Navara: 'I Don't Think I'm The Favorite, There Are Plenty of Them'

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European Championship: the players' comments and our analysis of the most impressive games

Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov has taken the sole lead in the European Individual Championship in Jerusalem, Israel. He has 4 points out of 4, while a group of 8 players, each of them a GM, are half-a-point behind.


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However, as there are 7 more rounds to go, it would make no sense to make any conclusions and predictions right now. Instead, we would like to present the short comments by the top participants, and to analyse the most impressive games of the first four rounds. The quotations used in the article have been taken from the video interview conducted on-the-spot by Aleksander Nesterovsky. As the most part of the video, including the interview with Navara, is in Russian, we are providing some fragments translated into English. By coincidence, the interviewed players have also been the co-authors of the most spectacular games of the start.

Nikita Vitiugov, Russia, 2735, 3.5 points:
'I don't have to qualify for the World Cup since I have the right to play there thanks to my rating, so I'm just competing for the title of the European Champion. I would be pleased to play in the Grand Prix - but I don't have the right to, unlike in the World Cup... There are many defects in the World Champiohship cycle, the 'organizers' wild-card' rule, in the Grand Prix and even in the Candidates tournament, being probably the main one. It is against the spirit of sport. Although, maybe, in current circumstances it's impossible to correct because finding good organizers might be difficult otherwise'.

VITIUGOV - ALEKSANDROV (round 3)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qc2 c5 8.g3!?

This rare line seems to have become a surprise for the Belarusian GM, even though Aleksandrov has been true to the Ragozin Defence throughout his life. As a result, the favorite scored a quick and convincing victory.
8...h6 (this move took Black half an hour, according to the broadcast) 9.Bf4 Qa5?! 10.Bg2 Ne4 11.Rc1 Qxa2 12.Nd2 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Qxc2 14.Rxc2 Nxd2 15.Kxd2 Nb6. 15...cxd4 16.cxd4 Nb6 17.Rc7 0-0 18.Ra1 leaves Black tied down, which, together with White's bishops pair, outweighs Black's extra pawn.
16.dxc5 Nc4+ 17.Kd3 Bf5+ 18.e4 Bh7 19.Kd4! Na5 20.Kxd5!

A weird position. Despite the unusually advanced king, White is already close to winning: the d6-bishop supported by the pawn will provide a reliable cover.
20...O-O-O+?! (it's hard to refrain from this, but 20...f6, intending Bg8+, is better) 21.Bd6 (now it's White who created the threat of 22.Bh3+) 21...b6?! (21...Rhe8! 22.Bh3+ f5 23.Bxf5+ Bxf5 24.exf5 Nc6 is more stubborn) 22.Ra1 (it's over - White wants to play 23.Rxa5! bxa5 24.Rb1, then 25.Rb8+ and 26.c6#, mating with the assistance of his own king!) 22...Nb7 23.Rxa7 bxc5 24.Bh3+ f5 25.e5. 1-0

David Navara, Czech Republic, 2735, 3.5 points:
'My rating is too low to play in the Grand Prix, I haven't qualified for it, so I don't have any problems with that. As for the championship, I don't consider myself the favorite. There are plenty of favorites in Jerusalem, and no obvious one. Many people are capable of winning; it's just an open tournament...'

DAMASO - NAVARA (round 1)

6...h5! A fresh and very interesting idea in a well-studied position. Usually Black prefer 6...Na5 7.Qc3 c5, or 6...d5. Just for the record, the move by the rook pawn is, surprisingly, within Stockfish's first 3 lines.
7.e4 (the safer, positional approach - 7.h3!? or 7.h4!? should be studied) 7...h4 (if one said 'A' one should say 'B') 8.Qa4?! The most ambitious way is 8.gxh4 where Black has a compensation for the pawn.
8...Bb7 9.d5 hxg3! (the point of Black's play) 10.dxc6 Bxc6 11.Qc2 gxf2+ 12.Ke2. If 12.Kxf2 then 12...Ng4+ 13.Ke1 f5! with a very strong, probably even crushing attack.

