Reports | May 09, 2013 11:15

European Individual: Moiseenko tops the standings after round 4

Alexander Moiseenko is the only player left with a perfect score at the European Individual Championship in Legnica, Poland. The Ukrainian grandmaster won his first four games and is half a point ahead of a group of twelve players who are on 3.5/4. After 11 rounds, the 23 best players will qualify for the World Cup in Tromsø, Norway this summer.

The playing hall in Qubus Hotel in Legnica, Poland | All photos courtesy of the IECC13

The European Individual Chess Championship takes place 4-17 May in Legnica, a town in southwestern Poland with a bit over 100,000 inhabitants. Legnica became famous for the battle that took place at Legnickie Pole near the city on 9 April 1241 during the Mongol invasion of Europe. The Christian army of the Polish duke Henry II the Pious of Silesia was decisively defeated by the Mongols, but their advance into Europe was halted.

This month a different battle is taking place in the town. 280 chess players are fighting on the 64 squares; some of them are hoping to win the tournament (and with it the € 14,000 first prize) but many are mostly trying to finish among the first 23 spots. The reason? This way FIDE will allow them to participate in the next World Cup which will be held in August in Tromsø, Norway.

The opening ceremony included a street chess performance

The following 2700 players should be considered the favourites: Dmitry Jakovenko (2731), Evgeny Tomashevsky (2719), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2718), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2710), Alexander Areshchenko (2709), Vladimir Akopian (2705), Anton Korobov (2705), Pavel Eljanov (2702), Baadur Jobava (2702), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2701), Evgeny Alekseev (2700) and Ivan Cheparinov (2700).

The tournament is a tough, 11-round Swiss with only one rest day, on Sunday the 12th. The rate of play, however, is the relatively quick FIDE tempo: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. But, on the other hand, there is also a rule against quick draws: players cannot just take draws in any position before move 40.

Four rounds have been played so far, and only one player won all of his games: Alexander Moiseenko of Ukraine. In round 4 it seemed he was being a bit sadistic – or did he really miss these quicker wins?

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Local hero Jan-Krzysztof Duda is a big talent in Poland. The 15-year-old IM scored 5/9 at the recent Polish Championship, where he beat top seed Grzegorz Gajewski in the first round.  In Legnica he is doing great so far: he again faced the top seed in the first round, Dmitry Jakovenko, and drew, then drew with David Navara, then beat a 2200 player and then drew Arman Pashikian. That sounds like a GM norm in the making there!

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Jan-Krzysztof Duda (r.) vs Dmitry Jakovenko

Tournament leader Moiseenko has a tough task on Thursday, when he will face Zoltan Almasi of Hungary. The winner of the recent Capablanca Memorial continued his good form with a 3.5/4 start. In the 4th round he beat Artyom Timofeev with a nice but not exactly winning combination:

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The 4th round also saw a small drama on board 16, where Georg Meier defended a bishop ending perfectly, only to resign in a drawn position. Yes, the same Georg Meier whose blunder we accidentally filmed at the Olympiad.

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European Championship 2013 | Round 4 standings (top 50)

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 Rp rtg+/-
1 GM MOISEENKO Alexander UKR 2698 4 2600 7 7 4 3125 11,8
2 GM SHENGELIA David AUT 2546 3,5 2669 8,5 9,5 3 2881 16
3 GM ARESHCHENKO Alexander UKR 2709 3,5 2615 8,5 10,5 3 2922 8,4
4 GM KHALIFMAN Alexander RUS 2614 3,5 2608 7,5 8,5 3 2885 11,8
5 GM ALMASI Zoltan HUN 2695 3,5 2605 8 9,5 3 2910 8,6
6 GM KHAIRULLIN Ildar RUS 2657 3,5 2599 7,5 8,5 3 2896 9,8
7 GM ALEKSEEV Evgeny RUS 2700 3,5 2598 7 8,5 3 2906 8,1
8 GM TKACHIEV Vladislav FRA 2632 3,5 2585 7,5 9 3 2858 8,2
9 GM SHIMANOV Aleksandr RUS 2639 3,5 2581 8 9,5 3 2874 9,8
10 GM DREEV Aleksey RUS 2654 3,5 2573 7 9 3 2874 8,9
11 GM MAMEDOV Rauf AZE 2649 3,5 2560 8 9,5 3 2861 8,4
12 GM ROMANOV Evgeny RUS 2640 3,5 2554 9 11 3 2847 8,6
13 GM NYBACK Tomi FIN 2593 3,5 2535 8 8,5 3 2787 8,9
14 GM IPATOV Alexander TUR 2588 3 2686 7,5 9 2 2782 10,6
15 GM TRATAR Marko SLO 2498 3 2674 6,5 7,5 2 2782 14,7
16 GM BRKIC Ante CRO 2575 3 2670 9 10,5 2 2762 10,3
17 GM ARIZMENDI MARTINEZ Julen Luis ESP 2571 3 2667 7,5 8,5 2 2757 10,4
18 GM GRIGORIANTS Sergey RUS 2579 3 2659 9 10,5 2 2754 9,8
19 IM KREISL Robert AUT 2380 3 2653 9,5 11 3 2833 22,7
20 GM LENIC Luka SLO 2621 3 2632 8 9,5 2 2763 7,4
21 GM GAGUNASHVILI Merab GEO 2592 3 2623 6,5 8,5 2 2737 7,8
22 GM ROIZ Michael ISR 2617 3 2620 9 10,5 2 2753 7,2
23 GM ELJANOV Pavel UKR 2702 3 2613 8,5 10,5 2 2777 3,6
24 GM KOROBOV Anton UKR 2705 3 2610 7 8 2 2775 3,4
25 GM VOLKOV Sergey RUS 2610 3 2608 8,5 9 3 2740 6,8
26 GM GRACHEV Boris RUS 2687 3 2603 8,5 10,5 2 2764 3,8
27 GM RAGGER Markus AUT 2666 3 2598 8,5 11 2 2754 4,4
28 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei BLR 2660 3 2595 8,5 9,5 2 2751 4,7
29 GM RAKHMANOV Aleksandr RUS 2616 3 2591 8 9 2 2729 6
30 GM VALLEJO PONS Francisco ESP 2695 3 2589 7,5 9 2 2755 2,9
31 GM HRACEK Zbynek CZE 2628 3 2587 7 9 2 2731 5,5
32 GM SARGISSIAN Gabriel ARM 2667 3 2586 8 10 2 2746 3,9
33 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime FRA 2718 3 2579 8 9,5 2 2753 1,7
34 GM SJUGIROV Sanan RUS 2654 3 2571 8 10,5 2 2729 3,8
35 GM MOVSESIAN Sergei ARM 2693 3 2571 8 10 2 2740 2,2
36 GM POPOV Ivan RUS 2620 3 2566 7 8,5 2 2713 4,8
37 GM LYSYJ Igor RUS 2641 3 2564 8,5 10,5 2 2720 3,9
38 GM PETROSIAN Tigran L. ARM 2645 3 2558 7,5 9,5 3 2716 3,5
39 GM BERKES Ferenc HUN 2688 3 2552 6,5 8 2 2725 1,8
40 GM JOBAVA Baadur GEO 2702 3 2549 6 7 3 2728 1,2
41 GM L'AMI Erwin NED 2634 3 2546 7,5 9 2 2703 3,4
42 GM BELIAVSKY Alexander G SLO 2628 3 2546 6,5 8 2 2701 3,9
43 GM BALOGH Csaba HUN 2644 3 2542 7 8,5 2 2667 0,8
44 GM POSTNY Evgeny ISR 2637 3 2535 7,5 9 3 2697 3
45 GM SOCKO Bartosz POL 2647 3 2519 7,5 9,5 2 2679 1,8
46 GM SALGADO LOPEZ Ivan ESP 2598 3 2518 5 6 2 2661 3,5
47 GM GALLAGHER Joseph G. SUI 2507 3 2514 7 7 3 2491 6,3
48 GM LUPULESCU Constantin ROU 2634 3 2507 7 8,5 2 2673 2,1
49 GM KRAVTSIV Martyn UKR 2595 3 2496 6,5 7,5 2 2621 2,4
50 GM FEDORCHUK Sergey A. UKR 2660 3 2494 5,5 6,5 3 2652 -0,1

