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.
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:
|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 (GER)||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||Anton Demchenko (RUS)||Vincent Keymer (GER)||Alexey Sarana (RUS)||180 / 11|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the 2020 European Championship in Podcetrtek, Slovenia was postponed to 2022.
|2000||Batumi, Georgia||Natalia Zhukova (UKR)||Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (RUS)|| Maia Chiburdanidze (GEO)|
Tatiana Stepovaya (RUS)
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|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||Iași, Romania||Elina Danielian (ARM)||Iulija Osmak (UKR)||Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL)||117 / 11|
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