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🏆 European Championship (2006)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Vasyl Ivanchuk, Vugar Gashimov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Baadur Jobava, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Laurent Fressinet, Rauf Mamedov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Kiril Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Eltaj Safarli, Ivan Saric, Mateusz Bartel, Igor Kurnosov, Predrag Nikolic, Evgeny Postny, Csaba Balogh, Konstantin Sakaev, Tigran L Petrosian, Georg Meier, Aleksander Delchev, Gadir Guseinov, Sergei Azarov, Maxim Turov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Arman Pashikian, Evgeny Romanov, Zviad Izoria, Alexei Fedorov, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Alexander Graf, Tomi Nyback, Borki Predojevic, Bartlomiej Macieja, Viorel Iordachescu, Erwin L'Ami, Robert Kempinski, Vladimir Belov, Friso Nijboer, Zdenko Kozul, Ulf Andersson, Vasilios Kotronias, Hrvoje Stevic, Sergey Erenburg, Suat Atalik, Vadim Malakhatko, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Emanuel Berg, Alexander Galkin, Merab Gagunashvili, Yannick Pelletier, Manuel Perez Candelario, Alberto David, Dmitry Svetushkin, David Baramidze, Artashes Minasian, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Mladen Palac, Christopher Lutz, Evgenij Agrest, Falko Bindrich, Erik van den Doel, Pavel Blatny, Nikola Sedlak, Ante Brkic, Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez, Vladimir Chuchelov, Ashot Anastasian, Sebastian Bogner, Emre Can, Thomas Luther, Vladislav Nevednichy, Valentin Iotov, Davor Rogic, Hannes Hlifar Stefansson, Ante Saric, Sarunas Sulskis, Robert Zelcic, Alojzije Jankovic, David Arutinian, Konstantine Shanava, Baris Esen, Ognjen Cvitan, Levan Aroshidze, Hedinn Steingrimsson, Tatiana Kosintseva, Bartlomiej Heberla, Tigran Kotanjian, Pawel Czarnota, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Luc Winants, Krunoslav Hulak, Alexei Iljushin, Alexandre Dgebuadze, Michele Godena, Athanasios Mastrovasilis, Helgi Dam Ziska plus 38 more players. Chess Event Description
European Championship (2006)

The 7th European Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at the KoruMar Hotel in Kusadasi, Aydin Province, Turkey, 4-16 April 2006, with a rest day on 11 April, and a day for playoffs on 16 April. It was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. A total of 138 players including 79 GM's, 38 IM's and 6 FM's participated, with Ivanchuk as the only one rated >2700. The 16 best players would qualify for the World Cup (2007). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. Prize fund: 48,000 euros. First prize 7,000, 2nd prize 5,500, 3rd prize 3,500 euros. Tournament director: Abdulrahman Koral. Chief arbiter: Ozgur Solakoglu. Play began at 3 pm. Number of games played: 753 Classical + 40 Rapid + 14 Blitz + 3 Armageddon = 810.

Zdenko Kozul won the event with 8.5/11. Ivanchuk was 2nd with 8/11, and Georgiev won the playoff for 3rd place. There was also a playoff for WC qualification between the 14 players with 7/11, from which Gagunashvili, Berg, Mamedov, Gurevich, Fressinet and Balogh qualified. The playoff games were two Rapid (15 min + 5 sec) games, then if necessary two Blitz (5 min) games, and an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 min).


Official site:
Mark Weeks:
Interview with the winner:
Emanuel Berg in Tidskrift för Schack, 2006/4, pp. 46-57:
Jonathan Speelman in The Guardian, 23 April 2006:

Previous: European Championship (2005). Next: European Championship (2007). See also European Championship (Women) (2006) (same place and time)

