|European Championship (2001)|
The 2nd European Championship was a 13-round Swiss tournament held in Ohrid, Macedonia, 1-15 June 2001, with a rest day on 8 June, and a day for playoffs on 15 June. No less than 142 GMs (of which 40 were rated >2600), 38 IMs, 14 FMs and 9 other players participated. The players were obligated to stay in Hotel Desaret. The top 46 players would qualify for the World Championship knockout tournament in Moscow in November. FIDE's new and faster time control was used: 75 minutes for the first 40 moves, 15 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: $240,000 (minus 20% for FIDE and ECU taxes). First prize $40,000, 2nd prize $30,000, 3rd prize $20,000. Tournament director: Marjan Gjorcev. Chief arbiter: Geurt Gijssen. Appeals committee: Boris Kutin and Gaguik Oganessian. Play began each day at 2 pm. N games played: 1312 Classical + 38 Rapid = 1350.
Emil Sutovsky won the event by defeating Ponomariov 1½-½ in the Rapid (15 min + 10 sec) playoff. The playoff for 3rd place was won by Azmaiparashvili, who beat Polgar 1½-½. The 45 players with 8 points or more qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02). Of these, Azmaiparashvili, Gurevich and Van Wely were already qualifed. Nigel Short (who had 7.5/13) was also qualified, so that 21 of the 22 players with 7.5/13 had a knockout playoff with Rapid time control (15 min + 10 sec) for the four remaining places. From which Georgiev, Gyimesi, Lautier and Delchev qualified. See 2nd European Championship Playoff g/15 (2001). The competition was fierce and celebrities like Tregubov (the last year's winner), Almasi, Piket, Korchnoi, Akopian, Yusupov and Miles did not make it. GM norms: Galego, Moreno, Volokitin and Ekstroem. IM norms: Azarov, Korobov, Stojanovski and Thorfinnsson.
Official site: https://web.archive.org/web/2001072...
Mark Weeks: https://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zo...
Chess Siberia: http://www.chessib.com/ohridresults...
Tidskrift för Schack, 2001/6, pp. 397-400: https://tfsarkiv.schack.se/pdf/2001...
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|1. M Gurevich vs A Volzhin
|| ||1-0||42||2001||European Championship||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|2. Blehm vs J Polgar
||½-½||29||2001||European Championship||B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|3. Bologan vs S Sulskis
||1-0||62||2001||European Championship||C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|4. R Slobodjan vs K Georgiev
||0-1||24||2001||European Championship||A28 English|
|5. Short vs A Yegiazarian
|| ||½-½||62||2001||European Championship||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|6. Aronian vs Ponomariov
|| ||½-½||25||2001||European Championship||B07 Pirc|
|7. Tkachiev vs J Gdanski
|| ||½-½||18||2001||European Championship||A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation|
|8. Goloshchapov vs Azmaiparashvili
|| ||½-½||42||2001||European Championship||A00 Uncommon Opening|
|9. Van Wely vs S Guliev
||1-0||24||2001||European Championship||A81 Dutch|
|10. R Tischbierek vs Movsesian
|| ||½-½||43||2001||European Championship||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|11. Lautier vs O Cvitan
|| ||1-0||65||2001||European Championship||E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)|
|12. N Sulava vs Rublevsky
|| ||0-1||36||2001||European Championship||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|13. Krasenkow vs G Rechlis
|| ||1-0||54||2001||European Championship||D05 Queen's Pawn Game|
|14. V Malakhatko vs V Akopian
|| ||0-1||33||2001||European Championship||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|15. P Nikolic vs Mikhalevski
|| ||1-0||48||2001||European Championship||D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6|
|16. V Burmakin vs A Graf
|| ||1-0||32||2001||European Championship||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|17. Yusupov vs P K Wells
|| ||1-0||43||2001||European Championship||D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|18. Miroshnichenko vs Korchnoi
|| ||½-½||26||2001||European Championship||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|19. Vaganian vs I Miladinovic
|| ||½-½||30||2001||European Championship||A04 Reti Opening|
|20. B Chatalbashev vs Z Almasi
|| ||½-½||28||2001||European Championship||E14 Queen's Indian|
|21. Beliavsky vs S Savchenko
|| ||½-½||50||2001||European Championship||D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|22. R Rabiega vs Sakaev
|| ||0-1||41||2001||European Championship||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|23. Dautov vs G Sargissian
|| ||1-0||32||2001||European Championship||D35 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|24. A Shneider vs Ehlvest
|| ||½-½||16||2001||European Championship||E15 Queen's Indian|
|25. Piket vs Nedev
|| ||½-½||18||2001||European Championship||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
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