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Ekaterina Atalik and Zdenko Kozul European Champions

4/16/2006 – Croatia's top GM Zdenko Kozul won the men's section of the 2006 European Individual Championships in Kusadasi, ahead of top seed Vassily Ivanchuk. In the women's tournament WGM Ekaterina Atalik, who plays for Turkey, delighted her hosts by taking the title. Report and games.
 

7th European Individual Championships

The Seventh European Individual Chess Championships were held from April 4th to 17th in Kuşadası, Turkey. There were 85 GMs, 37 IMs and 6 FMs from 36 countries in the Men Individual Chess Championship, and 2 GMs, 20 IMs, 1 FM, 27 WGMs, 22 WIMs and 10 WFMs from 27 countries in the Women Individual Chess Championship. The prize fund, including amateur and professionals categories, was €78.000. A total of 16 players from the men's section and 12 from the women's qualified for the next cycle of the FIDE World Cup.

The European Individual Championship 2006 was won by GM Zdenko Kozul, 40, who is currently rated 2606, making him the top Croatian player.


European Individual Champion 2006 Zdenko Kozul, Croatia [Photo: Agterdenbos]

Kozul scored 8.5/11 with a performance that was close to 2800. With that he overtook top seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, rated 2731. Ivanchuk scored 8.0/11 with a performance of 2742. The third group included Kiril Georgiev, Izoria Zviad, Macieja Bartlomiej, Pedrag Nikolic, Ernesto Inarkiev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Vladimir Belov and young German GM David Baramidze, all of whom scored 7.5/11.

Final standings (Men)

