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.

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Mode of play

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.

Controversy

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

Results (open)

YearVenueGoldSilverBronzePlayers/rounds
2000 Saint-Vincent, Italy Flag of Russia.svg  Pavel Tregubov  (RUS)Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Aleksej Aleksandrov  (BLR)Flag of Poland.svg  Tomasz Markowski  (POL)120 / 11
2001 Ohrid, Macedonia Flag of Israel.svg  Emil Sutovsky  (ISR)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ruslan Ponomariov  (UKR)Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Zurab Azmaiparashvili  (GEO)203 / 13
2002 Batumi, Georgia Flag of Poland.svg  Bartłomiej Macieja  (POL)Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Mikhail Gurevich  (BEL)Flag of Russia.svg  Sergey Volkov  (RUS)101 / 13
2003 Silivri, Turkey Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Zurab Azmaiparashvili  (GEO)Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Malakhov  (RUS)Flag of Germany.svg  Alexander Graf  (GER)207 / 13
2004 Antalya, Turkey Flag of Ukraine.svg  Vassily Ivanchuk  (UKR)Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Predrag Nikolić  (BIH)Flag of Germany.svg  Levon Aronian  (GER)74 / 13
2005 Zegrze, Poland Flag of Romania.svg  Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu  (ROM)Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Teimour Radjabov  (AZE)Flag of Armenia.svg  Levon Aronian  (ARM)229 / 13
2006 Kuşadası, Turkey Flag of Croatia.svg  Zdenko Kožul  (CRO)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Vassily Ivanchuk  (UKR)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Kiril Georgiev  (BUL)138 / 11
2007 Dresden, Germany Flag of France.svg  Vladislav Tkachiev  (FRA)Flag of Israel.svg  Emil Sutovsky  (ISR)Flag of Russia.svg  Dmitry Jakovenko  (RUS)403 / 11
2008 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Sergei Tiviakov  (NED)Flag of Slovakia.svg  Sergei Movsesian  (SVK)Flag of Russia.svg  Sergey Volkov  (RUS)323 / 11
2009 Budva, Montenegro Flag of Russia.svg  Evgeny Tomashevsky  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Malakhov  (RUS)Flag of Georgia.svg  Baadur Jobava  (GEO)306 / 11
2010 Rijeka, Croatia Flag of Russia.svg  Ian Nepomniachtchi  (RUS)Flag of Georgia.svg  Baadur Jobava  (GEO)Flag of Russia.svg  Artyom Timofeev  (RUS)408 / 11
2011 Aix-les-Bains, France Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Potkin  (RUS)Flag of Poland.svg  Radosław Wojtaszek  (POL)Flag of Hungary.svg  Judit Polgár  (HUN)393 / 11
2012 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Flag of Russia.svg  Dmitry Jakovenko  (RUS)Flag of France.svg  Laurent Fressinet  (FRA)Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Malakhov  (RUS)348 / 11
2013 Legnica, Poland Flag of Ukraine.svg  Alexander Moiseenko  (UKR)Flag of Russia.svg  Evgeny Alekseev  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Evgeny Romanov  (RUS)286 / 11
2014 Yerevan, Armenia Flag of Russia.svg  Alexander Motylev  (RUS)Flag of Spain.svg  David Antón Guijarro  (ESP)Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Fedoseev  (RUS)257 / 11
2015 Jerusalem, Israel Flag of Russia.svg  Evgeniy Najer  (RUS)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  David Navara  (CZE)Flag of Poland.svg  Mateusz Bartel  (POL)250 / 11
2016 Gjakova, Kosovo Flag of Russia.svg  Ernesto Inarkiev  (RUS)Flag of Latvia.svg  Igor Kovalenko  (LAT)Flag of Georgia.svg  Baadur Jobava  (GEO)245 / 11
2017 Minsk, Belarus Flag of Russia.svg  Maxim Matlakov  (RUS)Flag of Georgia.svg  Baadur Jobava  (GEO)Flag of Russia.svg  Vladimir Fedoseev  (RUS)397 / 11
2018 Batumi, Georgia Flag of Croatia.svg  Ivan Šarić  (CRO)Flag of Poland.svg  Radosław Wojtaszek  (POL)Flag of Russia.svg  Sanan Sjugirov  (RUS)302 / 11
2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Flag of Russia.svg  Vladislav Artemiev  (RUS)Flag of Sweden.svg  Nils Grandelius  (SWE)Flag of Poland.svg  Kacper Piorun  (POL)361 / 11
2021 Reykjavik, Iceland Flag of Russia.svg  Anton Demchenko  (RUS)Flag of Germany.svg  Vincent Keymer  (GER)Flag of Russia.svg  Alexey Sarana  (RUS)180 / 11
2022 Podcetrtek, Slovenia

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

Results (women)