12...Nh5?! A slowdown. The machine prefers 12...Bc5!, for example: 13.Bg2 Rh5! (stopping 14.Ne5) 14.Kf1 Qe7 and 0-0-0, or 13.Ne5 Rh4! 14.Nxc6 dxc6. Probably it overesimates Black's attack, but the compensation seems more than sufficient, even though the position remains extremely complex and atypical so that it's easy for each side to blunder.
13.Nb3 Ng3+ 14.hxg3 Rxh1 15.Kxf2 Rxf1+!? An interesting, purely positional sacrifice, reminding of the old Byrne - Fischer encounter. The alternative is 15...Qf6 16.Bg2 Rh8 17.Bf4 0-0-0! 18.Rd1 (18.Bg5 Qg6 19.Bxd8 Bxe4 20.Qd2 Bxf3 21.Bxf3 Kxd8 is in Black's favour) with unclear play.
16.Kxf1 Qf6 17.Nbd4 Bb7. There are no mating threats but the light squares are extremely weak in the long term, so White decides to liquidate into a slightly worse ending. 18.e5 Qe7 19.Bg5 f6 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Qg6+ Qf7 22.Qxf6 Qxf6 23.Bxf6 c5 24.Nxe6 dxe6 25.Ne5
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In the ending, Navara's superior level started to tell, and the game came to the following position 32 moves later:

Despite all the efforts by Black, it's still a draw. The easiest way is 59.Ne2 with Kd2-c1-b2 next.
59.Nd1?! (a bad square for the knight) 59...Kb5 60.Nb2 Bxa2 61.Kd2 Kc5 62.Kc2 Kd4 63.Nd1? The only move was 63.Na4! b5 64.Nb6 Be6 65.Na8 Bf7 66.Nc7 Kc4 67.Kb2, and Black can neither catch the knight nor push the pawn forward.
63...Be6 64.Nf2 Ke3! 65.Nd1+ (no other squares are available) 65...Ke2 66.Nb2 b5! The cage for the knight has been built, and Black is winning.

67.Nd1 Bf5+ 68.Kc1 Kd3 69.Nf2+ Kc3 70.Nd1+ Kb3 71.Ne3 Be4 72.Nd1 Ka2 73.Nb2 b3 74.Nd1 Ka1. White regisned due to the coming zugzwang. 0-1.

As well as Vitiugov and Navara, Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine, 2727) has come to Jerusalem just to fight for the championship. His start wasn't as successful as his compatriot's in the lead, although 3 points out of 4 isn't a bad beginning. However, it could have been worse, since Pavel was on the verge of losing in the first round.

ILJIUSHENOK - ELJANOV (round 1)

Instead of the reliable 20...Bc6! (21.Rg3 Bxe4 22.Qxe4 Bc5) with a better position, Black slips:
20...f6?! 21.Nxf6+! gxf6? Probably Pavel missed White's idea. 21...Bxf6 22.exf6 Qxf4 23.Rxf4 gxf6 was the must. The endgame is around equal.
22.Rg3+ Kh8 23.Rg7! Now 23...Kxg7 24.exf6+ loses the queen, while 23...Qxe5 24.Qh6 Qe4 25.Nf5 leads to mate. 23...fxe5 24.Qh6 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Bb5+.

26.Kg1? After a brilliant combination, White allows the opponent to escape by a series of only moves. 26.Ke1! wins due to the following lines: 26...Bd3 27.Nxe6 Qd6 28.Rxh7+ Bxh7 29.Qg7#, or 26...Bh4+ 27.Qxh4 Qxg7 28.Qxd8+ Qg8 29.Qxg8+ Kxg8 30.Nxb5 axb5 31.Ke2.
26...Bd3 27.Nxe6 Qb6+ (this check makes all the difference) 28.Kh1 Bf8! 29.Qf6 Qxe6 30.Rg8+ Kxg8 31.Qxe6+ Kg7 32.Qxe5+ Kf7 33.Qc7+ Be7 34.Qxb7 Rd6.