Rank Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 Perf
1 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO 2606 8.5 59.0 71.5 2791
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2731 8.0 59.0 73.0 2742
3 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2677 7.5 61.5 75.5 2715
4 GM Izoria Zviad GEO 2647 7.5 59.5 73.0 2695
5 GM Macieja Bartlomiej POL 2584 7.5 59.0 70.5 2699
6 GM Nikolic Predrag BIH 2596 7.5 57.0 70.0 2695
7 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2602 7.5 56.5 69.5 2701
8 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2664 7.5 56.0 70.0 2692
9 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2599 7.5 55.5 68.5 2691
10 GM Baramidze David GER 2545 7.5 53.5 64.5 2662
11 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2646 7.0 58.0 70.5 2660
12 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2608 7.0 58.0 70.5 2637
13 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2538 7.0 58.0 66.5 2597
14 GM Nijboer Friso NED 2584 7.0 57.5 69.5 2653
15 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2633 7.0 57.0 70.0 2653
16 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2561 7.0 57.0 69.0 2673
17 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2576 7.0 56.5 68.0 2677
18 IM Czarnota Pawel POL 2529 7.0 56.0 65.5 2589
19 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2643 7.0 55.5 68.0 2670
20 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2606 7.0 54.0 65.5 2622
21 GM Berg Emanuel SWE 2539 7.0 50.5 61.0 2631
22 GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2637 7.0 49.0 60.5 2608
23 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2560 7.0 48.0 60.0 2611
24 GM Zelcic Robert CRO 2525 7.0 47.0 57.5 2623
25 GM Anastasian Ashot ARM 2553 6.5 62.0 72.5 2662
26 GM Turov Maxim RUS 2539 6.5 61.5 74.5 2654
27 IM Arutinian David GEO 2532 6.5 58.5 66.0 2600
28 IM Berescu Alin ROM 2461 6.5 58.0 71.5 2667
29 GM Atalik Suat TUR 2632 6.5 58.0 71.0 2593
30 GM Dgebuadze Alexandre BEL 2535 6.5 56.5 68.0 2589
31 GM Kotronias Vasilios GRE 2598 6.5 54.5 66.5 2597
32 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2554 6.5 54.5 66.5 2642
33 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2592 6.5 53.5 65.0 2578
34 GM Nevednichy Vladislav ROM 2582 6.5 52.0 64.0 2579
35 GM Minasian Artashes ARM 2574 6.0 59.0 71.0 2590
36 GM L"Ami Erwin NED 2565 6.0 57.0 69.0 2595
37 GM Galkin Alexander RUS 2618 6.0 57.0 69.0 2578
38 GM Luther Thomas GER 2593 6.0 55.0 68.0 2576
39 IM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2435 6.0 55.0 67.5 2609
40 GM Malakhatko Vadim UKR 2559 6.0 55.0 66.5 2582
41 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2497 6.0 55.0 65.5 2610
42 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2526 6.0 54.5 66.5 2598
43 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2601 6.0 54.0 66.5 2565
44 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2662 6.0 54.0 66.0 2573
45 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2577 6.0 53.5 65.5 2537
46 GM Gashimov Vugar AZE 2659 6.0 53.0 65.0 2538
47 GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2563 6.0 53.0 64.5 2580
48 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2615 6.0 53.0 64.5 2569
49 GM Chuchelov Vladimir BEL 2538 6.0 53.0 64.0 2582
50 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2614 6.0 52.5 65.0 2565
51 IM Iotov Valentin BUL 2432 6.0 52.5 64.5 2562
52 IM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2484 6.0 52.0 63.0 2597
53 GM Postny Evgeny ISR 2572 6.0 51.5 63.5 2544
54 GM Petrosian Tigran ARM 2571 6.0 51.5 63.5 2566
55 GM David Alberto LUX 2580 6.0 51.5 63.0 2535
56 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2570 6.0 51.0 63.5 2553
57 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2524 6.0 50.0 61.0 2542
58 IM Heberla Bartolomiej POL 2497 6.0 50.0 60.5 2577
59 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2579 6.0 48.5 61.0 2536
60 GM Erenburg Sergey ISR 2554 6.0 48.0 61.0 2513
61 GM Lutz Christopher GER 2608 6.0 47.5 57.5 2518
62 GM Van Den Doel Erik NED 2579 6.0 47.5 57.0 2512
63 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2554 6.0 47.0 58.5 2499
64 GM Winants Luc BEL 2530 6.0 46.5 55.5 2409
