Anton Demchenko is the 2021 European Champion

Russian Grandmastesr Anton Demchenko today became the European Chess Champion, finishing the 11 rounds with 8,5 points. He secured the win with a draw against Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the last round. Meanwhile, one of his competitors, Vincent Keymer, caught up by winning against Daniele Vocaturo. Demchenko however had better tiebreaks having played near the top…

Demchenko takes the lead!

Anton Demchenko took advantage of a draw on the first board in the game between Keymer and Mamedov to take the outright lead with only two rounds remaining at the Reykjavik Open / European Chess Championship. Rauf Mamedov repeated his rare 7…h6!? in the King’s Indian against Keymer. Maybe this is the new “meta” to…

Keymer joins the leaders with resilient win

Young German star Vincent Keymer has joined the leading pack after a fantastically resilient win against Czech top GM David Navara. In a way, Keymer had to win the game twice after missing a relatively straightforward win in time trouble. Keymer’s win was for sure the most exciting game of the round. After a great…

Rauf Mamedov takes the lead after six rounds

Rauf Mamedov seperated himself from the leaders in the 6th round when he managed a nice win against Frenchman Maxime Lagarde. The Azeri veteran employed a rare 7…h6 move in the mainline King’s Indian and his surprise seemed to pay off. He sacrificed a pawn shortly thereafter, despite changing queens, and was very quickly ahead…

Hovhannisyan sole leader after four rounds

Robert Hovhannisyan (2626) from Armenia was the only player on 3 out of 3 that managed to win his game in the 4th round. He, therefore, becomes the sole leader and the only player with a full house after four rounds. Robert managed to hold on to a rather early pawn grab and made the…

Seven perfect scores after three rounds

Seven players remain with a perfect score after an exciting third round at the Reykjavik Open / European Individual Championship. On the top board, locals had their eyes on the clash between Iceland #1 and German #1 as Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson (2603) battled with Matthias Bluebaum (2674). A draw was agreed after a dynamic battle…