Saturday, April 04, 2009


Dylan Loeb McClain noted in his NY Times column: "Some tournaments resort to playoffs. If there are only two players who are tied, a playoff is simple. But what happens if there are three or four, or even more? That is the problem that confronted the organizers of the 10th European Individual Chess Championships in Budva, Montenegro..."

The official tournament commentator, GM Miso Cebalo, openly criticized the tiebreak system used in EICC, forcing the ECU Board Member Werner Stubenvol to admit that they can't find a better solution.

Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky, who faced only two 2600+ opponents during the regular 11 rounds, eventually won the tiebreaks and the title of European Champion.

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