Reports | April 03, 2011 7:38

Potkin wins European Championship on tie-break

Potkin wins European Championship on tie-breakOn Saturday Vladimir Potkin won the European Championship in Aix les Bains, France. In the last round the Russian grandmaster drew quickly with Judit Polgar, and eventually edged out Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alexander Moiseenko and Polgar on tie-break. The tournament ended with much confusion among participants about the way the organizers dealt with the tie-breaks for the World Cup qualification spots.

Numbers 2, 1, 3: Wojtaszek, Potkin and Polgar | Photo © French Chess Federation

General info

The 12th European Individual Chess Championship was held from March 21 till April 3rd, 2011 in Aix les Bain, France. It was an 11-round Swiss system with a total of 407 participants (172 GMs). There were 23 qualification spots for the World Cup 2011 in August-September in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia). More info here.

Report rounds 10-11

After four consecutive draws, on Friday Vladimir Potkin had saved up enough energy to beat Baadur Jobava with the black pieces.

Jobava-Potkin
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Jobava-Potkin

The Georgian grandmaster now finds an original, but not very practical miniplan: 16. Rd6 O-O 17. Nd5 and now Potkin simply answered with 17... cxd5! 18. Rxb6 axb6

Jobava-Potkin

This position is just much more difficult to play for White because of the weakened king's position. It was over quickly: 19. a3 dxe4 20. axb4 exf3 21. bxc5 fxe2 22. c6 Nd4 23. Qd3 Nxc6 24. f3

Jobava-Potkin

24... Ra4 25. Qd7 Rxh4 26. Qxb7 Rd4 0-1

Judit Polgar won her fourth game in a row, again showing creative chess.

Polgar-Iordachescu
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Polgar-Iordachescu

16. cxd5!? axb5 17. Rc1 Qb8 18. dxe6 fxe6 19. Qb3

Polgar-Iordachescu

19... Nf8 This seems too passive. 20. Qxb5+ Kf7 21. Rxc8 Qxc8 22. Rc1 Qb8 23. g4 Nh6 24. Qb4 Kg8 25. Bxh6 gxh6 26. Qe7 Qe8 27. Qxb7 Qa4 28. b4 Be8 29. Qe7 Qd7

Polgar-Iordachescu

30. Rc7! Qxe7 31. Rxe7 and Black's horrible kingside was no match for the white passed pawns.

In this 10th round Radowslaw Wojtaszek beat Ildar Khairullin from Russia to join Polgar and Potkin in the lead, with a score of 8/10. Peter Svidler reached 7.5/10 by defeating Mikhail Kobalia.

Svidler-Kobalia
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Svidler-Kobalia

About this position we can say something very similar to what we said about Polgar-Guseinov in an earlier report. The ending looks extremely drawish, but Svidler just kept on pressing and used lots of small, tactical nuances to eventually win at move 64. Enjoy it in the game viewer below.

A day later the grandmaster from St. Petersburg drew rather quickly with Radoslaw Wojtaszek. This way he must have had enough time to spend on more important things.

Update: We were told that in fact, Svidler stayed on the stage to watch his colleagues for quite some time (into the 4th hour) and missed the cricket final. He later explained this was partly by accident -- he just didn't feel like going back to his hotel -- but that he wasn't all that interested once England was eliminated.

Polgar and Potkin finished their game even quicker, and also split the point. Perhaps it would have been more of a fight with colours reversed; who knows.

This way Vallejo, who had White against Mamedov, suddenly had a serious chance to finish shared first, with probably the best tiebreak of all. However, as he explained on Facebook, somehow his opponent expected his Alapin and was well prepared for it. The game was drawn at move 19.

And so Potkin, Wojtaszek, Polgar shared first place with 8.5/11, together with Alexander Moiseenko who beat Luke McShane in the last round.

Moiseenko-McShane
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Moiseenko-McShane

26. Ra3! Re8? After 26... Kg7 it's not clear how exactly White should continue the attack. 27. Qxh5+ Kg7?! More resilient was 27... Kg8 28. Qf3 Bg7 29. Qxf7+ Kh8.

Moiseenko-McShane

28. Raf3 Rh8 29. Rxf6 Rxh5 30. Rxd6 Bxa4 31. Rdf6 and White won.

Moiseenko, Polgar, Potkin and Wojtaszek ended on 8.5/11. Although the official regulations (in PDF here) don't mention it, we may assume that these four players shared the first four prizes of 20,000, 15,000, 11,000 and 8,000 Euro which comes down to 13,500 Euro each.

