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The Results of the 2nd European Chess Championship, Ohrid 2001

By Boris Schipkov

The 2nd European Chess Championship took place in Ohrid, Macedonia 1st-15th June 2001. There were 143 GMs and 38 IMs in Ohrid! 204 participants from 39 countres fought for 46 qualification places of the World Championship 2001. The event was a 13 round Swiss System.
45 players have got 8 points (+3) or more were qualified straight to the World Championship 2001. Azmaiparashvili, M. Gurevich and Van Wely (also Short and Krasenkow) were already qualified on rating. 21 players reached 7.5 fought for 4 places (Short did not play). Kir. Georgiev, Gyimesi, Lautier and Delchev took these places.
Emil Sutovsky became the European Chess Champion 2001. Emil Sutovsky (+8, -2, =3) beat Ruslan Ponomariov (+6, -0, =7) for the gold medal, Zurab Azmaiparashvili (+6, -1, =6) beat Judit Polgar (+6, -1, =6) for the bronze medal in the tiebreaks. Judit played beautifully!
Loek Van Wely (+5, -1, =7), Georgy Timoshenko (+4, -0, =9), Rafael Vaganian (+4, -0, =9), Alexander Graf (+5, -1, =7), Vadim Milov (+5, -1, =7), Sergei Tiviakov (+5, -1, =7) and Ashot Anastasian (+5, -1, =7) tied for 5-11. They shown a good and wise play in the tournament.
Ponomariov, Timoshenko, Vaganian, Luther, Tkachiev, Macieja, Nisipeanu, Gdanski, Zvjaginsev, Pigusov, Baklan, Savchenko and Galkin were undefeated (without tiebreaks).
The Champion Sutovsky won the greatest number of victories - 8. Judit Polgar, Ponomariov, Azmaiparashvili, Aseev, Rublevsky, Roeder, Hulak, Stefansson, Zelcic and Chernyshov won 6 games each.
Carlo Rossi drawn only 1 game (+4, -8, =1).
Galkin, Savchenko and Podgaets were the most peaceful players, they made 11 draw each.
Podgaets, Kizov and Trkaljanov did not win a game.
Aleksandrov, Tregubov, Almasi, Piket, Najer, Jussupow, Sturua, Korchnoi, Akopian and Krasenkow (rating 2600 or more) played unlucky in the tournament.
Andrei Volokitin was the only player with rating less than 2500 who was qualified to the World Championship 2001. Also Bragi Thorfinnsson (2292) played well (+4, -5, =4).
The Russians confirmed the high level. 9 participants from Russia were qualified to the FIDE Championship 2001 (18,4 % from 49 players).

Country N People Percent
Russia RUS 9 18,4
Ukraine UKR 5 10,2
Armenia ARM 4 8,2
Germany GER 4 8,2
Israel ISR 3 6,1
Bulgaria BUL 2 4,1
France FRA 2 4,1
Hungary HUN 2 4,1
Netherlands NED 2 4,1
Poland POL 2 4,1
Other Other 14 28,6
Total Total 49 100,0

The greatest number of chessplayers were from Macedonia and Russia.

Country N People Percent Qualified Percent Average rating
Macedonia MKD 21 10,3 0 0,0 2382,7
Russia RUS 21 10,3 9 42,9 2573,2
Ukraine UKR 20 9,8 5 25,0 2531,6
Poland POL 12 5,9 2 16,7 2541,3
Germany GER 11 5,4 4 36,4 2550,5
Armenia ARM 10 4,9 4 40,0 2566,4
Israel ISR 10 4,9 3 30,0 2561,4
Hungary HUN 7 3,4 2 28,6 2563,6
Bulgaria BUL 6 2,9 2 33,3 2545,5
Croatia CRO 6 2,9 1 16,7 2528,5
France FRA 6 2,9 2 33,3 2596,5
Georgia GEO 6 2,9 1 16,7 2548,0
Italy ITA 6 2,9 0 0,0 2454,0
Netherlands NED 6 2,9 2 33,3 2580,0
Other Other 56 27,5 12 21,4  
Total Total 204 100,0 49 24,0 2521,5

9 from 21 Russians were qualified (42,9 %), 4 from 10 Armenians (40 %) and 4 from 11 Germans (36,4 %).

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