From February 24 to March 9 2015 Jerusalem in Israel was stage to the European Individual Chess Championship 2015. 250 participants from 33 countries joined in – 101 players from Israel, 42 from Russia, 13 from the Ukraine, and 9 from both Armenia and Turkey. 113 Grandmasters were amongst them and promised a suspenseful event.
The competition was carried out in Swiss Tournament System and the prize money fund contained 120,000 Euros.
The Top 10 certainly tended towards Eastern Europe – Four Ukrainian and three Russian players led the field, barely leaving room for Czech player David Navara (silver medal), the Polish Mateusz Bartel (bronze meda) and Turk Alexander Ipatov (7th rank).
Final ranks Top 30
Three out of five participants ranging at 2700+ points, such as Etienne Bacrot (32nd rank), Ian Nepomniachtchi (27th rank) and Nikita Vitiugov (30th rank) surprisingly missed the Top 20 ranking. 23 year-old Russian Ilia Ilijushenok with an ELO-performance of 2680 points, on the other hand, scored a whole 230 points higher than his usual level and made a deserved 14th rank. Just as well performed Yuri Vovk (ELO 2588, Performance 2730) and Alexander Ipatov (ELO 2592, Performance 2719).
Almost half of all Top 30 players, twelve to be exact, were Russian participants. German player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu came off 23rd.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe