Veselin Topalov leads the FIDE April rating list

Interesting details about the new rating list

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The top 100 FIDE rating April list is out. Veselin Topalov retains the top spot after his strong performance in the Nanjing tournament and the Chess Challenger match against Gata Kamsky. The World Champion Vishy Anand is second with 2783, while Carlsen is third with 2770. As predicted in the April list preview, general rating drops among the other players over 2750 and the rise of players above 2700 make the race for the rest of the positions in the top 10 very tight. The difference between the 4th Vladimir Kramnik and the 20th Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is only 34 points, leaving the battle for the top positions wide open.

The average rating of the players in the top 100 has increased by 1 ELO point. That certainly is due to the players in positions 25 – 75, as well as to the new entrants in the list. A clear indication of that is GM Anatoly Karpov, who despite his inactivity in the period, climbs from position 90 to position 86.

The April FIDE top 100 list has a new youngest member. This is GM Wesley So, who entered at position 89 with 2641 points.

Another 2 young players make striking performance as well. GM Arman Pashikian, the new Armenia champion, has played 43 games to gain 34 points and appear on position 71 with 2655. GM Li Chao B played 46 games, making him the most active player in the period, and he climbed to position 87.

The highest new entrant is GM Igor Kurnosov, who enters the list for the first time directly at position 67. After 38 games he has gained the stunning 56 points and is currently rated 2658.

Here is the top 100 FIDE rating April list.

1 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2812

2 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2783

3 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2770

4 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2759

5 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2756

6 Aronian, Levon ARM 2754

7 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2753

8 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2751

9 Leko, Peter HUN 2751

10 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2748

11 Movsesian, Sergei SVK 2747

12 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2746

13 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2745

14 Wang, Yue CHN 2738

15 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2733

16 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2730

17 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2728

18 Svidler, Peter RUS 2726

19 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2726

20 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2725

21 Ni, Hua CHN 2724

22 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2721

23 Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2721

24 Kamsky, Gata USA 2720

25 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2716

26 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2709

27 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2704

28 Adams, Michael ENG 2703

29 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2702

30 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2701

31 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2700

32 Tiviakov, Sergei NED 2697

33 Wang, Hao CHN 2696

34 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2696

35 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2695

36 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2693

37 Polgar, Judit HUN 2693

38 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2690

39 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2690

40 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2688

41 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2688

42 Jobava, Baadur GEO 2687

43 Harikrishna, P. IND 2686

44 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2685

45 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2684

46 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2684

47 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2684

48 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2682

49 Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2682

50 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij UKR 2680

51 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2678

52 Motylev, Alexander RUS 2677

53 Timofeev, Artyom RUS 2677

54 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2676

55 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2675

56 Short, Nigel D ENG 2674

57 Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2671

58 Sokolov, Ivan NED 2669

59 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2669

60 Dreev, Alexey RUS 2668

61 Nielsen, Peter Heine DEN 2668

62 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2664

63 Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2660

64 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2660

65 Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2659

66 Milov, Vadim SUI 2659

67 Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2658

68 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR 2657

69 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2657

70 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. UKR 2656

71 Pashikian, Arman ARM 2655

72 Savchenko, Boris RUS 2655

73 Nyback, Tomi FIN 2655

74 Navara, David CZE 2654

75 Grachev, Boris RUS 2652

76 Predojevic, Borki BIH 2652

77 Lastin, Alexander RUS 2650

78 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2649

79 Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2648

80 Postny, Evgeny ISR 2648

81 Delchev, Aleksander BUL 2648

82 Avrukh, Boris ISR 2647

83 Fridman, Daniel GER 2646

84 Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2645

85 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2645

86 Karpov, Anatoly RUS 2644

87 Li, Chao b CHN 2643

88 Meier, Georg GER 2641

89 So, Wesley PHI 2641

90 Smirin, Ilia ISR 2641

91 Beliavsky, Alexander SLO 2640

92 Berkes, Ferenc HUN 2638

93 Zhang, Pengxiang CHN 2638

94 Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2637

95 Socko, Bartosz POL 2637

96 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2636

97 Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2635

98 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2635

99 Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2635

100 Roiz, Michael ISR 2635

OSG Baden-Baden Wins Fourth Consecutive Title in Bundesliga

Final rounds played on 28th and 29th March

The final two rounds of the Schachbundesliga took place on 28th and 29th March 2009 in four cities across Germany. OSG Baden-Baden, who played on their home turf, dispatched both Solingen and Wattenscheid by 6-2 to lay hands at the fourth consecutive title in the German team championship. World Champion Viswanathan Anand entered the team for the first time in this season and won both of his games to add spice to the club’s success.

