I decided to share my impressions about European chess championship (Rijeka, Croatia) with the readers of the website. If someone would tell me before the start of the tournament that I am going to gain 18 points of ELO he would make my day happy! But now I have reasons to be not completely satisfied with my result. The thing is that before the last round I was unbeaten and had 3 victories in my pocket. My “weakest” opponent, excluding first round, was Ildar Khairullin (2617). And in the last round I get an opponent with ELO 2498 – I have already forgotten how to play against players below 2600! After the opening I get much better position, and then I miss not a very complicated combination and in a few moves my position becomes completely lost.
Oleksienko M. (2525) - Hovhannisyan,R (2498)
21.h3? [And the tie-breaks were so close after 21.Rxd6! Bxd6 22.Bxd6 Rxd6 (22...Qe8 23.Nf6+ gxf6 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.h4±) 23.Nxd6 Qxd6 24.Qxb7 Qe5 25.Qb4±] 21...c5 22.c4 h6 23.Bb2 d5 24.Ng3?! dxc4 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Nf5? Bd8 27.Qa7 f6 28.bxc4 Ba5 29.Re3 Bc7 30.Ng3 Qc8 31.Rb3 Rd1+ 32.Kh2 Rh1+ 0–1
Final result – 6.5 out of 11.
GM Oleksienko Mikhailo 2525 UKR Rp:2631 Pts. 6,5
1 Lazic Dusko 2050 CRO 4,0 w 1
2 GM Gustafsson Jan 2646 GER 6,0 s ½
3 GM L'Ami Erwin 2628 NED 7,0 w ½
4 GM Smirin Ilia 2647 ISR 6,5 w 1
5 GM Delchev Aleksander 2625 BUL 6,5 s ½
6 GM Mamedov Nidjat 2623 AZE 6,0 w ½
7 GM Khairullin Ildar 2617 RUS 7,0 s ½
8 GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2630 GRE 6,5 s 1
9 GM Socko Bartosz 2637 POL 7,5 w ½
10 GM Tregubov Pavel V 2625 RUS 7,5 s ½
11 IM Hovhannisyan Robert 2498 ARM 7,5 w 0
At the end of the tournament I had a feeling that I should have earned much more points. For instance, in the last three rounds I had almost winning positions, but scored only 1 point. But then I decided to use my mathematical master degree in this situation! Here is what I discovered. If in this tournament all my games were finished with the best result for me (according to the estimation of the positions) I would have had 9.5 out of 11! Then I calculated “the worst” result for me. It was not easy to confess but it is 3.5 out of 11. And what is the arithmetical mean between “the best” and “the worst” results? It is 6.5 out of 11. And this is exactly my result! After that I was relieved! I understood that I scored the result which I deserved. People sometimes easily forget what destiny gives them but they can complain for a long time about how unlucky they are…
Now I am going to show you two examples of how quite strong grandmasters pass by the draw or the win. My excuse is that I was in a time trouble for the second time in those games.
Delchev A. (2625) - Oleksienko M. (2525)
66...Ke2?? [I should have placed my knight on f5 first, and then take a trip to b1! 66...Nh6!! 67.Kd1 Nf5 68.Kc1 Ke2 69.Kc2 Nd4+ 70.Kc3 Nb5+ 71.Kc2 Na3+ 72.Kc3 Nb1+] 67.Kc2 Ne3+ 68.Kc3 Nf5 69.h6 Nxh6 Ѕ–Ѕ
Papaioannou,I (2630) - Oleksienko, M (2525)
EuroRijeka (8), 14.03.2010
49.Qg8?? [the only, but very hard to find defence was 49.Be2!! Qd4 50.Qb7!!= with the idea 50...Qxb2? 51.Bxc4!] 49...Qd4 50.Bf3 Qxb2 51.Qxg6 c3 52.Bxh5 c2 53.Bg4 Qd4 54.Qh6 Kd8 55.h4 Qxe4+ 56.Bf3 Qc4 57.Qc1 b4 58.axb4 a3 59.b5 a2 60.Bc6 a1Q 61.Qxa1 c1Q 62.Qa7 Q1f1+ 63.Kh2 Qd4 64.Qa8+ Ke7 65.Bg2 Qfxf2 0–1
And now a few words about the competition in general and a few photos. A lot of chess players were coming to Zagreb airport where the bus was already awaiting for them. Croatia is not a big country but the roads are twisting, so the trip took 2.5 hours. A nice hotel with a great sea view was waiting for us.
I have told a few words about my tournament, now I will show you some photos from closing ceremony. In both tournaments with phenomenal, to my point of view, results 9 out of 11 Nepomniachtchi Ian (Russia) and Cramling Pia (Sweden) celebrated the victory. You can find them in the middle of each photo. The patriotism of Jobava Baadur is worth mentioning. He was the leader of the tournament until he came across ferocious Ian!