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🏆 European Championship (2019)

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The 20th European Individual Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament taking place from 18 to 29 March 2019 in Skopje in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. It was organised by the government of North Macedonia together with the Agency for Youth and Sport and the North Macedonia Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union. European Chess TV provided live commentary and video. The event was open to all players representing the chess federation members of the European Chess Union regardl ... [more]

Player: Eyal Grinberg

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Grinberg vs K Zendilovska  1-0292019European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. D Gordievsky vs E Grinberg  1-0562019European ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
3. E Grinberg vs A Zlatin  1-0512019European ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. E Grinberg vs H Martirosyan  1-0542019European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. A Predke vs E Grinberg  1-0362019European ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
6. E Grinberg vs J Moussard  0-1422019European ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. S Mihajlov vs E Grinberg  0-1432019European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Kiril D Georgiev vs E Grinberg  ½-½692019European ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
9. E Grinberg vs J Stocek  1-0322019European ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
10. I Rozum vs E Grinberg  ½-½602019European ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
11. E Grinberg vs S Maze  ½-½612019European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Mar-23-19
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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
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  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.
Mar-23-19
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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
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  PhilFeeley: Nice to see a couple not in the top ten at the top of the board today.
Mar-24-19
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  PhilFeeley: Truth is, I guess, anyone there could win this.
Mar-24-19
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  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: http://chess-results.com/tnr404992....
Mar-26-19
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  PhilFeeley: Ilya Yulyevich Smirin withdrew also. He was having a bad event.
Mar-28-19
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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.

Mar-29-19
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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
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  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
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  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.
Mar-30-19
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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.

Mar-30-19
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  alexmagnus: His first round opponent, by the way, ended up qualifying for the World Cup.
Mar-30-19
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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.

Mar-30-19
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  MissScarlett: You could just apologise, and, in future, keep your trap shut.
Mar-30-19
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  alexmagnus: There is nothing to apologize for as there is nothing wrong in actually playing SG.
Mar-30-19
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  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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