The queen is weaker than the rook and the pair of bishops, but White has many extra pawns, which means the endgame is roughly equal. White had to direct his king to the center of the board where it's much harder to get mated than in the corner: 35.Kg1! intending 36.Kf2. Regrettably for the young Russian player, he failed to find this plan and gradually lost - the end of the game can be found in the viewer below the page. ...0-1

Daniele Vocaturo (Italy, 2579, 3 points) managed to beat Alexander Riazantsev (Russia, 2688) in the exciting game of round 2. That's what he says:
'At some point, I was completely lost. The opponent was more or less doing a masterpiece, but in time trouble I managed to survive. Eventually I won. I have to say I was really lucky...'

RIAZANTSEV - VOCATURO (round 2)

10.cxd5 exd5 11.e6 fxe6 12.Bxg6! hxg6 13.Qxg6+ Kh8 14.Qh6+ Kg8 15.Qg6+ Kh8 16.Ne4!! Qe8! The point is 16...dxe4 17.Qh5+! (not 17.Bh6?? Rg8! 18.Qh5 Nf6 and it's Black who wins) 17...Kg8 18.Bh6! Rf6 [18...Bf6 19.Qg6+ Kh8 20.Ng5 Qe7 21.Bxf8 and 22.Nf7+] 19.Qg4+ Kf7 20. Ng5+ Kg8 (20...Ke8 21.Qh5+ is mate in 2) 21.Nxe6+ winning a queen.
17.Qh6+ Kg8 18.Nfg5 Bxg5 19.Qxg5+ Kh7 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21.Qg5+ Kh7 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.a4!

The rook joins the attack from the a-file - we had already seen a similar idea in the recent Ivanchuk - So game. The path to the victory is too narrow; both sides have to make only moves, but for White it seems to be more difficult than for Black, even though White should be winning. That's what, perhaps, let Riazantsev down eventually.
23...Qe7 24.Ra3 Rf7 25.Nd6! Rg7 26.Rg3 Qf6 27.Rxg7+? This leads 'only' to a big advantage. The winning way was again not obvious at all: 27.Qh5! (just a quiet move, to begin with) 27...cxd4 28. Kd1! (avoiding 28...Qe5+ and leaving the h-rook untouched which makes ...Rxg3 impossible; 28.Ne8 Qe5+ 29.Qxe5 Nxe5 30.Nxg7 Kf7 31.Nh5 is 'just an exchange up in a complicated ending' again) 28...Qe7 (or 28...Nc6 29.Ne8!; 28...Qe5 29.Qf7+ Kh8 30.Rh3+) 29.Ne8 Rxg3 30.hxg3, etc.
27...Qxg7 28.Qxe6+ Kh7 29.Qh3+ Kg8 30.Qe6+ Kh7 31.O-O Nc6 32.Qh3+ Kg8 33.Qe6+ Kh7 34.Qh3+ (the repetitions by White are a clear sign of the time trouble mentioned by Vocaturo) 34...Kg8 35.Bh6 Qg6.

36.Re1. The computer says that, instead of the natural text move, White should have chosen another way of bringing his remaining rook into the play: 36.dxc5! Nb6 37.Nxc8 Nxc8 38.f4 with f4-f5, Rf3 etc. Of course, it's not obvious even with a lot of time on the clock. In fact, the most practical way is the simple 36.Nxc8 Rxc8 37.Qxd7 Rd8 39.Qh3 Nxd4 40.Re1 with serious advantage, but it seems Riazantsev wanted more than that.
36...Nb6 37.Nxc8 Nxc8 38.Bc1 N8e7 39.dxc5 Rf8. From now on, the position is more or less equal - Black's king is totally open, but White lacks resources for the mating attack. However, eventually White's time trouble (or the mutual one?) began to tell. The game ended after 46(!) more moves: Black's king successfully crossed the board and found a nice shelter on a7, while his White colleague faced a deadly attack:

Here, after 85...Nb5-d4+, White resigned. 0-1 (All the games annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Vocaturo:
'It was a tough game with a lot of complications... After the result, I was really afraid to ask anything (laughing), but probably it was his strong preparation which he was trying to remember during the game. Maybe after 10.cxd5 and 11.e6 my position was lost'.

