European Championship: Karjakin in the lead

6/26/2005 – He became a grandmaster at 12 years and 7 months. Today, at a mature 15½ years, Sergey Karjakin of the Ukraine is marching from one success to the next. After seven rounds of the European Individual Chess Championship in Warsaw (June 17 to July 3, 2005), the lad is incredibly in the lead. Illustrated report.

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Sixth European Individual Chess Championship

The Sixth European Individual Chess Championship, a 13-round Swiss tournament, is being held from June 17 to July 3, 2005, in Warsaw, Poland.

The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per a move, starting from move 1.

The organisers are the Warsaw Foundation for Chess Development and Sport Club Polonia Warsaw, under the auspices of the European Chess Union.


Romanian GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

After seven rounds the frighteningly precocious Sergey Karjakin is in the lead, together with the Romanian GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (himself one of the most exciting players on the international circuit).


The unstoppable Sergey Karjakin

Young Sergey, like his colleague European women's champion Kateryna Lahno, is just 15 years old. Three years ago he broke (actually smashed, demolished) all records for the youngest grandmaster of all time by getting the title at the age of 12 years, 7 months, 0 days. Incidentally, at the time he was second to FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov, who hired him after he saw the lad demolish his second, GM Dmitri Komarov, by 7-3 in a blitz match.


When we were 13: Sergey Karjakin, Elo 2556, and Kateryna Lahno, Elo 2417. Serge is sixteen days younger than Katya.


Viktor Bologan and Sergey Tiviakov stroll by the lake


Not happy with place 13: Veteran GM Vassily Ivanchuk

The following table with the games file attached was taken from the official web site. This is another one that presents the event in exemplary fashion. You have general information, cross tables, daily reports, and lots of great pictures (without captions). All of the above images were taken from the web site. In the following table the name of each player is linked to a special tournament card installed by the organisers. We are impressed!

