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🏆 European Individual Championship (2013) Chess Event Description
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Player: Francisco Vallejo Pons

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Danielian vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1372013European Individual ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. F Vallejo Pons vs G Papp  ½-½472013European Individual ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
3. V Babula vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1402013European Individual ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. F Vallejo Pons vs R Hovhannisyan  ½-½622013European Individual ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. A Rakhmanov vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1652013European Individual ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. F Vallejo Pons vs Kotronias  1-0412013European Individual ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. C Lupulescu vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½832013European Individual ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
8. F Vallejo Pons vs Beliavsky  ½-½322013European Individual ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. F Vallejo Pons vs Hracek  ½-½502013European Individual ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
10. C Balogh vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½262013European Individual ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. F Vallejo Pons vs Tkachiev 1-0362013European Individual ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
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May-11-13  waustad: Thanks for the link. I'm still amazed by Kreisl. He's 2380 and +2 against all 2600+ opponents. No wonder some Austrians have lower local ratings than FIDE.
May-11-13  Prugno: The legendary Alexander Beliavsky, who will turn 60 this year, is not only tied for second with 5/6, but yesterday showed great determination in winning a difficult 88-move endgame with Q+P vs. Q.

It would be very nice if he manages to keep enough strength to qualify for the World Cup. However, since he is a player who usually dislikes quick draws and puts in the maximum effort in every game (not a very wise strategy when most opponents are less than half your age!) this is by no means certain.

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  virginmind: In the seventh round the only Romanian present at the higher positions is Lupulescu, who's got 5 points (now playing against Vallejo-Pons, board 2, probably a draw), while Parligras (4 points) and Nisipeanu (3.5 points) are at much lower boards. Nisi couldn't but draw today with white against Grandelius.

Still, Ardeleanu and Jianu managed draws against much better rated Cheparinov and Nepomniachtchi respectively.

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  Eyal: After 7 rounds, Moiseenko is stil sole leader with 6 points (+5), followed by 7 players with 5.5 (Alekseev, Romanov, Vallejo Pons, Lysyj, Beliavski, Lupulescu & Fedorchuk), and 35 players with 5 (this group includes MVL, Areshchenko & Wojtaszek - all the 8 remaining +2700 players [according to the 1st May list] have less than 5 points).

May-11-13  jamesmaskell: After checking out Efimenko's fifth round loss against Butkiewicz, I can understand why he withdrew. A tournament to forget for him with a 26 ELO drop.
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  perfidious: Efimenko might as well fold up his tent and call it a career after this unfortunate event-if he were one of the very top players, there would be a bevy of kibitzers telling the world how terrible a player he is.

Happens to even the finest players, and Efimenko will get back on the beam another day.

May-12-13  Ezzy: <David Shengelia: "Now You Can't Defeat a 2700+ Player Without Being Accused of Cheating"

Saturday, 11.05.2013

One of the EICC participants David Shengelia, who represents Austria, joined us live on Chess-News radio today. It turned out something else than a lost game against Moiseenko on the first board made him upset, “This is a very important thing to mention. Today’s lost game didn’t upset me as much as my opponent’s – I don’t even know how to call it – silly, stupid commentary after the game. My rival said that he suspected me of using the computer during the game. That’s just beyond all limits. […] I beat Areschenko yesterday, so my today’s rival suspected that I could be cheating. So, you can’t defeat a 2700+ player without being accused of cheating. That’s just not nice. Especially after winning a game – telling that your opponent could be cheating in the previous game… It’s really upsetting that such kind of, perhaps, narrow-minded people are in chess world…”

This is how Shengelia found out he has been suspected of cheating, “I got to know that in the lobby after the game. He [Moiseenko] was talking to Areschenko as I remember. I approached them and asked something about the position. Well, just usual conversation between the players after the game. What I got in response was that another Austrian player Robert Kreisl (who beat Cheparinov) and I were suspected of cheating by Moiseenko. Well, that happens when a person plays well – he wins...”>

May-12-13  BUNA: <...I beat Areschenko yesterday, so my today’s rival suspected that I could be cheating. So, you can’t defeat a 2700+ player without being accused of cheating...>

I don't know why Shengelia put it that way. I'm quite sure that Moiseenko became suspicious not because of one game, but because of Shengelia's (2546) unusually high performance. He had beaten Gajewski (2659), Postny (2637), Areshchenko (2709) and drawn against V-L (2719) with black.

I'm certainly not saying that Shengelia has been cheating. But apparently the nervousness is growing as long as there are no serious anti-cheating measures implemented.

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  PhilFeeley: I don't know why a 2500 player can't beat a 2700 player. Statistically, it should happen once in a while. Why not at an important event where the 2500 player is keen to show himself?
May-13-13  Harvestman: <PhilFeeley: I don't know why a 2500 player can't beat a 2700 player. Statistically, it should happen once in a while. Why not at an important event where the 2500 player is keen to show himself?>

Exactly. My best grade was a little over 1600, but I have beaten a player graded 2098 in a competitive game, and drawn with players graded higher still. Not often, and I usually lose against such players, but it does happen.

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  virginmind: Lupulescu has won today against Fedorchuk and after 8 rounds he is clear second, half a point behind Moiseenko.
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  Eyal: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave was beaten by Maxim Rodshtein in the derby of the Maxim(e)s.
May-13-13  Shams: <Eyal> Uncompromising fighting game. I guess you could say both players are maximalists.
May-14-13  paavoh: It is going to be an exciting finish for those 23 World Cup spots, 8.5/11 should do it for sure and some 8/11 may make it.
May-15-13  twinlark: I suspect that until the exact means by which Borislav Ivanov allegedly cheated is discovered and remedied, any and all unexpectedly high results will attract immediate suspicions of computer cheating.

This is becoming a toxic issue across the world of chess and needs to be fixed as a matter of great urgency, otherwise the poison will contaminate all elite levels of chess very quickly. The PCA has written to FIDE about convening a committee to investigate and remedy the problem of computer cheating but it doesn't appear that FIDE has stirred.

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  SugarDom: It's easy to cheat. All you need is a gizmo in your body that gives you signal. Signals like chess moves. Of course, he works with somebody that feeds the game to the computer. That somebody might be at home using a computer with a chess engine running, he could be watching the live game at chessbomb, then he's texting the best engine moves to Ivanov. And that gizmo, could be a modified cellphone, vibrates in his body. Of course, they got a code worked out for the chess move notation..
May-15-13  twinlark: Probably most cheating could be overcome by making delayed webcasts mandatory.
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  PhilFeeley: <<Eyal: > <alexmagnus: <though actually the game lasted 33 moves, 6 more than Moiseenko's win against a 2574 player in the second round>>>

That still doesn't explain why an almost 2700 player was paired against a 1500 player. I would never expect that to happen.

May-16-13  paavoh: Now 22 players stand at 7/10 or better before the final round. I expect to see many draws on the upper boards and some desperate attempts to win among those with 6.5 points, to qualify for the World Cup.
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  Eyal: As far as I understand, the first tiebreak is the average rating of the players' opponents (not including that of the lowest-rated); so, on the upper boards, at least the 7 points guys who have a relatively weak tiebreak should have an incentive to play for a win, otherwise some of the 6.5 guys could finish ahead of them.
May-16-13  paavoh: Check out Melkumyan-Balogh in the last round, Black Queen trapped.
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.
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