European Individual Chess Championship 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010 10:48
The 11th European individual men and women's chess championship is taking place from 5th to 19th of March 2010 in Rijeka, Croatia. The tournaments are qualifiers for the next World Cup, part of the World Championship cycle. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 22 players will qualify. Prize fund is 150.000,00 EUR for the men section and 75,000.00 EUR for the women.
Baadur Jobava from Georgia continues his impressive run and with the 8th round victory against the top-seeded Zoltan Almasi he singled out on the top with 7 points. Zahar Efimenko remained half a point behind after a draw versus Vladimir Akopian.
Ian Nepomniachtchi beat his compatriot Ernesto Inarkiev, while Bosnian GM Ivan Sokolov tackled another Russian contender, Alexander Riazantsev. Nepomniachtchi and Sokolov are sharing the second place with Efimenko. Top round nine matches are Ian Nepomniachtchi - Baadur Jobava, Ivan Sokolov - Zahar Efimenko and Vladimir Akopian - Bojan Vuckovic.
In the women championship, IM Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU 2485) scored an important victory against GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (SCO 2447), and joined GM Monika Socko (POL 2465) on the tied first place, with 6.5 points each.
In a fighting round, IM Muzychuk Anna (SLO 2533), GM Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS 2524), IM Khurtsidze Nino (GEO 2434), GM Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN 2487) and WGM Natalia Zhukova (UKR 2492) used the chance to sign wins and move ahead to the shared third place, half a point behind the leaders.
Full results can be found on the official website. The games are starting at 15:30 with live relay of the top 60 boards.
In addition, there is live video coverage that features multiple web cameras that focus on top boards, as well as general views of the playing hall, showing players, spectators, and guests. As the games progress, the remaining interesting positions and battles are featured.
ECU President Boris Kutin with agile Rijeka organisers Ivan Mandekic and Srdjan Zelenika
Baadur Jobava is obviously pleased with his play