And the winners are...

by ChessBase
6/15/2003 – There were still some loose ends at the European Championships, like who would get gold in the women's section, or bronze in the men's. The questions have been solved in the tie-break games, which we bring you together with a lot of new pictures from the closing ceremony, including Ivanchuk dancing!

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4th European Individual
Chess Championships

May 30th – June 14th 2003 in Silivri, Turkey

In the men's section the tiebreaks were wrapped up quickly, with Vladimir Malakhov winning the second tiebreak game with white. He took silver ahead of Germany's Alexander Graf (previously known as Alexander Nenachev).

Final standings men's section
Rank SNo. Title Name Rtg FED Pts BH. vict Fide
1 3 GM Azmaiparashvili Zurab 2678  GEO  9½  101½  6 68
2 6 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2672 RUS 9 100 6 65½ 
3 29 GM Graf Alexander 2630 GER 9 98 5 65½

The tiebreaks for men and women in the main playing hall

The winner of silver in the men's tiebreak: GM Vladimir Malakhov, 22, Russia

In the women's section there were a number of tiebreak games. The main interest was of course for the overall title and gold, between GM Pia Cramling, 40, from Sweden and IM Viktorija Cmilyte, 19, from Lithuania. After a draw in her black game Cramling went on to win the second game in a powerful kingside attack.

In the tie-breaks for the bronze medal Marie Sebag defeated Monika Socko and then succumbed to Tatiana Kosintseva, who took the medal. In the tiebreaks for the World Championship qualifications the results were Natalija Pogonina-Regina Pokorna 2.5:1.5, Natalija Pogonina-Inna Gaponenko 2:0, Joanna Dworakowska-Maria Velcheva 3:1, Sopio Tkeshelashvili-Alina Motoc 1.5:0.5, Svetlana Petrenko-Olga Alexandrova 1.5:0.5.

Playing for gold: Viktorija Cmilyte vs Pia Cramling

This game ended in a draw, the second was won by Pia Cramling to take gold

After these tiebreaks we received the following message from four-time world champion Susan Polgar: "Please convey my congratulations to Zurab and Pia for wining the European Championship! It is wonderful to see Pia back on top!"

Picture gallery – celebrations

All the winner on the stage: Malakhov, Graf, Kosintseva, Cramling, Cmilyte

The ladies gold and silver medallists: Pia Cramling and Viktorija Cmilyte

Get a load of that medal: Zurab Azmaiparashvili and his wife

Closing dinner: U18 world champion Elisabeth Pähtz from Germany

Dimitri Reinderman, Yvette Nagel-Seirawan and NIC editor DJ.v.Geuzendam

Emil Sutovsky, Vladimir Malakhov, Olga Zimina and Alexander Galkin

Olga Stjazhkina, daughter, Tatiana Stepovaja, Alisa Galliamova, Tatiana Shumiakina

Vassily Ivanchuk as you probably have never seen him before – dancing

Pictures by Galina Tiviakova

Previous picture reports

And two great photo reports by Anna Dergachova, with a German language report (for those of you who want more than just the pictures)


In the next few days we will publish some final pictures and ask you to select your favourite players, so keep a note of your candidates for the title of most popular participant in Silivri.

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