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European Championship Tournament

Alexander Moiseenko8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Evgeny Romanov8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander G Beliavsky8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Aleksey Dreev8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Anton Korobov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Igor Lysyj7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Pavel Eljanov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Martyn Kravtsiv7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Daniil Dubov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Markus Ragger7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Zbynek Hracek7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ivan Popov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sabino Brunello7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Sergey A Fedorchuk7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Evgeny Postny7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Andrei Istratescu7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Eltaj Safarli7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ivan Saric7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Luka Lenic7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Csaba Balogh7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
* (280 players total; 248 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2013)

The 14th European Individual Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at the Qubus Hotel 4* in Legnica, Poland, 5-16 May 2013, with a rest day on 12 May. It was organized by the Polonia Wroclaw Chess Club, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. A total of 280 players participated, including 143 GM's and 60 IM's. The first 23 players would qualify for the World Cup in August. 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 14,000, 2nd prize 11,000, 3rd prize 9,000 euros. Chief organizer: Artur Czyz. Chief arbiter: Tomasz Delega. Play began each day at 3 pm. Number of games played: 1517.

Alexander Moiseenko won on tiebreak ahead of Alekseev (2nd), Romanov (3rd), and seven more players with 8/11. The players with 7.5/11 also qualified for participation in the World Cup (2013). Tiebreak criterion: rating average of opponents. GM norms: Aghasaryan, Nasuta, Kreisl, Kovalev, Goganov, and Duda. The blitz (3 + 2) tournament on 12 May was won by Mustafa Yilmaz.


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Blitz results:

Previous: European Championship (2012). Next: European Championship (2014). See also European Championship (Women) (2013)

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,465  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duda vs Jakovenko ½-½582013European ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
2. Tomashevsky vs B Michiels  1-0322013European ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. Romanishin vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1442013European ChampionshipD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
4. Nepomniachtchi vs F Holzke  1-0372013European ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
5. Y Ajrapetjan vs Areshchenko  0-1392013European ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
6. V Akopian vs M Tratar  ½-½412013European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. P Simacek vs A Korobov  0-1402013European ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Eljanov vs A Predke  1-0402013European ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
9. N Matinian vs Jobava  0-1352013European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
10. Wojtaszek vs V Neverov  ½-½502013European ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. D Wagner vs E Alekseev  0-1442013European ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
12. I Cheparinov vs S Matsenko  1-0562013European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. M Muzychuk vs Navara ½-½462013European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Z Almasi vs A Pavlidis  1-0322013European ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
15. E Danielian vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1372013European ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Movsesian vs L Cernousek  1-0502013European ChampionshipA16 English
17. T Fodor Jr vs F Berkes  ½-½322013European ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
18. B Grachev vs M Kanarek  1-0562013European ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. E Can vs V Laznicka  ½-½402013European ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Nisipeanu vs M Pacher 0-1272013European ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
21. K Stachowiak vs Efimenko  ½-½412013European ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Sutovsky vs M Antipov  ½-½602013European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. R Ekstroem vs Motylev  0-1602013European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. G Sargissian vs T Petenyi  1-0662013European ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. A Donchenko vs Potkin  ½-½292013European ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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May-16-13  waustad: Congrats to Kreisl on the GM norm.
May-16-13  niemzo: There is a 4 queen endgame right now at the top board in the final round in Nepo-Moiseenko.
May-16-13  mistreaver: Wow what a finish, Ian Nepomniatchi beat Moiseenko and now we have 7 players with 8 points. What is going to happen now?
May-16-13  niemzo: It didn't last long. Black had some checks but with the extra knight defending there was really no way to reach a perpetual. Excellent game by Nepo which allowed him to tie for first in the tournament. There is a massive tie for first place, so we have to wait to learn who won on tiebreaks.
May-16-13  niemzo: The regulation say that rating performance is the first tiebreak. I have no idea who is ahead and don't really want to calculate. We just have to wait for an official announcement.
May-16-13  niemzo: I think it's Alekseev who has the better RP.
May-16-13  mistreaver: If what i saw on chessresults is correct, Moiseenko is still first, Romanov second and Beliavsky third, with performance ratings respectively : 2762, 2755, 2750
May-16-13  Eyal: There are no less than 10 players who share first place with 8 points: Dreev, Melkumyan, Alekseev, Romanov, Vallejo-Pons, Lupulescu, Moiseenko, Nepomniachtchi, Beliavski & Movsesian (the last two don't appear at the moment in the table above because one of their games is still missing from the database). I don’t see yet the final table at chess results, but if the tiebreak is indeed the average rating of the players' opponents (not including that of the lowest-rated), as I mentioned in my previous post, I think the winner by tiebreak should be Moiseenko – after the 10th round the only one who had a better tiebreak than him was Tkachiev, who lost today, and he played today against one of the highest-rated players (Nepomniachtchi).
May-16-13  virginmind: Ten players sharing first place, now that's something you don't often see...congratulations to all of them!
May-16-13  Eyal: ...And according to the final round results there are 16 more players who finished with 7.5 points - I think 15 of them should make it to the world cup, since Vallejo-pons and Dreev (who are among those who finished with 8) already qualified from the European Championship of last year.
May-16-13  geeker: I'm confused...have been following this tournament on TWIC, whose coverage shows that "Big Al" Beliavsky should be among the leading group with 8 points.

