March 11, 2014 18:23

Motylev in great shape at European Championship

Alexander Motylev of Russia is on a roll at the European Championship in Yerevan. The 34-year-old grandmaster from Yekaterinenburg today won against Pavel Eljanov in a Sicilian after 41 moves, to increase his lead to a full point.

It's high time to return to the European Championship in Yerevan! In this report we're gonna catch up and look at some nice games from rounds 2-8, so that we'll be completely updated on the latest developments, including today. (The tournament lasts 11 rounds in total.)

After the many upsets in the first round, the second round (on Tuesday, March 4th) was marked by many draws on the top boards: six of the seven top games ended peacefully. Denis Khismatullin defeated Vitaly Golod from an English opening:

Denis Khismatullin

A very interesting game was the following, where 62-year-old Vaganian sacrificed material and got a strong attack, but eventually lost to his Ukrainian opponent.

Ernesto Inarkiev found a pretty combination that ended with a 'silent move'. Can you find it?

Also in the third round there were quite a few draws at the top. The following game, on board one, ended decisively:

 
The security forces in Yerevan like to play a bit as well

Blunders are part of the game too, and in this round it happened to Spanish GM Ivan Salgado Lopez. In a not too difficult endgame he took back the wrong piece:

The fourth round saw an absolutely stunning game between Aleksandr Shimanov and Baadur Jobava. It's really hard to describe what was going on - even engines have a hard time and it's doubtful that the players really knew themselves! Just play through the moves and enjoy this fascinating battle.

After four rounds only Evgeniy Najer of Russia was still on 100%, but he went down to one of his many compatriots the next day. It was a game between the two coaches of the Russian women's team: 

Alexander Motylev joined Riazantsev in the lead with the following win:

Gabriel Sargissian had a nice finish in his game against Karen Grigoryan - can you find it?

Gabriel Sargissian

In another all-Russian battle on board one, Motylev defeated Riazantsev from a Caro-Kann - the Two Knights Variation. Black eventually suffered from not developing his queenside:

During the rest day (Sunday) Motylev was half a point ahead of Radek Wojtaszek of Poland, Hrant Melkumyan and Viktor Laznicka of Czech Republic.

Alexander Motylev

In round 7 Motylev drew with Wojtaszek but kept his half-point lead as Melkumyan and Laznicka also split the point. And then, in today's 8th round, Motylev won another (excellent) white game, against Pavel Eljanov. The board caught fire on move 18:

Motylev has a full point lead with three rounds to go. Note that the European Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup; the 23 highest ranked players after 11 rounds will qualify. The European Individual Chess Championship 2014 takes place 2-15 March in Yerevan, Armenia with over 260 players from 27 countries. 

