European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:48 am

Gawain's game will be on live here: http://91.230.195.250:8080/2/
and David's game here: http://91.230.195.250:8080/3/

I suspect a win for Gawain will qualify him for the World Cup (23 places available).

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:27 pm

The live games seem to have crashed for the past hour. Chessdom has what seems the latest available position which doesn't look good for Gawain needing a win with Black:

Ernst v Jones 1 d4 f5 2 e4 fxe4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 c6 5 f3 Qb6 6 fxe4 Qxb2 7 Bd2 Qb6 8 d5 Qxd4 9 Nf3 Qg4 10 exf6 exf6 11 Bd3 d5 12 Qe2+ Qe6 with White's extra piece superior to Black's three pawns. Gawain got a big break in round 9 when Volokitin messed up winning positions first out of the opening then in the ending, and it's a pity he didn't then go for a solid half point with his last white in round 10 against Bologan.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:37 pm

The live coverage is finally back, and the position has been transformed. Gawain's rooks and pawns have run rings round Ernst's knights and he is now winning.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:46 pm

....and Ernst resigned at move 41. Now it's just a question of whether Gawain's 7.5/11 plus good tie-break (top tie-breaker is performance rating) is enough for one of the 23 World Cup places.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:32 pm

Chess Results now showing Gawain as officially finishing 15th. Congratulations!

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:43 pm

Excellent news!

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:12 pm

Particularly impressive when you considered that (having led the field with 4/4) he hadn't won since round four before that must-win in the final game. It had occurred to me that he had done too well too quickly, meaning that he then got exhausted playing against a string of the very top players and also lost his winning momentum. Thankfully it ended in a very well deserved success.


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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:45 pm

Results of the last round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
11 25 117 GM Ernst Sipke 2578 6½ 0 - 1 6½ GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 60
11 45 82 GM Howell David W L 2614 6 1 - 0 6 GM Djukic Nikola 2513 167
11 115 198 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 4½ ½ - ½ 4½ FM Balla Tamas-Kristof 2369 254
11 120 219 IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 4½ 0 - 1 4½ IM Dragomirescu Robin-Alexandru 2358 260

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts. Rk. K rtg+/-
60 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 ENG 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 7.5 15 10 18.90
82 GM Howell David W L 2614 ENG 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 7.0 60 10 -3.60
198 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 ENG ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 5.0 208 10 2.60
219 IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 ENG 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 0 0 4.5 255 10 -2.60