Very happy to see Dreev and Beliavsky doing well; I own and enjoy both players' books of selected games!

May-16-13  geeker: Oh...thanks to <Eyal>, who I see pointed out that a Beliavsky game is missing from this site.
May-16-13  Eyal: Actually, I see that the missing game - his last round win over Laznicka (Beliavsky vs V Laznicka, 2013) - has already been downloaded, so his name should appear on the table any minute now:-)
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  alexmagnus: Bzw, what's with those who qualified both ways, from 2012 and 2013 ECC? Do the "missing" spots get filled up with rating qualifiers or what?
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  alexmagnus: There are two such players btw, Vallejo and Dreev.
May-16-13  Eyal: Yes, I already mentioned Vallejo and Dreev as qualifiers from 2012 in a previous post; in 2011, when there was a similar case with 2010 qualifiers, the spots were given to the next in line from the championship itself. Actually, there might be 3 "open" spots, depending on the status of Nepo, who's a second rating reserve ( ), and so could qualify that way as well (we know that from the official list of qualifiers at least Anand, Aronian & Kramnik won't play).
May-16-13  wtwz: <Eyal: at least Anand, Aronian & Kramnik won't play>

Actually both Aronian and Kramnik will play in the next World Cup because according to the new regulations, a player can qualify for the next Candidates tournament by rating if and only if they participate in the World Cup or Grand Prix.

Source: ("A player can qualify by rating only if he/she participates in the World Cup 2013 or the FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2013")

May-16-13  Eyal: <wtwz> Ok, thanks - I missed that (actually I remember now that Kramnik said something in his long interview to chess-news after the Candidates about playing in the world cup); so I guess at the moment only Giri is guaranteed a place as a rating reserve (instead of Anand). Though it's very likely that at least one more from the list won't play eventually - for example, Topalov if he manages to qualify from the Grand Prix in his next two tournaments, which take place before the world cup.
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  alexmagnus: So, Istratescu and Zvjaginsev get the spots?
May-16-13  Eyal: Well, I haven't seen any official announcement yet, but it seems the most likely according to how things were managed the last time.
May-16-13  twinlark: <a player can qualify for the next Candidates tournament by rating if and only if they participate in the World Cup or Grand Prix.>

Good idea. Now if only they would do away with the whole idea of nominees, especially to the Candidates.

May-17-13  Eyal: Btw, the chessvibes report ( also says they assume Zvjaginsev and Istratescu have qualified as well. If that's the case, here's a list of all the 46 qualifiers for the world cup from this and last year's championships, according to countries:

- 19 from Russia: Jakovenko, Andreikin, Vitiugov, Malakhov, Nepomniachtchi, Riazantsev, Alekseev, Inarkiev, Zvjaginsev, Dreev, Matlakov, Khismatullin, Kobalia, Lysyj, Romanov, Shimanov, Najer, Dubov, Popov.

- 8 from Ukraine: Areshchenko, Korobov, Eljanov, Moiseenko, Volokitin, Fedorchuk, Kryvoruchko, Kravtsiv.

- 3 from Armenia: Akopian, Movsesian, Melkumyan.

- 3 from France: Bacrot, Fressinet, Istratescu.

- 1 from Georgia (Jobava), Spain (Vallejo Pons), Moldova (Bologan), Austria (Ragger), Netherlands (Smeets), England (Jones), Israel (Postny), Romania (Lupulescu), Belarus (Azarov), Slovenia (Beliavski), Czech Republic (Hracek), Azerbaijan (Durarbayli) & Italy (Brunello) each.

May-17-13  twinlark: It's interesting seeing Fedorchuk qualifying for the World Cup, only his second such. He tends to stay on the open circuit.
May-17-13  hellopolgar: IMPRESSIVE performance from the 60-year-old Alexander Beliavsky
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  FSR: The 10-way tie for first is close to, but not, a world record. There was a 13-way tie for first at 5-1 in the 2000 National Open.
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