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European Championship Tournament

Vladislav Artemiev8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Nils Grandelius8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Kacper Piorun8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Ferenc Berkes8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
David Anton Guijarro8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Niclas Huschenbeth8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Eltaj Safarli8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Johan-Sebastian Christiansen7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksej Aleksandrov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Paulius Pultinevicius7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Andrey Esipenko7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Nikita Petrov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Benjamin Gledura7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexandr Predke7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Mateusz Bartel7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Daniil Dubov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Igor Lysyj7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Markus Ragger7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Daniel Fridman7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
* (358 players total; 326 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2019)

The 20th European Individual Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Skopje, North Macedonia, 18-29 March 2019, with a rest day on 23 March. It was organised by the government of North Macedonia, the Agency for Youth and Sport and the North Macedonia Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union (ECU). The event was open to all players representing the chess federation members of the European Chess Union regardless of their title or rating. European Chess TV provided live commentary and video. A total of 358 players participated, including 143 GM's and 83 IM's. The first 22 players would qualify for the next World Cup. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Default time: 15 minutes. Prize fund: 100,000 euros. First prize 20,000, 2nd prize 15,000, 3rd prize 10,000 euros. Rounds 1-10 started at 3 pm, Round 11 started at 1 pm. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetyan. Number of games played: 1930.

Vladislav Artemiev won on tiebreak ahead of Grandelius, both with 8.5/11. Piorun was 3rd. The top 26 players (incl. four players from the previous European championship) qualified for participation in the World Cup (2019).

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Previous: European Championship (2018). Next: European Championship (2021). See also European Championship (Women) (2019)

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,867  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Haldorsen vs V Artemiev 0-1522019European ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
2. Tomashevsky vs M Warmerdam  ½-½412019European ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
3. A Kozak vs Dubov  ½-½522019European ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
4. V Kovalev vs M Muradli 1-0242019European ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
5. S Mazur vs Saric  ½-½502019European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. R Mamedov vs P Pultinevicius 0-1862019European ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
7. L I Filip vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½422019European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. M Ragger vs M Perunovic  1-0412019European ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
9. S Kourkoulos-Arditis vs N Grandelius 0-1472019European ChampionshipD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
10. A Korobov vs J Druska  ½-½392019European ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Z Tomazini vs I Cheparinov  0-1312019European ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
12. Eljanov vs G M Todorovic 0-1302019European ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
13. A Banzea vs M Rodshtein  0-1362019European ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Nisipeanu vs A Parvanyan 1-0392019European ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
15. N Radovanovic vs Ponomariov  ½-½372019European ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
16. F Berkes vs N Kacharava  1-0602019European ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. Z Arsovic vs Dreev  ½-½432019European ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
18. E Safarli vs P Piesik  ½-½522019European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Hnydiuk vs H Melkumyan  0-1342019European ChampionshipD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
20. R Edouard vs K Megalios 1-0552019European ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
21. S Tica vs Kovalenko 0-1292019European ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Parligras vs G Gaehwiler  1-0312019European ChampionshipA15 English
23. M Erdogdu vs Gelfand  0-1562019European ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. Fressinet vs E Ioannidis  1-0312019European ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. M Nikitenko vs A Moiseenko  ½-½592019European ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
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  OrangeTulip: <Sokrates>You know the answer why Gelfand is participating in this tournament. Israel is always participating in European sport events. also in football, in the Euopean Songfestival and in other cultural events. Otherwise they would be quite lonely encircled by Arabian friends as they are.
Mar-23-19  pdxjjb: Now, K Piorun is 4-0-1 and his 4 wins have taken a total of only 98 moves! That's just weird.
Mar-23-19  Sokrates: All true, <OrangeTulip>, but sometimes I can't help wondering why they want those cultural connections to Europe while clearly prefer a friendship with the U.S., The White House in particular, regarding the politics. That said, it should go without saying that I have nothing whatsoever against the great Boris Gelfand. It would be quite funny, though, wouldn't it, if he became the European Champion.
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  HeMateMe: doesn't Israel play in the Euro team championships? Players from Iran are ordered to forfeit games to Israeli players, they cannot be seen at the board with a chess player from Israel.
Mar-23-19  sonia91: <Sokrates: A European Championship without the strongest Europeans.> It has always been so. And this applies to the other continental championships too, except the African championship (which has been won by Amin Bassem, the strongest player from Africa, in the last few years).
Mar-24-19  rokko: The main motivation for participants is a spot in the World Cup (around 23 got a spot last year and another 23 this year). That is why top players who will be qualified by rating do not participate. Furthermore, stronger players like Wojtaczek and Navara got a spot a year ago and did not come back. This means that Artemiev is the only player with a rating of higher than 2710.
Mar-24-19  PhilFeeley: Nice to see a couple not in the top ten at the top of the board today.
Mar-24-19  PhilFeeley: Truth is, I guess, anyone there could win this.
Mar-24-19  PhilFeeley: Round 7:

Esipenko Andrey - Gelfand Boris

Oldest vs. Youngest?

Mar-25-19  pdxjjb: K Piorun won again today, and now is among the 2 leaders. But it took him 62 moves instead of his customary 24 or so.
Mar-25-19  sonia91: Jobava withdrew from the tournament after losing to Klementy Sychev (2545) in round 5:
Mar-26-19  PhilFeeley: Ilya Yulyevich Smirin withdrew also. He was having a bad event.
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  OrangeTulip: I put my money on Artemiev....
Mar-29-19  stst: I spot Artemiev a few years back, and predicted his rise. Hope he'll flourish, in even a much shorter time!! Candidates...the next hurdle!!
Mar-29-19  sonia91: This might be the first time that the top seed wins the European Individual Championship.

Vladislav Artemiev is the 10th Russian to become European chess champion, his compatriots who previously won this event are: Tregubov in 2000, Tomashevsky in 2009, Nepo in 2010, Potkin in 2011, Jakovenko in 2012, Motylev in 2014, Najer in 2015, Inarkiev in 2016 and Matlakov in 2017.

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  alexmagnus: <Candidates...the next hurdle!!>

He first has to qualify to them! By winning this EC he "only" qualified to the World Cup. And this will be not his first one he already playing in the World Cup in 2015 (second round - beat Ganguly and lost to Wojtaszek) and 2017 (third round - beat Bok and Radjabov and lost to Dubov).

Mar-29-19  PhilFeeley: Only about 3 people rated in the top 20 actually got one of the 20 spots for the World Cup. It'll be good to see a new crop there.
Mar-30-19  Count Wedgemore: One of the biggest favourites beforehand to win the whole thing, Azerbaijan's Rauf Mamedov, had a miserable tournament and ended up in 135th place, shredding 25 rating points.
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  alexmagnus: <One of the biggest favourites beforehand to win the whole thing, Azerbaijan's Rauf Mamedov...>

I strongly suspect a "Swiss Gambit gone wrong". I always told trying to intentionally play Swiss Gambit usually doesn't work. He lost the first round as planned (if my theory is right) and then got his four wins in a row but then things took an unexpected downhill turn... There that first round loss started to hurt.

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  alexmagnus: His first round opponent, by the way, ended up qualifying for the World Cup.
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  alexmagnus: Although, looking at the game itself, doesn't look like a Swiis Gambit, more like a total blackout.

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Here he played 72.Ke3?? and the pawn endgame arising after 72...Qb6+ is lost.

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  MissScarlett: You could just apologise, and, in future, keep your trap shut.
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  alexmagnus: There is nothing to apologize for as there is nothing wrong in actually playing SG.
Mar-30-19  Sokrates: Congrats to my Scandinavian neighbor Grandelius for this brilliant result. 7 wins in 11 games is remarkable - too bad he lost the tie-breaker. Also, of course, congrats to winner Artemiev, who gained the title with no defeats and six wins.
Apr-01-19  yesnomaybeidontknow: Congratulations on yet another victory, Vladimir! Now a live ranking of #13 in the world after the victory in the 2019 European Championship.
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