SMH, June 18
Emil Sutovsky wins European Championship
Ruslan Ponomariov aged 17 from Ukraine tied for first place with Sutovsky but lost the play off match 0.5 - 1.5.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili aged 41 from Georgia defeated Judith Polgar aged 24
from Hungary 1.5 - 0.5 in a play off match for the bronze medal.
Van Wely tried to win each game whereas many of his rivals were content to draw with each other.
Every game on the top 18 boards was agreed drawn in the final round except Van Wely who needed to win to tie for first place.
Van Wely stood better against Azmaiparashvili but over- estimated his position and lost.
The top 46 players qualified for the knock-out World Championship Match Tournament to be held in November.
The event was very strong with 38 players rated above 2600.
Thomas Luther of Germany met the strongest field scoring 8
Ten players rated above 2600 failed to qualify including former World Title Challenger Viktor Korchnoi aged 70 from Switzerland who is not suited to the quicker rate of play.
Korchnoi scored 7 points and Australian Open Champion
Leading final scores (204 players including 143 international grandmasters
E.Sutovsky, R.Ponomariov 9.5
Players compete with the help of a computer and a database. Anand
Wohl is now in Amsterdam.
International Master Zong Yuan Zhao (NSW) and Catherine Lip (NSW) have been
selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Campionships in Athens from
Robert Goris, one of New Zealand's strongest players before moving to Sydney,tied for second place with Reilly by defeating Hungarian Master Paul Dozsa in the last round.
Leading final scores (48 players,7 rounds) E.Agulto 6 R.Goris,T.Reilly
Mark Chapman(SA) won the Victorian Open in Melbourne with 6/7 half a point
The Queen's Birthday weekender in Tasmania resulted in a tie for first place
between Alija Premilovac and Phil Donnelly.