World Cup qualification

At the closing ceremony there was much confusion among the top finishing participants about the way the organizers dealt with the tie-breaks for the World Cup qualification spots. Unlike in previous years the European Championship didn't have play-off rapid matches for this. Instead, the following tie-break rules were used:

a) Performance Rating;
b) Median-Buchholz 1, the highest number wins;
c) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
d) Number of wins, the highest number wins;
In case of (a) the highest and the lowest rated opponent will be deleted and the maximum rating difference of two players shall be 400 points. In case of unplayed games for the calculation of (a), (b) and (c) the current FIDE tournament rules shall be applied.

The confusion was about the way the organizers calculated the Performance Rating: besides removing the highest and lowest rating for everyone, also the score against these two players was removed, which led to different results than many had anticipated. (One effect of this calculation might be that a win against the highest rated opponent works out negatively.) And so until minutes before the closing ceremony started, some players thought they had qualified for the World Cup, but then found out they hadn't.

According to the tie-breaks, the first 23 players were Potkin, Wojtaszek, Polgar, Moiseenko, Vallejo, Ragger, Feller, Svidler, Mamedov, Vitiugov, Zhigalko, Jakovenko, Korobov, Inarkiev, Postny, Azarov, Khairullin, Kobalia, Guliyev, Zherebukh, Riazantsev, Iordachescu and Lupulescu.

However, according to our information Potkin, Svidler and Mamedov had already qualified, and so the numbers 24-26 are also in: McShane, Fridman and Motylev. They all have the right to play in Khanty-Mansiysk in August-September of this year, together with last year's qualifiers Nepomiachtchi, Jobava, Timofeev, Efimenko, Lysyj, Almasi, Tomashevsky, Rodshtein, Salgado Lopez, Pashikian, Movsesian, Drozdovskij, Babula, Vorobiov, Akopian, Nisipeanu, Alekseev, Socko, Grachev and Halkias.

We should mention that all this info is considered preliminary until it's certified by the ECU and FIDE, which is expected to happen in about a week from now.

