Motylev is the new European Rapid Champion

by Klaus Besenthal
12/20/2021 – At the European Rapid Championship in Katowice, three grandmasters finished level on points atop the standings: Alexander Motylev (Russia), Alexander Donchenko (Germany) and Paulius Pultinevicius (Lithuania), each with 9½ points after 11 rounds. According to the tiebreak criteria, Motylev was declared European Champion, Donchenko got the silver medal and Pultinevicius took home the bronze. | Photos: Michał Walusza

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Motlyev edges Donchenko and Pultinevicius

Rating favourite Alexander Motylev won the European Rapid Championship in Katowice after scoring 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at the two-day event. The one loss suffered by Motylev, aged 42, came in round 5, when he was defeated by Polish grandmaster Michal Krasenkow, who is still going strong at 58.

A crucial game was played in round 9, when Motylev inflicted Alexander Donchenko’s only loss of the tournament. After move 20, Donchenko suddenly found himself confronted with a position that was difficult to handle.

 

Donchenko and Motylev during their crucial round-9 confrontation

Final standings after 11 rounds

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Motylev Alexander 9,5 0,0
2 Donchenko Alexander 9,5 0,0
3 Pultinevicius Paulius 9,5 0,0
4 Krasenkow Michal 9,0 0,0
5 Brodowski Piotr 9,0 0,0
6 Janik Igor 9,0 0,0
7 Bjerre Jonas Buhl 9,0 0,0
8 Keinanen Toivo 8,5 0,0
9 Balog Imre 8,5 0,0
10 Bernadskiy Vitaliy 8,5 0,0
11 Fridman Daniel 8,5 0,0
12 Stefansson Hannes 8,5 0,0
13 Kovalenko Igor 8,5 0,0
14 Kyc Jerzy 8,5 0,0
15 Kosakowski Jakub 8,5 0,0
16 Kozak Antoni 8,5 0,0
17 Mis Mieszko 8,5 0,0
18 Fus Jakub 8,5 0,0
19 Grabarczyk Miroslaw 8,5 0,0
20 Semjonovs Ilja 8,5 0,0

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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