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European Rapid Championship Tournament

Maksim Vavulin10/11(+10 -1 =0)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Wojciech Moranda9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Sergey A Fedorchuk9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Viktor Gazik9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Laurent Fressinet9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Mikhail Demidov9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Zaven Andriasian9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Jacek Tomczak9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Sabino Brunello9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Maciej Klekowski9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
David Navara8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Vladimir Potkin8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Antonios Pavlidis8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Pavel Tregubov8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Vojtech Zwardon8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Piotr Goluch8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
* (512 players total; 483 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Rapid Championship (2017)

The 2017 European Rapid Championship was held in Katowice (Poland) on December 16 and December 17 as an 11-round Swiss System open tournament. The time control was 15 minutes per player with a 10-second increment per move. Chief arbiter: Tomasz Delega. The top seed was Ernesto Inarkiev.

19-year-old IM Maksim Vavulin, seeded 68th before the tournament, won with 10/11 after upsetting early leader Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the final round. Five players finished with 9.5/11; Duda took silver and Pavel Ponkratov bronze, while the only player to defeat Vavulin, blitz section champion Sergei Zhigalko, placed just outside the medals in fourth.

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Blitz section: European Blitz Championship (2017)
Previous edition: European Rapid Championships (2016)

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 443  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Bolsakovs vs N Miezis  0-1482017European Rapid ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. T Kantans vs R Wojtaszek  0-1232017European Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Mikhalchishin vs I V Kovalenko  0-1222017European Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
4. Evgeniy Slipchuk vs R Zelcic  0-1422017European Rapid ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
5. Miroslav Macko vs K Jakubowski  0-1252017European Rapid ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
6. A Sliwicka vs J Krejci  0-1602017European Rapid ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. M Kucypera vs Yusupov  0-1222017European Rapid ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
8. M Luks vs A G Aleksandrov  0-1372017European Rapid ChampionshipC27 Vienna Game
9. Antoni Kozak vs M Orndahl  0-1602017European Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. M Motycakova vs V Skliarov  0-1292017European Rapid ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
11. P Gayson vs M Tomczak  0-1642017European Rapid ChampionshipB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. E Montilla Carrillo vs V Sergeev  0-1742017European Rapid ChampionshipB07 Pirc
13. V Chernyak vs O Ladva  0-1422017European Rapid ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. W Kruszynski vs A Moskalenko  0-1292017European Rapid ChampionshipC10 French
15. T Laurusas vs J K Duda  0-1512017European Rapid ChampionshipD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. M Klekowski vs Potkin  0-1522017European Rapid ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. A Feuerstack vs Z Andriasian  0-1222017European Rapid ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Yusupov vs K Rawicz  0-1632017European Rapid ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S Smolin vs I Saric  0-1362017European Rapid ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Igor Lintner vs D Kovalev  0-1622017European Rapid ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. O Ladva vs V Gazik  0-1292017European Rapid ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. M Bartel vs P Michalik  0-1542017European Rapid ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. P Dudzinski vs J Stocek  0-1482017European Rapid ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
24. M Tomczak vs M Demidov  0-1482017European Rapid ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. E Wiewiora vs M Rodshtein  0-1472017European Rapid ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 443  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-17  et1: The winner is a Russian IM teenager !
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  JonathanJ: swiss gambit ftw :)
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  Sokrates: Never heard of Maksim Vavulin before. +10 -1 =0 is a Fischer-like result - very impressive in this lot of strong competitors. I assume we shall learn more about this young genius in future.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <Sokrates>

I guess he's studying something, otherwise I can't explain why he plays so little.

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  Sokrates: A good guess, <WorstPlayerEver>, and I hope he studies "something" and only plays chess occasionally. But he sure plays some very entertaining chess - the games are a joy to play through.
Dec-22-17  fisayo123: He's a promising Russian talent. I don't know if he has his 3 GM norms now but he's been known to be one of the highest rated IM's in the world.

Duda was leading the way all through but Vavulin crushed him in the last round.

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