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2729 8.5 2832 67.0 72.0 8.5 7.09 1.41 10 14.1
2 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2693 8.0 2800 71.5 76.0 8 6.49 1.51 10 15.1
3 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705 8.0 2787 68.5 73.5 8 6.84 1.16 10 11.6
4 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2689 8.0 2786 69.0 74.0 8 6.65 1.35 10 13.5
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2695 8.0 2784 66.5 71.5 8 6.76 1.24 10 12.4
6 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 8.0 2778 72.0 76.5 8 5.87 2.13 10 21.3
7 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 8.0 2768 66.5 71.5 8 6.85 1.15 10 11.5
8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2693 8.0 2765 66.0 71.0 8 7.00 1.00 10 10.0
9 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666 8.0 2761 63.5 69.0 8 6.67 1.33 10 13.3
10 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667 8.0 2759 66.0 71.0 8 6.68 1.32 10 13.2
11 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2640 8.0 2756 66.0 71.0 8 6.32 1.68 10 16.8
12 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684 8.0 2754 64.5 69.0 8 7.02 0.98 10 9.8
13 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2695 8.0 2745 63.5 68.5 8 7.25 0.75 10 7.5
14 GM Smeets Jan NED 2610 8.0 2685 59.0 63.5 8 6.83 1.17 10 11.7
15 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635 7.5 2760 70.0 74.0 7.5 5.61 1.89 10 18.9
16 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2709 7.5 2751 69.0 74.0 7.5 6.85 0.65 10 6.5
17 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2706 7.5 2748 72.0 77.0 7.5 6.83 0.67 10 6.7
18 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2698 7.5 2736 65.5 70.0 7.5 6.90 0.60 10 6.0
19 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2656 7.5 2734 67.5 72.5 7.5 6.30 1.20 10 12.0
20 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2666 7.5 2734 67.0 72.0 7.5 6.43 1.07 10 10.7
21 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2543 7.5 2729 66.5 70.5 7.5 4.54 2.96 10 29.6
22 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2710 7.5 2728 65.5 71.0 7.5 7.19 0.31 10 3.1
23 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 7.5 2725 69.5 73.5 7.5 7.14 0.36 10 3.6
24 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2682 7.5 2716 67.5 72.5 7.5 6.94 0.56 10 5.6
25 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2654 7.5 2714 67.0 71.0 7.5 6.45 1.05 10 10.5
26 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2664 7.5 2714 61.0 66.0 7.5 6.72 0.78 10 7.8
27 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2653 7.5 2709 63.0 67.5 7.5 6.60 0.90 10 9.0
28 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2643 7.5 2706 67.5 71.0 7.5 6.50 1.00 10 10.0
29 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2653 7.5 2705 65.0 70.0 7.5 6.66 0.84 10 8.4
30 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2671 7.5 2703 64.5 69.5 7.5 6.97 0.53 10 5.3
31 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2674 7.5 2702 64.0 68.5 7.5 7.03 0.47 10 4.7
32 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2645 7.5 2698 62.5 67.5 7.5 6.65 0.85 10 8.5
33 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2610 7.5 2697 66.0 71.0 7.5 6.12 1.38 10 13.8
34 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2632 7.5 2695 60.0 64.5 7.5 6.51 0.99 10 9.9
35 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2695 7.5 2664 61.5 66.5 7.5 7.80 -0.30 10 -3.0
36 GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2561 7.5 2647 57.5 61.0 7.5 5.73 1.77 10 17.7

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Peter Sowray » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:56 pm

Gawain - fantastic achievement.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:23 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:Whilst there's a certain point to Sofia rules with invitation only events like the London Classic, is it really necessary away from the top boards in a monster Swiss? I wonder what will happen in the last round. For some players there will be every incentive to draw quickly so as to ensure qualification for the World Cup.
This is what happened in one game:

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:05 am

Ian Thompson wrote:This is what happened in one game:
As also quoted by Steve Giddens.

http://stevegiddinschessblog.blogspot.c ... urine.html

The difficulty with the European Championship is that it's a qualifier for the World Cup. The London Classic for example only qualifies for an invitation next year. So in the London Classic , the incentive is there to play a proper game, since quality of play is rewarded, presumably, over the actual result.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Maria Yurenok » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:52 pm

Well done to Gawain! Looking forward to his update on the blog.

You might be interested to read an interview with the European Championship winner - GM Jakovenko here: http://chess-news.ru/en I now provide translation for this website, so there will be a lot more interesting news, interviews and other material for English readers!

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Andrew Bak » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:03 am

Ian Thompson wrote: This is what happened in one game:
Were all the arbiters on an extended coffee break or something? Or were the players afraid the arbiters would tell them to play a proper game?

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:19 am

Andrew Bak wrote:
Were all the arbiters on an extended coffee break or something? Or were the players afraid the arbiters would tell them to play a proper game?
There was a rule in the tournament that you weren't allow to agree a draw before move 40. Supposedly repetitions were an exception.

Earlier in the tournament, the arbiters had

(a) allowed a draw by repetition straight out of the opening with the arbiter being summoned to verify it
(b) double defaulted two players, one in the world top 20, for agreeing a draw before move 40
(c) double defaulted two players for agreeing a repetition without arbiter summoning.

So taking the precaution of playing the repetition to move 40 seemed to be the requirement. There was a suggestion the arbiter refused to allow a repetition draw to be agreed.

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