CHESSANYTIME

Vladimir Potkin and Boris Savchenko on 4/4

Only two players, both Russian, have a perfect score after four rounds of the 12th European Individual Championships in Aix-les-Bains. Nineteen players have 3.5/4 including former champion Emil Sutovsky and Women's No.1 Judit Polgar.

Here are the results from the top twenty boards.

Board Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points - Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points
1 26 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2673 3 ½ - ½ 87 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2598 3
2 97 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 3 ½ - ½ 27 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2673 3
3 105 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2575 3 0-1 43 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2653 3
4 107 GM Zhigalko Andrey BLR 2571 3 ½ - ½ 59 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2626 3
5 113 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2563 3 0-1 71 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2616 3
6 151 GM Vaisser Anatoly FRA 2522 3 ½ - ½ 73 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2614 3
7 72 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2615 ½ - ½ 7 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711
8 75 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2611 ½ - ½ 9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707
9 12 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2692 1-0 77 GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2608
10 14 GM Polgar Judit HUN 2686 1-0 85 GM Edouard Romain FRA 2600
11 82 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2601 ½ - ½ 15 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2684
12 18 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2679 ½ - ½ 89 GM Nikolic Predrag BIH 2596
13 84 GM Reinderman Dimitri NED 2601 1-0 19 GM Rublevsky Sergei RUS 2678
14 20 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2677 ½ - ½ 91 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2593
15 92 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2593 0-1 21 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2677
16 24 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2675 1-0 95 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2586
17 98 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2584 1-0 25 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2674
18 28 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2672 1-0 99 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2584
19 100 GM Kotronias Vasilios GRE 2583 1-0 29 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2671
20 36 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2662 ½ - ½ 109 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO 2568

Some notable players present in Aix-les-Bains:

Ian Nepomniachtchi (chessanytime)
Baadur Jobava (chessanytime)
Laurent Fressinet (chessanytime)
Anna Muzychuk (chessanytime)
Ian Nepomniachtchi (chessanytime)
Baadur Jobava (chessanytime)
Laurent Fressinet (chessanytime)
Anna Muzychuk (chessanytime)

Ian Nepomniachtchi is one of several previous winners present. Baadur Jobava has finished in the top three in the two previous events.

Year Player Country
2000 Pavel Tregubov RUS (FRA)
2001 Emil Sutovsky ISR
2002 Bartolomej Macieja POL
2003 Zurab Azmaiparashvili GEO
2004 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR
2005 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu ROM
2006 Zdenko Kozul HRV
2007 Vladislav Tkachiev KAZ (FRA)
2008 Sergei Tiviakov RUS (NED)
2009 Evgeny Tomashevsky RUS
2010 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS

Here are some rules, one of the most controversial being 'Zero Tolerance' for later-comers. One just has to be at the board at the beginning of the round!

The championship is an 11-round Swiss and the rate of play: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The Prizes:

The first 25 share 113,700 € and there will be 15 special prizes totaling 6 300 € for the best 'performance minus rating' achievements.

1 20 000 €
2 15 000 €
3 11 000 €
4 8 000 €
5 7 000 €
6 6 000 €
7 5 500 €
8 5 000 €
9 4 500 €
10 4 000 €

down to 25th (1000 Euros).

The top 'special' prize will be 1 000 €.

Rounds 1 to 7 start 3 pm (local time).

Tuesday the 29th is the rest day.

Then rounds 8 to 11, again at 3pm.

For more information go to:Official site


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