European Championship (R10): Demchenko sole leader

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9/5/2021 – The 2021 European Individual Championship is taking place from August 26 to September 5 at the Hotel Natura in Reykjavík, Iceland. With one round to go, 34-year-old Russian GM Anton Demchenko is the sole leader in the standings table. Four (young) players stand a half point behind, while a host of strong grandmasters will fight to get a ticket to the next World Cup — to do so they need to finish among the top 23. | Pictured: Vincent Keymer

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Deac, Sarana and Vocaturo get crucial wins

Anton Demchenko grabbed the sole lead in Friday’s round 9, after beating his compatriot Evgeny Romanov with the white pieces on second board. He also got white in round 10, and drew Vincent Keymer after the youngster got a clear edge in a messy position out of a Caro-Kann Defence. The half point was enough for Demchenko to keep the sole lead.

Keymer was joined by three young colleagues in shared second place after round 10, as Alexey Sarana (Russia), Daniele Vocaturo (Italy) and Bogdan-Daniel Deac all scored full points on Saturday.

The final round starts two hours earlier than usual, at 13.00 local time (15.00 CEST, 9.00 ET).


Anton Demchenko

Anton Demchenko

Round 11 pairings

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Deac Bogdan-Daniel   8 Demchenko Anton
Keymer Vincent   Vocaturo Daniele
Mamedov Rauf 7   Sarana Alexey
Antipov Mikhail Al. 7   7 Navara David
Huschenbeth Niclas 7   7 Yilmaz Mustafa
Mamedov Nidjat 7   7 Svane Rasmus
Erdos Viktor 7   7 Piorun Kacper
Sargissian Gabriel   7 Sanal Vahap
Romanov Evgeny   Bluebaum Matthias
Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter   Bjerre Jonas Buhl
Lupulescu Constantin   Ivic Velimir
Gabuzyan Hovhannes   Donchenko Alexander
Thybo Jesper Sondergaard   Martirosyan Haik M.
Quparadze Giga   Lagarde Maxime
Paichadze Luka   Hovhannisyan Robert
Fridman Daniel   Steingrimsson Hedinn
Pantsulaia Levan   6 Paravyan David
Grandelius Nils 6   6 Maurizzi Marc Andria
Saric Ivan 6   6 Horvath Dominik
Druska Juraj 6   6 Bartel Mateusz

...83 boards

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