|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...
Mark Weeks: https://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zo...
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. M Gurevich vs A Volzhin
|| ||1-0||42||2001||European Championship||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|2. Bologan vs S Sulskis
||1-0||62||2001||European Championship||C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|3. Van Wely vs S Guliev
||1-0||24||2001||European Championship||A81 Dutch|
|4. Lautier vs O Cvitan
|| ||1-0||65||2001||European Championship||E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)|
|5. Krasenkow vs G Rechlis
|| ||1-0||54||2001||European Championship||D05 Queen's Pawn Game|
|6. P Nikolic vs Mikhalevski
|| ||1-0||48||2001||European Championship||D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6|
|7. V Burmakin vs A Graf
|| ||1-0||32||2001||European Championship||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|8. Yusupov vs P K Wells
|| ||1-0||43||2001||European Championship||D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|9. Dautov vs G Sargissian
|| ||1-0||32||2001||European Championship||D35 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. Lputian vs M Grabarczyk
|| ||1-0||41||2001||European Championship||D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|11. Sutovsky vs D Jacimovic
|| ||1-0||18||2001||European Championship||C18 French, Winawer|
|12. Motylev vs Fedorchuk
|| ||1-0||53||2001||European Championship||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|13. Nisipeanu vs S Halkias
|| ||1-0||40||2001||European Championship||B33 Sicilian|
|14. A Volokitin vs Z Kozul
|| ||1-0||44||2001||European Championship||B58 Sicilian|
|15. T Markowski vs E Dervishi
|| ||1-0||54||2001||European Championship||A14 English|
|16. P Jaracz vs Degraeve
|| ||1-0||68||2001||European Championship||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|17. V Iordachescu vs S Djuric
|| ||1-0||40||2001||European Championship||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|18. Epishin vs Zlochevskij
|| ||1-0||58||2001||European Championship||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|19. Stefansson vs F Abbasov
|| ||1-0||38||2001||European Championship||A20 English|
|20. T Luther vs Efimenko
|| ||1-0||33||2001||European Championship||B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line|
|21. K Hulak vs T Likavsky
|| ||1-0||63||2001||European Championship||D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line|
|22. V Nevednichy vs M Mitkov
|| ||1-0||37||2001||European Championship||C55 Two Knights Defense|
|23. E Arlandi vs Miles
|| ||1-0||70||2001||European Championship||D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|24. Neverov vs C Rossi
|| ||1-0||31||2001||European Championship||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|25. F Vallejo Pons vs A Khruschiov
|| ||1-0||23||2001||European Championship||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
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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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