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European Championship Tournament

Ian Nepomniachtchi9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Baadur Jobava8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Artyom Timofeev8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Zahar Efimenko8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Igor Lysyj8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Zoltan Almasi8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Ivan Salgado Lopez8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Arman Pashikian8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Rauf Mamedov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Sergei Movsesian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nikita Maiorov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Pavel Tregubov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Akopian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Denis Khismatullin7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Emil Sutovsky7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Igor Kurnosov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Stelios Halkias7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Robert Hovhannisyan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ferenc Berkes7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Bojan Vuckovic7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Vladimir Potkin7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Athanasios Mastrovasilis7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Grachev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Bartosz Socko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny E Vorobiov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
* (406 players total; 374 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2010)

The 11th European Championship was an 11-round Swiss held in the Center Zamet sports hall in Rijeka, Croatia, 6-18 March 2010, with a rest day on 13 March and a day for playoffs on 18 March. It was organized by the Rijeka chess club and the Croatian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the City of Rijeka and the European Chess Union. A total of 406 players participated, including 186 GM's and 76 IM's. The first 22 players would qualify for the World Cup (2011). 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: 120,000 euros. First prize 20,000, 2nd prize 15,000, 3rd prize 11,000 euros. Tournament director: Damir Vrhovnik. Chief arbiter: Mladen Bratosevic. Play began each day at 3:30 pm. Number of games played: 2191 Classical, 36 Rapid, 14 Blitz and 5 Armageddon = 2246.

Ian Nepomniachtchi won with 9/11. Jobava beat Timofeev in the playoff match for silver medal. Adding to the players with 8 points or more, the playoff matches for World Cup participation qualified 13 players the World Cup (2011). The playoff matches consisted of two Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) games, then if necessary two Blitz (5 min + 2 sec) games, and an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 min). See 11th Eu-ch playoff (2010).


Official site:
Playoff results:
Mark Weeks:
ChessBase 1:
ChessBase 2:

Previous: European Championship (2009). Next: European Championship (2011). See also European Championship (Women) (2010)

 page 1 of 87; games 1-25 of 2,166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Ortega vs Z Almasi ½-½512010European ChampionshipE01 Catalan, Closed
2. Bacrot vs P Carlsson 1-0572010European ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Brunello vs Movsesian 0-1522010European ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
4. Navara vs V Durarbayli 1-0452010European ChampionshipB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
5. K Arkell vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1362010European ChampionshipA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
6. Motylev vs J Maiwald  ½-½352010European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. L Shytaj vs Adams 0-1342010European ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
8. Tomashevsky vs D Petrosian  ½-½302010European ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
9. M Yilmaz vs E Alekseev 0-1332010European ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. Jobava vs M Neubauer 1-0362010European ChampionshipE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. D Doric vs Naiditsch 0-1552010European ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. V Akopian vs V Iakymov 1-0342010European ChampionshipA14 English
13. V Rasulov vs A Volokitin  ½-½762010European ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. Bologan vs Kalegin 1-0232010European ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. G M Todorovic vs Caruana  0-1332010European ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. G Sargissian vs M Womacka ½-½352010European ChampionshipA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
17. A Potapov vs I Kurnosov  0-1302010European ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
18. Areshchenko vs M Zufic  1-0362010European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. S Baumegger vs Fressinet  0-1252010European ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. K Georgiev vs G Popilski 1-0612010European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. C Vernay vs A Moiseenko  0-1322010European ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. Bareev vs M Tosic 1-0282010European ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. A Butnorius vs B Grachev 0-1342010European ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. E Inarkiev vs A Gutov 1-0412010European ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. A Smirnov vs E Najer 1-0282010European ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Mar-17-10  frogbert: <Probably a lot of draws (short ones) again today.>

four of the top 5 boards were hardfought, decisive games. we really can't complain about the leading players' fighting attitude today.

Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: In a couple of years Cheparinov has fallen from the top 20 (January 2008) to outside the top 100 (after this tournament).
Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: Guseinov has dropped points even quicker, from 2667 in September to below 2600 today.
Mar-17-10  jon01: <In a couple of years Cheparinov has fallen from the top 20 (January 2008) to outside the top 100 (after this tournament).>

Cheparinov can't play, otherwise he will reveal Topalov's secrets. I'm sure he will regain back to 2700 after the world championship match.

