18. 3. 2010

Boris Kutin: „The best Championship ever“

Today a medal ceremony for the 11th European Individual Men and Women's Chess Championship was held in Rijeka. The most successful players were awarded by the President of the European Chess Union Boris Kutin, the President of the Croatian Chess Federation Stjepan Šturlan, the Prefect of the Primorsko-Goranska County Zlatko Komadina and the Deputy Mayor Željko Jovanović.

At the men's competition the gold was won by the the 20-year old Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi with excellent score of 7 wins and 4 draws, earning 9 points and over 25 rating points. After the rapid tie-breaks the silver was won by Georgian Baadur Jobava while Artyon Timofeev won the third place. The best placed Croatian representative is Hrvoje Stević at 65th place with 7 points.

The title of the European Champion at the women's tournament was won by Sweidsh Pia Cramling who recorded 8 wins with 2 draws and 1 defeat at this Championship and 19 rating points. Lithuanian Victoria Cmilyte won the silver, and for the bronze medal there were 5 player playing rapid tie-breaks. After 3 rounds, the 3rd place was won by the Polish Monika Socko.

From the Croatian representatives the best player was Borka Frančišković at the 58th place with 6 points. 23 players qualified for the World Cup and 14 female players qualified for the World Championships.

After the medal ceremony the Deputy Mayor Željko Jovanović presented the silver coin of the City of Rijeka to the Deputy Mayor of the City of Aix-Les-Bains Mr. Renaud Berreti as a token of friendship, supported with the best wishes for a successful organization of the 12th European Individual Men and Women's Chess Championship 2011. At the end of the ceremony the President of the EC Damir Vrhovnik pronounced the Championship closed.

It is important to mention that the Championship was followed via internet by more than 2 milion viewer from around the world, while some 1.500 visitors passed through the sport's hall of the Centre Zamet. All this proves that this is a record Championship which is also supported by the players that have proclaimed this event as the best organized chess championship ever. Even the ECU president Boris Kutin said that this Championship has received mosts compliments for the organizers.