The European Individual Chess Championship 2012 took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 19th March to 1st April, 2012. It is part of the World Chess Championship cycle as the top 23 players qualify for the World Cup.

After 11 rounds of play, the 3rd seed Dmitry Jakovenko from Russia emerged the new European Champion. Congratulations!

Jakovenko defeated the earlier leader Laurent Fressinet from France and overtook the first position. As the other top games were drawn, Jakovenko remained alone with 8.5 points and tie-break was not to be counted.

Dmitry Jakovenko

Dmitry Jakovenko

13 players shared the second place with 8 points each: GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2693, GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705, GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2689, GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2695, GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632, GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687, GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2693, GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666, GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667, GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2640, GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684, GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2695 and GM Smeets Jan NED 2610. They have all qualified for the World Cup 2013.

The remaining nine qualifiers will be known after all games are finished and tie-breaks are summed up.

Replay the top games from the Championship with the analysis by Houdini engine.