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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:

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

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 257  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Slobodjan vs K Georgiev 0-1242001European ChampionshipA28 English
2. N Sulava vs Rublevsky  0-1362001European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. V Malakhatko vs V Akopian  0-1332001European ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. R Rabiega vs Sakaev  0-1412001European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. M Konopka vs Macieja  0-1522001European ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. A Czebe vs B Avrukh  0-1392001European ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
7. M Godena vs Z Sturua  0-1392001European ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
8. V Arbakov vs V Georgiev 0-1522001European ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Kempinski vs Ara Minasian  0-1502001European ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Mitkov vs D de Vreugt  0-1392001European ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
11. M Roeder vs Aseev  0-1342001European ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
12. S Azarov vs A Anastasian 0-1862001European ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
13. Y Kruppa vs L Cyborowski  0-1402001European ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
14. B Zueger vs Z Gyimesi  0-1302001European ChampionshipA20 English
15. T Kiroski vs Romanishin  0-1272001European ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. V Stamenkov vs R Ruck  0-1342001European ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
17. N Vasovski vs V Chuchelov  0-1302001European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Bezgodov vs Z Basagic  0-1452001European ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
19. B Gicev vs Jobava  0-1462001European ChampionshipB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. I Kocovski vs Timoshchenko  0-1682001European ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. V Petkovski vs Timoshenko 0-1282001European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. J I M Grant vs K Bischoff  0-1592001European ChampionshipA13 English
23. V Trkaljanov vs Galego 0-1272001European ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. K Georgiev vs V Nevednichy  0-1402001European ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
25. Z Sturua vs A Volokitin  0-1552001European ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
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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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