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European Championship Tournament

Zurab Azmaiparashvili9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Graf9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Kiril Georgiev8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Andrei Kharlov8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Sarunas Sulskis8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Emil Sutovsky8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Alexander Galkin8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Aleksej Aleksandrov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Rustem Dautov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Evgenij Agrest8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Gadir Guseinov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Leonid Kritz8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Vasilios Kotronias8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Valeriy Neverov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Luke McShane8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Valerij Filippov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Vadim Milov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Ashot Anastasian8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Pavel Smirnov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
* (207 players total; 175 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2003)

The 4th European Championship was a 207-player 13-round Swiss tournament held at the Marin Princess Hotel in Silivri, Istanbul Province, Turkey, 30 May - 14 June 2003, with rest days on 4 and 9 June, and a day for playoffs on 14 June. No less than 152 GMs participated, of which 49 were rated >2600. Two players (Ivanchuk and Grischuk) were rated >2700. Among the men were also a 13-year-old girl, Kateryna Lagno. The players were once again requested to stay in certain hotels. The first 39 players (excl. seeded players, and five players from the previous European championship) would qualify for the 2003/04 World Championship. Time control: 90 minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: $192,000 (minus FIDE and ECU taxes), a considerable increase from 2002. First prize $32,000, 2nd prize $24,000, 3rd prize $16,000. Chief arbiter: Viron Tsorbatzoglou. Play began each day at 3 pm. N games played: 1337 Classical + 2 Rapid = 1339.

Zurab Azmaiparashvili won the event with 9.5/13. Malakhov beat Graf 1½-½ in the Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) tiebreak match for 2nd place, see 4th EU-ch playoff (2003). The four 8/13 players with worst Buchholz score (Fedorov, Tiviakov, Istratescu, Inarkiev) were supposed to have a playoff for two places in the WC tournament, but this did not happen because they felt that all 32 players tied on 8 points should be involved. Inarkiev and Tiviakov did take part in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004).


Official site:
Tiebreak rules:
Mark Weeks:
Tidskrift för Schack, 2003/6, pp. 407-413:
Interview with Azmaiparashvili:

Previous: European Championship (2002). Next: European Championship (2004). See also European Championship (Women) (2003) (same place, 2-14 June)

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,283  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs Dvoirys  1-0442003European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
2. Dolmatov vs I Kurnosov  ½-½282003European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Yagupov vs Neverov 0-1172003European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Kharlov vs Hug  1-0762003European ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
5. R Azimi vs A Shomoev  0-1452003European ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. R Kempinski vs Van Wely  ½-½602003European ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
7. Minasian vs Azmaiparashvili ½-½72003European ChampionshipB07 Pirc
8. I Sokolov vs V Spasov ½-½432003European ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
9. Romanishin vs M E Kayar  1-0292003European ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
10. D Pavasovic vs D Mastrovasilis  1-0392003European ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
11. S Savchenko vs D Reyhan  1-0462003European ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
12. B Valensi vs Goloshchapov  0-1582003European ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. S Conquest vs Ivanchuk  ½-½372003European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
14. Grischuk vs A Iljushin 1-0532003European ChampionshipC11 French
15. Cherniaev vs Aronian  ½-½452003European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. V Nevednichy vs E Karadeniz  1-0402003European ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
17. A Romero Holmes vs U Akcan  1-0542003European ChampionshipA20 English
18. A E Ataman vs I Nataf 0-1362003European ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. A Anastasian vs A Duman 1-0282003European ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
20. C Morrison vs M Mchedlishvili  0-1402003European ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. T Luther vs C Arduman  1-0652003European ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. R Mamedov vs V Burmakin  ½-½152003European ChampionshipC10 French
23. I Ivanisevic vs I Asmundsson  1-0302003European ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. A Olcayoz vs Z Izoria  ½-½342003European ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. E Can vs Nijboer  ½-½352003European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  lostemperor: Let's test this new tournamentfeature:) I don't get it. This Europeanchampionship is played in the accelerated new timer of Fide while the unification WC-matches is back to its "old" longer timer of 2 hours for 40 moves. Either weird or double standards. This timer causes much more blunders in the games. If people like to see players making blunders look at my (fast) games on internet!
Jun-09-03  refutor: there anyway to sort the tournament listings by eco? i find it hard to look for the stuff i play without it being sorted ;)
Jun-09-03  Bears092: Refutor - You could search using just the ECO and type in 2003 for the year, then pick out the ones that are from 4th IECC. It'll be a lot easier to do that than search through all 700 of these games.
Jun-13-03  twisterctl8: where can i follow the games live for this tournament?
Jun-13-03  pks: you can see the games live at icc but its over now sorry
Premium Chessgames Member The remaining rounds from this tournament are now online. Hats off to Azmaiparashvili who bagged clear first place. We're working on getting the games from the women's section.

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