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European Individual Chess Championship

View of the tournament hall from the Men's (Zegrze) 2005 event

The European Individual Chess Championship is a chess tournament organized by the European Chess Union. It was established in 2000 and has since then taken place on a yearly basis. Apart from determining the European Champion, another object of this tournament is to determine a number of players who qualify for the FIDE world cup.

European Championship 1942

A tournament purporting to be the first European Championship (Europameisterschaft) was held in Munich, 14-26 September 1942, organised by Ehrhardt Post, the Chief Executive of Nazi Grossdeutscher Schachbund. But given that players from Germany's enemies (Soviet Union, Great Britain and Poland) were unable to participate (because of World War II), and Jewish players barred (because of Nazi policy), this tournament was simply a manifestation of Nazi propaganda and has never received any form of official recognition as a championship.

Mode of play

The tournament is held separately for men and women as a Swiss system tournament, with a varying number of rounds. The only exception was the first Women's Championship tournament in 2000, which was held as a knock-out-tournament. As with all chess competitions, the "men's" section is in fact an open tournament in which female players may participate, but not vice versa. In 2002, Judit Polgár narrowly missed the bronze medal in the men's competition by losing a play-off match against Zurab Azmaiparashvili. In 2011, Polgar won the bronze medal in the men's competition at Aix-les-Bains, France.

Apart from the first edition in 2000, where in case of a tie the Buchholz-Rating was used as a tie-breaker, rapid-play play-off matches were used to determine the medal winners as well as the world championship qualifiers.

Controversy

A number of recurrent issues have been marring the event from the very beginning:

Overview of results (Men)

Year Venue Gold Silver Bronze Players/rounds
2000 Saint-Vincent, Italy Pavel Tregubov (RUS) Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR) Tomasz Markowski (POL) 120 / 11
2001 Ohrid, Macedonia Emil Sutovsky (ISR) Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO) 203 / 13
2002 Batumi, Georgia Bartłomiej Macieja (POL) Mikhail Gurevich (BEL) Sergey Volkov (RUS) 101 / 13
2003 Istanbul, Turkey Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO) Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) Alexander Graf (GER) 207 / 13
2004 Antalya, Turkey Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) Predrag Nikolić (BIH) Levon Aronian (ARM) 74 / 13
2005 Zegrze, Poland Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM) Teimour Radjabov (AZE) Levon Aronian (ARM) 229 / 13
2006 Kuşadası, Turkey Zdenko Kozul (CRO) Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) Kiril Georgiev (BUL) 138 / 11
2007 Dresden, Germany Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA) Emil Sutovsky (ISR) Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 403 / 11
2008 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Sergei Tiviakov (NED) Sergei Movsesian (SVK) Sergey Volkov (RUS) 323 / 11
2009 Budva, Montenegro Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) Baadur Jobava (GEO) 306 / 11
2010 Rijeka, Croatia Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) Baadur Jobava (GEO) Artyom Timofeev (RUS) 408 / 11
2011 Aix-les-Bains, France Vladimir Potkin (RUS) Radosław Wojtaszek (POL) Judit Polgár (HUN) 393 / 11
2012 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) Laurent Fressinet (FRA) Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) 348 / 11
2013 Legnica, Poland Alexander Moiseenko (UKR) Evgeny Alekseev (RUS) Evgeny Romanov (RUS) 286 / 11
2014 Yerevan, Armenia Alexander Motylev (RUS) David Antón Guijarro (ESP) Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 257 / 11
2015 Jerusalem, Israel Evgeniy Najer (RUS) David Navara (CZE) Mateusz Bartel (POL) 250 / 11

Overview of results (Women)

Year Venue Gold Silver Bronze Players/rounds
2000 Batumi, Georgia Natalia Zhukova (UKR) Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS) Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO)
Tatiana Stepovaya (RUS)
32 / K.O.
2001 Warsaw, Poland Almira Skripchenko (MDA) Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS) Ketevan Arakhamia (GEO) 157 / 11
2002 Varna, Bulgaria Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) Alisa Galliamova (RUS) 114 / 11
2003 Istanbul, Turkey Pia Cramling (SWE) Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU) Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) 113 / 11
2004 Dresden, Germany Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) Zhaoqin Peng (NED) Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 108 / 12
2005 Chișinău, Moldova Kateryna Lahno (UKR) Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS) Yelena Dembo (GRE) 164 / 12
2006 Kuşadası, Turkey Ekaterina Atalik (TUR) Tea Bosboom-Lanchava (NED) Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) 96 / 11
2007 Dresden, Germany Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS) 150 / 11
2008 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Kateryna Lahno (UKR) Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU) Anna Ushenina (UKR) 157 / 11
2009 Saint Petersburg, Russia Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) Natalia Pogonina (RUS) 168 / 11
2010 Rijeka, Croatia Pia Cramling (SWE) Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU) Monika Soćko (POL) 158 / 11
2011 Tbilisi, Georgia Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU) Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) Elina Danielian (ARM) 158 / 11
2012 Gaziantep, Turkey Valentina Gunina (RUS) Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) Anna Muzychuk (SLO) 103 / 11
2013 Belgrade, Serbia Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) Salome Melia (GEO) Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) 169 / 11
2014 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Valentina Gunina (RUS) Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) Salome Melia (GEO) 116 / 11
2015 Chakvi, Georgia Natalia Zhukova (UKR) Nino Batsiashvili (GEO) Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 98 / 11

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