Tomashevsky wins EU Championship – by a hair's breadth

3/18/2009 – The tiebreaks at the European Championship in Budva, Montenegro, produced a final between GMs Evgeny Tomashevsky and Vladimir Malakhov, both from Russia. Tomashevsky won the first rapid game and lost the second, so that an Armageddon game was required. Malakhov had the black pieces and only needed to draw. In fact he had a winning position and then hung a rook! Take a look.

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10th European Individual Chess Championship
in Budva, Montenegro, March 5-19th, 2009

This tournament is being organised by the Montenegro Chess Federation, the City of Budva and the European Chess Union. It is taking place in Budva, Montenegro, in the Congress Hall of the “Splendid Spa & Resort Hotel”. The event is an 11-round Swiss, with a playing rate of 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The total prize fund of the Individual European Championship is 120,000 Euros. First prize is € 15,000, second is € 12,000, third € 10,000 up to 25th prize, which is € 1,000. According to Montenegro law all prizes are taxable (maximum 10%). The first 22 players will in addition qualify for the World Cup.

Tiebreaks

The technical Commission decided late the night before that the following system would be used: the six players with the lowest tiebreak points would play two-game rapid chess (15 minutes + 5 seconds) matches against each other, with armageddon games in case of ties (White gets five minutes, Black four, and White must win). The winners then play against the three players with the highest tiebreak points, while the two players in the middle (Tomashevsky and Navara) play against each other. The tiebreaks were then continued in the regular fashion. These were the results:

First round

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Ar.
Tot.
11 GM Nyback Tomi
0
½
 
½
6 GM Malakhov Vladimir
1
½
 
   
 
 
 
 
7 GM Grachev Boris
0
1
0
1
10 GM Guseinov Gadir
1
0
1
2
   
 
 
 
 
9 GM Kobalia Mikhail
1
0
0
1
8 GM Jobava Baadur
0
1
1
2

Second round

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Ar.
Tot.
8
GM Jobava Baadur
1
1
 
2
1
GM Sokolov Ivan
0
0
 
0
           
2
GM Inarkiev Ernesto
½
½
1
2
10
GM Guseinov Gadir
½
½
0
1
           
6
GM Malakhov Vladimir
½
½
½
3
GM Naiditsch Arkadij
½
½
½
           
4
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny
½
1
 
5
GM Navara David
½
0
 
½

Semi-finals

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Ar.
Tot.
8
GM Jobava Baadur
1
0
0
1
4
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny
0
1
1
2
           
6
GM Malakhov Vladimir
1
½
 
2
GM Inarkiev Ernesto
0
½
 
½

Final

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Ar.
Tot.
6
GM Malakhov Vladimir
0
1
0
1
4
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny
1
0
1
2

Third place

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Ar.
Tot.
8
GM Jobava Baadur
1
½
 
2
GM Inarkiev Ernesto
0
½
 
½

There were also tiebreak matches (same system) for World Cup qualification, with fourteen participants. The following seven players qualified:

#

Player
Ra1
Ra2
Bl1
Bl2
Ar.
Tot.
19
GM Areshchenko Alexander
0
0
 
 
 
0
34
GM Savchenko Boris
1
1
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
33
GM Sakaev Konstantin
1
0
1
1
 
3
20
GM Stevic Hrvoje
0
1
0
0
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21
GM Vitiugov Nikita
1
½
 
 
 
32
GM Svetushkin Dmitry
0
½
 
 
 
½
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31
GM Petrosian Tigran L
½
1
 
 
 
22
GM Dreev Alexey
½
0
 
 
 
½
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24
GM Kurnosov Igor
½
0
 
 
 
½
30
GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter
½
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29
GM Pashikian Arman
0
0
 
 
 
0
25
GM Lupulescu Constantin
1
1
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27
GM Mikhalevski Victor
0
0
 
 
 
0
28
GM Motylev Alexander
1
1
 
 
 
2

All games from the playoff in PGN


Photo gallery


The tiebreak games at the 10th European Championship in Budva, Montenegro


Each table has two arbiters manually recording the moves


The spectators can watch the games on the big electronic board projections


The board arbiters keep track of the games in case the electronic boards fail


The second round under way, with Tomashevsky-Navara and Malakhov-Naiditsch in the foreground


The final with Malakhov vs Tomashevsky playing one of their two rapid games

Tomashevsky won the first rapid game, and then lost the second somewhat unluckily. So an Armageddon playoff was necessary. Malakhov had the black pieces and four minutes, while Tomashevsky had white and five minutes. But Black only needed to draw to win the title. In this situation Vladimir Malakhov managed to get a winning position, but then hung a rook and lost the game.

Tomashevsky,E (2664) - Malakhov,V (2692) [D94]
10th EICC Playoff Budva MNE (4.3), 18.03.2009
1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Be2 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.d4 0-0 8.Bd2 e6 9.Rc1 Nbd7 10.Qb3 Ne4 11.Rfd1 f5 12.Be1 Kh8 13.Bf1 g5 14.Nd2 g4 15.Ne2 Ndf6 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Nf4 Rf6 18.cxd5 exd5 19.f3 gxf3 20.gxf3 Ng5 21.Bg2 Rh6 22.Bg3 Qe7 23.Rf1 Be6 24.Rce1 Rg8 25.Qd3 Bc8 26.Kf2 Qf7 27.Rh1 Ne6 28.Reg1 Nxf4 29.Bxf4 Rg6 30.Bf1 Bf6 31.Rxg6 Qxg6 32.Qa3 Qg7 33.Qd6 Rd8 34.Qb4 Rg8 35.a4 h6 36.b3 Kh7 37.Qd2 Qe7 38.Qc2 Bg5 39.Bxg5 Qxg5 40.Qd3 Kh8 41.Qc3 f4 42.exf4 Qh4+ 43.Ke3 Re8+ 44.Kd2 Qxf4+ 45.Kc2 Re3 46.Qa5 Bf5+ 47.Kb2 Qxd4+ 48.Ka2

Black has a forced mate: 48...Bb1+ 49.Kxb1 Qd1+ 50.Ka2 Qxb3+ 51.Ka1 Qd1+ 52.Ka2 Qc2+ 53.Ka1 Ra3#, but in the heat of the battle Malakhov throws it away: 48...Re1?? 49.Qxe1 Bg6 50.Qa1 and it's all over. 1-0.


Evgeny Tomashevsky, the 2009 European Chess Champion


Vladimir Malakhov in second place for Silver


Bronze went to Baadur Jobava from Georgia


Forth place to GM Ernesto Inarkiev of Russia


The closing ceremony in the evening in the cleared-up playing hall...


... with the obligatory exuberant dance routines


The three medallists with their trophies: Jobava (bronze), Tomashevsky (gold) and Malakhov (silver)

Photos by Nebojsa Baralic

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