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Monday, December 19, 2011

GM Baadur Jobava is 2011 European Rapid Chess Champion

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Hi everyone,

Does this put GM Baadur Jobava on a good run? It surely does. A double congratulations to the grandmaster from Georgia. He has won the European Rapid Chess Championship 2011 organised on December 17 and 18 in Warsaw, Poland. Here is the latest tournament chess news update via

The Championship was organised by the Warsaw Foundation for Chess Development in cooperation with the Polish Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

The tournament was played over 13 rounds of Swiss system with the time control of 15 minutes for a game for a player, with an increment of 10 seconds per move. From among 729 players, Grandmaster Baadur Jobava finished clear first with 11 points which included four straight victories in the final games. Last week Jobava convincingly won the 32nd Edoardo Crespi Trophy.

There was a huge tie for the second place with 10.5 points. A tiebreak was held which game 18-years old Russian GM Sanan Sjugirov took the silver medal, while local chess fans are happy to see GM Robert Kempiński claiming the bronze.

The total prize fund was 20,000 € + item prizes worth 2,000 €. Main prizes 16,250 € and special prizes 3,650 €. First place was 4,000 € worth. Earlier on Friday GM Hrant Melkumyan from Armenia won the 2011 European Blitz Chess Championship.

Final standings:
1. GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2678 – 11.0
2-8. GM Erdos Viktor HUN 2623, GM Korobov Anton UKR 2660, GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2622, GM Kempiński Robert POL 2603, GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2710, GM Miśta Aleksander POL 2587 and GM Olszewski Michał POL 2539 – 10.5
9-13. GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2695, GM Shirov Alexei ESP 2705, GM Wojtaszek Radosław POL 2705, GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2714 and IM Tomczak Jacek POL 2544 – 10.0
14-36. GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2730, GM Polgar Judit HUN 2710, GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2653, GM Bryzgalin Kirill RUS 2467, GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667, GM Jaracz Pawel POL 2542, GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2619, GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2665, GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2651, GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2712, GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2659, GM Howell David W L ENG 2633, GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2616, FM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2446, GM Antoniewski Rafal POL 2559, GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2710, IM Neiksans Arturs LAT 2502, GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2621, GM Nyzhnyk Illy UKR 2561, GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2589, GM Ruck Robert HUN 2579, GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2545 and Klekowski Maciej POL 2308 – 9.5 etc.

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