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European Championship Tournament

Sergei Tiviakov8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Sergey Volkov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Pavel Tregubov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Erwin L'Ami8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Grachev8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Baklan8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Tomi Nyback8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Viktor Laznicka7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Dusko Pavasovic7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Zahar Efimenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ioannis Papaioannou7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Khalifman7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Evgeny Najer7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Jan Gustafsson7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Laurent Fressinet7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ilia Smirin7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Victor Bologan7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Mikhail Gurevich7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Tomasz Markowski7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Levente Vajda7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Michael Roiz7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Zbynek Hracek7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Rauf Mamedov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Vladimir Akopian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Galkin7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
* (323 players total; 291 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2008)

The 9th European Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at the Novotel Plovdiv Hotel in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 21 April - 3 May 2008, with a rest day on 28 April and a day for playoffs on 3 May. It was organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. A total of 323 players participated, including 181 GM's, 68 IM's and 25 FM's. The 23 best players would qualify for the World Cup (2009). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 100,000 euros. First prize 15,000, 2nd prize 10,500, 3rd prize 8,000 euros. Chief arbiter: Zdravko Nedev. Play began each day at 2:30 pm.

Sergei Tiviakov won the event with 8.5/11. Movsesian won the playoff for 2nd place, and Volkov took 3rd place. There was also a playoff for WC qualification between 22 of the 24 players with 7.5/11 (Sutovsky and Laznicka qualified on Buchholz score). The official tiebreak rules were changed prior to the playoff so that the matches consisted of two Rapid (15 min + 5 sec) games, and then if 1-1, an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 min). In addition to the players with 8 points or more and Sutovsky and Laznicka, also Pavasovic, Efimenko, Papaioannou, Khalifman, Najer, Andreikin, Sargissian, Gustafsson, Fressinet, Smirin and Bologan qualified for the World Cup (2009). Number of games played: 1753 Classical + 38 Rapid + 9 Armageddon = 1800.


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Previous: European Championship (2007). Next: European Championship (2009). See also European Championship (Women) (2008) (same place and time)

 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,745  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs K Rusev  1-0362008European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. A Volokitin vs C Nanu  1-0332008European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. J Radulski vs Z Almasi 0-1322008European ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
4. P Nikolic vs F Bindrich  1-0502008European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. P Carlsson vs V Akopian  ½-½412008European ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
6. Fedorchuk vs A Czebe  ½-½522008European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
7. A Tukhaev vs Motylev ½-½182008European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Bologan vs B Heberla 1-0282008European ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
9. M Narciso Dublan vs K Georgiev  ½-½402008European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. K Szabo vs Efimenko  0-1642008European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. M Roiz vs Z Stanojoski  ½-½492008European ChampionshipA15 English
12. A Saric vs Tomashevsky  ½-½502008European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. Fressinet vs G Mateuta  1-0272008European ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Bosiocic vs Predojevic 1-0362008European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Areshchenko vs M Sebenik 1-0422008European ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
16. S Vokarev vs A Moiseenko  ½-½302008European ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
17. I Ivanisevic vs D Kosic  ½-½412008European ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
18. Saric vs Sakaev 1-0382008European ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Baklan vs A Colovic  ½-½482008European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
20. D Bojkov vs B Socko  ½-½212008European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
21. G Sargissian vs J Skoberne 1-0362008European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. M Sulashvili vs Miroshnichenko  0-1412008European ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. M Nikolov vs Fridman  ½-½202008European ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Delchev vs K Rasmussen 1-0252008European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. M Mchedlishvili vs V Papin  1-0532008European ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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May-04-08  cannibal: Oh, look what happened.

"Sometimes, <>, like love or music, has the power to make people happy."

(Would have been even better though, if the post where he brags about being such a popular kibitzer would have been left here just for fun...)

May-04-08  cannibal: Btw, I'm gonna try (in vain, most likely) to turn this back into a chess page by noticing, hey, Gustafsson qualified for the World Cup once again. Congratulations!

Very good result also for Marie Sebag (6.5/11). She lost against Galkin in the last round, when another win would have brought her in the race for World Cup tie-breakers, and most likely also a GM norm.

May-04-08  slomarko: <MichAdams> now i remember you, you are the guy who produced this piece of garbage on another page: <MichAdams: I was about to use the expression 'cheating Arab' when I remembered that ethnic Iranians are not Arabs. See:
Even so, Iran can be considered a typically Middle Eastern low-trust society where to cheat kafirs wouldn't be particularly frowned upon>
May-04-08  Alphastar: <MichAdams: I was only responding in kind to the idiotic notion that Sutovsky be allowed to compete in the European Championship, because of the Bible. Better come up with a better legal defence than that.>

Saying something is an idiotic notion and then dismissing it is not a valid argumentation. Better come up with something better than that.

