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European Championship Tournament

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu10/13(+7 -0 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin9/13(+8 -3 =2)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Pavel Eljanov9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Karen Asrian9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander G Beliavsky9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Vadim Milov8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Vasilios Kotronias8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Ivan Sokolov8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Artyom Timofeev8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Aleksey Dreev8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Levan Pantsulaia8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Evgeny Najer8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Csaba Balogh8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Valerij Popov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Zahar Efimenko8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Konstantin Sakaev8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Sang Cao8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Alexei Iljushin8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Motylev8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Pavel Smirnov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Alexei Fedorov8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
* (229 players total; 197 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2005)

The 6th European Championship was a 13-round Swiss held at Hotel 500 in Zegrze (28 km north of Warsaw), Poland, from 18 June to 2 July 2005, with a rest day on 24 June and a day for playoffs on 2 July. It was organized by the Warsaw Foundation for Chess Development and the Sport Club Polonia Warsaw, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. A total of 229 players (incl. 136 GMs and 47 IMs) participated, and three players (Ivanchuk, Dreev and Bologan) were rated 2700 or more. The 34 best players would qualify for the World Cup (2005). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 15 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 120,000 euros. First prize 20,000, 2nd prize 16,000, 3rd prize 12,000 euros. Tournament director: Agnieszka Fornal. Chief arbiter: Dirk de Ridder. Play began each day at 3 pm. N games played: 1473 Classical + 36 Rapid + 16 Blitz + 4 Armageddon = 1529.

Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu won the event with 10/13. Radjabov was 2nd with 9.5/13, and Aronian won the playoff for 3rd place. There was also a playoff for WC qualification between 16 of the players with 8/13. The playoff games were two Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) games, then if needed two Blitz (5 min + 2 sec) games, and if still equal an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 min). See 6th EU-ch playoff (2005).


Official site:
Playoff results:
Mark Weeks:
Jonathan Speelman in The Guardian, 10 July 2005:

Previous: European Championship (2004). Next: European Championship (2006). See also European Championship (Women) (2005)

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,375  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Jaracz vs Ivanchuk 0-1622005European ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
2. Dreev vs M Godena  1-0582005European ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. N Guliyev vs Bologan  ½-½822005European ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. Aronian vs Portisch 1-0332005European ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. P K Wells vs Van Wely 1-0442005European ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Motylev vs G Dizdar  ½-½222005European ChampionshipC11 French
7. A Bagheri vs Radjabov 0-1532005European ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Krasenkow vs M Mchedlishvili  1-0392005European ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
9. Smeets vs Sakaev  ½-½332005European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. V Malakhov vs I Khairullin  ½-½462005European ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
11. L'Ami vs Nisipeanu  ½-½332005European ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
12. K Georgiev vs H Stevic  ½-½602005European ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. R Zelcic vs A Moiseenko  0-1532005European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
14. I Sokolov vs R Ibrahimov  ½-½562005European ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. M Bartel vs Milov  0-1432005European ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
16. P H Nielsen vs R Mamedov  ½-½392005European ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
17. B Kovacevic vs Navara  1-0542005European ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Mamedyarov vs D Reinderman 1-0292005European ChampionshipA81 Dutch
19. T Nalbandian vs Rublevsky  0-1402005European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
20. M Kobalia vs D Frolyanov  1-0432005European ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
21. A Evdokimov vs Eljanov  0-1402005European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
22. Lputian vs P Bobras  0-1402005European ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Mista vs Fressinet  ½-½382005European ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Jobava vs K Urban  ½-½142005European ChampionshipA55 Old Indian, Main line
25. L Pantsulaia vs A Aleksandrov  1-0602005European ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-02-05  azaris: The rapid games were drawn, they're now playing blitz. Aronian won the first game.
Jul-02-05  Knight13: 20000 Euros = How many US dollars?
Jul-02-05  ughaibu: Knight13: don't you know what Google is?
Jul-02-05  Jafar219: 20000 euro = 25000 dollars.
Jul-02-05  azaris: The top five are:

1. Nisipeanu
2. Radjabov
3. Aronian
4. Karjakin
5. Ivanchuk

Jul-02-05  Knight13: (Last two posts has been deleted due to embarrasments)
Jul-02-05  Hesam7: <> Round 13 is still missing here.
Jul-03-05  Ezzy: All the 3 young stars had a successful tournament!!

Radjabov would of gained about 20 elo points for this tournament!

Karjakin gained about 21 elo points!

Carlson gained about 23 elo points!

Pantsulaia gained 38 points!!

Bologon would have lost about 20 points??

<fgh> Sokolov would have gained 2 elo points - The average rating of his opponents was only 2561

Jul-03-05  farrooj: how do you find how many points you win? I never knew how to calculate it.
Jul-03-05  jamesmaskell: Go to the handbook area. No doubt the ELO calculations bit is in there somewhere.
Jul-03-05  capablancakarpov: <farrooj>Here you have the link:

Jul-03-05  farrooj: thanks man, it's totally cool!
Jul-03-05  capablancakarpov: And here is the link to the rating change calculator:

Jul-04-05  VishyFan: Nisipeanu is all set to enter the 2700+ club in the october list, he's now 2679 and set to gain 26 ELO from this tournament. Also, Radjabov will be entering the 2700 club..... Notable changes from this tournament......

Ivanchuk +4
Bologan -20
Radjabov +20
Nisipeanu +26
Milov +17
Nielsen -18
Karjakin +21
Beliavsky +21
Asrian +25
Petrosian -17
Carlsen +22

Jul-04-05  jamesmaskell: Bologan and Nielsen had a bad tournament. Petrosian too. There were always going to be big players finding it hard.
Jul-04-05  shortsight: Petrosian? Please be noted that this Petrosian is born in 1984, frequented playchess server, not the Petrosian that Fischer faced.
Jul-04-05  jamesmaskell: Im aware of that. I know the difference.
Jul-04-05  firebyrd: <All the 3 young stars had a successful tournament!!>

Kuzubov also scored the same as Carlsen from only a slightly better rating - and will probably do about the same ratingwise ~ +20

Jul-04-05  refutor: <shortsight> also be aware that "the petrosian that fischer faced" has been dead for quite some time...his corpse did not lose any rating points in this tournament
Jul-12-05  Starfire: In studying this tourney I am awed at seeing so many awesome players in this tourney,with so many world class names and WHO wins it?? Nisipeanu WHO????
Jul-16-05  Starfire: This is an excellent tourney for study
of games by top players
Aug-09-13  iclaudiu: Indeed, a lot of awesome players so Nisipeanu's victory is even more impressive.
Sep-02-17  Arconax: This was a good tournament. Tons of interesting study material.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: I can still remember how happy Nisipeanu was when he won this.
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <Tabanus> Me too !
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