Standings after seven rounds

Place Name Rat. Scr Wins Prg
1 Karjakin Sergey 2635 6 5 25
2 Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2670 6 5 23.5
3 Milov Vadim 2653 5.5 5 25
4 Dreev Alexey 2705 5.5 4 23.5
5 Pantsulaia Levan 2496 5.5 4 21.5
6 Naiditsch Arkadij 2626 5 4 22
7 Volkov Sergey 2634 5 3 22
8 Aronian Levon 2693 5 3 21.5
9 Krasenkow Michal 2672 5 4 23.5
10 Beliavsky Alexander G 2630 5 3 21.5
11 Radjabov Teimour 2673 5 4 22
12 Eljanov Pavel 2641 5 3 20
13 Ivanchuk Vassily 2739 5 3 22
14 Parligras Mircea 2560 5 3 19.5
15 Moiseenko Alexander 2665 5 4 19.5
16 Kotronias Vasilios 2578 5 4 21
17 Alekseev Evgeny 2597 5 3 21
18 Tiviakov Sergei 2631 5 3 20.5
19 Najer Evgeniy 2615 5 3 21.5
20 Movsesian Sergei 2628 5 3 19
21 Sakaev Konstantin 2672 5 3 19
22 Asrian Karen 2611 5 4 22
23 Cao Sang 2536 5 3 19
24 Postny Evgeny 2556 5 5 18
25 Areshchenko Alexander 2595 5 3 19
26 Rublevsky Sergei 2645 4.5 3 20.5
27 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2646 4.5 4 21
28 Jakovenko Dmitry 2608 4.5 2 19.5
29 Sargissian Gabriel 2630 4.5 2 19
30 Balogh Csaba 2531 4.5 2 20
31 Lupulescu Constantin 2546 4.5 2 19
32 Carlsen Magnus 2548 4.5 3 17.5
33 Motylev Alexander 2680 4.5 2 17
34 Bologan Viktor 2700 4.5 3 19
35 Stefansson Hannes 2573 4.5 3 19.5
36 Efimenko Zahar 2620 4.5 2 19
37 Guseinov Gadir 2573 4.5 3 19
38 Jobava Baadur 2637 4.5 2 18
39 Cheparinov Ivan 2621 4.5 2 18
40 Potkin Vladimir 2552 4.5 3 17
41 Popov Valerij 2568 4.5 3 17.5
42 Palac Mladen 2574 4.5 3 19.5
43 Malakhov Vladimir 2670 4.5 2 18.5
44 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2562 4.5 4 18
45 Kurnosov Igor 2550 4.5 4 17
46 Van Wely Loek 2687 4.5 3 17.5
47 Sokolov Ivan 2662 4.5 3 17
48 Gurevich Mikhail 2630 4.5 4 17
49 Brkic Ante 2477 4.5 3 15.5
50 Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2569 4.5 4 17.5
51 Kuzubov Yuriy 2558 4.5 3 18.5
52 Gdanski Jacek 2544 4.5 3 17
53 Izoria Zviad 2602 4.5 3 17
54 Ftacnik Lubomir 2540 4.5 2 19
55 Nielsen Peter Heine 2653 4.5 2 16.5
56 Kornev Alexei 2565 4.5 4 16.5
57 Romanishin Oleg M 2559 4.5 2 15.5
58 Tregubov Pavel V 2612 4 2 19
59 Smirnov Pavel 2624 4 3 21
60 Fressinet Laurent 2638 4 2 18
61 Timofeev Artyom 2622 4 2 18.5
62 Kritz Leonid 2549 4 2 18.5
63 Fedorov Alexei 2602 4 2 18
64 Macieja Bartlomiej 2613 4 2 18.5
65 Portisch Lajos 2525 4 3 16.5
66 Gagunashvili Merab 2547 4 2 17
67 Winants Luc 2535 4 3 18
68 Riazantsev Alexander 2608 4 2 19
69 Babula Vlastimil 2584 4 2 18.5
70 Nataf Igor-Alexandre 2559 4 3 18
71 Azarov Sergei 2572 4 3 17
72 Kobalia Mikhail 2644 4 2 17
73 Wells Peter K 2525 4 2 16.5
74 Iljushin Alexei 2543 4 3 18
75 Kozul Zdenko 2591 4 3 18.5
76 Bartel Mateusz 2511 4 3 15
77 Huzman Alexander 2577 4 3 18.5
78 Gritsak Orest 2537 4 2 17
79 Prusikin Michael 2540 4 3 17
80 Andreikin Dmitry 2495 4 2 14.5
81 Dautov Rustem 2609 4 2 16
82 Dizdar Goran 2524 4 3 14
83 Jaracz Pawel 2530 4 2 15
84 Roiz Michael 2579 4 1 17
85 Korneev Oleg 2611 4 3 15
86 Pelletier Yannick 2610 4 2 16.5
87 Iordachescu Viorel 2609 4 2 15.5
88 Pavasovic Dusko 2593 4 2 14
89 Sulskis Sarunas 2545 4 3 14.5
90 Pavlovic Milos 2475 4 2 14.5
91 Bocharov Dmitry 2574 4 3 14.5
92 Nalbandian Tigran 2508 4 2 13
93 Zelcic Robert 2514 4 4 11
94 Fedorchuk Sergey A 2577 4 3 13.5
95 Halkias Stelios 2549 4 3 13.5
96 Nevednichy Vladislav 2566 4 3 14.5
97 Mastrovasilis Athanasios 2473 4 3 12.5
98 Erenburg Sergey 2575 4 4 10
99 Siebrecht Sebastian 2438 3.5 3 17.5
100 Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel 2488 3.5 3 17
101 Maze Sebastien 2470 3.5 3 14
102 Neverov Valeriy 2566 3.5 2 17.5
103 Stevic Hrvoje 2514 3.5 1 16
104 Bobras Piotr 2501 3.5 2 15.5
105 Georgiev Kiril 2666 3.5 2 17
106 Inarkiev Ernesto 2612 3.5 2 15
107 Iljin Artem 2484 3.5 2 14
108 Tzermiadianos Andreas 2453 3.5 2 15
109 Graf Alexander 2632 3.5 2 15
110 Romanov Evgeny 2437 3.5 2 12
111 Kharlov Andrei 2628 3.5 3 14.5
112 Galego Luis 2493 3.5 2 13
113 Aleksandrov Aleksej 2635 3.5 3 14
114 Nijboer Friso 2553 3.5 2 15.5
