European Individual Chess Championship Update

European Individual Chess Championship Update

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 29, 2012, 2:16 PM |
8 | Chess Event Coverage

ECU logo.jpgThe 2012 European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, has reached 9 completed rounds out of 11 and the competition is still very close.

Seven players share the lead with 7/9 points, while a further 21 are just half a point behind on 6½/9.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been having a disappointing tournament and his misery was compounded in round eight when he fell foul of the zero-tolerance starting time rule.  Mamedyarov arrived late to his board (10 seconds according to Shak, more than a minute say the organisers) and was forfeited the game.

[UPDATE: according to the English chess player and writer Steve Giddins at his blog:

"...today, he [Mameyarov] and his opponent agreed a draw inside 40 moves...Mamedyarov and opponent were both defaulted, at which point "Shak"...withdrew from the tournament.

Round 10 is on 30th March starting at the usual 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC), and the last round is on 31st March starting 2 hours earlier.

The top standings after nine rounds are:

Name Nat Elo Pts TB
1 Fressinet Laurent FRA 2693 7.0 2827
2 Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2695 7.0 2817
3 Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705 7.0 2815
4 Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2666 7.0 2814
5 Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2689 7.0 2811
6 Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 7.0 2805
7 Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684 7.0 2778
8 Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635 6.5 2791
9 Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2615 6.5 2783
10 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2706 6.5 2777
11 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2709 6.5 2775
12 Caruana Fabiano ITA 2767 6.5 2774
13 Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2729 6.5 2774
14 Dreev Aleksey RUS 2698 6.5 2758
15 Khismatullin Denis RUS 2656 6.5 2744
16 Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2643 6.5 2743
17 Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2649 6.5 2743
18 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2682 6.5 2742
19 Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 6.5 2742
20 Azarov Sergei BLR 2667 6.5 2741
21 Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2693 6.5 2739
22 Berkes Ferenc HUN 2682 6.5 2737
23 Ragger Markus AUT 2654 6.5 2720
24 Volokitin Andrei UKR 2695 6.5 2713
25 Balogh Csaba HUN 2664 6.5 2712
26 Khenkin Igor GER 2632 6.5 2702
27 Khalifman Alexander RUS 2649 6.5 2691
28 Smeets Jan NED 2610 6.5 2639

Vladimir Malakhov of Russia (left) won his eighth round game

Euro 2012 round 8 Vladimir Malakhov.jpg

The European Individual Championship 2012 is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to the regulations a total of 23 players will qualify.

The championship is an 11-round Swiss competition with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

The total prize fund is €100,000, with the winner receiving €14,000.

Euro 2012 individual champs logo 1.jpg


Picture from the official website.

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