Selection of games rounds 10-11

Game viewer by ChessTempo

European Individual Championship 2011 | Aix les Bains | Round 11 (Final) Standings (Top 100)
Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Potkin Vladimir GM RUS 2653 8.5 2849 63.5 78.0
2 Wojtaszek Radoslaw GM POL 2711 8.5 2826 63.0 77.0
3 Polgar Judit GM HUN 2686 8.5 2799 63.5 77.0
4 Moiseenko Alexander GM UKR 2673 8.5 2755 62.0 74.5
5 Vallejo Pons Francisco GM ESP 2707 8.0 2819 66.5 80.0
6 Ragger Markus GM AUT 2614 8.0 2783 62.5 76.0
7 Feller Sebastien GM FRA 2657 8.0 2766 58.5 70.5
8 Svidler Peter GM RUS 2730 8.0 2751 62.5 76.5
9 Mamedov Rauf GM AZE 2667 8.0 2751 61.0 74.0
10 Vitiugov Nikita GM RUS 2720 8.0 2741 63.0 76.5
11 Zhigalko Sergei GM BLR 2680 8.0 2732 59.5 72.0
12 Jakovenko Dmitry GM RUS 2718 8.0 2719 60.0 72.5
13 Korobov Anton GM UKR 2647 8.0 2697 61.5 75.0
14 Inarkiev Ernesto GM RUS 2674 8.0 2695 60.0 72.5
15 Postny Evgeny GM ISR 2585 8.0 2633 52.0 64.0
16 Azarov Sergei GM BLR 2615 7.5 2776 62.5 75.0
17 Khairullin Ildar GM RUS 2634 7.5 2771 61.5 74.5
18 Kobalia Mikhail GM RUS 2672 7.5 2754 57.0 70.5
19 Guliyev Namig GM AZE 2522 7.5 2739 59.5 71.0
20 Zherebukh Yaroslav GM UKR 2560 7.5 2739 59.0 71.5
21 Riazantsev Alexander GM RUS 2679 7.5 2728 60.0 72.5
22 Iordachescu Viorel GM MDA 2626 7.5 2725 62.0 76.0
23 Lupulescu Constantin GM ROU 2626 7.5 2722 58.0 71.0
24 Mcshane Luke J GM ENG 2683 7.5 2718 59.0 72.5
25 Fridman Daniel GM GER 2661 7.5 2717 56.5 69.0
26 Motylev Alexander GM RUS 2677 7.5 2716 59.0 71.0
27 Ivanisevic Ivan GM SRB 2617 7.5 2712 58.5 71.0
28 Jobava Baadur GM GEO 2707 7.5 2711 58.0 71.5
29 Parligras Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 2598 7.5 2709 65.0 78.5
30 Romanov Evgeny GM RUS 2624 7.5 2709 55.5 68.5
31 Esen Baris GM TUR 2528 7.5 2707 61.0 73.0
32 Nielsen Peter Heine GM DEN 2670 7.5 2703 55.0 67.5
33 Cheparinov Ivan GM BUL 2664 7.5 2698 62.0 75.0
34 Gustafsson Jan GM GER 2647 7.5 2687 55.0 67.0
35 Kulaots Kaido GM EST 2601 7.5 2669 54.5 67.5
36 Smirin Ilia GM ISR 2658 7.5 2668 56.5 69.0
37 Saric Ivan GM CRO 2626 7.5 2651 58.5 72.5
38 Pashikian Arman GM ARM 2642 7.5 2649 55.5 68.0
39 Edouard Romain GM FRA 2600 7.5 2634 52.5 66.0
40 Bologan Viktor GM MDA 2671 7.5 2629 56.0 68.5
41 Beliavsky Alexander G GM SLO 2619 7.5 2627 57.5 70.5
42 Rublevsky Sergei GM RUS 2678 7.5 2627 55.0 67.0
43 Volkov Sergey GM RUS 2621 7.5 2625 54.5 67.0
44 Sjugirov Sanan GM RUS 2643 7.5 2594 56.0 68.0
45 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GM GRE 2584 7.0 2703 58.5 71.5
46 Reinderman Dimitri GM NED 2601 7.0 2694 58.5 72.0
47 Nikolic Predrag GM BIH 2596 7.0 2685 56.5 69.0
48 Nepomniachtchi Ian GM RUS 2729 7.0 2680 60.0 73.5
49 Halkias Stelios GM GRE 2579 7.0 2662 58.5 71.0
50 Ter-Sahakyan Samvel GM ARM 2575 7.0 2654 59.0 72.0
51 Nyback Tomi GM FIN 2656 7.0 2646 54.0 66.0
52 Fressinet Laurent GM FRA 2693 7.0 2641 56.0 68.5
53 Lenic Luka GM SLO 2623 7.0 2636 54.5 67.0
54 Grigoryan Avetik GM ARM 2608 7.0 2631 53.0 65.0
55 Smeets Jan GM NED 2660 7.0 2627 55.0 68.0
56 Rapport Richard GM HUN 2540 7.0 2624 54.5 67.0
57 Hammer Jon Ludvig GM NOR 2606 7.0 2621 59.0 72.0
58 Akopian Vladimir GM ARM 2675 7.0 2620 56.5 69.0
59 Khalifman Alexander GM RUS 2637 7.0 2615 53.5 66.0
60 Pantsulaia Levan GM GEO 2595 7.0 2613 61.0 73.0
61 Jones Gawain C B GM ENG 2578 7.0 2611 58.5 71.0
62 Michalik Peter IM SVK 2471 7.0 2611 55.0 65.0
63 Gharamian Tigran GM FRA 2650 7.0 2604 56.5 69.0
64 Matlakov Maxim GM RUS 2625 7.0 2600 56.0 68.0
65 Andriasian Zaven GM ARM 2645 7.0 2591 54.5 67.0
66 Popov Ivan GM RUS 2613 7.0 2590 54.5 66.5
67 Chatalbashev Boris GM BUL 2602 7.0 2582 50.5 62.5
68 Brkic Ante GM CRO 2592 7.0 2564 54.0 67.5
69 Balogh Csaba GM HUN 2601 7.0 2545 55.0 68.0
70 Fedorchuk Sergey A GM UKR 2662 7.0 2529 54.0 66.5
71 Guseinov Gadir GM AZE 2584 6.5 2705 60.0 73.0
72 Wirig Anthony IM FRA 2480 6.5 2683 63.5 74.5
73 Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GM ROU 2673 6.5 2680 62.0 76.0
74 Sutovsky Emil GM ISR 2692 6.5 2678 63.5 76.5
75 Grachev Boris GM RUS 2675 6.5 2657 57.0 69.5
76 Kovchan Alexander GM UKR 2563 6.5 2652 63.5 76.5
77 Volokitin Andrei GM UKR 2677 6.5 2648 63.0 76.5
78 Naiditsch Arkadij GM GER 2684 6.5 2647 56.0 68.5
79 Savchenko Boris GM RUS 2616 6.5 2642 61.5 74.5
80 Khismatullin Denis GM RUS 2662 6.5 2642 57.5 71.0
81 Maze Sebastien GM FRA 2559 6.5 2641 62.0 74.5
82 Hracek Zbynek GM CZE 2631 6.5 2634 58.5 72.5
83 Stevic Hrvoje GM CRO 2611 6.5 2630 58.5 71.5
84 Dreev Aleksey GM RUS 2697 6.5 2627 61.0 74.5
85 Gabrielian Artur GM RUS 2532 6.5 2621 62.5 75.5
86 Ziska Helgi Dam IM FAI 2432 6.5 2620 52.5 65.0
87 Safarli Eltaj GM AZE 2628 6.5 2618 56.5 69.0
88 Popov Valerij GM RUS 2565 6.5 2611 55.5 67.0
89 Laznicka Viktor GM CZE 2688 6.5 2610 55.0 67.5
90 Pridorozhni Aleksei GM RUS 2542 6.5 2605 60.0 72.0
91 Nevednichy Vladislav GM ROU 2534 6.5 2601 56.0 68.5
92 Jaracz Pawel GM POL 2565 6.5 2600 55.0 67.0
93 Vuckovic Bojan GM SRB 2626 6.5 2598 53.5 65.5
94 Rogozenco Dorian GM ROU 2553 6.5 2597 58.0 69.0
95 Cornette Matthieu GM FRA 2548 6.5 2592 56.5 69.0
96 Zvjaginsev Vadim GM RUS 2663 6.5 2588 55.0 67.5
97 Aleksandrov Aleksej GM BLR 2638 6.5 2584 52.0 64.5
98 Bartel Mateusz GM POL 2638 6.5 2581 56.5 69.0
99 Vedmediuc Serghei IM MDA 2422 6.5 2577 57.5 70.5
100 Georgiev Kiril GM BUL 2666 6.5 2577 54.0 66.5