Werder Bremen seized the second place after the dramatic last round match against Hamburger SK. Heroes of the day are Michael Roiz with a swift victory against the veteran Lubomir Ftacnik (replay bellow) and Luke McShane who beat Jan Gustafsson in a 124-moves long game! Only one point behind Werder are TV Tegernsee and SC Eppingen.

Home Team: Baden-Baden

Round 14 Saturday, 28th March 2009, 2 pm

OSG Baden-Baden 6-2 Aljechin Solingen

SC Eppingen 5,5-2,5 SV Wattenscheid

Round 15 Sunday, 29th March 2009, 10 am

Aljechin Solingen 4-4 SC Eppingen

SV Wattenscheid 2-6 OSG Baden-Baden

Home Team: Werder Bremen

Round 14 Saturday, 28th March 2009, 2 pm

Werder Bremen 5,5-2,5 SF Berlin

SK Turm Emsdetten 3-5 Hamburger SK

Round 15 Sunday, 29th March 2009, 10 am

SF Berlin 3,5-4,5 SK Turm Emsdetten

Hamburger SK 3,5-4,5 Werder Bremen

Home Team: Remagen

Round 14 Saturday, 28th March 2009, 2 pm

SC Remagen 4,5-3,5 TV Tegernsee

SG Trier 4,5-3,5 Bayern Muenchen

Round 15 Sunday, 29th March 2009, 10 am

TV Tegernsee 5-3 SG Trier

Bayern Muenchen 3-5 SC Remagen

Home Team: Muelheim

Round 14 Saturday, 28th March 2009, 2 pm

SV Muelheim Nord 4,5-3,5 SC Kreuzberg

SF Katernberg 7,5-0,5 USV TU Dresden

Round 15 Sunday, 29th March 2009, 10 am

SC Kreuzberg 3-5 SF Katernberg

USV TU Dresden 2,5-5,5 SV Muelheim Nord

Bundesliga Final Standings (match points and sum of individual scores):

1. OSG Baden-Baden 28 88,0

2. Werder Bremen 24 69,5

3. TV Tegernsee 23 71,0

4. SC Eppingen 23 69,5

5. SV Muelheim-Nord 22 74,0

6. SG Aljechin Solingen 22 69,0

7. SC Kreuzberg 15 63,0

8. Hamburger SK 15 60,5

9. SV Wattenscheid 14 60,0

10. SC Remagen 14 60,0

11. SF Katernberg 12 60,0

12. SK Turm Emsdetten 10 50,5

13. SF Berlin 8 46,0

14. SG Trier 6 49,5

15. FC Bayern Muenchen 4 41,5

16. USV TU Dresden 0 28,0

More about the Bundesliga

Round 8 and 9 report

Official website


GM Wesley So is leading the Battle of GMs with perfect score

Four players share second place

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GM Wesley So had a magnificent start at the 2009 edition of the Phoenix Petroleum – Dapitan City Battle of GMs. What’s more, the young Filipino superstar defeated in the first round his major opponents for the title – the first Asia grandmaster – GM Eugenio Torre, and the best performer for the Philippines at the Olympiad – GM John Paul Gomez.

Adding to that the victory against GM Buenaventura Villamayor in round 1, gives Wesley So a perfect 3,0/3 and a sole lead.

Sharing second place with 2,0/3 are GM Rogelio Antonio, GM John Paul Gomez, IM Richard Bitoon, and GM Darwin Laylo.

Tomorrow the leader Wesley So will play with IM Rolando Nolte, other top pairings include GM Mark Paragua – GM John Paul Gomez and GM Antonio – GM Jayson Gonzales.

