Top Seeds Suffer In Euro Champs

Top Seeds Suffer In Euro Champs

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 24, 2012, 3:05 PM |
14 | Chess Event Coverage

ECU logo.jpgAfter five rounds of at the 2012 European Individual Championships, the competition has shown no respect to reputations, as the great strength in depth of the field takes its toll on the supposed favourites.

Top seed Fabiano Caruana started brightly with two wins, but three successive draws have held back his progress since. The second seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has struggled even more, drawing every single one of his games against much lower rated opposition.

However these mishaps are eclipsed by Anish Giri's disastrous tournament so far. All seemed well after an opening round victory, but a comprehensive loss to 15 year-old Illya Nyzhnyk in round two set the scene for his following two draws and a loss against much lower rated opponents.  Giri now finds himself in 223rd place out of 350 players with only a 2/5 score!

So who is winning? Well after four rounds there was just one player on a maximum 4 points - England's Gawain Jones. He had to settle for a draw against Nikita Vitiugov in round five, but remains joint leader with Frenchman Laurent Fressinet and Ukrainian Yuriy Kuzubov.

A special mention also for IM Shota Azaladze from Georgia who has beaten 3 GMs to stand in fourth place.

The leading scores after 5 rounds:

Name Nat Elo Pts
1 GM Fressinet Laurent  FRA 2693 4.5
2 GM Kuzubov Yuriy  UKR 2615 4.5
3 GM Jones Gawain C B  ENG 2635 4.5
4 IM Azaladze Shota  GEO 2419 4.0
5 GM Vitiugov Nikita  RUS 2709 4.0
6 GM Movsesian Sergei  ARM 2702 4.0
7 GM Naiditsch Arkadij  GER 2702 4.0
8 GM Radulski Julian  BUL 2552 4.0
9 GM Melkumyan Hrant  ARM 2628 4.0
10 GM Esen Baris  TUR 2555 4.0
11 GM Andreikin Dmitry  RUS 2689 4.0
12 GM Lenic Luka  SLO 2637 4.0
13 GM Korobov Anton  UKR 2679 4.0
14 GM Inarkiev Ernesto  RUS 2695 4.0
15 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  FRA 2682 4.0
16 GM Kobalia Mikhail  RUS 2666 4.0
17 GM Berkes Ferenc  HUN 2682 4.0
18 GM Malakhov Vladimir  RUS 2705 4.0
19 GM Cheparinov Ivan  BUL 2664 4.0
20 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco  ESP 2693 4.0
21 GM Sjugirov Sanan  RUS 2610 4.0
22 GM Jobava Baadur  GEO 2706 4.0
23 GM Khismatullin Denis  RUS 2656 4.0
24 GM Matlakov Maxim  RUS 2632 4.0
25 GM Sokolov Ivan  NED 2653 4.0
26 GM Kulaots Kaido  EST 2585 4.0
27 GM Azarov Sergei  BLR 2667 4.0
28 GM Ragger Markus  AUT 2654 4.0
29 GM Rodshtein Maxim  ISR 2652 4.0

 

 

 

Illya Nyzhnyk defeated Anish Giri in round 2

Nyzhnyk Giri Euro 2012 round 2.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  The competition runs from 20-31 March, with one rest day on 26 March.  All rounds start at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the last round which is 2 hours earlier.

Nearly 100 players are rated over 2600 Elo and 15 players are 2700+ Elo.

Euro 2012 individual champs logo 1.jpg

 

Photo from the official website.

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