10 June 2017
Maxim Matlakov Is the New European Champion!
Baadur Jobava came second, Vladimir Fedoseev won bronze.The European Individual Championship finished in Minsk. Maxim Matlakov (Russia), Baadur Jobava (Georgia), and Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) scored 8.5 points out of 11. Due to his superior tie-break Maxim Matlakov became the new European Champion! Baadur Jobava is second, while Vladimir Fedoseev is third.
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 best players, including the Russians Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Alexander Motylev, Boris Grachev, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, and Evgeny Tomashevsky have qualified.
Gawain Jones, Hrant Melkumyan, Sergei Zhigalko, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, and Emil Sutovsky received special prizes from ACP.
RCF President Andrey Filatov commented on Maxim Matlakov's victory and Vladimir Fedoseev's bronze medal:
"The Russian Chess Federation is glad that Maxim Matlakov, a young and promising chess player, became the European Champion. We hope to see him progressing hereafter. Now we consider Matlakov as a potential member of the Russian national team. We are also happy for Vladimir Fedoseev. The Petersburg chess school is showing its best, and we conrgatulate them on it".
The Russian Chess Federation congratulates Maxim Matlakov, Vladimir Fedoseev and Baadur Jobava (Georgia) on their brilliant perfomance in Minsk!