Mar-17-10  percyblakeney: Nepomniachtchi isn't too far from 2700 now, but he will need another good result to reach it. He gained almost 30 points here and should have 16 left to 2700.
Mar-17-10  kingsindian2006: i thought this would be the tourney giri shines and takes a big step forward.. i wonder if he is ill?
Mar-17-10  esticles: With 10 players having 8 points and above, the remaining 12 World Cup spots will be decided tomorrow between the 30 players at 7.5. I'm guessing the bottom 12 on tiebreaks will be paired to reduce the field to 24, and then the 24 will be paired up to get to 12. We'll have to find out tomorrow though!
Mar-17-10  evlozare: a disappointing tournament result for fabiano caruana, one of the 'rising stars' player on august2010. he ended up 124th place.
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  e4ia: <esticles> Are those tiebreaks going to be carried live?

And what are the time controls?

Also, we may have an earlier start time for them as well, if carried. Thanks anyone for any info re his post!

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  e4ia: The time controls are here

Start time MAY be 0500 USA EDT or New York time;but we may not be able to see them at home site ?

Mar-17-10  redwhitechess: so what is the official medal winners and qualifiers ? the official web is down i think. congrat for Nepom and Pia!
Mar-17-10  kurtrichards: Sad Caruana was way far off the top finishers. :(
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  e4ia: site isn't down or wasn't;
from the regulations link

<Tie-break Matches
In the European Individual Chess Championship tie-breaks are organized only in the following cases:

a) to establish the Champion;
b) to establish the medal winners;
c) to establish qualifiers, for the World Chess Championship.

In case of a) and b) the relevant tie-break matches will decide the final ranking and the money prizes connected with these places.

In the case of c), the relevant tie-break matches will not influence the final ranking and the money prizes will be shared equally.

System of the Tie-break matches:
Additional matches of two games will be played with 15 minutes on the clock and addition of 10 seconds before each move. If this match is drawn again, then two games will be played with five minutes plus two seconds per move. If this match is again drawn, then the sudden-death game will be played with white having 5 minutes on the clock and black having 4 minutes, without any addition. White has to win the sudden-death game in order to win the match. In case that more than three tie-break rounds have to be played, the Chief-Arbiter – after confirmation by the ECU President or his representative – may change the playing schedule in such a way that the tie-break matches can be finished within one day. Detailed Tournament Regulations for the tie-break matches and the time schedule will be announced on Wednesday, 17 March at 22.30 at the Technical Meeting for tie breaks.

The 11th Individual European Chess Championship for men and women is qualification event for the next World Cup. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 22 players will qualify.>

Mar-18-10  redwhitechess: Then confirmed guests for next World Cup are:

1. Ian Nepomniachtchi
2. Baadur Jobava
3. Timofeev Artyom
4. Igor Lysyj
5. Zahar Efimenko
6. Zoltan Almasi
7. Evgeny Tomashevski
8. Maxim Rodshtein
9. Arman Pashikian
10. Ivan Salgado Lopez

while 28 players playing mini tournament tonight to decided the rest accomodations, hopefully I put it righ here :

Mar-18-10  Don Cossacks: Wow,Nepomniachtchi is now the reigning European Individual Champion.Nepo!Nepo!Nepo!
Mar-18-10  virginmind: congratulations ian nepomniachtchi and pia cramling!
Mar-18-10  aragorn69: Results of the 1st round of playoffs:
Hracek-Babula 1/2
Drozdovskij-Belov 1-0
Howell-Navara 1/2
Volkov-Sargissian 1/2

And in the (less important) silver medal match:
Timofeeev-Jobava 0-1

Premium Chessgames Member
  e4ia: The second round of the tiebreaks will start at 1:30PM USA New York EDT time; or local time there 1630 CET
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hours for Croatia


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  e4ia: The second games (switch colors) of the first round pairings are happening now at this post about 9:30AM USA New York time

Mar-18-10  aragorn69: Results of the 2nd game of the 1st round of playoffs:

Babula-Hracek 1/2
Belov-<Drozdovskij> 0-1

<Navara>-Howell 1-0
Volkov-Sargissian 1/2

And in the (less important) silver medal match:
<Jobava>-Timofeeev 1/2

Mar-18-10  virginmind: khismatullin resigns just before being mated next move...
Mar-18-10  swordfish: Congratulations Nepomniachtchi - he beat out a lot of higher-rated and more experienced opponent. Another young player with a very bright future.
Mar-19-10  Chessforeva: 3D games
Rounds 1-6:

Rounds 7-11:

Apr-21-10  DarthStapler: 9/11 was the winning score. Terrorist conspiracy!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: Here is a link to the final standings for this event:
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