Rijeka: Medals, statistics and quotes

3/20/2010 – In our previous report we gave you the gold medal winners of the European Championship. On Thursday the silver and bronze medals in the open and womens groups were played out. The statistics of the event are impressive: 566 players from 41 countries, 440 players with titles, 196 of them grandmasters. Of the 3,078 games 2,088 or 68% were decisive, only 32% drawn. Final report.

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This event took place from March 6th to 18th 2010 in Rijeka, Croatia. The championship was an eleven round Swiss tournament with a playing rate of 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game, and an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Press release

European Champions crowned in Rijeka

On Thursday a medal ceremony for the 11th European Individual Men and Women's Chess Championship was held in Rijeka. The most successful players were awarded by the President of the European Chess Union Boris Kutin, the President of the Croatian Chess Federation Stjepan Šturlan, the Prefect of the Primorsko-Goranska County Zlatko Komadina and the Deputy Mayor Željko Jovanovic.


The winners: Jobava (Silver), Nepomniachtchi (Gold), Timofeev (Bronze)

At the men's competition the gold was won by the the 20-year old Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi with excellent score of 7 wins and 4 draws, earning 9 points and over 25 rating points. After the rapid tie-breaks the silver was won by Georgian Baadur Jobava while Artyon Timofeev won the third place. The best placed Croatian representative is Hrvoje Stevic at 65th place with 7 points.


Women's medalists: Cmilyte (Silver), Cramling (Gold) and Socko (Bronze)

The title of the European Champion at the women's tournament was won by Sweidsh grandmaster Pia Cramling who recorded 8 wins with 2 draws and 1 defeat at this Championship and 19 rating points. Lithuanian Victoria Cmilyte won the silver, and for the bronze medal there were 5 player playing rapid tie-breaks. After 3 rounds, the 3rd place was won by the Polish Monika Socko.

23 players qualified for the World Cup and 14 female players qualified for the World Championships. It is important to mention that the Championship was followed via internet by more than two milion viewer from around the world, while some 1,500 visitors passed through the sport's hall of the Centre Zamet. All this proves that this is a record Championship which is also supported by the players that have proclaimed this event as the best organized chess championship ever. Even the ECU president Boris Kutin said that this Championship has received mosts compliments for the organizers.

Rijeka's Championship in quotes and numbers

On March 18th 2010 the 11th European Individual Men and Women's Chess Championship ended in Rijeka. As you already know, the gold was won by the 20-year old Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi and by Sweidsh grandmaster Pia Cramling.

The Championship achieved various records, and here are some of the numbers. Total of 566 chess players from 41 European countries participated in Rijeka. 440 players with a chess title, 196 of them grandmasters, as well as 158 players female chess players, 134 of them with a chess title.

Now, here are some of the details about games played in Rijeka: total of 3,078 games were played and 2,088 or 68% of them ended in wins or losses. Only 32% of the games were drawn. A total of 41 norms for titles of men and women grandmasters and International Masters were achieved in both tournaments. A total of 8 male and 1 female player have earned a norm for the title of grandmaster. 23 male chess players qualified for the World Cup and 14 female players qualified for the World Championships.

This Championship will be remembered by the large number of visitors who watched 75 broadcast games every day. Up to now, our web site was visited more than two million times. March 11th, was a record day, when there was more than 200,000 visitors. Some 1,500 visitors passed through the sport's hall of the Centre Zamet.

[The Internet numbers, while impressive, are not reflected in tracking services like Alexa]

Here are some of the quotes about this Championship:

  • Anatoly Karpov, ex World Champion: “I was at Croatia 30 years ago, and the organization of this Championship in Rijeka delighted me. The organizers provided ideal conditions for a large number of players and so I congratulate them for the excellent organization“.

  • Georgios Makropoulos, FIDE Deputy President: “This is the best organized European Individual Chess Championship, because excellent accomodation and playing conditions are provided for all players.“

  • Boris Kutin, ECU President: "No championship has ever received as many compliments as this one in Rijeka. This is surely the best one.“

  • Zoltan Almasi, GM: “This is the strongest European Championship ever and as well the best organized championship for sure. Opatija is a very nice place and I fell excellent here“.

  • Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM: “I love this country and I must admit that I was warmly welcomed in Croatia. This is a country full of friendly individuals. Conditions for the game are also great."

  • Pia Cramling, GM: “This is my first time in Croatia and I am really enjoying. Everything is nice here and it is my great pleasure to play in Rijeka. It is very important for men and women to play together so that's why this sports hall is ideal for this tournament.