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Barack Obama's picture

Nice Tournament by Sébastien Feller finishing 7th (with a rating perf at 2766) and pocketing 5,500 € !

Barack Obama's picture

Also, Feller and Vallejo-pons are the only two players in the first 23 who dont come from the former USSR countries...

Ben's picture

Polgar too?

JustMe's picture

Judit Polgar is jewish. Majority of greatest chess players are jewish.

Barack Obama's picture

True, many world champ were, like Kasparov, Fisher, Botvinnik, Steinitz etc...

Thomas's picture

Congratulations to Markus Ragger, another surprise of the event, for his sixth place. Apparently Barack Obama considers Austria a former USSR country ... I hope the real one knows a bit more about history.

It's true though that Eastern Europe (a geographic term with [past] political connotations) dominates the top23, this year and also in 2010 when Salgado and (a matter of definition) Halkias were the only ones from the rest of Europe. England and (an ex-Soviet player from) Germany were lucky runners-up, the Netherlands won't be represented at the World Cup unless Giri gets a wildcard. Mentioning these countries because they also have some chess tradition.

BTW, how did Svidler qualify before? By rating, or is the Russian championship also a qualifier? He didn't even play the European championship in 2010.

Pozzi's picture

I also wanted to mention Markus Ragger.

He is the first player in Austria over 2600 Elo and now playing 2700+ Eloperformance here and I think also in Deutsche Bundesliga.

I think it is a long way to go and a lot of hard work for him, but it would be great, if he could be the first player in Austria over 2700 Elo.

Congratulation from Vienna to Markus - great tournament!!!!!
Especially the win over Judit Polgar with black was great, because she is really an absolut top player, who played all elite tournaments some years ago. I think the game itself was just a mistake/not prepared opening of Judit, but he managed to keep the advantage, without giving her any chance to come back.

Barack Obama's picture

Sorry AUstrian peeps ! I forgot Ragger indeed, congrats to him the two other "westerners" to bring some diversity in the chess world!

