European Individual Chess Championship

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View of the tournament hall from the Open (Zegrze) 2005 event

The European Individual Chess Championship is a chess tournament organised by the European Chess Union. It was established in 2000 and has since then taken place on a yearly basis. Apart from determining the European champions (open and women's), another objective of this tournament is to determine a number of players who qualify for the FIDE World Cup and the knockout Women's World Championship.

Mode of play[edit]

The event consists of two separate tournaments; an open event, and a women's event. Female players may participate in the open section. Both are a Swiss system tournament, with a varying number of rounds. Historically, the only exception to this was the first Women's Championship tournament in 2000, which was held as a knockout tournament. In 2002, Judit Polgár narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the open competition by losing a playoff match against Zurab Azmaiparashvili. In 2011, Polgár won the bronze medal in the open competition at Aix-les-Bains, France.

Apart from the first edition in 2000, where in case of a tie the Buchholz rating was used as a tie-breaker, rapid play playoff matches are used to determine the medal winners as well as the world championship qualifiers.


There have been a number of controversies associated with the tournament:

  • At most venues, participants and accompanying persons have been obliged to stay at the "official hotel", appointed by the local organizers. The room rates for participants, however, have been significantly higher than for other hotel guests.[1][2] This in large part contributed to the founding of the ACP in 2003. Also the standard of the hotels as well as of the food has been a focus of complaints by players and journalists.
  • As the European Championships are part of the FIDE World Championship cycle, starting with the 2001 edition, the new, faster FIDE time control was used. This led to many complaints by the participants about increased stress, incessant time trouble and a steep deterioration of the quality of the games.[3][4]

Results (open)[edit]

Year Venue Gold Silver Bronze Players/rounds
2000 Italy Saint-Vincent, Italy  Pavel Tregubov (RUS)  Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR)  Tomasz Markowski (POL) 120 / 11
2001 North Macedonia Ohrid, Macedonia  Emil Sutovsky (ISR)  Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)  Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO) 203 / 13
2002 Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia  Bartłomiej Macieja (POL)  Mikhail Gurevich (BEL)  Sergey Volkov (RUS) 101 / 13
2003 Turkey Silivri, Turkey  Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)  Alexander Graf (GER) 207 / 13
2004 Turkey Antalya, Turkey  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  Predrag Nikolić (BIH)  Levon Aronian (GER) 74 / 13
2005 Poland Zegrze, Poland  Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM)  Teimour Radjabov (AZE)  Levon Aronian (ARM) 229 / 13
2006 Turkey Kuşadası, Turkey  Zdenko Kožul (CRO)  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  Kiril Georgiev (BUL) 138 / 11
2007 Germany Dresden, Germany  Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA)  Emil Sutovsky (ISR)  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 403 / 11
2008 Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Sergei Tiviakov (NED)  Sergei Movsesian (SVK)  Sergey Volkov (RUS) 323 / 11
2009 Montenegro Budva, Montenegro  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 306 / 11
2010 Croatia Rijeka, Croatia  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO)  Artyom Timofeev (RUS) 408 / 11
2011 France Aix-les-Bains, France  Vladimir Potkin (RUS)  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)  Judit Polgár (HUN) 393 / 11
2012 Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)  Laurent Fressinet (FRA)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) 348 / 11
2013 Poland Legnica, Poland  Alexander Moiseenko (UKR)  Evgeny Alekseev (RUS)  Evgeny Romanov (RUS) 286 / 11
2014 Armenia Yerevan, Armenia  Alexander Motylev (RUS)  David Antón Guijarro (ESP)  Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 257 / 11
2015 Israel Jerusalem, Israel  Evgeniy Najer (RUS)  David Navara (CZE)  Mateusz Bartel (POL) 250 / 11
2016 Kosovo Gjakova, Kosovo  Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS)  Igor Kovalenko (LAT)  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 245 / 11
2017 Belarus Minsk, Belarus  Maxim Matlakov (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO)  Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 397 / 11
2018 Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia  Ivan Šarić (CRO)  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)  Sanan Sjugirov (RUS) 302 / 11
2019 North Macedonia Skopje, North Macedonia  Vladislav Artemiev (RUS)  Nils Grandelius (SWE)  Kacper Piorun (POL) 361 / 11
2021 Iceland Reykjavik, Iceland  Anton Demchenko (RUS)  Vincent Keymer (GER)  Alexey Sarana (RUS) 180 / 11
2022 Slovenia Brežice, Slovenia  Matthias Blübaum (GER)  Gabriel Sargissian (ARM)  Ivan Šarić (CRO) 317 / 11

