Reports | March 26, 2012 10:01

European Championship: 10 players in the lead, 7 defaulted

European Championship: 10 players in the lead, 7 defaulted

Going into the first (and only) rest day, a group of 10 grandmasters is sharing first place at the European Championship in Plovdiv: Sergei Azarov, Laurent Fressinet, Ernesto Inarkiev, Gawain Jones, Denis Khismatullin, Anton Korobov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. 7 players lost by default in round 6 after arriving too late at their boards.

The playing hall in Plovdiv | Photo © Svoboda Chankova, courtesy of the official website, more here

Event European Championship | Details at Chess-Results | PGN via TWIC
Dates March 20th-31st, 2012
Location Plovdiv, Bulgaria
System 11-round Swiss
Players

The are fifteen 2700 players: Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Anish Giri, Alexander Riazantsev, Nikita Vitiugov, Etienne Bacrot, Baadur Jobava, Boris Grachev, Vladimir Malakhov, Viktor Laznicka, Sergei Movsesian, Arkadij Naiditsch, David Navara and Emil Sutovsky

Rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1
Prize fund € 100,000 in total, with a € 14,000 first prize 

In this third report on the European Individual we'll see what happened in past the weekend in Plovdiv - our starting point is the end of round four, when Gawain Jones was leading by half a point.

Round 5

The English grandmaster is one of the few players who went to Plovdiv right after playing the Reykjavik Open. An 1.e4 player, Jones usually avoids the real main lines against the Sicilian, like so many of his compatriots, and against Nikita Vitiugov he decided to go for the Alapin. With surprisingly simple developing moves, the Russian GM equalized easily:

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On board 2 Luka Lenic held Arkadij Naiditsch to a draw, but Laurent Fressinet did manage to catch Jones in the lead, thanks to a fine win over Artyom Timofeev.

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Yuriy Kuzubov also 'warmed up' in Reykjavik - he and defeated Viktor Bologan on Saturday in a bit of a strange ending:

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Let's just continue with our theme of Reykavik Open participants, because there was an interesting moment in Ivan Sokolov's game:

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Another nice game from this round was the following, between two Armenians.

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The following game is a good lesson for anyone who tends to overreact when he misses a tactical idea by the opponent.

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After a series of draws, Anish Giri again faced a lower rated opponent but now even lost:

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And so on Saturday evening the tournament had three leaders who scored 4.5/5: Laurent Fressinet, Yuriy Kuzubov and Gawain Jones. 27 grandmasters with 4/5 followed. 

Round 6

On Sunday, there was a small incident at the start of the round. Seven players, six of them from Georgia (including IM Shota Azaladze, who was in shared second place with 4/5), arrived too late in the playing hall and lost their games by default due to the zero tolerance rule.

Losses by default
IM Shota Azaladze 0-1 GM Anton Korobov
IM Luka Paichadze 0-1 GM Evgeny Postny
FM Kanan Izzat 1-0 IM Gaioz Nigalidze
GM Viktor Laznicka 1-0 Davit Lomsadze
GM Ivan Salgado Lopez 1-0 IM Davit Benidze
Maria Manelidou 0-1 Filip Kumic
Giorgi Khelaia 0-1 Vladimir Sergeev Petrov

 

As it turned out, they had not changed their watches to Daylight Saving Time, despite written and verbal warnings by the organizers on Saturday. (Georgia happens to be one of the countries that do not comply with DST...)

On board 1, Jones again avoided heavy theory (this time Berlin Wall theory) and quickly drew with Fressinet. Jobava and Kuzubov also split the point. Denis Khismatullin nicely outplayed his compatriot Nikita Vitiugov:

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Naiditsch had prepared a special setup against Sokolov's Ruy Lopez and played a powerful game - the constant theme was keeping the knight on a5 out of play (and sometimes threatening to win it with b2-b4).

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Monday is a rest day in Plovdiv. On Tuesday the ten co-leaders will face each other:

Sergei Azarov - Arkadij Naiditsch
Ernesto Inarkiev - Gawain Jones
Laurent Fressinet - Maxim Matlakov
Denis Khismatullin - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

European Championship 2012 | Round 6 standings (top 40)

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2702 5.0 2864 20.5 23.5
2 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2693 5.0 2860 21.0 24.5
3 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2615 5.0 2856 21.5 23.5
4 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635 5.0 2852 18.0 20.5
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2695 5.0 2841 18.0 21.0
6 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2656 5.0 2827 17.5 19.5
7 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2682 5.0 2821 20.0 23.5
8 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 5.0 2803 17.5 20.5
9 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2679 5.0 2797 20.5 22.5
10 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667 5.0 2783 15.5 18.0
11 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2702 4.5 2785 17.0 18.5
12 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2628 4.5 2784 20.5 24.0
13 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2706 4.5 2783 17.5 20.0
14 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2767 4.5 2779 19.0 21.0
15 GM Lenic Luka SLO 2637 4.5 2778 20.0 22.5
16 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2729 4.5 2776 19.0 21.5
17 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2689 4.5 2772 20.0 23.0
18 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2700 4.5 2763 19.0 22.0
19 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2710 4.5 2760 17.5 20.0
20 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 4.5 2758 18.5 21.5
21 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705 4.5 2753 17.0 19.5
22 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2650 4.5 2746 20.0 22.5
23 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2666 4.5 2746 19.0 21.5
24 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2693 4.5 2746 17.5 19.5
25 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 4.5 2743 19.0 21.5
26 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 4.5 2734 17.0 19.0
27 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2595 4.5 2724 17.0 19.5
28 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2585 4.5 2715 19.5 22.0
29 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2654 4.5 2714 18.5 21.5
30 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684 4.5 2706 18.0 21.0
31 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2653 4.5 2704 17.0 19.5
32 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2645 4.5 2696 16.5 19.0
33 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2633 4.5 2646 14.5 16.0
34 GM Stocek Jiri CZE 2606 4.5 2634 16.0 18.0
35 IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2419 4.0 2878 19.0 22.0
36 GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2585 4.0 2736 20.0 21.0
37 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2709 4.0 2723 21.5 25.0
38 GM Esen Baris TUR 2555 4.0 2719 21.5 23.5
39 GM Radulski Julian BUL 2552 4.0 2719 21.0 23.0
40 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2698 4.0 2706 18.0 21.0

 

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Comments

Seeley's picture

Thanks for the report – very interesting and informative, as ever. Just a small correction: the Board 2 pairing for Tuesday should read Ernesto Inarkiev - Gawain Jones.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thanks, corrected.

Thomas's picture

Apparently it takes a GM title to know about daylight saving time: Georgians Jobava, Mchedlishvili and Pantsulaia managed to arrive at their boards in time.

Whether Hovhannisyan-Akopian was a nice game may be a matter of taste: they bashed out their moves quickly, so it may have been home preparation or even a prearranged draw between countrymen. Strangely there seem to be no predecessors - at least according to my database which has 21 games with 17.-f5, but none with the greedy 17.-Nxf2 which is a forced draw.

Bottie Booker's picture

Yes, this is a well-known book draw. Nxf2 worked out to a draw now.
Obviously pre-arranged.
For those who don't know, it is common enough for players to choose a longish book draw line. Avoids hassles with arbiters.

Kamalakanta's picture

Thanks for the report and the games!

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