Kusadasi: Ivanchuk, Kozul, Nikolic lead

4/11/2006 – In the men's section of the European Championships top seed Vassily Ivanchuk is sharing first with 4th seed Kiril Georgiev and number 25 player Pedrag Nikolic. In the women's section we find Tea Bosboom and Ekaterina Atalik, ranked 24 and 25, in the lead group. Today's report brings you pictures of the venue, the coastal city of Kuşadası.

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7th European Individual Championships

The Seventh European Individual Chess Championships are taking place from April 4th to 17th in Kuşadası, Turkey. There are 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 total prize fund, including amateur and professionals categories, is €78.000. A total of 16 players from the men's section and 12 from the women's will qualify for the next cycle of the FIDE World Cup. The players are staying in the five-star Korumar Hotel, located on one of the best beaches of Kuşadası. It is also the venue of the tournament. Turkey is organizing the EICC for the third time in seven years.

The event is being covered on the web site of the Turkish Chess Federation, which has all the basic information. The special tournament web site is currently being redesigned and converted from Flash to HTML (many thanks to the organisers for this). You can reach is here. Games are sill delayed by one round, since they are being manually processed.

Standings after round seven (Men)


Board 1 Vassily Ivanchuk (right) vs Maxim Turov, 1-0

Top seed Vassily Ivanchuk is in first position, which he shares with fourth seed Kiril Georgiev and with Pedrag Nikolic, who is number 25 on the start list. All three have 5.5/7.0. Half a point behine we have a group of nine players with 5.0 out of seven games. They include IM Alin Berescu of Romania, who at 2461 is ranked 98 amongst the players. High-ranked players who are not doing to well are Arkadij Naiditsch (third seed, place 23), Alexander Moiseenko (fourth seed, place 60 and Konstantin Sakaev (tenth seed, place 80).