Aðalsteinn Thorarensen's picture

USSR stands for Soviet union as far as i know, and there was a great chess culture there, but as some others have mentioned here, Austria was of course not part of the Soviet union, neither were Poland nor Hungary. But there are some great chess nations, which were part of the Soviet union, like Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

goloum's picture

Bravo Mr POTKIN !

and Bravo Sébastien, one interesting video:
http://www.europe-echecs.com/actualites/onzieme-ronde-du-12e-championnat...

In this video, we learn that Sébastien FELLER was prepared each day with Iosif DORFMAN and Etienne BACROT --> It was secret during the tournament ;)

Thomas's picture

How could they keep it secret? Were they hiding in their hotel rooms, or not even present in Aix-les-Bains? At least for Bacrot, if someone spotted him, how could he answer to questions as "What are you doing here? Why don't you play yourself?" !?

But all is fine as long as they didn't enter the playing hall to dance around Feller's table ... . I am joking, according to reports on playing conditions irrespective of earlier incidents it wouldn't even have been possible, even the players themselves could hardly move around during the games.

goloum's picture

Ha ha you are a jokeman !
No but it explains the entirely game against papin with Nxf7 and Nd6. Feller was a bit lucky against Volokhitine who blundered in the endgame, otherwise he has made a very good tournament.

Other topic:
A question in my mind
What would be his final ranking if Magnus CARLSEN had played this tournament?
Would he finished 1st, crushing everyone with the perfect score of 11/11, or would he finished only in the top 10? This is a very important question to me.
If someone can answer, I would be happy ;)

goloum's picture

I answer to my own question:

I think Magnus would have been first with around 9.5/11 with 3 draws against Polgar, Svidler or Vitiugov for example.

David's picture

Congratulations to Potkin, completely deserved victory!

cip's picture

Congratulations to Potkin - brilliant victories! And to Feller, wonderful chess - I hope he can simply continue to surpass our expectations of him!

Warm congratulations to Judit - although she beat one of my favorite players in one of the rounds, I am very happy that she ended up on shared first! Great fighting spirit and a wonderful concept of high class chess!

known1's picture

if anyone is interested, i will show you a game where Justin Bieber gets beaten by another kid in chess in like 20 turns lol. it's a rare video clip.

Barack Obama's picture

Troll Alert!

Zeblakob's picture

Good job "my" Rebecca.

Barack Obama's picture

?

Barack Obama's picture

thats my big Zeb!

cip's picture

That's not even accurate! Just check again...

And you shouldn't make the mistake to say that Hungary, a country with great chess tradition, dating back to... well, way back... it is preposterous to imagine Hungarian chess as having anything to do with USSR.

Furthermore, why should you look for players who don't come from former USSR countries? Is there a set chess style that you associate with former USSR and that you are maybe fed up with?
I think it is clear that all chess players maintain their own styles and that schools of chess are not as well separated as they might have been in the past. Let's grow past this old prejudice!

Barack Obama's picture
goloum's picture

Im quite agree with you,

And I would add this:
without the fact that many russian trainers came living in west europa in the 90's like Dorfman in France, Youssoupov in Germany, there 's certainly not have been so many GM in West Europa.

All the West Europa GM are a little russian in their brain.

I think that the best country to leave for becoming GM in WEuropa is Spain because you can meet Shirov and also Anand. :-)

goloum's picture

And I would add this:
in the video from Europe-Echecs about the round 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHtEIieeGjk
its a very very good and accurate choice to put this music at the end of the video:

Wont Get Fooled Again
from the Who
;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp6-wG5LLqE

Live Rating buff's picture

Anyone knows what happened to the live rating list?

Is it now the dead rating list?

I really need to know if Polgar is back over 2700.

Bisguier's picture

You must wait until Carlsen starts winning again.

Bende from Hungary's picture

This is exactly I want to know. Too bad, chess-results.com doesn't show the rating gain.

Chu's picture

The women's list was updated. According to that she's up to 2699.4 =(

MacMarve's picture

Some Hungarian newspapers say that she will gain 11 ELO points, so she will stand at 2697.

Abbas's picture

You can get any rating changes for each player from Fide web site

S2's picture

The list served its purpose. But now..No need to focus attention on the fact that all those billboards with "no 1 player" have got it wrong..Of course mr. Runde will say he is too busy or something like that.

gg's picture

I guess he just got bored with it, I would have long ago since every new update or it-took-a-day-too-long-update has been greeted with criticism because he allegedly did or didn't do something depending on Carlsen's latest result.

