European Rapid Championship LIVE

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12/17/2017 – Live from Katowice, Poland, December 16th and 17th. This Swiss system rapid tournament features 11 rounds, in which players have 15 minutes plus a 10-second increment for the entire game. Over 1,000 players are participating in all, and the prize fund is €21,000, with €4,000 for 1st place. After day one, Igor Kovalenko, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vladimir Potkin and Marcin Dziuba were leading with 6 points, but on day two, Russian IM Maxim Vavulin was perfect and ended in sole first with 10 / 11.

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Rapid — Maxim Vavulin wins

The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment starting from move 1.

Live games and commentary


Commentary with IM Lawrence Trent, WIM Anna Kantane & GM Marcin Tazbir by European ChessTV

The Fort Knox Variation in the French Defence

If you're one of those French Defence players who has been desperately searching for a reliable and easy-to-learn system against White's two main 3rd moves (3.Nd2 or 3.Nc3) then this is the 60 Minutes for you! The Fort Knox variation (3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7!


Final Standings (top 20)

Final standings

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Commentary on Day 1

Commentary with IM Lawrence Trent, WIM Anna Kantane & GM Marcin Tazbir by European ChessTV

All games


Players (top 20 — FIDE rapid ratings)

No. Name Rtg
1 Inarkiev Ernesto 2767
2 Navara David 2751
3 Ponomariov Ruslan 2731
4 Kovalenko Igor 2721
5 Zhigalko Sergei 2707
6 McShane Luke J 2697
7 Fedorchuk Sergey A 2695
8 Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2685
9 Alekseev Evgeny 2681
10 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2678
11 Ponkratov Pavel 2673
12 Bartel Mateusz 2663
13 Fridman Daniel 2660
14 Georgiev Kiril 2653
15 Potkin Vladimir 2647
16 Rodshtein Maxim 2646
17 Miton Kamil 2644
18 Brunello Sabino 2637
19 Chigaev Maksim 2632
20 Ragger Markus 2631

...1181 players (full list)


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macauley macauley 12/17/2017 02:56
Indeed. Fixed. Thanks.
tjallen tjallen 12/17/2017 09:46
The player profile linked to Duda J-K cannot be the right one, graph is showing a person rated about 1300 when I click his name in the player lists, above.