May-04-08  MichAdams: <<MichAdams> racists/chauvinists are generaly known to respond ad hominem, as they lack the usual insight for a normal discussion. also they completely lack sense of humour.>

I mentioned it before, but you conveniently ignored it, so let's try again. Do you have a problem with a nation that officially discriminates between Jews and non-Jews?

May-04-08  MichAdams: <<MichAdams> now i remember you, you are the guy who produced this piece of garbage on another page...>

Truth is, you never forgot me. So you'll, no doubt, also recall that my evidence that Iran is a low-trust high-corruption society went completely unchallenged by you.

May-04-08  hitman84: <MichAdams>Have you watched the movie Patch Adams? Please do watch it.
May-04-08  slomarko: <Truth is, you never forgot me.> actually the only thing i remember about you is that you connected a case of cheating by an Iranian guy with corruptions in some countries and crap like that.
May-04-08  MichAdams:
May-04-08  cannibal: I think he's asking you out on a date, <slo>.
May-05-08  hovik2003: By the way Armenians are chosen people not the Jews or anybody else!

This is not from Bible so you have a excuse to delete my bitter but enlightening posts, ask any DNA specialist who worked with different racial groups and he will reveal you the hidden truth.

May-05-08  Strongest Force: ALL people are from the SAME source and that makes EVERYONE the chosen people.
May-05-08  notyetagm: <Strongest Force: ALL people are from the SAME source and that makes EVERYONE the chosen people.>

All religion is just complete @#$%ing nonsense. All it does is divide people, into the "chosen" and the "non-chosen".

May-05-08  capatal: Perhaps organized religion in every country, comes from our subconscious desire for life everlasting. Mixed in for some, with large portions of guilt.

"A spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe."-
Albert Einstein

May-05-08  MichAdams: Alternative solutions to the Israel-Palestinian conflict suggested by fellow <> members = 0.

But that's hardly unexpected when the two sides and the international community have been negotiating on and off for over 30 years with little more to show for it.

Face it, my plan is the only viable option.

May-05-08  Alphastar: Congratulations, MichAdams. When will you present your oh so viable option to the world?
May-05-08  cannibal: <MichAdams: Alternative solutions to the Israel-Palestinian conflict suggested by fellow <> members = 0.>

I guess it's time to be a little clear here:
I can't speak for other members, but for me the reason why I'm not even starting to present counter-arguments against your rants is that - "in my very honest and possibly wrong opinion" - they are so obviously baseless, historically ridiculous and naive, that no sober person could ever take them serious, full stop.

Now if you say to me, prove it, well I won't. That's cheap, I know. You can interpret that in any way you want. Feel free to call yourself the winner of the discussion, no problem.

But PLEASE, oh please, do it for yourself. Cause it should have occurred to you by now that people here aren't exactly taking all this repetitive noise very serious.

(And really, I never really assumed that you're actually racist, anti-semite or whatever. But it feels a little odd by now, that this, although completely off-topic, is so important to you)

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  keypusher: <MichAdams: I'm referring to the supposition that Israel is not a nation within the bounds of the geographical region known as Europe. Which would consequently invalidate his right to participate in said event.>

"Europe" is a fluid concept, apparently. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization finds itself on the Asian steppes. Besides, Israel's enemies are fond of referring to the Zionist Entity as an imperialist outpost of the Western hegemon, which would seem to entitle it to membership in Europe. Like Outremer of Crusader days.

As for solving the problems of the Middle East, well, wishing them out of existence is one way to do it. But some might consider that cheating.

May-05-08  hovik2003: Wow, what a feed back, I was just kidding with who deleted my post.

I always said this and nobody could argue with me I bet, that first step in ladder love to the mankind is love of yourself(whoever says he doesn't like himself is either lying or he is menthally sick), then comes the strong love to your family, inbetween step here is love of friends and neighborhood you like to live in, then is love of nation and the race that you belong to, if you fell you lack one of these tense feelings in your heart, Then you will never love people and human kind in general!!

May-05-08  hovik2003: By the way leave these little countries like Armenia, Israel, Georgia and many more alone! and let them be!!

some nations like Indians and Chinese already passed the billion mark, Russians(Slavs) and Anglo-Saxsons are about midway to that mark!

So what the hell is problem with human race and world geopolitics that you can't tolerate nations with overall population of the most 5 or 10 millions!!

May-05-08  MichAdams: <Besides, Israel's enemies are fond of referring to the Zionist Entity as an imperialist outpost of the Western hegemon, which would seem to entitle it to membership in Europe.>

Well, Israel can indeed be considered as Europe's last colonial experiment. In which case, one must concede that it's been a failure and that it's long term future is unviable. Time to concentrate on internal security threats.

May-05-08  slomarko: <MichAdams> interestingly you don't suggest Gibraltarians of british origin to return where they came from.
May-05-08  Youjoin: <MichAdams> Get a life
May-14-08  ste10987: it doesn't show whos winning weird
Jun-10-13  siggemannen: <ste10987>:
try European Individual Championship (2008)
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