vs D Fitzsimons 1-0302023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA14 English
17. S Adan Bermudez vs N Grandelius 0-1322023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
18. A Korobov vs S Bazakutsa  1-0392023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. L Yordanov vs Ponomariov 0-1402023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. J Santos Latasa vs C Burcu  1-0362023European Individual Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. A Velikic vs A Donchenko 0-1362023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
22. T D V Nguyen vs M Yurtseven  1-0342023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. I Ciorgovean vs Gledura 0-1252023European Individual Chess ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Indjic vs A Filip 1-0642023European Individual Chess ChampionshipE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. A Sukovic vs A Rakhmanov 0-1472023European Individual Chess ChampionshipC10 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Messiah: There are several very-very-very interesting opening choices already in Round 1. The Jaczek Szwed - David Anton Guijjaro is, for example, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.O-O Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.Re1 g6 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 Bg7 11.d5 Na5 12.d6 Nec6 13.Nbd2 g5:

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I think I have never ever seen such a structure. The Danov-Gelfand is also interesting.

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  Messiah: The Gumular-Djuric ended in a disaster:

1.c4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Qa5+ 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qd3 Nxc3 8.Bd2 O-O 9.Bxc3 Qc7 10.d5 d6 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.Qc3+ Kg8 13.h4 h5 14.Ng5 Nd7 15.g4 hxg4 16.h5 Nf6 17.hxg6 fxg6 18.Be4 e5 19.dxe6 d5 20.Bxd5 Qe7 21.Rh6 Qg7 22.e7+ Nxd5

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23...? 1-0

Can you find the mate in 3?

Mar-03-23  AlicesKnight: <messiah> Yes, it's pretty; 23.Rh8+ and both options for Black lead to rapid demise.
Mar-05-23  apexin: I havent seen Ponomariov play for quite a while.
Mar-06-23  little ernie: Why are Russians playing ? I realize they're not all in favor of the war. But I thought that, as a group, they would not be welcome.
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  HeMateMe: Could these be Russians not presently living in Russia?
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  Troller: <Russians> are still able to compete as individuals and not under the Russian flag, same as in a lot of other sports. There are currently 2 Russians in the tennis top 10 for instance; but probably they cannot play the Davis Cup.

As usual, this event draws a huge number of GMs up to just below 2700. Mostly it serves as a qualifier for the World Cup with 23 spots on the line.

Mar-08-23  goodevans: <apexin: I havent seen Ponomariov play for quite a while.>

Nor I. I know he had issues getting a visa to play in India which ruled him out of at least one tournament there last year and probably the Chennai Olympiad (2022) too.

Anyhow, he got beaten in a highly entertaining game in round 5 by fellow Ukrainian Anton Korobov (who was at the aforementioned Olympiad).

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  Dionysius1: <apexin: I havent seen Ponomariov play for quite a while.>

FIDE's database is always good for a reality check.

Mar-10-23  goodevans: I watched two fascinating endgames play out involving the guys who currently have the two top spots. First Gledura vs G Quparadze, 2023 then A Korobov vs S Kourkoulos-Arditis, 2023.

Very different from each other but both worth a look for those who appreciate an endgame.

Mar-12-23  virginmind: It's getting interesting for Shevchenko. Good luck today against Gledura!
Mar-12-23  virginmind: He won today and with 8/10 points is equal first with Sarana (who has drawn his game). They will probably be paired tomorrow.
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  Check It Out: Two rounds to go and this tournament is tightly packed at the top. Anyone could break out a win.
Mar-13-23  goodevans: Lots of quick draws in the final round today including Alexey Sarana vs Kirill Shevchenko, joint leaders going into the round.

Among those still slugging it out for the full point are Anton Korobov and Benjamin Gledura. These guys were first and second going into round 8 where they agreed a draw in just 8 moves. Wonder if they're regretting that now.

Korobov could join the leaders with a win (not so, Gledura) and there are three others for whom a win would give them a share of the lead.

The official website states, "The order of players that finish with the same number of points shall be determined according to the ECU tie-break criteria rules". These can be found in section B.6 here: Depending on how many players are involved, I'm glad it's not me working it out.

Mar-13-23  goodevans: Korobov leaves his K out in the cold to go grab a pawn and Daniel Dardha pounces to grab a share of first place.

Can't find anything on the official site yet to say who won the tie-break but has Sarana first ahead of Shevchenko then Dardha.

Mar-14-23  Olavi: Korobov just made the World Cup in the end; some players may now regret their short last round draws. I haven't checked who had a berth in the WC going into the Ech, so not everything is necessarily how it seems at first.
Mar-14-23  virginmind: The official site has Sarana as winner, followed by Shevchenko and Dardha. Congratulations!
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  Check It Out: <Olavi> are you implying that this tournament can qualify you for the world cup?
Mar-15-23  Olavi: <Check It Out> Yes, the first 23 qualified. And it goes further down in case among those 23 there are people who have already got a spot.
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  Check It Out: Thanks, didn't know that.

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