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 European Championship in Podčetrtek, Slovenia was postponed to 2022.[5]

Results (women)[edit]

Year Venue Gold Silver Bronze Players/rounds
2000 Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia  Natalia Zhukova (UKR)  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS)  Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO)
 Tatiana Stepovaya (RUS)
32 / K.O.
2001 Poland Warsaw, Poland  Almira Skripchenko (MDA)  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS)  Ketevan Arakhamia (GEO) 157 / 11
2002 Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM)  Alisa Galliamova (RUS) 114 / 11
2003 Turkey Silivri, Turkey  Pia Cramling (SWE)  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU)  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS) 113 / 11
2004 Germany Dresden, Germany  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)  Zhaoqin Peng (NED)  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 108 / 12
2005 Moldova Chișinău, Moldova  Kateryna Lahno (UKR)  Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS)  Yelena Dembo (GRE) 164 / 12
2006 Turkey Kuşadası, Turkey  Ekaterina Atalik (TUR)  Tea Bosboom-Lanchava (NED)  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) 96 / 11
2007 Germany Dresden, Germany  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS)  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)  Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS) 150 / 11
2008 Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Kateryna Lahno (UKR)  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU)  Anna Ushenina (UKR) 157 / 11
2009 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS)  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM)  Natalia Pogonina (RUS) 168 / 11
2010 Croatia Rijeka, Croatia  Pia Cramling (SWE)  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU)  Monika Soćko (POL) 158 / 11
2011 Georgia (country) Tbilisi, Georgia  Viktorija Čmilytė (LTU)  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)  Elina Danielian (ARM) 158 / 11
2012 Turkey Gaziantep, Turkey  Valentina Gunina (RUS)  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS)  Anna Muzychuk (SLO) 103 / 11
2013 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia  Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)  Salome Melia (GEO)  Lilit Mkrtchian (ARM) 169 / 11
2014 Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Valentina Gunina (RUS)  Tatiana Kosintseva (RUS)  Salome Melia (GEO) 116 / 11
2015 Georgia (country) Chakvi, Georgia  Natalia Zhukova (UKR)  Nino Batsiashvili (GEO)  Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 98 / 11
2016 Romania Mamaia, Romania  Anna Ushenina (UKR)  Sabrina Vega (ESP)  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 112 / 11
2017 Latvia Riga, Latvia  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)  Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS)  Alisa Galliamova (RUS) 144 / 11
2018 Slovakia Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia  Valentina Gunina (RUS)  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)  Anna Ushenina (UKR) 144 / 11
2019 Turkey Antalya, Turkey  Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS)  Marie Sebag (FRA)  Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) 130 / 11
2021 Romania Iași, Romania  Elina Danielian (ARM)  Iulija Osmak (UKR)  Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL) 117 / 11
2022 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic  Monika Socko (POL)  Gunay Mammadzada (AZE)  Ulviyya Fataliyeva (AZE) 123 / 11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krasenkow, Michal, "Youth on top in Batumi", New in Chess Magazine, vol. 2002, no. 6, pp. 69–79, OCLC 20735159
  2. ^ Geuzendam, Ten; Jan, Dirk, ""Azmai" fourth European Champion", New in Chess Magazine, vol. 2003, no. 5, pp. 26–45, OCLC 20735159
  3. ^ Tischbierek, Raj, "Himmelhoch jauchzend, zu Tode betrübt", Schach, vol. 2001, no. 7, pp. 4–31, ISSN 0048-9328
  4. ^ Van Wely, Loek, "Sometimes the King Wore no Clothes", New in Chess Magazine, vol. 2001, no. 5, pp. 52–57, OCLC 20735159
  5. ^ "EICC 2020 – European Individual Chess Championship 2020". Retrieved 20 November 2020.

External links[edit]

For complete tables / results, refer to The Week in Chess website: