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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 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]
Bartlomiej Macieja8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Victor Bologan8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
* (203 players total; 171 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 1½-½ in the Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) playoff. The playoff for 3rd place was won by Azmaiparashvili, who beat Polgar 1½-½. 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:

Previous: European Championship (2000). Next: European Championship (2002). See also European Championship (Women) (2001)

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Gurevich vs A Volzhin  1-0422001European ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. P Blehm vs Polgar ½-½292001European ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Bologan vs S Sulskis 1-0622001European ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. R Slobodjan vs K Georgiev 0-1242001European ChampionshipA28 English
5. Short vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½622001European ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. Aronian vs Ponomariov  ½-½252001European ChampionshipB07 Pirc
7. Tkachiev vs J Gdanski  ½-½182001European ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
8. Goloshchapov vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½422001European ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
9. Van Wely vs S Guliev 1-0242001European ChampionshipA81 Dutch
10. R Tischbierek vs Movsesian  ½-½432001European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Lautier vs O Cvitan  1-0652001European ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
12. N Sulava vs Rublevsky  0-1362001European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Krasenkow vs G Rechlis  1-0542001European ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Malakhatko vs V Akopian  0-1332001European ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. P Nikolic vs Mikhalevski  1-0482001European ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
16. V Burmakin vs A Graf  1-0322001European ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Yusupov vs P K Wells  1-0432001European ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Miroshnichenko vs Korchnoi  ½-½262001European ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Vaganian vs I Miladinovic  ½-½302001European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
20. B Chatalbashev vs Z Almasi  ½-½282001European ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
21. Beliavsky vs S Savchenko  ½-½502001European ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. R Rabiega vs Sakaev  0-1412001European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Dautov vs G Sargissian  1-0322001European ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Shneider vs Ehlvest  ½-½162001European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
25. Piket vs T Nedev  ½-½182001European ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <No less than 142 GMs> Is this the record high number of GMs in a Swiss tournament?
Oct-09-21  siggemannen: For some reason I get Chris Morrison in first with 2/11 when visiting the tourney page European Championship (2001) Bug?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: I have fixed it. It may have something to do with updating the info before all games are in.

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