You will find all those games in full in the viewer (the variations can be replayed in the viewer as well), along with several other selected encounters. For the wider selection of games of the first four rounds, as well as full current standings, schedule, main regulations, and other information on the championship, please don't forget to visit our special page. See also our pictorial report from the championship.
 

[Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.24"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Damaso, Rui"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E15"] [WhiteElo "2451"] [BlackElo "2735"] [Annotator "1"] [PlyCount "148"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. d4 e6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qb3 Nc6 6. Nbd2 h5 (6... Na5 7. Qc3 c5) (6... d5) 7. e4 (7. h3) (7. h4) 7... h4 8. Qa4 (8. gxh4) 8... Bb7 9. d5 hxg3 10. dxc6 Bxc6 11. Qc2 gxf2+ 12. Ke2 (12. Kxf2 Ng4+ 13. Ke1 f5) 12... Nh5 ( 12... Bc5 $1 13. Bg2 (13. Ne5 Rh4 14. Nxc6 dxc6) 13... Rh5 (13... Qe7 14. e5 Ng4 15. Ne4 Rh5 16. a3 (16. Bf4 Rf5 17. Bg3 Ne3) 16... a5 17. Kf1 Nxe5 18. Nxe5 Rxe5 19. Bf4 Rf5 20. Bg3) 14. Kf1 Qe7) 13. Nb3 Ng3+ 14. hxg3 Rxh1 15. Kxf2 Rxf1+ (15... Qf6 16. Bg2 Rh8 (16... Rh5 17. g4) 17. Bf4 O-O-O 18. Rd1 (18. Bg5 Qg6 19. Bxd8 Bxe4 20. Qd2 Bxf3 21. Bxf3 Kxd8)) 16. Kxf1 Qf6 17. Nbd4 Bb7 18. e5 Qe7 19. Bg5 f6 20. exf6 gxf6 21. Qg6+ Qf7 22. Qxf6 Qxf6 23. Bxf6 c5 24. Nxe6 dxe6 25. Ne5 Be7 26. Bxe7 Kxe7 27. Rd1 Kf6 28. Ng4+ Kf5 29. Ne3+ Ke4 30. Ke2 Rg8 31. Rd6 Bc8 32. Nf1 e5 33. Nd2+ Kf5 34. Nf1 e4 35. Rh6 Ke5 36. Ke3 Bg4 37. Rh4 Bf3 38. Rh2 Rd8 39. Rd2 Rd4 40. b3 a5 41. Nh2 Bd1 42. g4 a4 43. bxa4 Bxa4 44. g5 Rxc4 45. Ng4+ Kf5 46. Nh6+ Kxg5 47. Nf7+ Kf6 48. Nd6 Rb4 49. Nxe4+ Ke5 50. Nc3 Bc6 51. Rh2 Bd7 52. Rh8 Bf5 53. Re8+ Kd6 54. Rf8 Ke6 55. Rb8 Kd7 56. Rf8 Be6 57. Rf4 Kc6 58. Rxb4 cxb4 59. Nd1 (59. Ne2 Bxa2 60. Kd2 Kc5 61. Kc2 Bd5 62. Kb2) 59... Kb5 60. Nb2 Bxa2 61. Kd2 Kc5 62. Kc2 Kd4 63. Nd1 (63. Na4 b5 64. Nb6 Be6 65. Na8 Bf7 66. Nc7 Kc4 67. Kb2) 63... Be6 64. Nf2 Ke3 65. Nd1+ Ke2 66. Nb2 b5 $1 67. Nd1 Bf5+ 68. Kc1 Kd3 69. Nf2+ Kc3 70. Nd1+ Kb3 71. Ne3 Be4 72. Nd1 Ka2 73. Nb2 b3 74. Nd1 Ka1 0-1 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.24"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Iljiushenok, Ilia"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B48"] [WhiteElo "2450"] [BlackElo "2727"] [Annotator "1"] [PlyCount "118"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Bd3 Nf6 8. O-O Ne5 9. Qd2 d6 10. h3 Be7 11. f4 Nc4 12. Bxc4 Qxc4 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 Nxe3 15. Qxe3 dxe5 16. fxe5 Bd7 17. Rad1 Qc7 18. Qf4 O-O 19. c3 Rad8 20. Rd3 f6 $2 ( 20... Bc6 21. Rg3 Bxe4 22. Qxe4 Bc5) 21. Nxf6+ $1 gxf6 (21... Bxf6 22. exf6 Qxf4 23. Rxf4 gxf6) 22. Rg3+ Kh8 23. Rg7 $1 fxe5 (23... Kxg7 24. exf6+) (23... Qxe5 24. Qh6 Qe4 25. Nf5) 24. Qh6 Rxf1+ 25. Kxf1 Bb5+ 26. Kg1 $2 (26. Ke1 $1 Bd3 (26... Bh4+ 27. Qxh4 Qxg7 28. Qxd8+ Qg8 29. Qxg8+ Kxg8 30. Nxb5 axb5 31. Ke2) 27. Nxe6 Qd6 28. Rxh7+ Bxh7 29. Qg7#) 26... Bd3 27. Nxe6 Qb6+ 28. Kh1 Bf8 29. Qf6 Qxe6 30. Rg8+ Kxg8 31. Qxe6+ Kg7 32. Qxe5+ Kf7 33. Qc7+ Be7 34. Qxb7 Rd6 35. Qf3+ (35. Kg1 $1 {and Kf2, leaving the dangerous corner}) 35... Bf6 36. c4 Bxc4 37. Qh5+ Ke6 38. Qg4+ Kd5 39. Qf5+ Kc6 40. Qc8+ Kd5 41. Qf5+ Be5 42. b3 Bb5 43. Qxh7 Rf6 44. g4 Rf2 45. g5 Bc6 46. Kg1 Bd4 47. Qg8+ Kd6 48. Qd8+ Bd7 49. Kh1 Re2 50. Qf8+ Kc7 51. Qf7 Rf2 52. Qe7 Rc2 53. g6 Bc5 54. Qf7 Rf2 55. Qg7 Kd6 56. b4 Bb6 57. Qh6 Bc6+ 58. Kg1 Bd5 59. a4 Bd4 0-1 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.24"] [Round "1.8"] [White "Kryvoruchko, Yuriy"] [Black "Nakar, Eylon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C07"] [WhiteElo "2692"] [BlackElo "2435"] [Annotator "1"] [PlyCount "58"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Ngf3 cxd4 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 a6 11. Re1 Qc7 12. Qe2 h6 13. Bd3 Bd6 14. h3 O-O 15. Qf3 b5 16. Qxa8 Bb7 17. Qxf8+ Kxf8 18. c3 Qc5 19. Bf1 Kg8 20. Be3 Qe5 21. f4 Qh5 22. Ne2 Nd5 23. Bf2 Bxf4 24. Nxf4 Nxf4 25. Bg3 Nxh3+ $1 26. gxh3 Qf3 $2 (26... Qc5+ 27. Bf2 Qg5+ 28. Kh2 Qf4+ 29. Kg1 (29. Bg3 Qf3) 29... Qf3 30. Bh4 g5) 27. Bb8 Qh1+ 28. Kf2 Qf3+ 29. Kg1 Qh1+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.24"] [Round "1.65"] [White "Berenboym, Igor"] [Black "Hovhannisyan, Robert"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B18"] [WhiteElo "2112"] [BlackElo "2592"] [Annotator "1"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Ne5 Nbd7 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. c3 e6 10. Bd3 Bd6 11. Qf3 