|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: https://web.archive.org/web/2001072...
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Chess Siberia: http://www.chessib.com/ohridresults...
Tidskrift för Schack, 2001/6, pp. 397-400: https://tfsarkiv.schack.se/pdf/2001...
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|1. R Slobodjan vs K Georgiev
||0-1||24||2001||European Championship||A28 English|
|2. N Sulava vs Rublevsky
|| ||0-1||36||2001||European Championship||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|3. V Malakhatko vs V Akopian
|| ||0-1||33||2001||European Championship||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|4. R Rabiega vs Sakaev
|| ||0-1||41||2001||European Championship||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|5. M Konopka vs Macieja
|| ||0-1||52||2001||European Championship||E11 Bogo-Indian Defense|
|6. A Czebe vs B Avrukh
|| ||0-1||39||2001||European Championship||A05 Reti Opening|
|7. M Godena vs Z Sturua
|| ||0-1||39||2001||European Championship||C45 Scotch Game|
|8. V Arbakov vs V Georgiev
||0-1||52||2001||European Championship||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|9. R Kempinski vs Ara Minasian
|| ||0-1||50||2001||European Championship||D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|10. Mitkov vs D de Vreugt
|| ||0-1||39||2001||European Championship||B25 Sicilian, Closed|
|11. M Roeder vs Aseev
|| ||0-1||34||2001||European Championship||E12 Queen's Indian|
|12. S Azarov vs A Anastasian
||0-1||86||2001||European Championship||C03 French, Tarrasch|
|13. Y Kruppa vs L Cyborowski
|| ||0-1||40||2001||European Championship||D85 Grunfeld|
|14. B Zueger vs Z Gyimesi
|| ||0-1||30||2001||European Championship||A20 English|
|15. T Kiroski vs Romanishin
|| ||0-1||27||2001||European Championship||C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange|
|16. V Stamenkov vs R Ruck
|| ||0-1||34||2001||European Championship||A35 English, Symmetrical|
|17. N Vasovski vs V Chuchelov
|| ||0-1||30||2001||European Championship||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|18. Bezgodov vs Z Basagic
|| ||0-1||45||2001||European Championship||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|19. B Gicev vs Jobava
|| ||0-1||46||2001||European Championship||B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3|
|20. I Kocovski vs Timoshchenko
|| ||0-1||68||2001||European Championship||E12 Queen's Indian|
|21. V Petkovski vs Timoshenko
||0-1||28||2001||European Championship||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|22. J I M Grant vs K Bischoff
|| ||0-1||59||2001||European Championship||A13 English|
|23. V Trkaljanov vs Galego
||0-1||27||2001||European Championship||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|24. K Georgiev vs V Nevednichy
|| ||0-1||40||2001||European Championship||E92 King's Indian|
|25. Z Sturua vs A Volokitin
|| ||0-1||55||2001||European Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
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|Mar-14-21|| ||Tabanus: <No less than 142 GMs> Is this the record high number of GMs in a Swiss tournament?|
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