This tournament took place in the city of Budva in Montenegro. The event is an 11-round Swiss, with a playing rate of 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
The total prize fund of the Individual European Championship is 120,000 Euros. First prize is € 15,000, second is € 12,000, third € 10,000 up to 25th prize, which is € 1,000. According to Montenegro law all prizes are taxable (maximum 10%). The first 22 players will in addition qualify for the World Cup.
The tiebreaks produced a final between GMs Evgeny Tomashevsky and Vladimir Malakhov, both from Russia. Tomashevsky won the first rapid game (15 minutes + 5 seconds) and lost the second, so that an Armageddon game (White gets five minutes, Black four, and White must win) was required. Malakhov, with black pieces, only needed a draw to win but in a winning position he hung a rook!
Tomashevsky,E (2664) – Malakhov,V (2692) [D94]
10th EICC Playoff Budva MNE (4.3), 18.03.2009
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This traditional tournament took place back in Spain after three years of being disputed in Mexico. Most of the top Grandmasters were part this tournamet reinforcing that it’s one of the most important competitions of the year.
All the games of the last round were drawn, leaving two players at the top: Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Grischuk. Both of them with 8.0 pts, follower by Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand.
The tiebreak system awards the victory to the player who has more wins and in this case the champion is the Russian GM Alexander Grischuk.