After the rest day, which some of the players used to relax and rest, and some to do some sightseeing, the battles continued at the Elite Plaza Business Center in Yerevan.It was a very interesting and militant rounds, but nothing much happened at the top. Alexander Motylev had no difficulties against Radoslaw Wojtaszek with Black, and the game very soon ended as a draw. Since Hrant Melkumyan and Viktor Laznicka also drew on the 2nd board, Motylev kept the lead.Pavel Eljanov was successful today against Sanan Sjugirov on the third board, which brought his the tie for the second place, just a half point behind the leading Motylev. Equally successful were Vladimir Akopian against fellow countryman Tigran Kotanjian and Dragan Solak against Mateusz Bartel, and they are now also among the group of players with 5.5 points.Judit Polgar is still the best ranked woman at the tournament, with 4.5 points, trying to keep up in such a strong competition. Nana Dzagnidze is on 4 points, as well as Antoaneta Stefanova and Salome Melia.Some of the top pairings of the round 8, which is scheduled for tomorrow, 11th March, 2014 at 3pm local time are: Motylev vs Eljanov, Laznicka vs Wojtaszek, Solak vs Akopian, Melkumyan vs Jakovenko, Smirin vs Jobava, Moiseenko vs Lupulescu, etc.On the official website of the Championship http://www.eicc2014.am/ beside live games with live streaming and commentary, you can find interviews with players as well as all other information related to the tournament. Photos by Arman KarakhanyanRead more
After firts half of the tournament, Russian Grandnmaster Alexander Motylev takaes the sole lead. In the decisive game of the 6th round he defeated fellow countryman Alexander Riazantsev in Caro-Kann two Knights.Gabriel Sargissian drew with Dmitry Jakovenko, while Radoslaw Wojtaszek defeated young Russian Vladimir Fedoseev on the third board.Hrant Malkumyan, Viktor Laznicka, Pavel Eljanov, Baadur Jobava and Pavel Tregubov were also successful in the 6th round against Ivan Cheparinov, Igor Kovalenko, Alexander Ipatov and Zoltan Almasi respectively.Today is a rest day and players will have time to relax and gather their strength before they return to the battle field.Some of the top pairinfs of the round 7 are: Wojtaszek vs Motylev, Melkumyan vs Laznicka, Eljanov vs Sjugirov, Jakovenko vs Najer, Jobava vs Tregubov, etc.Round 7 will be played on 10th March, 2014 at 3 pm local time.For all information, visit the official website of the Championship http://www.eicc2014.am/Read more
Already 5 rounds have been played at the European Individual Chess Championship, which takes place in the capital of Armenia, and today we have seen many interesting games and many ups and downs.The leading Evgeniy Najer was defeated by Alexander Riazantsev, and young Russian star Vladislav Artemiev lost to the compatriot Alexander Motylev. Now Rizantsev and Motylev geab the lead with 4.5 points, and will play against each other in the round 6.Another young Russian Vladimir Fedoseev made a surprise today by defeating the first seed the French Etienne Bacrot.Judit Polgar drew to Arman Pashikian, while Daria Charochkina lost to Baadur Jobava.As mentioned, Motylev and Riazantsev are in the lead, followed by Fedoseev, Wojtaszek, Kovalenko, Cheparinov, Jakovenko, Melkumyan, Najer, Solak, Laznicka, Sargissian and Akopian with 4 points, etc.Some of the top pairings of the round 6, which is scheduled for tommorow, March 8 at 3 pm local time are: Motylev vs Riazantsev, Sargissian vs Jakovenko, Fedoseev vs Wojtaszek, Najer vs Akopian, Cheparinov vs Melkumyan, Laznicka vs Kovalenko, Kryvoruchko vs Solak, etc.Please notice that Sunday, 9th March is a rest day.50 games are broadcast online at the official website of the Championship http://www.eicc2014.am/Read more
Round 4 of the European Individual Chess Championship 2014 has brought many excitements. We saw some novelties and some very sharp games. And on top of that, we already have a sole leader with maximum score!Russian Grandmaster Evgeniy Najer defeated Ilia Smirin in a very sharp Richter Rauzer line of the Sicilian Defense. Najer won an exchange but soon after that had to sacrifice his Bishop for a pawn to avoid the mte threats. After lots of excitement, they ended up in an endgame Rook vs Knight & Bishop, but White had 2 extra pawns, and it turned out that it was enough for the victory. With this win, Najer is the only player with the perfect score after 4 rounds. In the next round he will face Russian Riazantsev, who was pushing hard against young Artemiev, but couldn’t break his defense. David Navara played a novelty against Hrant Melkumyan on the 7th move – Qf3, which is a completely new idea in a well known Scotch Opening. Few moves after he had a very comfortable position, but, despite the initiative and the space advantage, Navara didn’t make the most out of it and the game eventually ended as draw.Pavel Eljanov tried to avoid the main thoery and played a rare move which was seen only once before – 7...Ne7, as black against Igor Kovalenko in Ragozin variation. However, after massive exchanges the game led into equal endgame, and the opponents agreed to a draw.Judit Polgar as well was under „the magic of the 7th move“ as she also decided to try some side line with the 7th move h6 against Pavel Tregubov. It was an interesting idea, but as the game went on, White got the initiative as he had a pair of Bishops. However, Judit eventually held to a draw with a precise defense.Apart from Judit Polgar, another female player scored 3 points after 4 rounds - WGM Daria Charochkina, who today defeated Romanian Grandmaster Mircea-Emilian Parligras.Roudn 5 is scheduled on Friday, 7th March 2014 at 3pm local time.All information, as well as the live games and live video from the playing hall can be found on the official website of the Championship http://www.eicc2014.am/Photo source http://www.eicc2014.am/Read more
After the rest day, which some of the players used to relax and rest, and some to do some sightseeing, the battles continued at the Elite Plaza Business Center in Yerevan.
After firts half of the tournament, Russian Grandnmaster Alexander Motylev takaes the sole lead
Already 5 rounds have been played at the European Individual Chess Championship, which takes place in the capital of Armenia
Round 4 of the European Individual Chess Championship 2014 has brought many excitements.