European Championship 2014 | Round 8 Standings

Rk. SNo   Naam FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 Rp
1 33 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2656 7 2611 33,5 36,5 6 2918
2 53 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2633 6 2635 37 41 5 2791
3 62 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2613 6 2634 36 39 4 2784
4 8 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2713 6 2628 40 44 4 2799
5 48 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2641 6 2625 34,5 37,5 5 2784
6 99 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2559 6 2620 32 35 5 2756
7 66 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2610 6 2614 35,5 39 4 2764
8 44 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2644 6 2604 35 39 5 2767
9 15 GM Navara David CZE 2700 6 2590 34 37 5 2762
10 24 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2681 6 2588 36 39,5 4 2759
11 22 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2682 6 2560 35 38,5 4 2734
12 59 GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2617 6 2560 31,5 34,5 6 2723
13 9 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2712 6 2554 31,5 34,5 5 2734
14 40 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2650 6 2553 33,5 37 4 2723
15 91 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2569 5,5 2660 36,5 39 3 2740
16 63 GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2612 5,5 2631 36 40 3 2728
17 2 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2723 5,5 2624 34 37,5 4 2745
18 3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2723 5,5 2612 36,5 39,5 3 2733
19 12 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2706 5,5 2602 34 37,5 3 2722
20 61 GM Tregubov Pavel V. RUS 2614 5,5 2596 32,5 35,5 3 2696
21 18 GM Polgar Judit HUN 2693 5,5 2594 34 38 3 2714
22 84 GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2574 5,5 2593 33 36,5 4 2684
23 11 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2709 5,5 2591 36 40 4 2713
24 26 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2676 5,5 2590 35 39 3 2707
25 57 IM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2621 5,5 2585 34 37 4 2682
26 29 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2671 5,5 2571 34,5 38 3 2691
27 17 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2695 5,5 2569 31 34 3 2687
28 36 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2653 5,5 2562 34 37,5 4 2679
29 42 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2647 5,5 2524 31,5 35 3 2646
30 31 GM Saric Ivan CRO 2661 5,5 2519 30,5 33,5 4 2628
31 39 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2651 5,5 2509 33 36 3 2632
32 34 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2655 5,5 2500 32 35,5 3 2626
33 54 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2631 5,5 2495 32 36 4 2616
34 38 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2652 5,5 2494 29,5 32,5 4 2620
35 119 IM Rozum Ivan RUS 2505 5 2637 35 37 3 2665
36 65 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2611 5 2624 36 38,5 3 2675
37 69 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2605 5 2622 33 36 3 2672
38 55 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2626 5 2611 35,5 39,5 4 2672
39 41 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2649 5 2608 35 39 4 2673
40 16 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2698 5 2608 34,5 38 3 2680

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JOSÉ's picture

ccerto

strana's picture

Just as expected, an amazing tournament!! Nice to see so many young armenians with powerful performances, like Martirosyan and Shant Sargsyan. Incredibly considering that Armenia is such a small country. As expected, Fedoseev and Artemiev are confirming that they are huge talents, certainly the most promissing young russians U-20 russians.

Thomas Richter's picture

The "performance minus rating" list currently has 13 Armenians in the top20, mostly teenagers (plus three from nearby Georgia, three Russians including Motylev and Spanish surprise GM David Anton Guijarro). Of course many Armenians participate, and many may be underrated because they rarely get the chance to play against strong international opposition.

Chris D's picture

In Firefox and IE the game player is not lining up properly- the moves are shown below the board and are mostly obscured by the pictures or text. Please can you sort out the formatting? Thanks!

Frits Fritschy's picture

Same problem in Chrome.

Harry_Flashman's picture

The 19 years old GM Guijarro seems to be on fire.

Frits Fritschy's picture

Interesting opening play in the security forces match. How did the knights get there? The girl has the right look for a 007 movie: "Now you, Mrrr. Bond!"

Anonymous's picture

Excellent reporting!!

JRC's picture

Wish the security forces looked like that in my country! (only the right side of the board ;-)

Vk's picture

Another problem..! I am unable to go forward to next move and go backward to previous move with right and left navigation buttons respectively in keyboard. Previously it was possible. Did anyone get this problem?

Anonymous's picture

click on a move in the notation; then the keys work.

RS's picture

Hammer is on 5.5 and Wojtaszek on 6. Looks like all the strength they gained after being seconds in the world championship match has evaporated.

Also is Jobava still playing romantic chess? Or he broke up with Caissa.

Anonymous's picture

Try to play this tournament ! It's wicked !!! 5.5 and 6 are great score

Thomas Richter's picture

Hammer plays exactly according to his rating, nothing less and nothing more. Wojtaszek has a fine tournament (TPR 2799), even Motylev couldn't beat him. As to Jobava: did you read the report? If his game against Shimanov isn't romantic chess, what is romantic chess? It just isn't always as successful as in his best results.

RS's picture

Oops. Missed the game between Jobava and Shimanov. Went through the first 15 odd moves and my head started spinning. this is not romantic chess its some kind of voodoo magic.

As regards Wojta and Hammer they were expected to gain superhuman strength which gave them power to become invincible over lesser GMs. That is not happening.

Anonymous's picture

Carlsen plays Romantic chess, he has very dreamy eyes.

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