European Individual Chess Championship 2019 is coming to its closure and seven players are in a tie for the top, each with 7 points.

Artemiev Vladislav (RUS, 2736) defended a weaker position against Piorun Kacper (POL, 2631). Polish Grandmaster was making a strategical pressure during the whole game, and eventually got in the winning position. Eventually, Piorun made a mistake in a winning endgame, which ended in a draw.

Grandelius Nils (SWE, 2694) equalized with blacks very shortly after the opening against Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2603). The position transferred in a drawish endgame without many chances for a win, and the draw was claimed in the 28th move.

Rodshtein Maxim (ISR, 2673) achieved huge advantage against Korobov Anton (UKR, 2686) already in the 12th move. He was successfully maintaining better position for a long time, but made a crucial mistake in en endgame. In the move 43, Rodshtein lost chances to play for a win, and the players shook hands for a draw in the 45th move.

Anton Guijarro David (ESP, 2643) and Oparin Grigoriy (RUS, 2613) leaped on the top after winning in the 9th round of the Championship.

After a 6 hours long fight, Anton Guijarro David took a victory against Bindrich Falko (GER, 2610) with perfect realization which subsequently came to intense Queens endgame. It seemed that Bindrich will have chances for a draw, but Anton Guijarro rebutted the observers, and took a full point.

Oparin Grigoriy (RUS, 2613) outplayed Alekseenko Kirill (RUS,2644) with black pieces in a Spanish variation. Oparin had occupied space and attack on the King’s side, and Alekseenko tried to get the initiative back by sacrificing an exchange, but at the end, lost a piece and resigned.

In the penultimate round of the event, Artemiev Vladislav meets Esipenko Andrey, Grandelius Nils plays against Anton Guijarro David, Oparin Grigoriy will be playing against Rodshtein Maxim, while Piorun Kacper encounters with Cheparinov Ivan (GEO, 2683).

Rankings after 9 played rounds, results and pairings of the 10th round are available here.