YearVenueGoldSilverBronzePlayers/rounds
2000 Batumi, Georgia Flag of Ukraine.svg  Natalia Zhukova  (UKR)Flag of Russia.svg  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  (RUS)Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Maia Chiburdanidze  (GEO)
Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Stepovaya  (RUS)
32 / K.O.
2001 Warsaw, Poland Flag of Moldova.svg  Almira Skripchenko  (MDA)Flag of Russia.svg  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  (RUS)Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Ketevan Arakhamia  (GEO)157 / 11
2002 Varna, Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Antoaneta Stefanova  (BUL)Flag of Armenia.svg  Lilit Mkrtchian  (ARM)Flag of Russia.svg  Alisa Galliamova  (RUS)114 / 11
2003 Silivri, Turkey Flag of Sweden.svg  Pia Cramling  (SWE)Flag of Lithuania.svg  Viktorija Čmilytė  (LTU)Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Kosintseva  (RUS)113 / 11
2004 Dresden, Germany Flag of Russia.svg  Alexandra Kosteniuk  (RUS)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Zhaoqin Peng  (NED)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Antoaneta Stefanova  (BUL)108 / 12
2005 Chișinău, Moldova Flag of Ukraine.svg  Kateryna Lahno  (UKR)Flag of Russia.svg  Nadezhda Kosintseva  (RUS)Flag of Greece.svg  Yelena Dembo  (GRE)164 / 12
2006 Kuşadası, Turkey Flag of Turkey.svg  Ekaterina Atalik  (TUR)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Tea Bosboom-Lanchava  (NED)Flag of Armenia.svg  Lilit Mkrtchian  (ARM)96 / 11
2007 Dresden, Germany Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Kosintseva  (RUS)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Antoaneta Stefanova  (BUL)Flag of Russia.svg  Nadezhda Kosintseva  (RUS)150 / 11
2008 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Flag of Ukraine.svg  Kateryna Lahno  (UKR)Flag of Lithuania.svg  Viktorija Čmilytė  (LTU)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Anna Ushenina  (UKR)157 / 11
2009 Saint Petersburg, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Kosintseva  (RUS)Flag of Armenia.svg  Lilit Mkrtchian  (ARM)Flag of Russia.svg  Natalia Pogonina  (RUS)168 / 11
2010 Rijeka, Croatia Flag of Sweden.svg  Pia Cramling  (SWE)Flag of Lithuania.svg  Viktorija Čmilytė  (LTU)Flag of Poland.svg  Monika Soćko  (POL)158 / 11
2011 Tbilisi, Georgia Flag of Lithuania.svg  Viktorija Čmilytė  (LTU)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Antoaneta Stefanova  (BUL)Flag of Armenia.svg  Elina Danielian  (ARM)158 / 11
2012 Gaziantep, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Valentina Gunina  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Kosintseva  (RUS)Flag of Slovenia.svg  Anna Muzychuk  (SLO)103 / 11
2013 Belgrade, Serbia Flag of Hungary.svg  Hoang Thanh Trang  (HUN)Flag of Georgia.svg  Salome Melia  (GEO)Flag of Armenia.svg  Lilit Mkrtchian  (ARM)169 / 11
2014 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Flag of Russia.svg  Valentina Gunina  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Tatiana Kosintseva  (RUS)Flag of Georgia.svg  Salome Melia  (GEO)116 / 11
2015 Chakvi, Georgia Flag of Ukraine.svg  Natalia Zhukova  (UKR)Flag of Georgia.svg  Nino Batsiashvili  (GEO)Flag of Russia.svg  Alina Kashlinskaya  (RUS)98 / 11
2016 Mamaia, Romania Flag of Ukraine.svg  Anna Ushenina  (UKR)Flag of Spain.svg  Sabrina Vega  (ESP)Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Antoaneta Stefanova  (BUL)112 / 11
2017 Riga, Latvia Flag of Georgia.svg  Nana Dzagnidze  (GEO)Flag of Russia.svg  Aleksandra Goryachkina  (RUS)Flag of Russia.svg  Alisa Galliamova  (RUS)144 / 11
2018 Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia Flag of Russia.svg  Valentina Gunina  (RUS)Flag of Georgia.svg  Nana Dzagnidze  (GEO)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Anna Ushenina  (UKR)144 / 11
2019 Antalya, Turkey Flag of Russia.svg  Alina Kashlinskaya  (RUS)Flag of France.svg  Marie Sebag  (FRA)Flag of Germany.svg  Elisabeth Paehtz  (GER)130 / 11
2021 Iași, Romania Flag of Armenia.svg  Elina Danielian  (ARM)Flag of Ukraine.svg  Iulija Osmak  (UKR)Flag of Poland.svg  Oliwia Kiolbasa  (POL)117 / 11

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