Summer Time, and the Losing is Easy!

Summer Time, and the Losing is Easy!

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 25, 2012, 2:06 PM |
4 | Chess Event Coverage

ECU logo.jpgRound six of the 2012 European Individual Chess Championships was the first day after the clocks moved one hour forward for the start of Daylight Saving Time in Europe.

Sadly, this change seemed to catch out seven players who were defaulted because they failed to arrive on time for their games - six of them Georgians!  Former fourth placed competitor IM Shota Azaladze was among them.

The games that did take place made the contest even tighter, creating a 10-way tie at the top on a score of 5/6.

Top seed Fabiano Caruana is among a huge pack of 24 players just half a point back on 4½/6, while second seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to have given up hope, chalking up his 6th draw in 6 games!

Tomorrow (Monday) is a rest day. The top scores after six rounds:



Name Nat Elo Pts TB
1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij  GER 2702 5.0 2864
2 GM Fressinet Laurent  FRA 2693 5.0 2860
3 GM Kuzubov Yuriy  UKR 2615 5.0 2856
4 GM Jones Gawain C B  ENG 2635 5.0 2852
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto  RUS 2695 5.0 2841
6 GM Khismatullin Denis  RUS 2656 5.0 2827
7 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  FRA 2682 5.0 2821
8 GM Matlakov Maxim  RUS 2632 5.0 2803
9 GM Korobov Anton  UKR 2679 5.0 2797
10 GM Azarov Sergei  BLR 2667 5.0 2783
11 GM Movsesian Sergei  ARM 2702 4.5 2785
12 GM Melkumyan Hrant  ARM 2628 4.5 2784
13 GM Bacrot Etienne  FRA 2706 4.5 2783
14 GM Caruana Fabiano  ITA 2767 4.5 2779
15 GM Lenic Luka  SLO 2637 4.5 2778
16 GM Jakovenko Dmitry  RUS 2729 4.5 2776
17 GM Andreikin Dmitry  RUS 2689 4.5 2772
18 GM Sutovsky Emil  ISR 2700 4.5 2763
19 GM Riazantsev Alexander  RUS 2710 4.5 2760
20 GM Cheparinov Ivan  BUL 2664 4.5 2758
21 GM Malakhov Vladimir  RUS 2705 4.5 2753
22 GM Timofeev Artyom  RUS 2650 4.5 2746
23 GM Kobalia Mikhail  RUS 2666 4.5 2746
24 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco  ESP 2693 4.5 2746
25 GM Bologan Viktor  MDA 2687 4.5 2743
26 GM Jobava Baadur  GEO 2706 4.5 2734
27 GM Pantsulaia Levan  GEO 2595 4.5 2724
28 GM Kulaots Kaido  EST 2585 4.5 2715
29 GM Ragger Markus  AUT 2654 4.5 2714
30 GM Akopian Vladimir  ARM 2684 4.5 2706
31 GM Fridman Daniel  GER 2653 4.5 2704
32 GM Ivanisevic Ivan  SRB 2645 4.5 2696
33 GM Istratescu Andrei  FRA 2633 4.5 2646
34 GM Stocek Jiri  CZE 2606 4.5 2634

 

The top boards in round six in Plovdiv

Euro 2012 round 6 top boards.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 (12:00 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 by Svoboda Chankova at the official website.

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