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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 24; games 1-25 of 597  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blehm vs J Polgar ½-½292001European ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Short vs A Yegiazarian  ½-½622001European ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. Aronian vs Ponomariov  ½-½252001European ChampionshipB07 Pirc
4. Tkachiev vs J Gdanski  ½-½182001European ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
5. Goloshchapov vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½422001European ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
6. R Tischbierek vs Movsesian  ½-½432001European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Miroshnichenko vs Korchnoi  ½-½262001European ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Vaganian vs I Miladinovic  ½-½302001European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
9. B Chatalbashev vs Z Almasi  ½-½282001European ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
10. Beliavsky vs S Savchenko  ½-½502001European ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. A Shneider vs Ehlvest  ½-½162001European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
12. Piket vs Nedev  ½-½182001European ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. P Smirnov vs P Tregubov  ½-½452001European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Acs vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½1002001European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Baklan vs Kuczynski  ½-½592001European ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. P San Segundo Carrillo vs A Aleksandrov  ½-½292001European ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. Khenkin vs B Kantsler  ½-½262001European ChampionshipB07 Pirc
18. S Ionov vs Milov  ½-½232001European ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. R Zelcic vs Tiviakov  ½-½362001European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
20. E Najer vs K Miton  ½-½492001European ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
21. Golod vs R Ekstroem  ½-½332001European ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
22. Z Izoria vs Fedorov  ½-½992001European ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
23. M Kobalia vs S Cao  ½-½472001European ChampionshipE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Efimov vs P H Nielsen  ½-½672001European ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
25. Delchev vs E J Gausel  ½-½392001European ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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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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