Tuesday, April 29, 2008

European Individual Chess Championship Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2008




The European Individual Chess Championship starts in a week in Plovdiv. Close to 500 players will participate in one of the major competitions in Europe for 2008. In the mens section there are 332 participants with GM Sergey Movsesian as a top seeded player. In the womens section GM Pia Cramling is leading the list of 165 players.

Russia is the most represented country with more than 70 players. The hosts from Bulgaria have 45 players, and third is Greece with 41 players.

Chessdom.com will not be the official media partner of the event as their website has an agreement with the Games festival that takes place during that same period. However, you may expect frequent updates as more than 20 contributors of Chessdom will be in Plovdiv and will send interesting info, photos, videos, and reports. Please look back in a short while! I will be doing my best here at achessworld to cover the event.
Sergey Tiviakov of The Netherlands was the surprise winner in the Men's Championship after winning his last round game against Emil Sutovsky. Tiviakov avoided the large tiebreak that determined second and third place, and the twenty-two qualifiers to the FIDE World Cup tournament. Sergei Movsesian took the silver after beating Sergey Volkov in the playoffs.

In the Women's Championship, Ukraine's Kateryna Lahno won with 8.5/11, a half point ahead of the field. Viktorija Cmylite beat Anna Ushenina in the playoffs to take the silver.

Women's Games (PGN)

Mens Games (PGN)
Official Site

1 comment:

john e said...

Nostalgic! I was seated in that arena alongside a lovely Bulgarian lady called Rozitza Kotoupanova (met on a train) in Sept 1985 after the Railways Olympiad in Sofia.
John Hawkes