The second instalment of the Championship was at the World Museum, William Brown Street, in the city of Liverpool, UK. Hosted between 6–15 September 2006, the tournament entry came to eighty-four. Entering the final round, host nation grandmaster Nigel Short was the only top player to win, beating Mark Hebden to capture clear first place with 7½/10. The highest placed female player was IM Dagne Ciuksyte of Lithuania on 6½ points, repeating the success of compatriot Cmilyte, in the 2005 event.
The fourth edition of the Championship returned to Liverpool - specifically the World Museum. Held between September 9th and 18th 2008, during the city's time as European Capital of Culture, there were 140 participants, from twenty member countries, competing for a top prize fund. The event was won by the Dutch Jan Werle, the best tournament success of his chess career to date. He reached a draw with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round, while Michael Adams, one half point behind, settled for a draw with Emanuel Berg, thus securing a share of second place. The women's top spot was jointly held by Jovanka Houska, Yelena Dembo and Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, all on 6 points.
Sporting events aren’t confined to the chess table in Liverpool. The city region boasts three historic football clubs. Everton and Liverpool are separated by just one mile and are two of the Premiership’s finest. Wirral’s Tranmere Rovers play in League One at Prenton Park in Birkenhead.
The region is also home to England’s Golf Coast, the finest stretch of championship golf in the world, with no fewer than three Royal Links courses which have hosted endless Open Championships and Ryder Cups. These include Royal Birkdale in Southport and Royal Liverpool at Hoylake in Wirral.
Horse-racing is huge in the city; Aintree and Haydock racecourses offer top-quality racing including the world-famous Grand National Festival at Aintree each spring.
The first EU Individual Open Championship was held in Cork, Ireland in 2005, under the organising body, the European Chess Union (ECU). The event is open to people within chess federations in the European Union. With the permission of the organisers, guest players have been allowed to compete; for instance, when the hosting nation has non-EU neighbours.
The tournament has been hosted every year between 2005 and 2008, often combined with the celebrations of cities given European Capital of Culture ranking, due to its connections with the arts. Financial support has not been constantly high, but in the instance of Liverpool 2008, the prize fund reached £30,000, large enough to draw in many of the top players within the EU.
The events were held on an inclusive format, allowing an assortment of players of varying ability, typically from Elo 1600 to 2700 or more, but unrated players are also allowed to play. Considerable prize money is awarded not simply to the top finishers, but also to the highest finishing women and the junior players. Extra prizes go to those exhibiting the best rating improvement across the course of the tournament.
The time limits for play generally do not follow the FIDE format, but resemble classical time limits, to give some help to players in the endgame phase.