The super strong European Chess Championship ended last Monday with a resounding victory to russian GM Ernesto Inarkiev. With 9 out of 11 and and incredible 2882 performance (!), Inarkiev had 7 wins, 4 draws and finished undefeated. One oh his great moments was his convincing win against our “hero”, czech GM David Navara in the 8th round. It is well worth analysing this game and taking some time to understand some of Inarkiev’s subtle moves. Check GM Rafael Leitão’s analysis here. With this brilliant victory, Ernesto gained 25 rating points and, once again, crossed th 2700 mark (he had done it before, but lost some rating points until he reached 2660).
[ The Great European Champion 2016: GM Ernesto Inarkiev ]
In second place, with 8,5 points (7 wins, 3 draws and just one defeat – to the tournament winner), GM Igor Kovalenko (2644). Maybe a small surprise, but he is a very dangerous player who can beat anyone. Kovalenko is also famous for his interactions in the social networks – in Youtube, for instance, we can watch a lot of his videos playing blitz.
[ Great performance by Igor Kovalenko ]
The bronze medal went to the fighter Baadur Jobava (2661). With 6 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat, the Georgian GM once again entertained the audience with his creative chess. In the last round he beat the strong theoretician Wojtaszek in a good technical game. Check the game here.
[ 3rd place to GM Baadur Jobava ]
Below the top ten players:
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Written by Rafael Leitão Chess Academy Team in 26.05.2016.