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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:

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 455  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Gurevich vs A Volzhin  1-0422001European ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Bologan vs S Sulskis 1-0622001European ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Van Wely vs S Guliev 1-0242001European ChampionshipA81 Dutch
4. Lautier vs O Cvitan  1-0652001European ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
5. Krasenkow vs G Rechlis  1-0542001European ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. P Nikolic vs Mikhalevski  1-0482001European ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
7. V Burmakin vs A Graf  1-0322001European ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. Yusupov vs P K Wells  1-0432001European ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Dautov vs G Sargissian  1-0322001European ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Lputian vs M Grabarczyk  1-0412001European ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Sutovsky vs D Jacimovic  1-0182001European ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
12. Motylev vs Fedorchuk  1-0532001European ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Nisipeanu vs S Halkias  1-0402001European ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
14. A Volokitin vs Z Kozul  1-0442001European ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
15. T Markowski vs E Dervishi  1-0542001European ChampionshipA14 English
16. P Jaracz vs Degraeve  1-0682001European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
17. V Iordachescu vs S Djuric  1-0402001European ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Epishin vs Zlochevskij  1-0582001European ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Stefansson vs F Abbasov  1-0382001European ChampionshipA20 English
20. T Luther vs Efimenko  1-0332001European ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. K Hulak vs T Likavsky  1-0632001European ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
22. V Nevednichy vs M Mitkov  1-0372001European ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
23. E Arlandi vs Miles  1-0702001European ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Neverov vs C Rossi  1-0312001European ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. F Vallejo Pons vs A Khruschiov  1-0232001European ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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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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