  • Victoria Cmilyte, WGM : “I think this is the best competition ever. Opatija is a beautiful place, and the hall is ideal for playing chess. All this has made this championship very special and unique.“


Top scorers in the men's section (after eleven rounds)

# Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB2   TB3   Perf
1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2656 9.0 63.5 77.5 2868
2 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2695 8.5 64.5 79.0 2839
3 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2655 8.5 61.5 75.0 2801
4 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2640 8.0 64.5 78.0 2791
5 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2615 8.0 60.5 73.0 2752
6 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2720 8.0 60.0 73.0 2719
7 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2701 8.0 58.5 71.5 2746
8 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2609 8.0 56.0 67.0 2728
9 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2592 8.0 53.0 65.0 2685
10 GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2652 8.0 51.0 62.0 2683
11 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2639 7.5 64.5 78.0 2728
12 GM Movsesian Sergei SVK 2709 7.5 63.5 77.5 2726
13 GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2638 7.5 62.5 76.0 2754
14 GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2510 7.5 61.5 74.0 2715
15 GM Tregubov Pavel V RUS 2625 7.5 60.5 74.0 2694
16 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2688 7.5 60.0 74.0 2725
GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2657 7.5 60.0 74.0 2695
18 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2700 7.5 60.0 73.5 2722
19 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2650 7.5 60.0 73.0 2718
20 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2674 7.5 60.0 72.5 2721
21 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580 7.5 60.0 72.0 2711
22 IM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2498 7.5 60.0 70.5 2670
23 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2659 7.5 58.5 72.0 2705
24 GM Vuckovic Bojan SRB 2630 7.5 58.5 71.5 2689
25 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2606 7.5 58.5 71.5 2749
26 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2511 7.5 58.5 70.5 2698
27 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2667 7.5 58.0 70.5 2705
28 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2637 7.5 58.0 70.0 2668
29 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2667 7.5 57.5 72.0 2712
30 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2661 7.5 57.0 70.0 2705
31 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2643 7.5 57.0 69.5 2719
GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2616 7.5 57.0 69.5 2675
33 GM Hracek Zbynek CZE 2615 7.5 57.0 69.0 2681
34 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2619 7.5 57.0 68.5 2651
35 GM Navara David CZE 2708 7.5 56.5 69.5 2708
36 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2675 7.5 56.0 69.5 2687
37 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2612 7.5 54.5 67.5 2653
38 GM Howell David W L ENG 2612 7.5 53.5 65.5 2642
39 GM Drozdovskij Yuri UKR 2627 7.5 52.5 63.0 2632
40 GM Babula Vlastimil CZE 2554 7.5 52.0 63.0 2650

Top scorers in the women's section (after eleven rounds)

# Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB2   TB3   Rp
1 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2523 9.0 61.5 74.5 2677
2 IM Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2485 8.5 59.5 73.5 2622
3 GM Socko Monika POL 2465 8.0 63.5 77.5 2595
4 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2524 8.0 63.0 76.0 2595
5 GM Sebag Marie FRA 2506 8.0 60.5 73.5 2555
6 WGM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2492 8.0 60.5 72.5 2556
7 IM Dembo Yelena GRE 2457 8.0 57.0 69.5 2545
8 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2555 7.5 65.5 80.5 2552
9 IM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2533 7.5 63.5 77.0 2550
10 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2554 7.5 61.0 74.5 2540
11 IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2444 7.5 61.0 74.5 2550
12 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2434 7.5 60.5 74.0 2526
13 IM Skripchenko Almira FRA 2456 7.5 60.0 73.5 2514
14 IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2452 7.5 58.0 70.5 2511
15 IM Rajlich Iweta POL 2459 7.5 56.5 70.0 2477
16 WFM Ziaziulkina Nastassia BLR 2188 7.5 56.5 69.0 2543
17 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2438 7.5 53.0 66.0 2457
18 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2404 7.0 64.5 77.5 2478
19 GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2487 7.0 61.5 74.5 2442
20 IM Moser Eva AUT 2437 7.0 60.5 73.5 2517
21 IM Romanko Marina RUS 2409 7.0 59.5 72.0 2488
22 IM Gvetadze Sopio GEO 2342 7.0 57.5 69.5 2485
23 WGM Savina Anastasia RUS 2391 7.0 56.5 69.5 2484
24 WFM Gunina Valentina RUS 2457 7.0 56.5 69.0 2415
25 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2479 7.0 55.5 67.0 2472
26 WGM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2384 7.0 55.5 65.0 2351
27 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2472 7.0 54.5 66.5 2415
28 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2486 7.0 53.5 64.5 2397

Links

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