Pl.   Name FED Elo Pts
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2723 5.5
2 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO 2606 5.5
3 GM Nikolic Predrag BIH 2596 5.5
4 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2677 5.0
5 GM Anastasian Ashot ARM 2553 5.0
6 IM Berescu Alin ROM 2461 5.0
7 IM Arutinian David GEO 2532 5.0
8 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2633 5.0
9 GM Nijboer Friso NED 2584 5.0
10 GM Graf Alexander GER 2592 5.0
11 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2599 5.0
12 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2576 5.0
13 GM Turov Maxim RUS 2539 4.5
14 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2646 4.5
15 GM Dgebuadze Alexandre BEL 2535 4.5
16 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2598 4.5
17 GM Minasian Artashes ARM 2574 4.5
18 GM Izoria Zviad GEO 2647 4.5
19 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2529 4.5
20 GM Galkin Alexander RUS 2618 4.5
21 GM Macieja Bartlomiej POL 2584 4.5
22 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2597 4.5
23 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2664 4.5
24 GM L"Ami Erwin NED 2565 4.5
25 IM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2435 4.5
26 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2554 4.5
27 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2561 4.5
28 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2643 4.5
29 GM Nevednichy Vladislav ROM 2582 4.5
30 GM Hulak Krunoslav CRO 2541 4.5
31 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2606 4.5
32 IM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2484 4.5
33 GM Baramidze David GER 2545 4.5
34 GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2563 4.5
35 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2570 4.5
36 GM Atalik Suat TUR 2627 4.0
37 GM Kempinski Robert POL 2586 4.0
38 IM Czarnota Pawel POL 2529 4.0
39 GM Chuchelov Vladimir BEL 2538 4.0
40 GM Luther Thomas GER 2593 4.0
41 GM Kotronias Vasilios GRE 2598 4.0
42 IM Heberla Bartolomiej POL 2497 4.0
43 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2526 4.0
44 GM Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2527 4.0
45 GM Postny Evgeny ISR 2572 4.0
46 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2610 4.0
47 GM Malakhatko Vadim UKR 2559 4.0
48 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2592 4.0
49 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2577 4.0
50 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2579 4.0
51 GM Erenburg Sergey ISR 2554 4.0
52 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2555 4.0
53 IM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2480 4.0
54 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2524 4.0
55 GM Sedlak Nikola SCG 2564 4.0
56 GM Zelcic Robert CRO 2525 4.0
57 GM Kacheishvili Giorgi GEO 2605 3.5
58 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2552 3.5
59 GM Gashimov Vugar AZE 2644 3.5
60 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2662 3.5
61 IM Brkic Ante CRO 2526 3.5
62 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2601 3.5
63 IM Weiss Christian AUT 2437 3.5
64 IM Esen Baris TUR 2420 3.5
65 IM Pashikian Arman ARM 2475 3.5
66 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2614 3.5
67 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2567 3.5
68 FM Bindrich Falko GER 2435 3.5
69 GM Berg Emanuel SWE 2539 3.5
70 GM David Alberto LUX 2580 3.5
71 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2497 3.5
72 IM Williams Simon ENG 2478 3.5
73 GM Delchev Aleksander BUL 2640 3.5
74 IM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2516 3.5
75 IM Manca Federico ITA 2417 3.5
76 GM Petrosian Tigran ARM 2571 3.5
77 IM Aroshidze Levan GEO 2492 3.5
78 GM Predojevic Borki BIH 2566 3.5
79 GM Andersson Ulf SWE 2545 3.5
80 GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2637 3.5
81 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2502 3.5
82 GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2510 3.5
83 GM Winants Luc BEL 2530 3.5
84 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2508 3.5
85 IM Perez Candelario Manuel ESP 2511 3.5
86 GM Van Den Doel Erik NED 2579 3.5
87 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2548 3.5
88 IM Kovacevic Blazimir CRO 2468 3.5
89 GM Lutz Christopher GER 2608 3.5
90 FM Michalczak Thomas GER 2334 3.5
91 IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc TUR 2453 3.0
92 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2484 3.0
93 GM Galego Luis POR 2543 3.0
94 IM Iotov Valentin BUL 2440 3.0
95 IM Jovanic Ognjen CRO 2473 3.0
96 FM Erturan Yakup TUR 2332 3.0
97 GM Godena Michele ITA 2537 3.0
98 IM Seeman Tarvo EST 2412 3.0
99 IM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel ESP 2481 3.0
100 GM Iskusnyh Sergei RUS 2510 3.0
101 GM Blatny Pavel CZE 2495 3.0
102 GM Iljushin Alexei RUS 2483 3.0
103   Logothetis Sotirios GRE 2298 3.0
104 GM Agrest Evgenij SWE 2570 3.0
105 IM Atakisi Umut TUR 2429 3.0
106   Saric Ivan CRO 2393 3.0
107 IM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2489 3.0
108 IM Zueger Beat SUI 2433 2.5
109 IM Itkis Boris ROM 2490 2.5
110 IM Vehi Bach Victor ESP 2335 2.5
111 IM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2447 2.5
112 IM Saric Ante CRO 2474 2.5
113 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2469 2.5
114   Almond Richard ENG 2093 2.5
115 IM Gasthofer Alexander GER 2415 2.5
116 FM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2417 2.5
    Meier Georg GER 2407 2.5
118   Aleskerov Faik AZE 2325 2.5
119 IM Rogic Davor CRO 2540 2.5
120 FM Vuilleumier Alex SUI 2354 2.5
121   Duman Aydin TUR 2214 2.5
122   Yeke Serkan TUR 2255 2.5
123 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2384 2.0
124 IM Arlandi Ennio ITA 2453 2.0
125 IM Soltanici Ruslan MDA 2323 2.0
126 FM Kurmann Oliver SUI 2297 2.0
127   Can Emre TUR 2277 2.0
128 IM Erdogdu Mert TUR 2373 2.0
129 IM Lanzani Mario ITA 2347 2.0
130   Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2306 2.0
131   Yagiz Yasin Emrah TUR 2279 2.0
132   Karagollu Ahmet TUR 0 2.0
133   Simeonidis Ioannis GRE 2307 1.5
134 IM Bogner Sebastian GER 2329 1.5
135   Makoli Perparim ECU 2251 1.5
136   Porligil Suleyman TUR 0 1.0
137   Tezok Cevdet Sinan TUR 0 1.0
138   De Lange Hans NED 1901 0.0

