Ukrainian Grandmaster Yuriy Kuzubov (2637) is in the sole lead after 4 rounds at the European Individual Chess Championship 2017 in Minsk with the perfect score.

playing hall

Kuzubov’s game against GM Artashes Minasian Artashes (ARM 2480)was the only one with the decisive result, while the other players with maximum score drew their games on the top boards.

round 4

Standings after 4 rounds:

1 Kuzubov 4 points

2-19 Fedoseev, Cheparinov, S.Zhigalko, Azarov, Rodshtein, Demchenko, Shimanov, Fridman, Naiditsch, Riazantsev, Melkumyan, Matlakov, Jojua, Bocharov, Kozul, Khismatullin, Paichadze and D.Mastrovasilis 3.5 points, etc.

round 4

Top pairings of the 5th round:

Kuzubov vs Naiditsch, Kozul vs Matlakov, Rodshtein vs Demchenko, Fedoseev vs Fridman, Chearinov vs Azarov, Riazantsev vs Mastrovasilis, Melkumyan vs Khismatullin, Jojua vs Zhigalko, Shimanov vs Bocharov, Paichadze vs Navara, etc.

round 4

WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina, WGM Olga Girya and IM Daria Charochkina are the best ranked women players with 2.5 points. It is worth mentioning that Goryachkina and Girya are still undefeated at such a strong tournament.



Organizers provided live broadcast of 100 boards, along with professional commentary in English and Russian, done by Evgeniy Miroshnichenko and Sergey Shipov. Live games can be followed on the Official Website of the Championship, or through the ECU website, section LIVE.


The European Individual Championship 2017 is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 22 players will qualify.  The total prize fund is 100 000 EUR, including the special prizes.

The Championship takes place from 29th May to 11th June in the Sports Palace in Minsk.

Viachaslau Zarubitski

The event is organized by  the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk City Executive Committee and Belarus Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU.