Ok, tell me this is a joke. Two days has passed, but the official site of the European chess championship (http://www.dresden2008.de/) is still far from being perfect. You can find all games from round 1 now, but it took more than one day to make all of them downloadable in the same file. We are waiting for those of round 2: you can only view the top 40 chessboards of the Men event on the official site and some of the Women section on Monroi.com site at the moment.
Another deplorable fact is that all player ratings reported on the mentioned site are those of the January list. But we are in April and the tourney opened on the 3rd day of the month, when Fide had already made some corrections, adding Morelia/Linares tournament. So why ratings haven’t been updated?
We can’t find standings or bullettins neither (or am I blind?), but we hope that they are available for players at least.
Well, now stop complaining and let’s have a look to the second round of the event. Many draws on the top boards, some good games and some big blunders. As usual. 34 players have a perfect score and will fight each other in the third round. Italian GM Michele Godena has 1.5/2: his next opponent will be Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo Pons, who will be the special guest (and top rated player) at the Italian team championship final in two weeks. The final will take place in Palermo, Sicily, from April 20 to 22 and Italian organisers have planned a 3 days “full immersion” with Paco before the event. For more details you can write an email and ask to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (or/and visit my italian Blog on MS: www.messaggeroscacchi.it/dblog).
Now it’s time for sleeping (I usually go to bed quite late, but I have to wake up early this morning…). So here is a nice game from round 2, another win by Jakovenko… and good night!
I almost forgot… You can find all games from round 1 and 40 from round 2 of the European championship on my italian chess site: they are all in the same file :-) – www.messaggeroscacchi.it (www.messaggeroscacchi.it/mondo/europeo07.html is the direct link to the Euro champ section).
Jakovenko,D (2708) – Bobras,P (2545) [C77], Dresden 04.04.2007
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. c3 O-O 8. d4 exd4 9. e5 Ne8 10. cxd4 d5 11. Nc3 Bg4 12. Be3 Bb4 13. O-O Ne7 14. h3 Bh5 15. g4 Bg6 16. Nh4 c6 17. f4 f5 18. exf6 Nxf6 19. f5 Bf7 20. g5 Ne4 21. g6 hxg6 22. Nxe4 dxe4 23. fxg6 Bxb3 24. Qh5 1-0