Standings after round seven (Women)


Women's Section board 1 Mariya Muzychuk vs Tea Bosboom-Lanchava, 0-1

In the women's section we also have three leaders with 5.5/70. each. Surprising to see IM Tea Bosboom Lanchava and WGM Ekaterina Atalik, who are only ranked 24 and 25, in this leading group. Second seed Yelena Dembo is on place nine, while the strong players Lilit Mkrtchian (2453), Nana Dzagnidze (2442) and Marie Sebag (2434) are all lower than expected in the standings. Both the Muzychuk sisters are on 4.5/7.


Womens's Section Board 48 Seray Tulay vs Ezgi Menzi

Pl.   Name FED Elo Pts
1 IM Peptan Corina ROM 2408 5.5
2 IM Bosboom Lanchava Tea NED 2380 5.5
3 WGM Atalik Ekaterina TUR 2379 5.5
4 IM Dworakowska Joanna POL 2364 5.0
5 WGM Chelushkina Irina SCG 2320 5.0
6 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2378 5.0
7 WGM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2425 5.0
8 IM Danielian Elina ARM 2422 5.0
9 IM Dembo Yelena GRE 2464 5.0
10   Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2291 5.0
11 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2389 5.0
12 WIM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2172 4.5
13 WGM Botsari Anna-Maria GRE 2341 4.5
14 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2410 4.5
15 WGM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2419 4.5
16 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2438 4.5
17 IM Turova Irina RUS 2362 4.5
18 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2502 4.5
19 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2430 4.5
20 IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2399 4.5
21 WIM Kursova Maria RUS 2333 4.5
22 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia UKR 2332 4.5
23 WGM Shadrina Tatiana RUS 2371 4.5
24 WIM Gvetadze Sopio GEO 2282 4.5
25 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2426 4.5
26 IM Sedina Elena ITA 2373 4.5
27 WGM Kadimova Ilaha AZE 2310 4.5
28 WGM Zielinska Marta POL 2366 4.0
29 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2440 4.0
30 WFM Topel Zehra TUR 2139 4.0
31 WGM Djingarova Emilia BUL 2319 4.0
32 IM Zozulia Anna UKR 2355 4.0
33 IM Vasilevich Tatjana UKR 2395 4.0
34 WGM Ushenina Anna UKR 2397 4.0
35 WGM Juergens Vera GER 2330 4.0
36 GM Peng Zhaoqin NED 2395 4.0
37 WIM Muhren Bianca NED 2253 4.0
38 WGM Makropoulou Marina GRE 2305 4.0
39 WIM Nill Jessica GER 2339 4.0
40 WGM Velcheva Maria BUL 2279 4.0
41 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2453 4.0
42 WIM Burtasova Anna RUS 2293 4.0
43   Gavasheli Ana GEO 2244 3.5
44 WIM Hryhorenko Nataliya UKR 2323 3.5
45 WIM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 3.5
46 IM Klinova Masha ISR 2357 3.5
47 WIM Majdan Joanna POL 2297 3.5
48 IM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2442 3.5
49 WGM Calotescu Ana Cristina ROM 2325 3.5
50 IM Sebag Marie FRA 2434 3.5
51 IM Arakhamia Grant Ketevan GEO 2423 3.5
52 WIM Andriasian Siranush ARM 2237 3.5
53 WFM Przezdziecka Marta POL 2265 3.5
54 IM Moser Eva AUT 2384 3.5
55 FM Schuurman Petra NED 2258 3.5
56 WIM Bensdorp Marlies NED 2251 3.5
57 WGM Aginian Nelly ARM 2333 3.5
58 WGM Benderac Ana SCG 2293 3.5
59   Ozturk Kubra TUR 2036 3.5
60 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini GRE 2292 3.5
61 WGM Smokina Karolina MDA 2252 3.0
62 WFM Gilbert Jessie ENG 2144 3.0
63 WIM Makka Ioulia GRE 2198 3.0
64 IM Kachiani Gersinska Ketino GER 2421 3.0
65   Umudova Nargiz AZE 2174 3.0
66 WFM Motoc Alina ROM 2342 3.0
67 WGM Melia Salome GEO 2393 3.0
68 IM Petrenko Svetlana MDA 2334 3.0
69 WIM Tsiganova Monika EST 2267 3.0
70 WIM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2238 3.0
71   Isgandarova Khayala AZE 2104 3.0
72 WFM Stojanovic Andjelija SCG 2231 2.5
73   Andersson Christin SWE 2170 2.5
74 WFM Pavlovskaya Evgenia SWE 2182 2.5
75   Norinkeviciute Rasa LTU 2106 2.5
76   Khudaverdieva Afag AZE 2156 2.5
77 WFM Kubikova Alena CZE 2098 2.5
78 WGM Lematschko Tatjana SUI 2180 2.5
79 WIM Bashkite Viktoria EST 2205 2.5
80 WIM Dragomirescu Angela ROM 2261 2.5
81   Van Weersel Arlette NED 2148 2.5
82 WFM Bulmaga Irina MDA 2002 2.5
83 WIM Mira Helene AUT 2140 2.5
84   Bensdorp Laura NED 2098 2.5
85 WFM Wilson Alexandra SUI 2099 2.5
86 WIM Shukurova Meihriban AZE 2205 2.0
87 WGM Maksimovic Suzana SCG 2295 2.0
88   Makka Evanthia GRE 2046 2.0
89 WFM Coimbra Margarida POR 2070 2.0
90   Eckhardt Claudia GER 2260 1.5
91   Sommer Sonja AUT 2047 1.5
92   Cherednichenko Elena UKR 1977 1.5
93   Steil Antoni Fiona LUX 1968 1.5
94   Agrest Inna SWE 2051 1.5
95   Tulay Seray TUR 0 1.0
96   Menzi Ezgi TUR 0 0.0