Qa5 12. Bf4 Bxf4 13. Qxf4 O-O-O 14. O-O g5 15. Qf3 Rh4 16. Rfe1 g4 17. Qe3 Nd5 18. Qg5 Rdh8 19. Qxg7 Nf4 20. Bc2 Rxh2 21. Re4 Qc7 22. Qxf7 Ne2+ 23. Rxe2 Rh1+ 0-1 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.25"] [Round "2.7"] [White "Riazantsev, Alexander"] [Black "Vocaturo, Daniele"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2688"] [BlackElo "2579"] [Annotator "2"] [PlyCount "170"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Nfd7 8. Bd3 c5 9. Qc2 g6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. e6 fxe6 12. Bxg6 hxg6 13. Qxg6+ Kh8 14. Qh6+ Kg8 15. Qg6+ Kh8 16. Ne4 $1 Qe8 $1 (16... dxe4 17. Qh5+ $1 (17. Bh6 $2 Rg8 (17... Bf6 18. Ng5 Qe7 19. Bxf8 Nxf8 20. Nf7+) 18. Qh5 Nf6) 17... Kg8 18. Bh6 Bf6 ( 18... Rf6 19. Qg4+ $1 Kf7 20. Ng5+ Kg8 (20... Ke8 21. Qh5+) 21. Nxe6+) 19. Qg6+ Kh8 20. Ng5) 17. Qh6+ Kg8 18. Nfg5 Bxg5 19. Qxg5+ Kh7 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. Qg5+ Kh7 22. Qh6+ Kg8 23. a4 $1 Qe7 24. Ra3 Rf7 25. Nd6 Rg7 26. Rg3 Qf6 27. Rxg7+ (27. Qh5 $3 cxd4 28. Kd1 $3 (28. Ne8 Qe5+ 29. Qxe5 Nxe5 30. Nxg7 Kf7 31. Nh5) 28... Qe7 (28... Nc6 29. Ne8) (28... Qe5 29. Qf7+ Kh8 30. Rh3+) 29. Ne8 Rxg3 30. hxg3 ) 27... Qxg7 28. Qxe6+ Kh7 29. Qh3+ Kg8 30. Qe6+ Kh7 31. O-O Nc6 32. Qh3+ Kg8 33. Qe6+ Kh7 34. Qh3+ Kg8 35. Bh6 Qg6 36. Re1 (36. dxc5 $1 Nb6 37. Nxc8 Nxc8 38. f4 $1 N8e7 39. f5 Qf6 40. Qg4+ Kf7 41. Qh5+ Kg8 42. Rf3 Qd4+ 43. Rf2 Qf6 44. Qg4+ Kf7 45. Bg5) 36... Nb6 37. Nxc8 Nxc8 38. Bc1 N8e7 39. dxc5 Rf8 40. b4 Nf5 41. Qb3 Qf7 42. b5 Ncd4 43. Qd3 Qc7 44. Be3 Re8 45. Rc1 Re4 46. c6 bxc6 47. bxc6 Nxe3 48. fxe3 Ne6 49. Qxd5 Rxe3 50. Rb1 Re5 51. Qc4 Qa5 52. Qg4+ Kf8 53. Rf1+ Ke7 54. Kh1 Kd6 55. h3 Qc5 56. Qf3 Qxc6 57. Rd1+ Rd5 58. Re1 Qxa4 59. Qg3+ Kd7 60. Qg8 Re5 61. Rc1 Qd4 62. Qf7+ Kd6 63. Qb7 Rd5 64. Re1 Nc7 65. Rc1 Rc5 66. Rb1 Kd7 67. Rf1 Rc6 68. Qb3 Qc4 69. Qf3 Kc8 70. Rb1 Rb6 71. Ra1 Kb8 72. Qe3 Qd5 73. Qa3 a6 74. Rc1 Kb7 75. Qe7 Rc6 76. Rb1+ Ka7 77. Qb4 Nb5 78. Re1 Kb6 79. Qf8 Kb7 80. Qe7+ Rc7 81. Qf6 Rh7 82. Re6 Rxh3+ 83. Kg1 Qc5+ 84. Kf1 Rh1+ 85. Ke2 Nd4+ 0-1 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.25"] [Round "2.18"] [White "Babula, Vlastimil"] [Black "Najer, Evgeniy"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E97"] [WhiteElo "2545"] [BlackElo "2634"] [Annotator "2"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 a5 10. Ba3 b6 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Bb4 Ra8 13. a4 Re8 14. Qb3 c5 15. Ba3 Bh6 16. Bc1 Bxc1 17. Rfxc1 Rf8 18. Rcb1 Ra6 19. Nd2 Ne8 20. Nb5 f5 21. f3 Nf6 22. Qc3 g5 23. Ra3 Ng6 24. a5 bxa5 25. Rba1 Nf4 26. Bf1 fxe4 27. fxe4 Ng4 28. Rxa5 Rxa5 29. Qxa5 Qf6 30. Nf3 Ne3 31. Qc7 Nh3+ 32. Kh1 Nf2+ 33. Kg1 Nh3+ 34. Kh1 g4 35. Qxd6 gxf3 36. gxh3 Qg5 37. h4 Qg2+ 0-1 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.25"] [Round "2.43"] [White "Hovhannisyan, Robert"] [Black "Sanal, Vahap"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2592"] [BlackElo "2460"] [Annotator "2"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 O-O 9. Nc3 Be6 10. Nd5 Nd4 11. Nxd4 exd4 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. a4 c5 15. Bd2 Qd7 16. b3 e5 17. Qe2 Rfc8 18. f4 c4 19. axb5 cxb3 20. cxb3 axb5 21. b4 exf4 22. Rxa8 Rxa8 23. Bxf4 Qe6 24. Rc1 h6 25. h3 Ra4 26. Qh5 Be5 27. Bxe5 dxe5 28. Rc5 Rxb4 29. Rxe5 Rb1+ 30. Kf2 Qf6+ 31. Rf5 Qc6 32. Rc5 Qa6 33. Qd5+ Kh8 34. Qf5 1-0 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.26"] [Round "3.14"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Aleksandrov, Aleksej"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [WhiteElo "2735"] [BlackElo "2603"] [Annotator "2"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 8. g3 h6 9. Bf4 Qa5 (9... O-O) 10. Bg2 Ne4 11. Rc1 Qxa2 12. Nd2 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qxc2 14. Rxc2 Nxd2 15. Kxd2 Nb6 (15... cxd4 16. cxd4 Nb6 17. Rc7 O-O 18. Ra1) 16. dxc5 Nc4+ 17. Kd3 Bf5+ 18. e4 Bh7 19. Kd4 Na5 20. Kxd5 O-O-O+ 21. Bd6 b6 (21... Rhe8 22. Bh3+ f5 23. Bxf5+ Bxf5 24. exf5 Nc6) 22. Ra1 Nb7 (22... Rhe8 23. Rxa5 bxa5 24. Rb2) 23. Rxa7 bxc5 24. Bh3+ f5 25. e5 1-0 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.27"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Bukavshin, Ivan"] [Black "Moiseenko, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A30"] [WhiteElo "2622"] [BlackElo "2695"] [Annotator "4"] [PlyCount "171"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O d6 7. a3 a5 8. Ne1 Be6 9. d3 Nge7 10. Nc2 d5 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Ne4 b6 13. Ne3 O-O 14. Ng5 Qxg5 15. Bxd5 Bxd5 16. Nxd5 Qd8 17. e4 Ne7 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. a4 