65 GM Graf Alexander GER 2592 5.5 56.0 67.5 2514
66 IM Esen Baris TUR 2429 5.5 54.0 66.5 2552
67 GM Kempinski Robert POL 2586 5.5 54.0 65.5 2502
68 GM Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2527 5.5 53.5 65.5 2561
69 GM Kacheishvili Giorgi GEO 2605 5.5 53.0 64.5 2522
70 IM Brkic Ante CRO 2526 5.5 51.5 64.0 2555
71 IM Jovanic Ognjen CRO 2473 5.5 51.0 62.5 2534
72 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2567 5.5 51.0 61.5 2520
73 GM Delchev Aleksander BUL 2640 5.5 50.5 62.0 2497
74 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2484 5.5 50.5 61.5 2492
75 FM Bindrich Falko GER 2435 5.5 50.5 61.0 2545
76 IM Pashikian Arman ARM 2475 5.5 50.0 61.0 2526
77 GM Predojevic Borki BIH 2566 5.5 48.0 59.0 2482
78 GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2510 5.5 48.0 58.5 2479
79 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2502 5.5 48.0 58.5 2508
80 IM Perez Candelario Manuel ESP 2511 5.5 47.5 59.0 2474
81 IM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2516 5.5 46.5 58.5 2501
82 GM Sedlak Nikola SCG 2564 5.5 46.5 57.0 2460
83 IM Kovacevic Blazimir CRO 2468 5.5 46.0 56.5 2466
84 IM Itkis Boris ROM 2490 5.5 45.5 55.5 2428
85   Meier Georg GER 2407 5.5 44.5 54.0 2464
86 GM Iskusnyh Sergei RUS 2510 5.5 43.5 54.0 2486
87 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2552 5.0 55.0 67.0 2523
88 GM Hulak Krunoslav CRO 2541 5.0 54.5 66.0 2485
89 IM Manca Federico ITA 2417 5.0 51.0 60.0 2406
90 GM Godena Michele ITA 2537 5.0 50.5 61.5 2422
91 IM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2480 5.0 49.5 61.0 2452
92 GM Iljushin Alexei RUS 2483 5.0 47.5 58.5 2436
93 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2508 5.0 47.5 57.5 2494
94 IM Aroshidze Levan GEO 2498 5.0 46.5 57.0 2429
95 IM Gasthofer Alexander GER 2415 5.0 45.5 55.5 2394
96 GM Blatny Pavel CZE 2495 5.0 45.0 56.0 2427
97 IM Erdogdu Mert TUR 2375 5.0 43.5 50.5 2344
98 IM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2489 5.0 42.5 54.5 2363
99 IM Weiss Christian AUT 2437 4.5 51.5 63.0 2477
100 IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc TUR 2455 4.5 51.5 60.0 2341
101 IM Williams Simon ENG 2478 4.5 50.5 61.5 2387
102 GM Galego Luis POR 2543 4.5 49.5 62.5 2428
103 IM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2447 4.5 48.5 58.5 2436
104 FM Erturan Yakup TUR 2353 4.5 48.5 58.5 2432
105 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2384 4.5 48.0 59.0 2426
106 FM Michalczak Thomas GER 2334 4.5 47.5 55.0 2348
107 IM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel ESP 2481 4.5 47.0 58.0 2409
108 IM Vehi Bach Victor ESP 2335 4.5 45.5 57.0 2444
109 FM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2417 4.5 45.5 56.0 2416
110 IM Saric Ante CRO 2474 4.5 44.5 55.5 2374
111   Logothetis Sotirios GRE 2298 4.5 44.5 54.5 2412
112   Saric Ivan CRO 2393 4.5 43.5 53.0 2353
113 FM Vuilleumier Alex SUI 2354 4.5 43.5 50.5 2343
114 IM Rogic Davor CRO 2540 4.5 43.0 52.0 2332
115 IM Soltanici Ruslan MDA 2323 4.5 42.0 50.0 2222
116 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2469 4.5 41.5 51.5 2338
117 IM Atakisi Umut TUR 2419 4.5 41.0 50.0 2258
118   Yeke Serkan TUR 2252 4.5 40.5 50.0 2282
119 IM Seeman Tarvo EST 2412 4.0 50.5 61.5 2351
120 IM Zueger Beat SUI 2433 4.0 49.0 59.0 2261
121 GM Andersson Ulf SWE 2545 4.0 47.0 57.0 2512
122   Almond Richard ENG 2093 4.0 44.5 51.0 2300
123 IM Arlandi Ennio ITA 2453 4.0 43.5 51.0 2200
124 FM Kurmann Oliver SUI 2297 4.0 41.5 49.0 2250
125   Can Emre TUR 2286 4.0 41.0 48.0 2186
126 IM Lanzani Mario ITA 2347 4.0 39.5 47.5 2137
127   Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2306 4.0 36.0 43.5 2191
128   Makoli Perparim ECU 2251 4.0 36.0 42.0 2184
129   Aleskerov Faik AZE 2325 3.5 42.0 51.5 2297
130   Yagiz Yasin Emrah TUR 2320 3.5 39.5 48.5 2189
131   Duman Aydin TUR 2241 3.5 39.5 46.5 2180
132   Simeonidis Ioannis GRE 2307 3.5 39.5 46.5 2129
133 IM Bogner Sebastian GER 2329 3.0 39.5 47.5 2032
134   Karagollu Ahmet TUR 0 3.0 32.0 38.0 1987
135 GM Agrest Evgenij SWE 2570 2.5 46.0 56.0 2402
136   Tezok Cevdet Sinan TUR 0 2.0 32.0 39.0 1878
137   Porligil Suleyman TUR 0 1.0 32.0 39.0 1750
138   De Lange Hans NED 1901 0.0 34.5 42.0 1400

In the Women's section Ekaterina Atalik delighted the organisers and sponsors by winning the title of European Women's Champion 2006 for the host country.


European Women's Champion 2006 Ekaterina Atalik [Photo: Agterdenbos]

Until recently her name was Ekaterina Polovnikova. She is a 21-year-old WGM from Russia who married Turkey's strongest player GM Suat Atalik last November (see our special report). Ekaterina scored an impressive 8.5/11 with a rating performance of 2549. Behind her we find players like former Women's World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova, Women's World Junior Champion IM Elisabeth Pähtz, as well as higher-rated players like IMs Yelena Dembo (2464), Lilit Mkrtchian (2453), Nana Dzagnidze (2442) and Marie Sebag (2434).

Final standings (Women)

Rank Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 Perf
1 WGM Atalik Ekaterina TUR 2393 8.5 56.5 69.0 2549
2 IM Bosboom Lanchava Tea NED 2380 8.0 59.5 72.5 2525
3 WGM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2425 7.5 58.0 71.5 2457
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2502 7.5 56.5 70.0 2464
5 WIM Gvetadze Sopio GEO 2361 7.5 55.5 67.5 2488
6 WGM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2418 7.5 55.0 67.5 2487
7 IM Dembo Yelena GRE 2464 7.5 54.0 67.0 2480
8 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2430 7.5 53.5 65.5 2464
9 WGM Kadimova Ilaha AZE 2310 7.5 51.5 62.5 2423
10 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2453 7.5 51.0 62.0 2391
11 IM Sedina Elena ITA 2373 7.5 50.0 61.5 2373
12 WGM Ushenina Anna UKR 2397 7.0 56.0 68.5 2418
13 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2438 7.0 55.5 67.5 2443
14 IM Sebag Marie FRA 2434 7.0 51.0 63.0 2375
15 WGM Velcheva Maria BUL 2279 7.0 51.0 62.5 2437
16 WFM Przezdziecka Marta POL 2265 7.0 47.5 59.0 2367
17 IM Moser Eva AUT 2384 7.0 47.5 57.5 2346
18 WGM Melia Salome GEO 2391 7.0 45.5 55.5 2343
19 WIM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2172 6.5 64.0 78.5 2467
20 WGM Chelushkina Irina SCG 2320 6.5 62.5 74.0 2453
21 IM Peptan Corina ROM 2408 6.5 59.5 73.0 2426
22 IM Turova Irina RUS 2362 6.5 55.5 67.5 2441
23 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2378 6.5 55.5 66.5 2395
24 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2389 6.5 55.0 67.5 2363
25 WGM Djingarova Emilia BUL 2319 6.5 54.0 65.5 2385
26 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2440 6.5 53.5 65.0 2397
27 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2410 6.5 53.0 64.5 2372
28 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2426 6.5 50.0 62.0 2357
29 IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2395 6.5 48.5 59.5 2345
30 IM Dworakowska Joanna POL 2364 6.0 60.0 73.0 2413
31   Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2291 6.0 59.5 72.0 2440
32 WGM Botsari Anna-Maria GRE 2341 6.0 59.5 72.0 2426
33 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia UKR 2332 6.0 56.0 66.0 2379
34 IM Danielian Elina ARM 2422 6.0 55.5 68.0 2359
35 WGM Shadrina Tatiana RUS 2371 6.0 55.5 67.5 2375
36 IM Vasilevich Tatjana UKR 2395 6.0 54.0 66.5 2341
37 IM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2454 6.0 53.5 66.0 2334
38 WGM Makropoulou Marina GRE 2305 6.0 53.0 61.0 2298
