SIMPLECHESS

Flashback to Aix-les-Bains

The dust has settled and we can take a closer look at the results in the 12th European Championships in Aix-les-Bains, France. This was undoubtedly the strongest tournament, in depth, in Western Europe for quite some time, and will take some beating in future.

Europe Echecs produced a fine video from the final day:

In such a strong event with players of varying strengths, there was a great opportunity in Aix-les-bains for players to achieve valuable title norms.

There were 18 in total:

6 of these were GM norms:

Daniil Dubov, Sasa Martinovic, Peter Michalik, Artem Smirnov, Kevin Terrieux and Anthony Wirig (9 rounds).

The 12 IM norms were made by the following:

Radu-Marian Doros (9 rounds), Robin-Alexandru Dragomirescu (10 rounds), Nicolai Getz (9 rounds), Clément Houriez (9 rounds), Nuri Kambez (11 rounds), Hagen Poetsch (9 rounds), Dany Raznikov (9 rounds), Jan Rindlisbacher (10 rounds), Naim Sahita (10 rounds), Alexandru-Ovidiu Stanciu (10 rounds), Andrea Stella (9 rounds) and Jolanta Zawadska (9 rounds).

Luke McShane: Qualifies despite his last round loss (chessbase.com)
Alexander Moiseenko: Fourth (chessbase.com)
Sergei Azarov: One of two Belarus qualifiers (chessanytime)
Namig Guliyev: The lowest-rated qualifier (chessbase.com)
Luke McShane: Qualifies despite his last round loss (chessbase.com)
Alexander Moiseenko: Fourth (chessbase.com)
Sergei Azarov: One of two Belarus qualifiers (chessanytime)
Namig Guliyev: The lowest-rated qualifier (chessbase.com)

Here is a list of the top 26, all of whom should have a place in the next world Championship. Peter Svidler and Vladimir Potkin were apparently already qualified.

A playing result of over 2700 was required (see Motylev's 2716) in case you fancy trying your luck next time!

1 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2653 8.5 2849
2 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711 8.5 2826
3 GM Polgar Judit HUN 2686 8.5 2799
4 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2673 8.5 2755
5 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707 8.0 2819
6 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2614 8.0 2783
7 GM Feller Sebastien FRA 2657 8.0 2766
8 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2730 8.0 2751
9 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2667 8.0 2751
10 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2720 8.0 2741
11 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2680 8.0 2732
12 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2718 8.0 2719
13 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2647 8.0 2697
14 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2674 8.0 2695
15 GM Postny Evgeny ISR 2585 8.0 2633
16 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2615 7.5 2776
17 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2634 7.5 2771
18 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2672 7.5 2754
19 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2522 7.5 2739
20 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2560 7.5 2739
21 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2679 7.5 2728
22 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2626 7.5 2725
23 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2626 7.5 2722
24 GM Mcshane Luke ENG 2683 7.5 2718
25 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2661 7.5 2717
26 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2677 7.5 2716

European Champion Potkin's performance of 2849 over 11 games was exceptional especially as it was almost 200 points higher than his actual rating.

Judit Polgar's should have gained enough rating points to take her back over 2700. This is the first time there has been a female medalist.


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