Rad8 20. Qb3 Rd6 21. Be3 h5 22. Kg2 Kh7 23. f3 Bh6 24. Bg1 Rfd8 25. Rfd1 Qe6 26. Ra3 Qxb3 27. Rxb3 c4 28. Rc3 cxd3 29. Kf1 f5 30. Rc4 fxe4 31. Rxe4 Rf8 32. Kg2 Rc8 33. Rxe5 Rc2+ 34. Kf1 Rxb2 35. f4 Bg7 36. Re7 Rb4 37. Rb7 Rxa4 38. Rxb6 Rxb6 39. Bxb6 Ra3 40. Kf2 a4 41. Ke3 Rb3 42. Bc5 a3 43. Bxa3 Rxa3 44. Rxd3 Rxd3+ 45. Kxd3 Kg8 46. Ke4 Kf7 47. Kf3 Kf6 48. h3 Bf8 49. g4 h4 50. Ke4 Bb4 51. f5 g5 52. Kd5 Ke7 53. Kc6 Ba3 54. Kd5 Kd7 55. Ke5 Bb2+ 56. Kd5 Bg7 57. Kc5 Be5 58. Kd5 Bb8 59. Kc5 Bc7 60. Kd5 Bd6 61. Ke4 Bf4 62. Kd5 Ke7 63. Kc6 Kf7 64. Kd5 Kf6 65. Ke4 Be5 66. Kd5 Bb2 67. Ke4 Kf7 68. Kd5 Ke7 69. Kc5 Kd7 70. Kd5 Bf6 71. Kc5 Bd8 72. Kd5 Bb6 73. Ke5 Ke7 74. Kd5 Bc7 75. Kc5 Kd7 76. Kd5 Bd6 77. Ke4 Ba3 78. Kd5 Ke7 79. Ke5 Bb2+ 80. Kd5 Kd7 81. Kc5 Be5 82. Kd5 Bb8 83. Kc5 Ke7 84. Kd5 Kf7 85. Kc5 Kf6 86. Kd5 1/2-1/2 [Event "16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015"] [Site "Jerusalem ISR"] [Date "2015.02.27"] [Round "4.50"] [White "Kantarji, Pinchas"] [Black "Nabaty, Tamir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B44"] [WhiteElo "2420"] [BlackElo "2585"] [Annotator "4"] [PlyCount "119"] [EventDate "2015.02.24"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Nf6 7. N5c3 Be7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O b6 10. Be3 Bb7 11. f4 Rc8 12. Bf3 e5 13. f5 Nd7 14. Nd5 Bg5 15. Bf2 Nd4 16. Na3 Bxd5 17. cxd5 b5 18. Bxd4 exd4 19. Qxd4 Qa5 20. Qf2 Ne5 21. Qe2 b4 22. Nc2 Rc4 23. Kh1 Qc5 24. Ne1 Rc8 25. Rd1 Bf6 26. h3 Kf8 27. Kh2 a5 28. Kg3 a4 29. b3 Rc3 30. bxa4 Ra8 31. Nd3 Qc4 32. Nc1 Rxa4 33. Qxc4 Nxc4 34. Rfe1 Bg5 35. Ne2 Rca3 36. Rd4 Nd2 37. Nf4 Rxa2 38. Re2 Nf1+ 39. Kg4 Rxe2 40. Bxe2 Bf6 41. Rd3 Nh2+ 42. Kg3 Be5 43. Kxh2 Bxf4+ 44. Kg1 Be5 45. Rb3 Bc3 46. Kf2 Ke7 47. Rb1 Ra2 48. Ke3 Kf6 49. Bf3 Ke5 50. Kd3 Kf4 51. Kc4 Ra5 52. Rd1 Rc5+ 53. Kb3 Rc7 54. Rc1 Ra7 55. Rd1 Ke5 56. Kc4 g6 57. fxg6 fxg6 58. Rf1 h5 59. Bxh5 gxh5 60. Kd3 1-0 


  


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I rather said that my rating

I rather said that my rating WAS too low to qualify for the Grand Prix cycle. Now it might be high enough. Anyway, I have not even come close to qualify.
P.S.: I am not going to join the discussion, as I need to focus on the running tournament.

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