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Thursday, March 19, 2009

10th European Individual Chess Championship:Evgeny Tomashevsky wins championship

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky won the European Men's Individual Chess Championship. Tomashevsky defeated GM Vladimir Malakhov in the final by a score of 2:1. The two players each one a game in the G/15 10 final match and then in the playoff, Tomashevsky won the sudden death Armaggedon blitz match to take the title. I am sure that alot of chess fans are disappointed that the final of a major chess championship has once again been decided by short-time control games and an Armaggedon blitz game playoff. Unless professional chess players come up with some sort of solution to this kind of a final match setting to decide a major tournament, this format will keep happening!

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky was born on July 1st, 1987 in Saratov, Russia. In the year 2001 he won the U18 Russian championship with amazing score of 9/10 and in 2004 he finished second in the World U18 Chess Championship.

Using chessbase I determined that GM Tomashevsky's favorite opening with White is 1.Nf3 (ala Kramnik!). Against 1.e4 GM Tomashevsky prefers to play classically with the response 1..e5. Against 1.d4 he plays 1...Nf6 (playing either the Queen's Indian Defense after 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3) or the Nimzo-Indian Defense after 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3). In his chess career GM Tomashevsky has defeated GM's Epishin, Ganguly, Minisian, Korneev, Motylev, Novikov, Dolmatov,Areshchenko,
and has draws with GM's Svidler, Adams,Morozovich,Rublevsky, Bu Xiangzhi, Bologan, Shirov and Ponomariov. Tomashevsky's current elo of 2664 makes him the 60th highest active-rated player in the World. GM Tomashevsky, congratulations on your victory in the European Individual Chess Championship, and I wish you continued success in your chess career!

Here is how GM Tomashevsky came to win the title:
Tiebreaks for European Champion title and medals: (two games at 15 min+5 sec, followed by 5/4 armaggedon)

Round 1
11 GM Nyback Tomi - 6 GM Malakhov Vladimir 0.5-1.5
7 GM Grachev Boris - 10 GM Guseinov Gadir 1-2
9 GM Kobalia Mikhail - 8 GM Jobava Baadur 1-2

Round 2
GM Jobava Baadur - GM Sokolov Ivan 2-0
GM Inarkiev Ernesto - GM Guseinov Gadir 2-1
GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Naiditsch Arkadij 1.5-1.5
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny - GM Navara David 1.5-0.5

GM Jobava Baadur - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2
GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5

GM Malakhov Vladimir - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 1-2

3rd place
GM Jobava Baadur - GM Inarkiev Ernesto 1.5-0.5

Tiebreaks for World Cup qualifiers

GM Areshchenko Alexander - GM Savchenko Boris 0-2
GM Sakaev Konstantin - GM Stevic Hrvoje 3-1
GM Vitiugov Nikita - GM Svetushkin Dmitry 1.5-0.5
GM Petrosian Tigran L - GM Dreev Alexey 1.5-0.5
GM Kurnosov Igor - GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 0.5-1.5
GM Pashikian Arman - GM Lupulescu Constantin 0-2
GM Mikhalevski Victor - GM Motylev Alexander 0-2

These players, all who finished with 7.5 points, have qualified for the World Cup 2009: Fedorchuk ,Mamedov, Mateusz, Meier, Nijboer, Rauf, Sjugirov, and Timofeev.

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