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Picture gallery

By Frits Agterdenbos


Part of the coastal town of Kuşadası is built on a hill


Ataturk Boulevard and Palm Beach


Hotel Korumar, the players hotel and also the playing venue


The hotel swimming pool


The view of the coast from Hotel Korumar


Modern apartments close to the hotel


Another five-star Hotel in the making


A group of citizens resting by the seaside


The Kosintseva sisters Tatiana and Nadezhda


Entrance to one of the many restaurants in Kuşadası


A shopping street in the town center


A typical shop selling oranges and juice


Patisserie for cakes and baklava


Local girls in the patisserie

Frits Agterdenbos, 46, lives in Heemstede, not far from Amsterdam, and was one of the leading chess photographers in the eighties. From 1979–1991 his pictures appeared in several magazines, including New in Chess, Schakend Nederland, Inside Chess, BCM, Chess, Europe Echecs and Schach. In 1984 his Dutch book “64 Schaakportretten” (in English “64 Chess Portraits”) was published. In 1991 he “retired” as a chess photographer to finish his studies and in 1997 he received a diploma as an insurance mathematician (actuary). Since 1998 he has been self-employed, working under the company name “Acturix”, which is his actuarial consultancy firm.

In 2005 he picked up his old passion, becoming again a chess photographer, and publications show he still knows how to handle his camera. Now he combines his insurance job and chess photography. You will find his photos on Chessbase.com, Schaakbond.nl, and Schaaklog.nl, and many more websites and magazines. You can contact him under f.agterdenbos(at)acturix.com (insert "@" at the appropriate place).


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