|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. Blehm vs J Polgar
||½-½||29||2001||European Championship||B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|2. Short vs A Yegiazarian
|| ||½-½||62||2001||European Championship||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|3. Aronian vs Ponomariov
|| ||½-½||25||2001||European Championship||B07 Pirc|
|4. Tkachiev vs J Gdanski
|| ||½-½||18||2001||European Championship||A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation|
|5. Goloshchapov vs Azmaiparashvili
|| ||½-½||42||2001||European Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|6. R Tischbierek vs Movsesian
|| ||½-½||43||2001||European Championship||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|7. Miroshnichenko vs Korchnoi
|| ||½-½||26||2001||European Championship||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|8. Vaganian vs I Miladinovic
|| ||½-½||30||2001||European Championship||A04 Reti Opening|
|9. B Chatalbashev vs Z Almasi
|| ||½-½||28||2001||European Championship||E14 Queen's Indian|
|10. Beliavsky vs S Savchenko
|| ||½-½||50||2001||European Championship||D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|11. A Shneider vs Ehlvest
|| ||½-½||16||2001||European Championship||E15 Queen's Indian|
|12. Piket vs Nedev
|| ||½-½||18||2001||European Championship||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
|13. P Smirnov vs P Tregubov
|| ||½-½||45||2001||European Championship||B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|14. Acs vs Zvjaginsev
|| ||½-½||100||2001||European Championship||B12 Caro-Kann Defense|
|15. Baklan vs Kuczynski
|| ||½-½||59||2001||European Championship||B96 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|16. P San Segundo Carrillo vs A Aleksandrov
|| ||½-½||29||2001||European Championship||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
|17. Khenkin vs B Kantsler
|| ||½-½||26||2001||European Championship||B07 Pirc|
|18. S Ionov vs Milov
|| ||½-½||23||2001||European Championship||D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation|
|19. R Zelcic vs Tiviakov
|| ||½-½||36||2001||European Championship||B30 Sicilian|
|20. E Najer vs K Miton
|| ||½-½||49||2001||European Championship||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|21. Golod vs R Ekstroem
|| ||½-½||33||2001||European Championship||D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation|
|22. Z Izoria vs Fedorov
|| ||½-½||99||2001||European Championship||E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation|
|23. M Kobalia vs S Cao
|| ||½-½||47||2001||European Championship||E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|24. Efimov vs P H Nielsen
|| ||½-½||67||2001||European Championship||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|25. Delchev vs E J Gausel
|| ||½-½||39||2001||European Championship||A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System|
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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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