S2's picture

I admit, it looks quite boring and tedious to do something like the live ratings list but I assume he likes it since he started the website. So I think I am right on this.

Appaz's picture

Yeah, you are definitely not getting what you are *not* paying for here. Mr. Runde should quit his day job and live on social security so he can serve stupid #¤%& like you, instead of working 80 hours a week - as he is currently doing according to a post on cg.com.

S2's picture

Haha 80 hours a week and you are buying it.
Keep on screaming boy.

Appaz's picture

Yes, why shouldn't I? I'm not a compulsive crap poster on the internet with an uncontrollable urge to slander people that provides a free service - just to feel good myself.

Michel83's picture

Women's live rating list (no idea how accurate it is):
http://chesspro.ru/guestnew/looknullmessage/?themeid=110&id=15&page=777#bp

AS's picture

Actually there is a frequently updated live rating list for men as well on that website.

S2's picture

Maybe, but so far you are the only one who lost his temper and started shouting like a little schoolboy.

Mycogen's picture

What about Berkes Ferenc from Hungary? I thought he also won the tie-breaker last year and qualified for Khanty

Mycogen's picture

What about Berkes Ferenc from Hungary? I thought he also won the tie-breaker last year and qualified for Khanty

Gilgamesh's picture

Oh Great Queen is POLGAR!! She is BACK to the fire!!!!

Titi's picture

Surely, she's still the best woman chess player out there! The greatest QUEEN!

Csaba's picture

Tiebreak should be # of pieces sacrificed, then I believe Polgár Judit would have no problem winning :)

Win's picture

"Moiseenko, Polgar, Potkin and Wojtaszek ended on 8.5/11. Although the official regulations (in PDF here) don’t mention it, we may assume that these four players shared the first four prizes of 20,000, 15,000, 11,000 and 8,000 Euro which comes down to 13,500 Euro each."

Very strange logic to me. If rating performance and other calculations have determined 1st 2nd and all other places then I believe money prizes will be given accordingly: Potkin 20k, Wojtaszek 15k and so on.

Macauley's picture

No, prize money is shared equally, which is typical in tournaments.

Merlinovich's picture

What a mess about something so essential as to how prices and qualifications will be distributed. This smells of FIDE not having a clue to what they are doing once again. The tie-break rapid matches that were used before was a much better option.

Still having tie-break *ignore* the only results between highest-rated lacks all common sense. Why should only results against lower-rated players count when comparing the top players?

Arne Moll's picture

One conclusion might be that 11 rounds in such a big a field with so many equally strong GMs is simply not enough to establish clear winners. Perhaps it would be better to have a 15-round of 17-round tournament, like they used to have in the old days. I'm sure there wouldn't be so much confusion then...

help's picture

If the regulations are not clear, even with 17 rounds there would have been confusion.

(Were the regulations unclear or was it that the players were simply not aware of the exact nature of the regulations, big difference.)

Thomas's picture

More rounds would have been preferable with respect to medal winners (Wojtaszek-Potkin and Potkin-Polgar were the only games between the four players in shared first place). Of course this still indicates that Potkin, who was in shared (sometimes sole) first place throughout the event, is a deserved champion.

But more rounds would hardly solve the problem with respect to top23, which will always involve tiebreaks or tiebreak matches. In any case, THIS tiebreak system is quite absurd, as I will try to demonstrate with two examples:
1) With a last-round draw against Lupulescu (2626), Motylev improved his TPR from 2682 to 2716. How did he manage?? Before the last round, his strongest opponent was l'Ami (2623), and his win was irrelevant for tiebreak purposes. Then he played Lupulescu, who is "obviously" much stronger than l'Ami.
In a way, Motylev qualified for the World Cup because Bitalzadeh (2422) beat l'Ami in the Dutch league, else l'Ami would have been the highest-rated opponent.
2) Parligras finished in 29th place, despite playing near the top for most of the event which resulted in the highest Buchholz of ALL player with 7.5/11. Here the problem seems to be that he was the only one from this score group paired against IM Wirig (2480), who was overperforming at least in the first half of the event (and had three more opponents who eventually scored 8/11).

Even if they don't want tiebreak matches any more, why this particular TPR as first tiebreaker rather than Buchholz (which more accurately reflects the players' form at the given event)?

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