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European Championship Tournament

Alexander Motylev9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
David Anton Guijarro8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Dragan Solak8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Pavel Eljanov8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
David Navara8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Ivan Saric8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Igor Lysyj8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ilia Smirin7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Laurent Fressinet7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Milos Perunovic7.5/11(+7 -3 =1)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Viorel Iordachescu7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Csaba Balogh7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Evgeny Najer7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Arman Pashikian7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Viktor Laznicka7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Benjamin Bok7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
* (257 players total; 225 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Championship (2014)

The 15th European Championship was an 11-round Swiss tournament held at Elite Plaza Business Centre in Yerevan, Armenia, 3-14 March 2014, with a rest day on 9 March. Dedicated to the 9th World Champion Tigran V Petrosian, it was organized by the Armenian Chess Federation under the auspices of the European Chess Union. A total of 257 players participated, including 122 GM's and 45 IM's. The first 23 players would qualify for the next World Cup. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 160,000 euros. First prize 20,000, 2nd prize 16,000, 3rd prize 14,000 euros. Tournament director: Smbat Lputian. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetian. Play began each day at 3 pm. Number of games played: 1400.

Alexander Motylev won with 9/11 and 2872 performance. Anton was 2nd on tiebreak ahead of Fedoseev. The players with 7.5/11 or more except the unlucky no. 24 Oparin qualified for participation in the World Cup (2015). Tiebreak criterion: rating average of opponents. GM norms: Artemiev, Bok, Qashashvili, Stukopin, Rozum, Nigalidze and Martirosyan.


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Previous: European Championship (2013). Next: European Championship (2015). See also European Championship (Women) (2014)

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,346  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Petenyi vs Bacrot 0-1522014European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Eljanov vs E Danielian  1-0722014European ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
3. L Mkrtchian vs Jakovenko ½-½542014European ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
4. A Korobov vs K Alekseenko 0-1462014European ChampionshipA21 English
5. H Hayrapetyan vs V Malakhov  0-1672014European ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
6. Jobava vs V Sipila 1-0622014European ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
7. P Schreiner vs Khismatullin  0-1402014European ChampionshipA13 English
8. Wojtaszek vs S Melia 1-0432014European ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Givon vs A Moiseenko  ½-½482014European ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
10. Tomashevsky vs A Chibukhchian  1-0452014European ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
11. R Kreisl vs Fressinet  0-1272014European ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Kryvoruchko vs A Minasian  1-0392014European ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. D Petrosian vs Areshchenko  0-1412014European ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Z Almasi vs S Grishchenko  1-0642014European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. T Simonian vs Navara 0-1352014European ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
16. E Inarkiev vs T S Petrosyan 1-0552014European ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A Tari vs M Matlakov  ½-½392014European ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. Polgar vs Goryachkina 1-0482014European ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. D Paravyan vs E Alekseev 0-1682014European ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Rodshtein vs T Harutyunian  1-0352014European ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. M Berchtenbreiter vs A Riazantsev 0-1122014European ChampionshipC13 French
22. V Akopian vs M B Dastan  ½-½792014European ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
23. E Kanter vs I Cheparinov  0-1312014European ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
24. V Laznicka vs V Meribanov  ½-½642014European ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. E Nakar vs Dreev  0-1612014European ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Mar-10-14  waustad: If J L Hammer wants to get into the next World Cup, he'll need to pick it up a bit. At this point he is dead last in tiebreaks at 5 points, so he can't allow more draws with lower rated players.
Mar-10-14  Jason Frost: <PhilFeeley> Unless something has changed from previous event, my guess the following rule still applies

<The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) regardless of their title or rating.> (

So according to official FIDE regulations Armenia is part of the European Chess Union, as is Azerbaijan, Turkey, Israel, etc... (

Mar-11-14  belgradegambit: The site is working again. Motylev-Eljanov is very double edged. Black's king is stuck in the center but he has a pawn and some attcking chances.
Mar-11-14  aliasniamor: <waustad: If J L Hammer wants to get into the next World Cup, he'll need to pick it up a bit. At this point he is dead last in tiebreaks at 5 points, so he can't allow more draws with lower rated players.>

It seems Hammer didn't hear you well. Now it's not certain that 2/3 will be sufficient for him to qualify (he then would have 7.5/11), but it could do the trick. Last year there were 25 players at 7.5 (or 26 I'm not sure) and there are 23 places for the worldcup. This said, these places count for the WC 2015, and 23 more places will be given in the 2015 EICC (if I'm not delusionnal), so even if he doesn't make is this time, he shall have another shot.

