IVAN POPOV WINNER OF EUROPEAN RAPID CHAMPIONSHIP

December 20, 2015

Russian GM Ivan Popov became the winner of the European Rapid Chess Championship 2015, which was held in Minsk/Belarus during this weekend.

Popov defeated Ilia Smirin from Israel in the direct encounter of the last round and triumphed with 10 points out of 11 games.

medalists

Silver medal went to Armenian Grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan who came sole second with 9.5 points, by defeating Nigel Short in the final round. Bronze went to the Ukrainian Vadim Rasin who is probably the biggest surprise in the tournament. He defeated Ernest Inarkiev with Black in the last round and took the medal thanks to the best tie-break in the group with 9 points.

winners

The best ranked female player were Olga Girya, Anastasia Bodnaruk and Nina Sirotkina who scored 8 points and shared 27th place.

Final standings can be seen here

playing hall

European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship took place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, 18-20 December in Sports Palace.

Official Website

winners

closing ceremony

round

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