SIMPLECHESS

Six now lead in Aix-les-Bains

Vladimir Potkin has been caught by four players in the chasing group, Nikita Vitiugov, Rauf Mamedov, Markus Ragger, Voirel Iordachescu and Mircea-Emilian Parligras. There are rounds to go in the 12th European Individual Championship

Here are the results on the top twenty boards.

Board Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points - Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points
1 7 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711 ½-½ 43 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2653 6
2 36 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2662 0-1 4 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2720
3 40 GM Feller Sebastien FRA 2657 ½-½ 9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707
4 46 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2647 ½-½ 17 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2680
5 21 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2677 ½-½ 55 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2634
6 59 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2626 1-0 26 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2673
7 60 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2626 ½-½ 27 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2673
8 73 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2614 1-0 28 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2672
9 79 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2606 0-1 31 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2667
10 33 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 0-1 87 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2598
11 38 GM Smeets Jan NED 2660 5 ½-½ 1 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2730 5
12 2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2729 5 1-0 37 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2661 5
13 44 GM Gharamian Tigran FRA 2650 5 1-0 3 GM Navara David CZE 2722 5
14 64 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2624 5 0-1 5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2718 5
15 8 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2707 5 1-0 58 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2628 5
16 10 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2697 5 ½-½ 65 GM L'Ami Erwin NED 2623 5
17 12 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2692 5 1-0 66 GM Lenic Luka SLO 2623 5
18 14 GM Polgar Judit HUN 2686 5 1-0 97 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 5
19 70 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2617 5 1-0 15 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2684 5
20 16 GM McShane Luke J ENG 2683 5 1-0 139 IM Anisimov Pavel RUS 2532 5

Eighteen players are now on 6/8, just half-a-point behind the leading sextet.

Francisco Vallejo Pons (chessanytime)
Jon Ludvig Hammer (chessanytime)
Judit Polgar (chessanytime)
Anthony Wirig (chessanytime)
Francisco Vallejo Pons (chessanytime)
Jon Ludvig Hammer (chessanytime)
Judit Polgar (chessanytime)
Anthony Wirig (chessanytime)

The previous champions:

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 8 to 11 will be at 3pm (local time) from Wednesday onwards.

For more information go to:Official site


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