115 Shomoev Anton 2540 3.5 2 16
116 Mista Aleksander 2497 3.5 3 12.5
117 Firman Nazar 2471 3.5 2 14
118 L'ami Erwin 2515 3.5 2 13
119 Del Rio Angelis Salvador 2495 3.5 3 12.5
120 Lputian Smbat G 2640 3.5 3 15
121 Gouliev Namig 2526 3.5 2 11.5
122 Cvitan Ognjen 2481 3.5 1 13.5
123 Filippov Valerij 2621 3.5 2 14
124 Navara David 2647 3.5 2 14
125 Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2518 3.5 2 14
126 Nyback Tomi 2551 3.5 3 15
127 Kovchan Alexander 2488 3.5 3 13.5
128 Stocek Jiri 2585 3.5 1 12.5
129 Andersson Ulf 2579 3.5 0 14
130 Markowski Tomasz 2560 3.5 1 16
131 Moranda Wojciech 2452 3.5 1 13.5
132 Evdokimov Alexander A 2503 3.5 2 12
133 Williams Simon 2466 3.5 2 12
134 Godena Michele 2527 3.5 1 11.5
135 Socko Bartosz 2583 3.5 2 12.5
136 Guliev Sarhan 2481 3.5 2 13.5
137 Zaja Ivan 2489 3.5 1 12
138 Reinderman Dimitri 2509 3.5 1 11
139 Guseinov Elmir 2391 3 2 13
140 Minasian Artashes 2597 3 3 17
141 Hulak Krunoslav 2534 3 1 15
142 Urban Klaudiusz 2497 3 2 12.5
143 Tazbir Marcin 2322 3 2 11.5
144 Loeffler Stefan 2429 3 2 13
145 Markus Robert 2584 3 1 13
146 Kempinski Robert 2627 3 1 14
147 Petrosian Tigran L 2599 3 1 14
148 Michalczak Thomas 2369 3 2 13
149 Mamedov Rauf 2511 3 0 11.5
150 Kovacevic Blazimir 2510 3 2 14.5
151 Mazi Leon 2365 3 2 10.5
152 Gajewski Grzegorz 2396 3 1 13
153 Smeets Jan 2518 3 2 12
154 Grigoriants Sergey 2553 3 1 14.5
155 Baramidze David 2542 3 3 15
156 Grabarczyk Miroslaw 2487 3 2 12
157 Khmelniker Ilya 2458 3 2 12
158 Chuchelov Vladimir 2571 3 2 14.5
159 Gaprindashvili Valeriane 2415 3 2 11
160 Dziuba Marcin 2429 3 1 12.5
161 Khairullin Ildar 2517 3 0 12
162 Atakisi Umut 2439 3 2 9.5
163 Ibrahimov Rasul 2514 3 2 12
164 Bakalarz Mieczyslaw 2408 3 2 10
165 Perunovic Milos 2549 3 2 11.5
166 Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2440 3 2 10.5
167 Erturan Yakup 2277 3 2 10.5
168 Magalashvili Davit 2445 3 1 8.5
169 Heberla Bartlomiej 2454 3 3 9
170 Kuraszkiewicz Michael 2300 3 3 8
171 Marzolo Cyril 2388 3 1 10
172 Frolyanov Dmitry 2505 3 2 10.5
173 Czarnota Pawel 2478 3 2 10.5
174 Kristjansson Stefan 2461 3 3 11
175 Sergeev Vladimir 2458 3 2 12
176 Lagowski Patryk 2393 3 2 9.5
177 Bagheri Amir 2518 3 2 9.5
178 Esen Baris 2287 3 2 8.5
179 Kachur Alexander 2281 3 2 7
180 Bente Bjoern 2218 2.5 2 13.5
181 Khismatullin Denis 2572 2.5 2 14
182 Kuljasevic Davorin 2408 2.5 1 12
183 Leniart Arkadiusz 2279 2.5 1 10.5
184 Stoma Pawel 2295 2.5 1 11.5
185 Lanzani Mario 2356 2.5 0 10.5
186 Babujian Levon 2386 2.5 2 10
187 Anastasian Ashot 2574 2.5 2 14.5
188 Warakomski Tomasz 2384 2.5 1 9.5
189 Neubauer Martin 2457 2.5 2 11.5
190 Jones Gawain C 2439 2.5 0 9.5
191 Guadalpi David 2317 2.5 2 10.5
192 Maier Christian 2387 2.5 1 8
193 Asauskas Henrikas 2357 2.5 1 7.5
194 Karlsson Lars 2472 2.5 1 9
195 Bugajski Robert 2218 2.5 2 7.5
196 Godlauskas Kazys 2193 2.5 2 5
197 Galazewski Tomasz 2137 2.5 1 8
198 Matras Agnieszka 2280 2.5 1 6
199 Dworakowska Joanna 2383 2.5 2 8.5
200 Van Der Weide Karel 2472 2.5 2 7.5
201 Abergel Thal 2456 2 1 11.5
202 Thorfinnsson Bragi 2442 2 0 9
203 Kadziolka Beata 2311 2 0 9
204 Olszewski Michal 2387 2 1 8.5
205 Szoen Dariusz 2444 2 2 8
206 Zawadzka Jolanta 2383 2 1 8.5
207 Berescu Alin 2439 2 1 8.5
208 Krysztofiak Marcin 2401 2 1 8
209 Erdogdu Mert 2414 2 0 8
210 Luch Michal 2417 2 1 6.5
211 Kopczynski Michal 2150 2 1 10
212 Skurski Jan 2299 2 0 8
213 Rutkowski Maciej 2346 2 1 8
214 Citak Selim 2351 2 1 7
215 Bleis Christian Dr 2258 2 1 6.5
216 Bruno Fabio 2374 2 2 8
217 Gluszko Tomasz 1977 2 1 7
218 Bednarek Sylwester 2321 2 2 3
219 Krzymowski Alfred 2034 2 2 4
220 Murtez Hondozi 2354 1.5 0 7.5
221 Swiercz Dariusz 2136 1.5 0 6
222 Praszak Michal 2261 1.5 1 5.5
223 Sliwinski Marcin 2186 1.5 1 5.5
224 Krasiewicz Robert 2056 1.5 1 3
225 Majewski Karol 0 1 0 7
226 Krzymowska Adriana 0 1 0 6
227 Szewczak Andrzej 1995 1 0 2
228 Wojcicki Lukasz 1833 1 0 4
229 Azimi Reza 2144 0.5 0 3.5

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