Potkin Wins In Aix-les-Bains

Potkin Wins In Aix-les-Bains

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Apr 2, 2011, 11:34 PM |
12 | Chess Event Coverage

12th Euro Indiv Champs logo.jpgLong-time leader Vladimir Potkin of Russia took the European Individual Chess Championship title on tie-breaks after taking a quick draw with Judit Polgar in the final round.

That turned out to be enough for Potkin to take first place thanks to a superior tie-break score (the first tie-break score was the TPR - tournament performance rating).

With the top top 23 finishers qualifying for the Chess World Cup later this year, nerves were shredded among the players in the last round as some took safe draws and other pushed for wins, depending on how safe they thought they were.

According to The Week In Chess, reports from the scene suggest that there was great confusion as to who had qualified. The organisers' calculation of the TPR involved ignoring the highest and lowest individual game rating performances for everyone and their scores in those games.

Another quirk was that since three players among the top 23 have already qualified for the World Cup by other means (Svidler, Potkin and Mamedov), it appears that the final places 24-26th have also qualified.

Notable casualties included the young talents Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana.

The final top standings (qualifiers in red):


Name Nat Elo Pts TPR
1 Potkin Vladimir RUS 2653 8.5 2849
2 Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711 8.5 2826
3 Polgar Judit HUN 2686 8.5 2799
4 Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2673 8.5 2755
5 Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707 8.0 2819
6 Ragger Markus AUT 2614 8.0 2783
7 Feller Sebastien FRA 2657 8.0 2766
8 Svidler Peter RUS 2730 8.0 2751
9 Mamedov Rauf AZE 2667 8.0 2751
10 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2720 8.0 2741
11 Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2680 8.0 2732
12 Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2718 8.0 2719
13 Korobov Anton UKR 2647 8.0 2697
14 Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2674 8.0 2695
15 Postny Evgeny ISR 2585 8.0 2633
16 Azarov Sergei BLR 2615 7.5 2776
17 Khairullin Ildar RUS 2634 7.5 2771
18 Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2672 7.5 2754
19 Guliyev Namig AZE 2522 7.5 2739
20 Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2560 7.5 2739
21 Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2679 7.5 2728
22 Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2626 7.5 2725
23 Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2626 7.5 2722
24 Mcshane Luke J ENG 2683 7.5 2718
25 Fridman Daniel GER 2661 7.5 2717
26 Motylev Alexander RUS 2677 7.5 2716
27 Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2617 7.5 2712
28 Jobava Baadur GEO 2707 7.5 2711
29 Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2598 7.5 2709
30 Romanov Evgeny RUS 2624 7.5 2709
31 Esen Baris TUR 2528 7.5 2707
32 Nielsen Peter Heine DEN 2670 7.5 2703
33 Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 7.5 2698
34 Gustafsson Jan GER 2647 7.5 2687
35 Kulaots Kaido EST 2601 7.5 2669
36 Smirin Ilia ISR 2658 7.5 2668
37 Saric Ivan CRO 2626 7.5 2651
38 Pashikian Arman ARM 2642 7.5 2649
39 Edouard Romain FRA 2600 7.5 2634
40 Bologan Viktor MDA 2671 7.5 2629
41 Beliavsky Alexander G SLO 2619 7.5 2627
42 Rublevsky Sergei RUS 2678 7.5 2627
43 Volkov Sergey RUS 2621 7.5 2625
44 Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2643 7.5 2594

 

Two games from the final round are below. All games are available at the official website.

 

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