Meet the masters – at the board and at play

6/8/2003 – The European Individual Championships is under way in Silivri, Turkey. After eight rounds five players tied for first with six points each, followed by 17 with 5.5 points. We bring you all the games and necessary links to follow event, plus a set of great new action pictures directly from the tournament site in Turkey. Today we start with the men's section...

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4th European Individual
Chess Championships

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

After eight rounds of the European Individual Championships in the men's group there is a five-way tie for the lead: Konstantin Sakaev 2664 RUS, Zurab Azmaiparashvili 2678 GEO, Aleksej Aleksandrov 2650 BLR 6, Kiril Georgiev 2647 MKD and Vladimir Malakhov 2672 RUS, each with six points.

They are followed by 17 players with 5.5 points each.

  • Here are the games from rounds 1-7 of the men's section (zipped PGN – games of later rounds will be added).
  • The official web site with games, results and live coverage.

The tournament is still wide open, so instead of a report we bring you a lot of very nice pictures thankfully sent to us by Galina Tiviakova. Today you get to see some of the players from the men's section, tomorrow we bring you an equally picturesque report from the women's championship.

Picture gallery


23-year-old Armenian Karen Asrian


Veteran GM Alexander Beliavsky (49, Slovenia)


GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili (it's easy: Ahs-my-pah-rah'-shvi-li, 43, Georgia)


GM Viktor Bologan, 31, Moldavia


Vassily Ivanchuk, 34, vs Andrei Volokitin, 17, both from the Ukraine


GM Oleg Romanishin, 51, Ukraine


Armenian GM Smbat Lputian, 45


GM Aleksej Aleksandrov, 30, Belarus, at the chessboard...


...and taking a dive in the hotel pool.


GM Pavel Tregubov, 31, Russia, less successful than Aleksandrov at the board...


...but with the bigger jump into the pool.


GMs Viorel Iordachescu, 26, Romania and Sergei Rublevsky, 28, Russia


Dutch GM Friso Nijboer, 38


Flamboyant GM Vladislav Tkachiev, 29, France


Russian GM Andrei Volokitin, 17, all dressed up


GM Alexander Huzman, 41, Israel (without the famous moustache)


And what is Sergei Tiviakov up to in this picture? The solution will follow tomorrow. All we can reveal is that the Dutch GM jumps!

Pictures by Galina Tiviakova


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