Full standings here.

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Comments

AAR's picture

and Black resigned! In fact after 75. Be7 all bishop moves on the e1-a5 diagonal draw.
-- I bump into GM and play with them on the internet. At those times they never make mistakes.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Duda's result is certainly "not bad at all", but an even bigger hero so far seems Austrian IM Robert Kreisl (Elo 2380): 3/4 against all GMs (wins against Bartel, Solak and Cheparinov, loss against Romanov, TPR 2833).

anti  johnny foreigner's picture

Never like c moss since he cheated rainman
navara BTW.. In the photo he looks like movsessian

Anon's picture

Thank you chessvibes, you are the best.

Ruben 's picture

Never resign to early!

slymnlts's picture

Believe me or not, this is my favorite tournament of the year - many of these players are very aspiring and they don't bother to take risks and go for all-in, and sometimes you find well-known names at the bottom half of the table (e.g. Nepomniatchi is at the 86th place after round 5 currently). Please more reports on this tournament, Peter!

strana's picture

slymnlts,
This is not only my favourite tournament of the year : I think it is the most difficult one to win!! As you said, many well-known names can be found at the botton of the table ( last year Caruana finished in position 50 !!) . I believe that Vachier-Lagrave, who played well in Alekhine Memorial, will not finish among top 20 here ( after round 5 he is 36). Nepo is crazy, he plays his games too fast, like the young Karpov and Anand, but not with the same results. Duda Jan Krzysztof is a great talent, with many impressive results in european and world youth tournaments. Sad that Vladimir Artemiev, maybe the most promissing young russian player, russian u 20 champion with just 15 year old, is currently playing in Somov Memorial, not in European Championship. He is at the same level of Duda.

slymnlts's picture

Thanks for sharing further information. I just checked how another upcoming Russian talent, Dubov is doing and he seems to be somewhere around the 40th place - Rapport and him will be monsters in five years or so, and they will be the next generation after Carlsen, who will be fighting in the lite tournaments.

slymnlts's picture

elite, I mean.

Thomas Oliver's picture

I also dare to say that, for me, this is more interesting than the Norwegian event - be it only because there will always be some very interesting games among the 72 boards transmitted live. Winning the event, or finishing at the very top (of course Nepomniachtchi's 86th place isn't "bottom of the table", but still upper half) requires successfully playing for a win with either color almost every day - and maybe a bit of luck with the pairings as "unknown" lower-rated players can still be inconvenient opponents. But for many players top 23 (World Cup qualification) may be as important as gold, silver or bronze - they may not take risks for the latter if it puts the former at stake?

BTW other countries also have young talents, time for some German patriotism :):
IM Donchenko beat Efimenko with black, plus draws against Potkin and Pelletier. Rasmus Svane won against Kozul, plus draws against Zvjaginsev and Georgiev.
Donchenko is world #4 born in 1998, (well) behind Artemiev and Duda, and also behind Indian IM Ghosh. Svane (as well as Bluebaum and Wagner who didn't yet obtain GM scalps) are top 10 born in 1997.

strana's picture

Just to correct a small mistake: Vladislav, not Vladimir Artemiev

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