39 WIM Hryhorenko Nataliya UKR 2323 6.0 52.5 64.0 2344
40 GM Peng Zhaoqin NED 2395 6.0 52.5 63.5 2316
41 IM Zozulia Anna UKR 2355 6.0 51.0 63.0 2328
42 WGM Juergens Vera GER 2330 6.0 50.0 61.5 2279
43 IM Arakhamia Grant Ketevan GEO 2423 6.0 49.5 61.5 2343
44 WIM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2238 6.0 48.5 56.0 2261
45 WIM Majdan Joanna POL 2297 5.5 58.0 68.0 2280
46 WIM Kursova Maria RUS 2333 5.5 54.5 66.0 2315
47 WIM Nill Jessica GER 2339 5.5 54.5 65.5 2347
48 WIM Andriasian Siranush ARM 2237 5.5 54.0 64.5 2314
49 WIM Burtasova Anna RUS 2293 5.5 50.5 62.5 2309
50 WGM Lematschko Tatjana SUI 2180 5.5 48.0 59.0 2277
51 WGM Aginian Nelly ARM 2333 5.5 45.5 56.0 2230
52 WIM Dragomirescu Angela ROM 2261 5.5 44.0 54.0 2256
53 WGM Maksimovic Suzana SCG 2295 5.5 43.5 54.5 2221
54 IM Petrenko Svetlana MDA 2334 5.5 42.0 53.0 2166
55 WGM Zielinska Marta POL 2366 5.0 59.0 70.5 2306
56 WFM Topel Zehra TUR 2132 5.0 54.5 67.0 2316
57 WIM Muhren Bianca NED 2253 5.0 53.5 65.0 2319
58 WIM Makka Ioulia GRE 2198 5.0 52.5 64.5 2292
59 WFM Stojanovic Andjelija SCG 2231 5.0 52.5 64.0 2236
60 WIM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 5.0 52.0 62.5 2285
61 FM Schuurman Petra NED 2258 5.0 50.0 60.5 2280
62 WIM Shukurova Meihriban AZE 2205 5.0 48.0 58.0 2227
63 WIM Bensdorp Marlies NED 2251 5.0 48.0 58.0 2221
64 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini GRE 2292 5.0 46.5 57.5 2241
65   Isgandarova Khayala AZE 2104 5.0 46.5 56.5 2207
66 WGM Motoc Alina ROM 2342 5.0 46.5 56.5 2184
67 WGM Benderac Ana SCG 2293 5.0 45.5 57.0 2208
68 IM Kachiani Gersinska Ketino GER 2421 5.0 45.5 56.5 2227
69   Gavasheli Ana GEO 2244 4.5 51.5 62.0 2193
70 WFM Gilbert Jessie ENG 2144 4.5 50.5 62.0 2224
71 WFM Pavlovskaya Evgenia SWE 2182 4.5 49.5 61.0 2204
72 WGM Calotescu Ana Cristina ROM 2325 4.5 49.0 60.5 2185
73 WFM Kubikova Alena CZE 2098 4.5 48.0 59.5 2187
74   Andersson Christin SWE 2170 4.5 46.0 56.5 2170
75 WIM Bashkite Viktoria EST 2205 4.5 46.0 54.5 2151
76 WIM Tsiganova Monika EST 2267 4.5 45.0 55.5 2179
77   Van Weersel Arlette NED 2148 4.5 42.0 52.5 2127
78   Steil Antoni Fiona LUX 1968 4.5 41.5 49.5 2066
79   Eckhardt Claudia GER 2260 4.5 41.0 52.5 2073
80   Bensdorp Laura NED 2098 4.5 41.0 48.0 2066
81 WGM Smokina Karolina MDA 2252 4.0 50.5 61.5 2197
82   Ozturk Kubra TUR 2034 4.0 49.0 60.5 2177
83   Norinkeviciute Rasa LTU 2106 4.0 43.0 53.0 2134
84   Khudaverdieva Afag AZE 2156 4.0 41.5 52.0 2096
85 WIM Mira Helene AUT 2140 4.0 41.5 50.0 2121
86   Cherednichenko Elena UKR 1977 4.0 38.0 46.0 1951
87 WFM Coimbra Margarida POR 2070 4.0 35.5 43.0 1912
88   Sommer Sonja AUT 2047 4.0 32.5 39.0 1911
89 IM Klinova Masha ISR 2357 3.5 49.5 60.0 2256
90   Umudova Nargiz AZE 2174 3.5 48.0 59.5 2144
91 WFM Wilson Alexandra SUI 2099 3.5 41.5 47.5 1984
92   Makka Evanthia GRE 2046 3.5 37.0 43.0 1815
93 WFM Bulmaga Irina MDA 2002 3.0 40.5 48.5 1917
94   Agrest Inna SWE 2051 2.5 39.5 46.0 1847
95   Tulay Seray TUR 0 2.0 35.0 41.0 1653
96   Menzi Ezgi TUR 0 1.0 37.0 44.5 1343

Note that the games provided are from rounds 1-10. The final round games will be added to the files as soon as they become available.

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