Standings

1. GM SO Wesley 3,0

2-5. IM BITOON Richard 2,0

2-5. GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr 2,0

2-5. GM GOMEZ John Paul 2,0

2-5. GM LAYLO Darwin 2,0

6-7. GM PARAGUA Mark 1,5

6-7. IM NOLTE Rolando 1,5

8-10. GM TORRE Eugenio 1,0

8-10. GM GONZALES Jayson 1,0

8-10. GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 1,0

11-12. IM SADORRA Julio Catalino 0,5

11-12. IM DABLEO Ronald 0,5

Round 1

1 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino 0 – 1 GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr

2 IM BITOON Richard 1 – 0 GM PARAGUA Mark

3 GM LAYLO Darwin ½ – ½ IM DABLEO Ronald

4 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 0 – 1 GM SO Wesley

5 GM GOMEZ John Paul 1 – 0 GM GONZALES Jayson

6 GM TORRE Eugenio ½ – ½ IM NOLTE Rolando

Round 2

1 GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr ½ – ½ IM NOLTE Rolando

2 GM GONZALES Jayson ½ – ½ GM TORRE Eugenio

3 GM SO Wesley 1 – 0 GM GOMEZ John Paul

4 IM DABLEO Ronald 0 – 1 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura

5 GM PARAGUA Mark ½ – ½ GM LAYLO Darwin

6 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino ½ – ½ IM BITOON Richard

Round 3

1 IM BITOON Richard ½ – ½ GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr

2 GM LAYLO Darwin 1 – 0 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino

3 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 0 – 1 GM PARAGUA Mark

4 GM GOMEZ John Paul 1 – 0 IM DABLEO Ronald

5 GM TORRE Eugenio 0 – 1 GM SO Wesley

6 IM NOLTE Rolando ½ – ½ GM GONZALES Jayson

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Former Congressman Romeo Jalosjos and GM Eugene Torre pair off for the ceremonial moves together with GM Wesley So and Dapitan City Mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr. ushering in the Phoenix Petroleum and Dapitan City Battle of Grandmasters Chess Championships. Standing are, from left, PNP Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Cristito Gonzalodo, Zamboanga del Norte Board Member Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Dapitan City Secretary to the Mayor Alemarlo Dagpin, NCFP Executive Director Wilfredo Abalos, Dapitan City Vice Mayor Patri B. Chan, NCFP Treasurer Red Dumuk, FIDE and NCFP Honorary President Florencio Campomanes, Aklan Province Sports Director Wilfredo Neri and Chief Arbiter IA Elias Lao.

Ikaros Chess Festival 2009

11-19 July 2009, at Agios Kirykos, Ikaria island, Greece. Aegean Open is the main event.

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The Ikaros Chess Festival 2009 will take place 11-19 July 2009, at Agios Kirykos, Ikaria island, Greece. It will be a 9 rounds accelerated Swiss tournament wit 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move (from move 1) for the completion of the game for each player.

The competition has a total prize fund of 3600 eur, in case of sharing the same place the money prizes are divided according to the Hort system among the players with the same final score. (With Hort system every player gets first 50% of the prizes according to his rank. The other 50% are distributed uniformly within a scoregroup over the players).

Conditions to GMs, IMs,WGMs, and WIMs

There are very interesting special conditions for titled players, GMs, IMs, WGMs, and WIMs. The organizing committee will cover Round Trip (Piraeus-Ikaria-Piraeus) ferry tickets, accommodation costs (without the meal expenses), and entry fee.

Additionally GMs and WGMs will receive € 2 (two euros) for every rating point above 2400 (based on FIDE rating list of July 2009).

For the rest of the participants the organisation committee offers a special
discount package that includes Round Trip (Piraeus-Ikaria-Piraeus) ferry
tickets, accommodation costs for the period 11-19/7 (without the meal expenses),
and entry fee at the price of 300 Euros. Special additional discounts apply for
juniors, families (at least 3 members) and club teams (at least 4 members) and
for those who pay until 30th of June.

For more information: ikaros@chess.gr

Participants

This year’s edition expects hundreds of participants. Among the confirmed ones are GM Evgeny Vorobiov, GM Robert Kempinski, GM Rainer Buhman, GM Alexander Mista, GM Piotr Bobras, GM Vladimir Tukmakov, GM Andrey Rychagov, GM Mihail Ivanov, IM MIchael Kopylov, IM Marcin Szymanski, GM Shojaat Ghane, IM Alexey Maly, IM Herald Groetz, IM Vladimir Grabinsky, IM Boris Maryasin, IM Evgenia Chasovnikova, WGM Myroslava Hrabinska, WGM Ljobov Kopylov, WIM Svetlana Yordanova, WFM Irina Kudriashova, etc.

