Evgeny Najer Wins European Championship In Jerusalem

Evgeny Najer Wins European Championship In Jerusalem

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Mar 8, 2015, 4:46 PM |
9 | Chess Event Coverage

GM Evgeny Najer only needed a draw to clinch the European Championship title on Sunday. The Russian grandmaster finished on 8.5/11.

Najer was close to winning against GM Denis Khismatullin, but could comfortably accept a draw offer with the knowledge that on board two GM David Navara was a pawn down in a rook ending.

After the second rest day, on which many players enjoyed an excursion through Jerusalem's Old City, the all-decisive final round of the European Championship was played on Sunday. GM Evegeny Najer was defending a half-point lead over GM David Navara and GM Denis Khismatullin.

For Najer, who played his compatriot Khismatullin as Black, it was important to stay half a point ahead of Navara, who had the best tiebreak of all. Still he seemed happy with a draw if you look at the opening moves.

It was Khismatullin, who had played so brilliantly on Friday, who avoided the move repetition — he even sacrificed a pawn and an exchange! Najer only took the pawn, and he could win one more in the final position where he accepted his opponent's draw offer, after checking the position in Navara's game!

You can watch an interview with the new European Champion below, starting from 3 hour, 56 minutes and 13 seconds:

Navara's game was very interesting actually. He won a piece for two pawns against GM Ivan Cheparinov, who got good compensation. Navara missed a thing or two and ended up in a worse ending, but managed to hold it.


On boards four through nine, all games were drawn, and all these players qualified for the World Cup in Septeber in Baku. On board three, a draw was the most likely result as well, but GM Ian Nepomniachtchi took too much risk against GM Mateusz Bartel, who won a nice game.

GM Mateusz Bartel. | Photo Yoav Nis.

GM Pavel Eljanov, who was on the losing side of that amazing game on Friday, recovered well and finished his tournament with a win:


The tournament saw a lot of upsets by local players, but one wasn't mentioned here yet: Ohad Kraus, rated 2190. He managed to score not an IM, but a GM norm! He drew with GM Tal Baron, beat IM Sergei Chekhov and GM Hrant Melkumyan, drew with GM Robin van Kampen and beat GM Victor Mikhalevski and GM Vladimir Potkin!

The tournament winner and new European Champion: Evgeny Najer

2015 European Championship | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name Fed Rtng Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 37 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2634 8,5 2636 70,5 75
2 1 GM Navara David* CZE 2735 8 2643 72 77,5
3 39 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2631 8 2600 67,5 72
4 28 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2653 8 2547 66,5 71,5
5 71 GM Vovk Yuri UKR 2588 7,5 2648 69 72,5
6 11 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2687 7,5 2646 71 76
7 67 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2592 7,5 2634 66 70
8 3 GM Eljanov Pavel* UKR 2727 7,5 2623 72,5 78,5
9 33 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2646 7,5 2623 70 75
10 7 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2695 7,5 2615 64 69,5
11 13 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2678 7,5 2609 66,5 71,5
12 8 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2695 7,5 2608 66 68,5
13 22 GM Motylev Alexander* RUS 2665 7,5 2607 70,5 76
14 128 Iljiushenok Ilia RUS 2450 7,5 2598 69 72,5
15 47 GM Kempinski Robert POL 2625 7,5 2592 65,5 70,5
16 30 GM Smirin Ilia* ISR 2650 7,5 2590 67 72,5
17 12 GM Cheparinov Ivan* BUL 2681 7,5 2589 63 68
18 20 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2668 7,5 2585 71 76,5
19 35 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2639 7,5 2583 69 74
20 19 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2670 7,5 2583 63 68,5
21 26 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2660 7,5 2580 69 74
22 73 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2586 7,5 2577 61 64,5
23 27 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 2654 7,5 2540 66,5 71,5
24 18 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2670 7,5 2531 61 65,5
25 75 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2585 7,5 2530 61,5 65,5
26 92 GM Can Emre TUR 2555 7,5 2463 61 65,5
27 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2714 7 2639 70,5 76,5
28 60 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2605 7 2625 66 70,5
29 51 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 2622 7 2599 68,5 74
30 2 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2735 7 2599 66,5 72,5

(World Cup qualifiers in bold — full standings here.)

*The top 23 players qualified for the World Cup in September in Baku, Azerbaijan. However, five of them had already qualified from last year's tournament: David Navara, Pavel Eljanov, Ivan Cheparinov, Alexander Motylev, and Ilia Smirin.

The 2015 European Championship took place February 24-March 8 in Jerusalem, Israel. It was a big, 11-round Swiss with 248 participants, including more than 100 GMs.


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