Alexander Motylev of Russia won the European Championship in Yerevan, Armenia convincingy. The 34-year-old grandmaster from Yekaterinenburg finished on 9.0/11 (good for a 2872 performance rating), a full point more than the rest of the pack. Another excellent result was achieved by Spanish grandmaster David Anton Guijarro, who finished second on tiebreak.
Alexander Motylev of Russia is on a roll at the European Championship in Yerevan. The 34-year-old grandmaster from Yekaterinenburg today won against Pavel Eljanov in a Sicilian after 41 moves, to increase his lead to a full point.
It’s high time to return to the European Championship in Yerevan! In this report we’re gonna catch up and look at some nice games from rounds 2-8, so that we’ll be completely updated on the latest developments, including today. (The tournament lasts 11 rounds in total.)
On Monday the European Individual Chess Championship 2014 started in Yerevan, Armenia with over 260 players from 27 countries. The ceremonial first move was made by Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union. The top seeds are Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia).
Flags at the opening ceremony | Photos courtesy of the official website
The European Chess Union (E.C.U), the International School Chess Union (I.S.C.U.) and the Olympic Sports Academy of Thessaloniki have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the European Chess Union and eligible players to the European School Chess Championships 2014 organised in Kavala, Greece from 16 June (arrivals) to 27 June (departures).
Each National Federation or School Association or schools may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups. In case that one girl group has less than 10 participants, it will be merged with the same open age group category.
Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) who shall not have reached the age:
Of 7, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth – January 1st, 2007 and after) – Tournament Under 7;
Of 9, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth – January 1st, 2005 and after) – Tournament Under 9;
Of 11, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth– January 1st, 2003 and after) – Tournament Under 11;
Of 13, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth – January 1st, 2001 and after) – Tournament Under 13;
Of 15, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth – January 1st, 1999 and after) – Tournament Under 15;
Of 17, by 1st January 2014 (date of birth – January 1st, 1997 and after) – Tournament Under 17;
A registration fee of 30 euros per participant (players, officials, trainers, media, etc.) should be paid directly to the Organizing Committee.
In accordance with the ECU regulations, an ECU entry fee of 20 EUR is required for each player. National Federations should send this amount directly to the ECU account or it can be paid to the Organizing Committee before the start of the first round.
Participants from the European Small Nations (FIDE Zone 1.10) have a 50% discount on registration and transportation fees.
Entry forms must be sent by the National Federations or the players and returned to the Organizing Committee not later than Friday 2 May 2014. If the registration form is not forwarded by the Federation a copy must be sent to the National Federation.
The complete registration form must include the surname/s, first name/s, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating and passport number (for visa only purpose) of each player and each accompanying person. It must also include the name and telephone/e-mail/fax number of the Chief of Delegation.
Accommodation and board will be provided at Galaxy Hotel (4 star) and Lucy Hotel (5 stars). Playing Hall is the City Conference Hall in walking distance.
The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds. National ratings will not be taken into consideration for the pairings. Rate of play will be according to FIDE regulations 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
Communication between players (the offer of draw) is forbidden until the 40th move has been played.
The first European winner in each open age category is the European School Champion for 2014 and the first European girl in each girl age category is the European Girl School Champion for 2014. They will be awarded with trophies and special diplomas.
The 6 first winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) and the 6 Girl winners (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) according to FIDE regulations will play as invited players in the 2015 World School Chess Championships in Singapore.
– World School Rapid & Blitz Championships (14-16 June 2014)
– Excursions Program
– Solving Competition
Lena Oustabasidou – Tel: +30 6974605518 Fax: +30 2641500112, Email: email@example.com, Website: www.euroschools2014.org
Teams or players needing visas are requested to contact the Organizing Committee before Friday 2 May 2014 and apply on time to Greek Authorities. The Organizing Committee will provide invitations for visas only after the necessary payments. The O.C. has no responsibility for late or incomplete applications.
“Despite chess not being an Olympic sport, the European Commission made a special decision to include chess and karate in the list of sports to be presented at these games, the minister said.”
As Chessdom.com reported more than a year ago, there was a great probability that chess might be selected as one of two non-Olympic sports.
FIDE Events Commission Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou said then that “(There is)…good chance for chess to enter the Olympic Games in coming years.”
Chess is one of the most popular sports in the host country Azerbaijan, winner of two European Team Championships.
Azerbaijan will also host the World Chess Olympiad in 2016.
The European Blitz and Rapid Championships were held last weekend in Warsaw, Poland. On Friday Anton Korobov of Ukraine won the blitz tournament ahead of local hero Radek Wojtaszek and Vladimir Malakhov of Russia. The rapid event was spread over two days and was won by Richard Rapport of Hungary. Malakhov finished second there, and third came Tigran Petrosian of Armenia.
736 players from 29 European federations (FIDE Zones 1.1 to 1.10) competed in the 11-round Swiss event with the time control G-15′+10”. The field included 47 Grandmasters and 125 international title holders.
Eventually three players shared the first place with 9,5 points each: Richard Rapport, Vladimir Malakhov and Tigran L Petrosian.
Rapport had the best tie-break score and is declared Champion. Malakhov took the silver medal, Petrosian is awarded with bronze.
1-3. GM Rapport Richard HUN R 2661, GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS R 2756 and GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM R 2637 – 9,5
4-10. GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR R 2678, GM Korobov Anton UKR R 2752, GM Jobava Baadur GEO R 2678, GM Socko Bartosz POL R 2661, GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP R 2620, GM Lysyj Igor RUS R 2640 and GM Krasenkow Michal POL R 2609 – 9,0
11-28. GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL R 2710, GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM R 2647, GM Ragger Markus AUT R 2689, GM Dubov Daniil RUS R 2602, GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL R 2713, GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA R 2675, IM Pakleza Zbigniew POL R 2471, GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB R 2638, GM Tregubov Pavel V. RUS R 2570, GM Bryzgalin Kirill RUS R 2584, GM Neiksans Arturs LAT R 2591, GM Dragun Kamil POL R 2497, GM Azarov Sergei BLR R 2666, GM Stupak Kirill BLR R 2542, IM Kuźmicz Krystian POL R 2446, GM Andriasian Zaven ARM R 2592, IM Plat Vojtech CZE R 2560 and FM Minko Vladimir RUS R 2180 – 8,5
29-55. GM Olszewski Michał POL R 2542, GM Grigoryan Karen H. ARM R 2548, GM Dreev Aleksey RUS R 2740, GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS R 2585, FM Przybylski Wojciech POL R 2373, GM Dziuba Marcin POL R 2577, FM Licznerski Lukasz POL R 2309, FM Kantans Toms LAT R 2368, GM Miśta Aleksander POL R 2582, GM Socko Monika POL R 2466, IM Zwardon Vojtech CZE R 2442, GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR R 2490, GM Jussupow Artur GER R 2609, IM Golubka Petr UKR R 2424, FM Gaehwiler Gabriel SUI 2327, GM Mitoń Kamil POL R 2632, GM Gritsak Orest UKR R 2574, IM Leniart Arkadiusz POL R 2499, IM Beinoras Mindaugas LTU R 2375, m Świcarz Maciej POL R 2287, IM Sadzikowski Daniel POL R 2395, Razin Vadim UKR R 2374, FM Kula Robert POL R 2333, FM Kuraszkiewicz Michael GER R 2331, WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina POL R 2358, m Stoma Paweł POL R 2340 and IM Brendel Oliver GER R 2314 – 8,0 etc