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 753  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Gurevich vs Iskusnyh  ½-½332006European ChampionshipA36 English
2. H Stevic vs Fressinet ½-½362006European ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. K Georgiev vs I Kurnosov  ½-½552006European ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. M Narciso Dublan vs Delchev  0-1182006European ChampionshipA10 English
5. T Hillarp Persson vs Z Izoria  0-1402006European ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
6. O Cvitan vs Ivanchuk ½-½282006European ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Moiseenko vs R Zelcic  ½-½372006European ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. A Brkic vs Naiditsch ½-½362006European ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. Jobava vs A Jankovic 1-0272006European ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
10. M Perez Candelario vs V Gashimov  ½-½172006European ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
11. S Atalik vs S Sulskis  1-0312006European ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
12. B Heberla vs A Galkin  ½-½162006European ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Fedorov vs Blatny ½-½112006European ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
14. L Aroshidze vs G Guseinov  ½-½142006European ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
15. B Socko vs S Guliev  ½-½372006European ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
16. T Kosintseva vs Z Kozul 0-1522006European ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. C Lutz vs B Itkis  ½-½562006European ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
18. K Shanava vs G Kacheishvili 0-1282006European ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. V Iordachescu vs A Iljushin  1-0462006European ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
20. J M Lopez Martinez vs V Belov  ½-½592006European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. Miroshnichenko vs A Pashikian  1-0362006European ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. S Williams vs Kotronias  ½-½562006European ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
23. E Inarkiev vs E Romanov  1-0532006European ChampionshipC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
24. A Saric vs P Nikolic  0-1482006European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
25. T Luther vs O Jovanic 1-0372006European ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-14-06  notyetagm: <Wannabe> The bookie always wins in the end, baby. :-)
Apr-14-06  OhoBoho: Breaking news: Topalov vs Kramnik in September
Apr-14-06  OhoBoho:
Apr-14-06  Ivan23: Last round pairings on top boards:

Kozul (8) - Izoria (7)
Belov (7) - Ivanchuk (7,5)
Inarkiev (7) - Nikolic (7)
Georgiev (7) - Gurevich (6,5)

Apr-14-06  Maroczy: Former European champion Macieja has played some tough draws vs. Jobava, Shanava and Gurevitch. He's having one of his best efforts in a long time.
Apr-14-06  notyetagm: <Ivan23: Last round pairings on top boards:>

I thought this tournament was 13 rounds? This is only rounds 11.

Apr-15-06  Ivan23: <notyetagm> Only 11 rounds will be played. Last round today, tie-breakers in Sunday and closing ceremony and departures in Monday (hence Apr 4 - Apr 17).
Apr-15-06  Ivan23: Kozul-Izoria drawn after 5 minutes and 10 moves played. Ivanchuk needs a win with Black in an Exchange Slav against Belov to share 1st place with Kozul.
Apr-15-06  whatthefat: Well, I decided to give Georgiev one last chance to win me back my chessbucks. Unfortunately, I overlooked the fact that HE'S SOFT AS ANYTHING AND CAN ONLY LAST 9 MOVES AS WHITE!! Ahem... excuse me.. getting all worked up here...

Serenity now.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Belov appears to have no objection to a draw, but Ivanchuk seems to be trying to win.

<whatthefat> LOL. Glancing over Georgiev's games so far, I am sure he was very tired.

Apr-15-06  whatthefat: <keypusher>
Yeah, I know, it's actually a pretty impressive result for him. Just a shame he had to cost me about a grand of imaginary money along the way.
Apr-15-06  Ivan23: Belov-Ivanchuk draw.
It's official now, Kozul is the new champ.
Apr-15-06  notyetagm: ICC claims Ivanchuk won to go to 8.5 and tie Kozul.
Apr-15-06  Ivan23: Official site says draw after 30 moves.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The Belov-Ivanchuk position on the official site sure looks like a draw to me.

This is the first time I've followed the progress of a tournament like this via the internet. I guess short draws are very common in the penultimate round of a tournament. One game in the Women's section lasted all of five moves.

Apr-15-06  TheUnkraut: (Whatthefat) you really missunderstand georgiev: he might have played only 9 moves-but im sure he was giving his very best till the titanic fight was over
Apr-15-06  BIDMONFA: 7th European Individual Championship (2006)

History Championship

Apr-15-06  Ezzy: Congratulations to Grandmaster Kozul the new European champion!

What an improvement on last year when he scored 5.5/13 and lost 24 rating points in that one tournament.

Apr-16-06  WarmasterKron: According to ChessBase, Kozul's performance rating for the tournament was an impressive 2791.
Apr-16-06  stanleys: Another big success for a Croatian player - about a month ago GM Zelcic became European blitz champion and GM Palac took the third place. Congratulations!
Apr-17-06  Petrosian63: Will Ivanchuk gain any ELO points from the European Individual Championships?
Apr-17-06  AlexandraThess: What a sad championship the legendary Ulf Andersson had hard moments
Apr-18-06  Maroczy: Where is that elusive last round?
Apr-18-06  Maroczy: Thanks.
Apr-19-06  turkishgrandmaster: Sinan Tezok is my friend but he is an amuetor. He just went there for fun
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