Among those that expressed interest in the event notable names are GM Julian Radulski, GM Azer Mirzoev, GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, GM Georgy Timoshenko, GM Andrei Orlov, GM Dejan Antic, etc.

Official website: http://www.chess.gr/ikaros

Copyright in chess

The Topalov – Kamsky match sparkles discussions on copyright

Copyright is a form of intellectual property which gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights for a certain time period in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution and adaptation; after which time the work is said to enter the public domain. This definition given by Wikipedia (based on multiple sources and dictionary definitions) is correct, although in no way sufficient and complete when it comes to chess.

The debate for copyright of chess moves has a long history. It reactivated on several occasions, the most recent being the matches Kramnik – Anand and Kamsky – Topalov. The broadcast companies in both matches had the same idea, to retain the rights over the game for a certain period of time. But both cases had completely different outcome, one failing to achieve anything after the start of the match, while the other reached decisive actions against Chessbase making them completely drop their live coverage.

Details about both cases have not been revealed, but that sparkled the discussion. The latest article published is by Toronto’s online edition Thestar.com under the title “Can you copyright a chess move?”

Thestar, Mar 15, 2009

Bond made the trek from his home in Guelph to Sofia, Bulgaria, last month for the World Chess Challenge. Acting as match supervisor for the semi-finals between hometown hero Veselin Topalov and Russian-born, U.S.-based challenger Gata Kamsky, Bond describes a scene that suggests a world bubbling with internecine intrigue.

In Sofia’s National Palace of Culture, the match room was darkened to prevent cues from the audience; a signal-jamming device blocked potential cheat sheets from being beamed in from outside; and during bathroom breaks, Bond dispatched a security detail with each player, to ensure that any relief was of the purely physical variety.

Given the intense scrutiny and suspicion that seems to attend the highest levels of the game, it should come as no surprise that the drama extended beyond the palace walls. It began when the Bulgarian Chess Federation, citing copyright infringement, barred ChessBase, the world’s biggest online chess portal, from broadcasting the match live, move by move, in a text format as it had been doing without the federation’s permission.

ChessBase stopped, as ordered. “They issued a cease and desist, and we complied,” ChessBase co-founder Frederic Friedel wrote in an email to Bond. “It is too expensive, time-wise, to get involved in protracted lawsuits with Bulgarians, and there is little to gain, monetarily, from a victory.”

Read the rest of the story

More discussion on copyright of chess moves

Mig Greengard – comments on Thestar article on copyright

Peter Doggers – another copyright point of view

Edward Winter – history on copyright of chess

Humpy Koneru Claims First Women Grand Prix

6-19th March in Istanbul, Turkey

GM Humpy Koneru and GM Yifan Hou moved into the final round of the the first Women Grand Prix with equal points, but Koneru won with Black against GM Marie Sebag to capture the first place and 6.500 Euro prize. Yifan Hou drew against her compatriot Shen Yang, allowing IM Elina Danielan to catch her on the second place share. Danielan had a fantastic tournament, earning her second GM norm, as reported by the official website.

Women Grand Prix took place on 6-19th March in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul GP Koneru prize

Humpy Koneru receiving her prize

Istanbul GP Elina prize

Elina Danielan

Istanbul GP Yifan prize

Yifan Hou

Round 11 results:

GM SEBAG Marie 2529 0 – 1 GM KONERU Humpy 2621

IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496 1 – 0 GM ZHAO Xue 2508

WGM SHEN Yang 2448 ½ – ½ GM HOU Yifan 2571

GM CHIBURDANIDZE Maia 2516 0 – 1 IM FIERRO Baquero Martha L. 2403

WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362 ½ – ½ WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2214

GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2557 0 – 1 GM CRAMLING Pia 2548

