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 (absolute and women's), another object 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. The only exception was the first Women's Championship tournament in 2000, which was held as a knock-out-tournament. In 2002, Judit Polgár narrowly missed the bronze medal in the open competition by losing a play-off match against Zurab Azmaiparashvili. In 2011, Polgar 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 play-off matches were 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 were obliged to accommodate at the "official hotel", appointed by the local organizers. The room rates, however, would be significantly higher than for other hotel guests.[1][2] This in fact triggered the founding of the ACP. 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 Saint-Vincent, Italy  Pavel Tregubov (RUS)  Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR)  Tomasz Markowski (POL) 120 / 11
2001 Ohrid, Macedonia  Emil Sutovsky (ISR)  Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)  Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO) 203 / 13
2002 Batumi, Georgia  Bartłomiej Macieja (POL)  Mikhail Gurevich (BEL)  Sergey Volkov (RUS) 101 / 13
2003 Silivri, Turkey  Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)  Alexander Graf (GER) 207 / 13
2004 Antalya, Turkey  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  Predrag Nikolić (BIH)  Levon Aronian (ARM) 74 / 13
2005 Zegrze, Poland  Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM)  Teimour Radjabov (AZE)  Levon Aronian (ARM) 229 / 13
2006 Kuşadası, Turkey  Zdenko Kožul (CRO)  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)  Kiril Georgiev (BUL) 138 / 11
2007 Dresden, Germany  Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA)  Emil Sutovsky (ISR)  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 403 / 11
2008 Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Sergei Tiviakov (NED)  Sergei Movsesian (SVK)  Sergey Volkov (RUS) 323 / 11
2009 Budva, Montenegro  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 306 / 11
2010 Rijeka, Croatia  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO)  Artyom Timofeev (RUS) 408 / 11
2011 Aix-les-Bains, France  Vladimir Potkin (RUS)  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)  Judit Polgár (HUN) 393 / 11
2012 Plovdiv, Bulgaria  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)  Laurent Fressinet (FRA)  Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) 348 / 11
2013 Legnica, Poland  Alexander Moiseenko (UKR)  Evgeny Alekseev (RUS)  Evgeny Romanov (RUS) 286 / 11
2014 Yerevan, Armenia  Alexander Motylev (RUS)  David Antón Guijarro (ESP)  Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 257 / 11
2015 Jerusalem, Israel  Evgeniy Najer (RUS)  David Navara (CZE)  Mateusz Bartel (POL) 250 / 11
2016 Gjakova, Kosovo  Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS)  Igor Kovalenko (LAT)  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 245 / 11
2017 Minsk, Belarus  Maxim Matlakov (RUS)  Baadur Jobava (GEO)  Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 397 / 11
2018 Batumi, Georgia  Ivan Šarić (CRO)  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)  Sanan Sjugirov (RUS) 302 / 11
2019 Skopje, North Macedonia  Vladislav Artemiev (RUS)  Nils Grandelius (SWE)  Kacper Piorun (POL) 361 / 11
2021 Reykjavik, Iceland
2022 Podcetrtek, Slovenia

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

Results (women)[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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