Mar-11-14  Karpova: Judit sacrificed a ♖ for the attack and won the game against Dvirnyy.
Mar-11-14  aliasniamor: I should add to my previous post that last year's event featured 280 players while this year they are 258 to compete. So with 7.5 points there should be less than 25 players : 2/3 might very well be enough for J-L to win a spot for the WC.
Mar-11-14  capafan: <Judit sacrificed a R for the attack and won the game against Dvirnyy.>

Very nice game by Judit. With another win tomorrow and she will be in the thick of the fight.

Mar-12-14  notyetagm: European Individual Championships (2014)

<capafan: <Judit sacrificed a R for the attack and won the game against Dvirnyy.>

Very nice game by Judit. With another win tomorrow and she will be in the thick of the fight.>

Her win made the chessbase highlights for Round 8:

Mar-13-14  david ne: however, she lost.
Mar-13-14  notyetagm: European Individual Championships (2014)

Damn, Motylev just beat Smirin on Board 1 in Round 10.

Must be the tournament of his life for Motylev.

Mar-13-14  waustad: Several players I follow are coming up short as far as qualifying. There are already 35 with 6.5 and the round isn't over yet. Hammer and Ragger both made it last time, but are very unlikely to this year.
Mar-13-14  virginmind: Lupulescu won with black against Kryvoruchko today and with 7 points before the last round he has high chances to qualify for the World Cup.
Mar-13-14  Ezzy: Motylev has a RP of 2897 going into the last round. Probably the best of his career so far!
Mar-14-14  BobbieM: Judit got destroyed again today, very poor tournament for the supposed best female player in the world, mainly against sub 2600 as well
Mar-14-14  Karpova: Actually, Judit won her game today - Judit Polgar vs M Yilmaz, 2014 - and finishes with +2.

Motylev drew his game against Navara.

Mar-14-14  HSOL: Polgar's supposedly very poor tournament is still above GM norm level with a rating performance of 2609 sofar (Only 2 women besides Judit herself) has a rating higher than that, Yifan Hou with 2629 and Humpy Koneru with 2613. Basically Polgar's very poor tournament has her performing in about the same level as the #2 and #3 woman in the world.

She's performing below her usual level but she's performing about as good as any other woman in the world. The tournament's #1 rated player (Etienne Bacrot) is not performing better either.

Mar-14-14  virginmind: Congratulations to Alexander Motylev, the new European champion!

Also, a very good result for Constantin Lupulescu, winning with black against Laznicka in the final round and with 8/11 points placing equal 2-7th!

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  plang: Well, obviously, Polgar fans are comparing her results to when she was ranked in the top 10 in the world and by that standard her recent results are disappointing. Comparing her to other women players is the last thing on her mind. It has never been her goal to be the strongest womens player in the world.
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  perfidious: Small reminder of an extraordinary career, for one poster who appears to have lost sight that he/she would get blasted into oblivion by the player whose skills are being impugned:

Alex Cherniack

<In 1987, Alex and I played the under-2400 section at the New York Open; his first-round opponent was a little girl with a teddy bear, and she rolled him up.

We now know her well as Judith Polgar.>

Mar-14-14  capafischer1: Judith polgar was very disappointing. She lost rating points. Lost to someone 130 points lower and a bunch of draws with lower rated players. Yet she was boasting about her last round win on twitter. Very odd.
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  beenthere240: Well her last round was a fun game. A combo like that when you're sacking a knight and a rook simultaneously doesn't come up all that often.
Mar-15-14  Karpova: Judit Polgar: <I'm glad I finished the European Championship with a win, and with this unusual queen trap and again on the f-file!>

Final standings:

Judit is not alone, there were also 2700+ with 6.5/11 like Jobava, Bacrot, Almasi, Tomashevsky and Malakhov.

Also not a good tournament for Khismatullin, the 7th seed, with 5.5/11.

In any case, a great success for Kramnik's former second, Motylev. Here shown with a lion:

Mar-16-14  BobbieM: Well i was proven wrong as Polgar won more than she lost, as i am ready to admit. I can still dream of a .hou yifan vs polgar contest at some point.
Mar-16-14  kevinatcausa: There were 23 slots for the World Cup up for grabs, and 24 players finished at 7.5/11 or better.

Grigoriy Oparin was the unfortunate player in 24th.

Apr-01-14  mrfuddington: There was a Hou Yifan vs. Polgar match-ish. It was awesome, as it was part of a run where Hou beat a number of higher rated GM's, exciting stuff. Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012
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