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European Championship Tournament

Evgeny Tomashevsky8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Baadur Jobava8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Ivan Sokolov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
David Navara8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Grachev8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Gadir Guseinov8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Tomi Nyback8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Georg Meier7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Friso Nijboer7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Sergey A Fedorchuk7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Artyom Timofeev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Mateusz Bartel7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Rauf Mamedov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Hrvoje Stevic7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Aleksey Dreev7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Victor Bologan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Igor Kurnosov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ioannis Papaioannou7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Victor Mikhalevski7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Motylev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Arman Pashikian7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Tigran L Petrosian7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Dmitry Svetushkin7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
* (305 players total; 273 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2009)

The 10th European Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held in the Congress Hall of the Splendid Spa & Resort Hotel in Budva, Montenegro, 6-18 March 2009, with a rest day on 13 March, and the day for playoffs on 18 March. It was organized by the Montenegro Chess Federation under the auspices of the City of Budva and the European Chess Union. A total of 305 players participated, including 139 GM's and 77 IM's. The first 22 (or as it turned out, 23) players would qualify for the World Cup (2009). Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 120,000 euros. First prize 15,000, 2nd prize 12,000, 3rd prize 10,000 euros. Tournament director: Srdja Dragasevic. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos. Play began each day at 3 pm.

Evgeny Tomashevsky beat Malakhov in the final of the tiebreak KO matches among the players with 8 points. Jobava was 3rd. In the playoff for World Cup places between 14 of the players with 7.5/11 (i. e. those with lowest Buchholz score and not already qualified from the previous European championship), Savchenko, Sakaev, Vitiugov, Petrosian, Nisipeanu, Lupulescu and Motylev also qualified for the World Cup (2009). The KO matches for medals were of four (time-consuming) rounds, and was shortened down to two Rapid (15 min + 5 sec) games and, if 1-1, an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 min). Number of games played: 1653 Classical + 36 Rapid + 2 Blitz + 6 Armageddon = 1697.


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 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,653  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs D Doric  ½-½422009European ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. Z Arsovic vs V Akopian 0-1452009European ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Naiditsch vs Swiercz 1-0362009European ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. G M Todorovic vs V Malakhov  ½-½262009European ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
5. Dreev vs E Can  1-0412009European ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
6. I Sofronie vs Bologan 0-1292009European ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
7. Vitiugov vs M Pap 1-0292009European ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Stojanovic vs Tiviakov 0-1392009European ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
9. I Cheparinov vs F Bruno 1-0262009European ChampionshipC11 French
10. B Kalezic vs Motylev  0-1512009European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. Nisipeanu vs A Bykhovsky  1-0462009European ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. M Erdogdu vs Areshchenko 1-0482009European ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
13. A Timofeev vs Y Dembo  1-0522009European ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
14. I Papadopoulos vs A Volokitin 0-1332009European ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Jobava vs R Pogorelov  1-0322009European ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
16. K Haznedaroglu vs Fressinet  ½-½562009European ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. Tomashevsky vs A Smirnov 1-0322009European ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. L D'Costa vs G Guseinov  ½-½292009European ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
19. I Sokolov vs A Chibukhchian 1-0372009European ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. S Kapnisis vs E Inarkiev  0-1412009European ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
21. B Grachev vs V Durarbayli  0-1492009European ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
22. M Barth Stanford vs B Savchenko  0-1312009European ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. E Postny vs E Valeanu  1-0592009European ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
24. G Schroll vs F Berkes  0-1602009European ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. Predojevic vs S Matsenko  1-0432009European ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Mar-18-09  virginmind: well, to be honest, in armagheddon blunders are more or less inherent....
Mar-18-09  whiteshark: Congrats to the new European Champion, Evgeny Tomashevsky !!!
Mar-18-09  Akavall: Congratulations! What a win!
Mar-19-09  PhilFeeley: A great tournament. I guess tie-breaks and blunders are a part of the tournament way of life now...
Mar-19-09  KARPOVian: Will Inarkiev play in World Cup?By the way congratulations to Evgeny Tomashevsky,the new European champion!I'm also glad to see that the Russians (Tomashevsky,Malakhov,Inarkiev)dominated the entire field which also includes top European players.Only recently Alexander Grischuk won Linares;Svidler winning Aker Chess challenge 2008 and Gitelcom 2009;Kurnosov emerged victorious in Arctic Chess Challenge 2008 and Hastings 2009;Anish Giri's remarkable runner-up finish in Corus C. The giant-slaying ways of Kalmykian prodigy Sanan Sjugirov deserves some attention.Also equally impressive were Bocharov,Grachev,Savchenko,Vitiugov etc.Really a great moment for a great country.Go Russia!!!
Mar-19-09  KARPOVian: I forgot to say that Kurnosov almost win Aeroflot with amazing victories and Savchenko took clear first in Moscow Open where are the games in Moscow Open 2009?When you will upload it?
Mar-19-09  percyblakeney: Last round in the women's event today, top boards (with Kovalevskaya at 8.0 and the others at 7.5):

T. Kosintseva-Kovalevskaya

Mar-19-09  myra: Congrats Georgians people and to all the Winners of well to everyone !
Mar-19-09  percyblakeney: Tatiana Kosintseva and Lilit Mkrtchian were the winners in the last round and share first in the women's European Championship, tiebreak tomorrow.
Mar-19-09  DCP23: Great, more tiebreak fun!
Mar-19-09  Eyal: The regulations said that 22 players should qualify from this tournament to the World Cup, but as far as I can make out it's 23 overall - 9 of the 11 players who finished with 8 points (<Sokolov, Inarkiev, Naiditsch, Tomashevsky, Navara, Malakhov, Jobava, Kobalia, and Guseinov> - Nyback and Grachev have already qualified from last year's tournament); the 7 players of those who finished with 7.5 points who had the best tiebreaks (<Meier, Nijboer, Fedorchuk, Timofeev, Sjugirov, Bartel, and Mamedov>); and the 7 players with 7.5 points who won the qualification matches (<Savchenko, Sakaev, Vitiugov, Petrosian, Nisipeanu, Lupulescu, and Motylev> - Bologan and Papaioannou also qualifying from last year's tournament). Possibly the reason is that from last year's 23 qualifiers ( Movsesian is going to qualify by rating, so his spot became free.
Mar-19-09  PhilFeeley: <Eyal: ...Bologan and Papaioannou also qualifying from last year's tournament.> Thanks for the summary. I'm surprised the others didn't already qualify from last year's tournament. They're all pretty strong, but I don't remember last year's results.
Mar-19-09  Eyal: <I'm surprised the others didn't already qualify from last year's tournament. They're all pretty strong>

Not all of them played last year, but at any rate it's quite difficult to qualify from such a tournament - very close field and huge competition. For example - players like Vallejo Pons, Akopian, Cheparinov, Volokitin, Caruana, and Nepomniachtchi didn't manage to qualify, and except for Cheparinov they all played last year as well. So I'd say it's quite an achievement by Nyback, Grachev, Bologan and Papaioannou to finish in qualification spots, so to speak, two years in a row.

Mar-20-09  DCP23: Mkrtchian - Kosintseva

first tiebreak game going now!

Mar-20-09  khursh: The 1st rapid game between Kosintseva(w) - Mkrtchian(b) ended in draw.
Mar-20-09  DCP23: Tatiana Kosintseva wins the tiebreak 1.5:0.5 and is now the

2009 European Women Champion!


Mar-20-09  adair10: Congratulations to Kosintseva. What a finish!
Mar-20-09  DCP23: After an incredibly strong showing at Aeroflot where T.Kosintseva toppled very strong 2600+ and 2650+ male GMs right and left, I must say this title is most deserved!
Mar-20-09  khursh: Congratulations to T. Kosintseva !
Mar-20-09  whiteshark: Well done and congratulations, T. Kosintseva!
Mar-20-09  DCP23: Natalia Pogonina wins the tiebreak for the 3rd place 3:1 vs Maia Lomineishvili and thus gets the Bronze.
Mar-20-09  virginmind: congratulations to tatiana kosintseva.
Mar-21-09  KARPOVian: So here it goes:
Men's Event:
1.Evgeny Tomashevsky(Rus)-Winner
2.Vladimir Malakhov(Rus)
3.Baadur Jobava(Geo)
Women's Event:
1.Tatiana Kosintseva(Rus)-Winner
2.Lilit Mkrtchian(Arm)
3.Natalia Pogonina(Rus)

Interesting to see how the Russians& former Soviets dominate this year's event!!!

Apr-30-09  Eyal: <Turkey has won the case against the ECU, which was filed due to the claim that the European Chess Union was thwarting the organization of the three major European Chess events in Turkey. The judicial court in Lausanne decided that European Individual Chess Championships are cancelled and bidding procedures of all the major events to restart.

According to the civil court judgment regarding the trial between the Turkish Chess Federation and the European Chess Union on April 22, 2009, the ECU Board decisions taken during the meeting held in Novi Sad on August 29, 2007. The court ruled that all of the decisions regarding the European Individual Chess Championships 2009 (for men and women), European Club Cup 2009 (men and women) and 2009 European Youth Championship in 2009, are canceled altogether. This means the results of the European Individual Championships are canceled and should be held again. The players who won the titles and gained the right to play in the World Cup lost their rights. Furthermore, the ECU will pay 6.800 CHF to the Turkish Chess Federation for compensation.> (

Apr-30-09  FHBradley: "Gens una sumus" but family is the worst.
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