Final standings:
1. GM Humpy Koneru 2621 IND – 8.5

2-3. IM Elina Danielian 2496 ARM and GM Hou Yifan 2571 CHN – 8.0

4. GM Zhao Xue 2508 CHN – 7.5

5. GM Marie Sebag 2529 FRA – 6.0

6-7. IM Martha Fierro Baquero 2403 ECU and GM Pia Cramling 2548 SWE – 5.5

8-9. GM Antoaneta Stefanova 2557 BUL and GM Maia Chiburdanidze 2516 GEO – 5.0

10-11. WGM Zeinab Mamedyarova 2362 AZE and WGM Shen Yang 2448 CHN – 2.5

12. WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2214 TUR – 2.0

Istanbul GP winners

Istanbul GP Group

Group Photo of players and organizers

Yifan Hou square

Yifan Hou


IM Hess on pace for a GM norm, IM Robson downs 2 GMs

SPICE spring invitational tournament

IM Robert Hess is a point clear on top of the SPICE spring invitational tournament. Accompanied by his coach GM Miron Sher, Hess is with 5,0/6 on top of the table. Needing a +3 to obtain his second GM norm, IM Robert Hess is now at +4 after only 6 rounds. That means he needs only a point in the remaining 3 rounds to get a GM norm.

The leadership of Hess is partially due to the nice victory of IM Ray Robson against the title contender GM Kacheishvili. In 31 moves the young star of US chess defeated the experienced grandmaster, thus signing his second consecutive victory against a GM in a row.

SPICE spring invitational standings

1. IM Hess 5.0

2. GM Kacheishvili 4.0

3. GM Gareev 3.5

4. IM Robson 2.5

5. GM Dashzegve 2.0

6. IM Antal 1.0

Official site: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/

European Women Chess Championship

Lilit Mkrtchian and Tatiana Kosintseva in tiebreaks for the Champion’s title

IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia and IM Tatiana Kosintseva of Russia will decide the new European Women Chess Champion after a rapid tiebreak match that should follow later tonight or tomorrow. IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya entered the last round as sole leader, but then played too passively with Black pieces and Kosintseva knew how to punish this complacency. Lilit Mkrtchian bravely attacked WGM Marina Romanko’s Naidorf Sicilian with the sharpest Poisoned Pawn variation. Black King remained stuck in the center and then Romanko blundered a tactical shot while trying to complete the queenside development.

Maia Lomineishvili and Natalija Pogonina fought very hard but could not produce a winner. Something similar happened in the match between two good friends, Iweta Rajlich and Monika Socko, who played an equal Rook ending to the very end when draw became inevitable. These four, joined by Kovalevskaya, IM Evgenija Ovod and WGM Tatiana Shadrina, will play tiebreak matches for the bronze medal and 3rd place money prize.

WWCC Lilit Mkrtchian

Lilit Mkrtchian

tatiana kosintseva

Tatiana Kosintseva

Last round results:

IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 7.5 RUS 2497 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 8.0 RUS 2442 1-0

IM Lomineishvili, Maia 7.5 GEO 2437 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 7.5 RUS 2467 0.5-0.5

IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 7.5 ARM 2460 - WGM Romanko, Marina 7.5 RUS 2451 1-0

IM Rajlich, Iweta 7.5 POL 2399 - GM Socko, Monika 7.5 POL 2449 0.5-0.5

GM Hoang Thanh Trang 7.0 HUN 2483 - IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 7.0 GEO 2416 0.5-0.5

IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 7.0 GER 2455 - WGM Kovanova, Baira 7.0 RUS 2386 0.5-0.5

IM Ovod, Evgenija 7.0 RUS 2430 - WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 7.0 RUS 2384 1-0

IM Turova, Irina 7.0 RUS 2379 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 7.0 UKR 2427 0.5-0.5

WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 7.0 RUS 2416 - IM Melia, Salome 7.0 GEO 2422 1-0

WGM Demina, Julia 6.5 RUS 2361 - IM Muzychuk, Anna 6.5 SLO 2540 0-1

IM Vasilevich, Irina 6.5 RUS 2340 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 6.5 UKR 2488 1-0

IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.5 POL 2352 - IM Gaponenko, Inna 6.5 UKR 2450 0.5-0.5

IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 6.5 ROU 2412 - WIM Paulet, Iozefina 6.5 ROU 2315 0.5-0.5

WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 6.5 POL 2385 - WGM Botsari, Anna-Maria 6.5 GRE 2289 1-0

GM Dzagnidze, Nana 6.0 GEO 2518 - WFM Severiukhina, Zoja 6.0 RUS 2327 1-0

Round 1 report

Round 3 report

Round 5 report

Round 8 report

Official website


Games Festival 2009

record participation

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Good marketing leads to good success. This is the case of the traditional Games Festival which this year has a significant boost of players. In the chess section more than 600 players are expected, featuring GM Grivas, GM Bojkov, GM Vladimir Georgiev and many other top class participants.

