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European Championship Tournament

Anton Demchenko8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Vincent Keymer8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Alexey Sarana8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Kacper Piorun7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Rauf Mamedov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Viktor Erdos7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Niclas Huschenbeth7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
David Navara7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Vahap Sanal7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Mikhail Antipov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Luka Paichadze7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Daniel Fridman7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Nidjat Mamedov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Rasmus Svane7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Hovhannes Gabuzyan7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Velimir Ivic7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Gabor Nagy7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Jonas Buhl Bjerre7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Maxime Lagarde7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Levan Pantsulaia7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Nils Grandelius7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Donchenko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Matej Sebenik7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Jesper Sondergaard Thybo7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Giga Quparadze7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Haik M Martirosyan7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
* (180 players total; 148 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2021)

The 21st European Individual Championship (and 35th Reykjavik Open) was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at Hotel Natura in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 26 August to 5 September 2021. It was organised by the Iceland Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union (ECU). The event was open to all players representing a federation of the European Chess Union, regardless of title or rating. A total of 180 players participated, including 70 GMs and 28 IMs. The first 23 players would qualify for the World Cup (2023). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes till the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Default time: 15 minutes. Prize fund: 100,000 euros, with 20,000 euros to the winner. Rounds 1-10 started at 3 pm, Round 11 at 1 pm. Tournament director: Gunnar Bjornsson. Chief arbiter: Omar Salama. Number of games played: 952.

Anton Demchenko won on tiebreak ahead of young Vincent Keymer, both with 8.5/11. Sarana took bronze on tiebreak.

Official site:

Previous: European Championship (2019). Previous Reykjavik Open: Reykjavik Open (2019). See also European Championship (Women) (2021)

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Jones vs I Baltag 1-0552021European ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
2. A Maltsevskaya vs G Sargissian  ½-½572021European ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Navara vs L Unuk 1-0332021European ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
4. S Fruebing vs Bluebaum  0-1432021European ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Nisipeanu vs T Kaasen  ½-½232021European ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Ventura Sousa vs N Grandelius  0-1422021European ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Lupulescu vs A Krastev  ½-½672021European ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
8. L D'Costa vs A Donchenko 0-1442021European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. N Abasov vs V Stefansson  1-0242021European ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
10. K Tarun vs R Mamedov  0-1402021European ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
11. Saric vs R Samadov  ½-½462021European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. D Kjartansson vs A Sarana  0-1272021European ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Deac vs M Pein  1-0282021European ChampionshipA28 English
14. B Aizenberg vs Martirosyan  0-1422021European ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. T Banusz vs H Heimisson 0-1252021European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M M Jacobsen vs M Lagarde  0-1242021European ChampionshipA10 English
17. D Paravyan vs J Sylvan  1-0282021European ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
18. Y Milikow vs Vocaturo  0-1482021European ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
19. M Yilmaz vs A Karason  1-0292021European ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
20. R Vedder vs R Hovhannisyan  0-1242021European ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
21. V Durarbayli vs T Thorsteinsson  1-0382021European ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
22. A N Koellner vs S Ter-Sahakyan  0-1332021European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Fridman vs P Humburg  1-0392021European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. E Milikow vs G Gajewski  ½-½482021European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. R Svane vs G Papidakis  1-0312021European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Troller: Relatively mediocre field this year, normally there are a couple of 2700+ guys. Maybe the remote location in Reykjav√≠k has something to do with it?

Favourites could be Saric (he already won it in 2018), Sarana, Bluebaum, Gradelius, Nisi - but as usual, so many 2650+ players that the number of potential winners is huge. As of round 4, Hovhannisyan is the only player with 100%. He is playing black against Mamedov today.

Aug-30-21  siggemannen: Probably most 2700 haven't had time to vaccinate, busy playing hyper blitz or streaming on twitch. But these events are usually super-competitive nontheless, gonna be some nice games to check out
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  0ZeR0: <Troller>

I would probably add Navara to your list of favorites. But your right, really could be anyone's tournament.

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  Troller: <siggemannen: Probably most 2700 haven't had time to vaccinate, busy playing hyper blitz or streaming on twitch.>

A possibility indeed. This event has most of its importance as a qualifier for the World Cup though, and here 2700 players are qualified by rating. That said, in 2017 and 2019 the event was won by Matlakov and Artemiev respectively, both entering the tournament with 2700+.

<0ZeR0: <Troller>

I would probably add Navara to your list of favorites.>

Today Navara has the white pieces against my compatriot, the talented Jonas Buhl Bjerre. For sure, a game I will be looking at later.

Sep-04-21  Albertan: European Championship:Round 8 report:

Sep-04-21  Albertan: Anton Demchenko pulls ahead at European Championship:

Sep-05-21  virginmind: If he wins today, Deac will finish at least equal first in Reykjavik. Good luck!
Sep-05-21  Albertan: European Championship round 10:Demenchenko sole leader:

Sep-06-21  Albertan: Anton Demchenko is the 2021 European champion:

Congratulations GM Demchenko!

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  HeMateMe: the games aren't of high quality, a lot of mistakes in tactics. Looks more like 30 minute chess than longer controls.
Sep-07-21  AdolfoAugusto: I was disappointed with Rauf Mamedov (and Mamedov is supposed to be a popular player player, and is somehow a idol of mine) play (about rounds 7 to 9) when instead of going all in to play for first he tried to stay close with short draws until Deac defeated him.
Sep-21-21  fisayo123: This was a sham of a European Individual championship.

Compare 2019 to 2021

In 2019 : 137 players over 2500

In 2021 : 65 players over 2500

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I will assume your use of the word <sham> is due to your ignorance of the language.

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