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Motylev Convincing Winner European Individual

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/16/14, 2:49 AM.

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.

After eight rounds Alexander Motylev had a one-point lead over a group of 13 grandmasters. In the last three rounds the Russian GM managed to hold on to that lead with two draws and one more win. Motylev remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, with 4 draws and 7 wins - the same superb score as his compatriot Ian Nepomniachtchi achieved in 2010 in Rijeka.

Motylev won a whopping 28.8 rating points but in fact the runner-up in the event did even better: +32.5. That was the 18-year-old Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro, who finished second on tiebreak, tied with Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Dragan Solak (Turkey), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Constantin Lupulescu (Romania), David Navara (Czech Republic), Ivan Saric (Croatia) and Igor Lysyj (Russia).

According to the regulations the top 23 players would qualify for the 2015 World Cup. Besides the aforementioned grandmasters, the lucky ones were Hrant Melkumyan (Armenia), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia), Ilya Smirin (Israel), Laurent Fressinet (France), Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia), Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine), Milos Perunovic (Serbia), Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Viorel Iordachescu (Moldavia) Sergei Zhigalko (Belarus), Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Armenia) and Csaba Balogh (Hungary). Other European players can try it again in next year's Championship.

Alexander Motylev doesn't play that many tournaments these days as he mostly works with other grandmasters. For example, he is a second of Sergey Karjakin, who is playing the Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk as we speak. On Saturday Karjakin reacted as follows:

“My training with Motylev is clearly successful - maybe it's not shown in my games, but certainly in his! We are in contact all the time and I am very happy for him because he deserves such a huge win. For a long time he had been a little bit in a shadow but now he's a champion!”

As a second at tournaments, Motylev often picks up a camera too

In the ninth round Motylev drew comfortably with the reigning European Champion, Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine. After 17.Qa3 it seemed that Black was in trouble, but he found a good way to equalize.

Boards 2-5 were drawn as well, but two players managed to get to half a point behind the leader: Dragan Solak and Ilya Smirin. Both won their games as Black:

In the penultimate round Motylev increased his lead to a point again: he beat Smirin himself, while Solak drew with Wojtaszek. The tournament winner showed that he's not only an opening expert, but has excellent technique as well. Black's knight on d4 looked so strong, but in the end the bishop prevailed.

Motylev in round 10

David Navara played a beautiful positional game against Perunovic. Using the weak squares on the queenside, then invading on the queenside, followed by the power of the passed pawn... Great stuff from the Czech number one.

Norway's number two Jon Ludvig Hammer failed to qualify for the World Cup by half a point. In round 10 he missed a tactic with his last move 32...Qd7.

The following game was a great example of attacks on opposite wings. With both players going all or nothing it was a really exciting fight!

Anton Guijarro set a great step towards World Cup qualification thanks to the following, impressive victory.

In the final round Motylev held Navara to a draw, using a creative way to trade the queens. The resulting ending was still slighty better for White, but Black was solid.

Eljanov defeated Najer, who miscalculated and then completely collapsed:

On slightly lower boards the fight was really about getting into the first 23 spots, and so the players had to take some risk. This led to great games such as this one:

Or the following, in which Baadur Jobava goes down against Anton Guijarro:

And so there were 23 happy players (mentioned above), and many more not so happy. Some big names who didn't qualify: Vladimir Akopian, Evgeny Alekseev, Zoltan Almasi, Etienne Bacrot, Mateusz Bartel, Aleksey Dreev, Boris Grache, Ernesto Inarkiev, Baadur Jobava, last year's winner Alexander Moiseenko, Judit Polgar, Alexander Riazantsev, Maxim Rodshtein, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Andrei Volokitin.

Judit Polgar: not among the top 23 this time
David Anton Guijarro, surprisingly second
Motylev receiving the winner's medal from GM Smbat Lputian...
...and being interviewed right after

European Championship 2014 | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 Rp rtg+/-
1 33 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2656 9 2633 69 74 7 2872 28,8
2 99 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2559 8 2644 65 69 7 2775 32,5
3 48 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2641 8 2642 68 72,5 6 2790 21,8
4 66 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2610 8 2632 67,5 71,5 5 2774 24,6
5 2 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2723 8 2630 68,5 73,5 6 2790 9,3
6 46 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2643 8 2606 67,5 73 6 2759 16,8
7 15 GM Navara David CZE 2700 8 2604 72 77,5 6 2763 8,7
8 31 GM Saric Ivan CRO 2661 8 2546 63,5 68,5 6 2695 5,7
9 34 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2655 8 2539 64,5 69,5 5 2699 6,7
10 62 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2613 7,5 2651 69,5 74,5 4 2751 21,6
11 8 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2713 7,5 2625 74,5 80,5 4 2742 4,7
12 3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2723 7,5 2623 68 73 4 2740 3,3
13 57 IM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2621 7,5 2614 65 70 5 2712 15,4
14 44 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2644 7,5 2612 70,5 76 6 2723 12,3
15 11 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2709 7,5 2612 68,5 74,5 5 2729 3,6
16 26 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2676 7,5 2607 66 70,5 4 2721 7,6
17 13 GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2705 7,5 2600 63,5 68,5 5 2718 2,4
18 59 GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2617 7,5 2598 65,5 70,5 7 2706 14,4
19 23 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2681 7,5 2597 63 68 6 2713 5,1
20 77 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2583 7,5 2596 63 68 6 2696 18,4
21 29 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2671 7,5 2578 67 72,5 4 2694 4,1
22 89 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2572 7,5 2558 62 66,5 5 2656 15,4
23 39 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2651 7,5 2539 63 67,5 4 2656 2,2
24 113 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2526 7,5 2508 61,5 64,5 6 2610 16,4
25 53 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2633 7 2656 69 74 5 2729 14,9
26 63 GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2612 7 2629 67 72,5 4 2699 13,7
27 84 GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2574 7 2616 64,5 69,5 5 2679 17
28 12 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2706 7 2608 67,5 72,5 4 2694 -1,7
29 24 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2681 7 2601 67,5 72 4 2686 1,1
30 21 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2689 7 2599 68,5 73,5 5 2685 -0,7

(Full final standings here.)

The European Individual Chess Championship 2014 took place 2-15 March in Yerevan, Armenia with over 260 players from 27 countries. All photos © Arman Karakhanyan courtesy of the official website.

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  • 8 months ago

    gillbod

    Vladislav Artemiev only just turned 16! I hope he shines at the World Cup.

  • 8 months ago

    _valentin_

    Winning a King's Indian against a top Kings's Indian player should count for two!  This is the game of the rising Spanish star against Bacrot.

  • 8 months ago

    EyeKnows

    "Yekaterinenburg" sounds fake.

  • 9 months ago

    hicetnunc

    The list of famous GMs who didn't make it is quite impressive !

  • 9 months ago

    ClutchCity

    IM Kacparov - I'm sure the small sample size is a factor there...I doubt the same would be true if you played today. No disrespect intended (I base my assumptions on the rating difference - Fedoseev has almost 200 rating points on you, while Anton Guijarro has 100). Motylev used to be a member of the 2700-club, so no surprise he won the tournament.

  • 9 months ago

    Vingore

    Go Smirin!

  • 9 months ago

    IM Kacparov

    I'm 1-0 against Anton, 1,5-0,5 against Fedoseev, and only 0,5-1,5 against Motylev :)

  • 9 months ago

    gregdocot

    Congratulations, Alex!

  • 9 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Tough comp...lots of big names way down the finishing list...nice comments from Karjakin about his ' second '.

    Cheers for the post Pete....

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