Adding the 300 participants in the bridge competition, the 100 in the scrabble, the 100 in the sudoku, and the 100 in the darts, the participation of the Games festival grows to over 1000 players.

Expect more news and a special tournament section later this week on Chessdom.com, which will be an official media partner of the event.

Evgeny Tomashevsky Wins European Chess Championship!

Second place for Vladimir Malakhov, third is Baadur Jobava

Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky won a dramatic final match against his compatriot Vladimir Malakhov to claim the title of 2009 European Chess Champion! Tomashevsky won the first game, but then forfeited in the second in probably drawing Rook endgame. The champion was to be determinated after an Armageddon game where White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes plus draw odds. Malakhov achieved a winning position with Black but then hastily put the whole Rook en prise, which Tomashevsky grabbed without hesitation!

Baadur Jobava of Georgia won the match for the 3rd place against Ernesto Inarkiev.

Tiebreaks for the title of European Champion and medals (two games at 15 min+5 sec, followed by 5/4 armaggedon)

Round 1

11 GM Nyback Tomi – 6 GM Malakhov Vladimir 0.5-1.5

7 GM Grachev Boris – 10 GM Guseinov Gadir 1-2

9 GM Kobalia Mikhail – 8 GM Jobava Baadur 1-2

Round 2

GM Jobava Baadur – GM Sokolov Ivan 2-0

GM Inarkiev Ernesto – GM Guseinov Gadir 2-1

GM Malakhov Vladimir – GM Naiditsch Arkadij 1.5-1.5

GM Tomashevsky Evgeny – GM Navara David 1.5-0.5

Semifinal

GM Jobava Baadur – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2

GM Malakhov Vladimir – GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5

Final

GM Malakhov Vladimir – GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2

3rd place

GM Jobava Baadur – GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5

Evgeny Tomashevsky sq

European Chess Champion – Tomashevsky Evgeny

Vladimir Malakhov sq

Silver medal for Malakhov Vladimir

Baadur Jobava sq

Bronze medal – Jobava Baadur

Tiebreaks for World Cup qualifiers

GM Areshchenko Alexander – GM Savchenko Boris 0-2

GM Sakaev Konstantin – GM Stevic Hrvoje 3-1

GM Vitiugov Nikita – GM Svetushkin Dmitry 1.5-0.5

GM Petrosian Tigran L – GM Dreev Alexey 1.5-0.5

GM Kurnosov Igor – GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 0.5-1.5

GM Pashikian Arman – GM Lupulescu Constantin 0-2

GM Mikhalevski Victor – GM Motylev Alexander 0-2

From the group of players that finished with 7.5 points, Meier Georg, Nijboer Friso, Fedorchuk Sergey A, Timofeev Artyom, Sjugirov Sanan, Bartel Mateusz and Mamedov Rauf have qualified for the World Cup 2009 without additional matches. Bologan Viktor and Papaioannou Ioannis did not participate in tiebreaks.

System of the Tie-break matches (excerpt from the Regulations):
Additional matches of two games will be played with 15 minutes on the clock and addition of 10 seconds before each move.

If this match is drawn again, then two games will be played with five minutes plus two seconds per move.

If this match is again drawn, then the sudden-death game will be played with white having 5 minutes on the clock and black having 4 minutes, without any addition. White has to win the sudden-death game in order to win the match.

In case that more than three tie-break rounds have to be played, the Chief-Arbiter – after confirmation by the ECU President or his representative – may change the playing schedule in such a way that the tie-break matches can be finished within one day.

Final standings in the main competition

1-11. GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2657, GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2656, GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2693, GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2664, GM Navara David CZE 2638, GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2692, GM Grachev Boris RUS 2655, GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2669, GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2634, GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2661 and GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2644 – 8,0

12-34. GM Meier Georg GER 2608, GM Nijboer Friso NED 2559, GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2633, GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2671, GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2562, GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2594, GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2638, GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2673, GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2592, GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2687, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2688, GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687, GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2602, GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2608, GM Papaioannou Ioannis GRE 2609, GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2608, GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2676, GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2621, GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2675, GM Petrosian Tigran L ARM 2623, GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2593, GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2619 and GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2654 – 7,5 etc

Round 9 report

More information on the official website