Reports | October 13, 2012 12:20

Ashdod leads on tie-break at European Club Cup

The Ashdod team

Ashdod has the best tie-break of five teams that started with two victories at the European Club Cup in Eilat. The other four are Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation, Economist-SGSEU Saratov, Tammer-Shakki and Tomsk-400.

The Ashdod team with Avrukh, Romanov (not visible in the photo), Smirin, Eljanov, Volokitin and Ivanchuk | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

Event 28th European Club Cup for Men & 17th European Club Cup for Women | Chess-Results
Dates October 11th-17th, 2012
Location Eilat, Israel
System 6-player round robin
Players Top players include Radjabov, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Kamsky, Grischuk, Topalov, Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Svidler, Gelfand, Ponomariov, Dominguez, Leko, Wojtaszek, Jakovenko, Giri, Volokitin, Navara, Adams
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Extra Players are not allowed to offer a draw before move 40. The zero tolerance rule for arriving at the board is in effect

The Laguna Port in Eilat | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

Sometimes it's not so bad to be a chess player. The weather in Eilat is fantastic, and in general it's not a punishment at all to be playing a tournament there! As Natalija Pogonina tweeted on Saturday morning:

Started the day by swimming in the sea - nice!

In the second round the Ashdod team, who defeated SOCAR in the first round, scored another 3.5-2.5 victory against another team with a 2700+ average rating: Ugra. On board one Vassily Ivanchuk won the decisive game against the winner of the recent Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky.

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Ashdod: Ivanchuk (vs Jakovenko, left), Volokitin and Eljanov | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

The Moscow team SHSM-64 had good chances to beat German club OSG Baden-Baden. Local hero (more than ever this year!) Boris Gelfand confidently won against Michael Adams.

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Anish Giri had promising position out of the opening against Arkady Naiditsch, but later on things were less clear until the Dutchman fell for a nasty trap.

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Economist-SGSEU Saratov defeated G-Team Novy Bor in solid style. Evgeny Tomashevsky scored the full point while the other five games were drawn.

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Novy Bor vs Economist with Wojtaszek-Andreikin on board one | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

The SOCAR start team had no difficulty dispatching their opponents Vesnianka Gran, but Petar Arnaudov managed to steal the only draw for his team against Teimour Radjabov. In the match Rishon-le-Zion vs Tomsk-400 we noticed a familiar name from the past. It's nice to see Yona Kosashvili, the husband of Sofia Polgar, playing again, and not so bad either for a orthopedic surgeon!

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In the women's section Monte-Carlo won an important match against the silver medalist of the previous European Club Cup, AVS. World Champion Hou Yifan brought the victory to the team by defeating former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova.

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Hou Yifan vs Antoaneta Stefanova | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

Yesterday we complained about the live transmission of the games in Eilat. On the official website the following message appeared:

We apologize that due to technical problems, the live transmission of Round 1 did not go ahead according to plan.

The second round went better, but was again not without problems. We asked about the reasons, but so far we haven't received a reply from the organizers. Nonetheless we expect that things will go better in the third round.

Update 14:11 CET:

Shortly after posting this article we received the following statement from the organizers:

After experiencing enormous problems with the wireless system of DGT in the opening day, we have done every effort to ensure smooth live transmission. In round 2 it was much better, and we hope for further improvement today. Right now the top boards are wired and we don't expect special problems in the transmission of those games.

The venue during the second round | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

Video broadcast by Chess.TV

European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Results round 2

Bo. 2 SHSM-64 Rtg - 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg 3 : 3
1/1 GM Gelfand, Boris 2736 - GM Adams, Michael 2720 1 - 0
1/2 GM Leko, Peter 2734 - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2705 ½ - ½
1/3 GM Giri, Anish 2730 - GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704 0 - 1
1/4 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712 - GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690 ½ - ½
1/5 GM Grachev, Boris 2672 - GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662 ½ - ½
1/6 GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663 - GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2661 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg - 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg 2½:3½
2/1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718 ½ - ½
2/2 GM Navara, David 2722 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704 ½ - ½
2/3 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678 - GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683 ½ - ½
2/4 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680 - GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758 ½ - ½
2/5 GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635 - GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720 0 - 1
2/6 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612 - GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation Rtg - 17 Vesnianka Gran Rtg 5 : 1
3/1 GM Svidler, Peter 2747 - GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2582 ½ - ½
3/2 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691 - GM Teterev, Vitaly 2529 ½ - ½
3/3 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699 - IM Kovalev, Vladislav 2473 1 - 0
3/4 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689 - IM Gorovets, Andrey 2459 1 - 0
3/5 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678 - IM Mochalov, Evgeny V 2403 1 - 0
3/6 GM Matlakov, Maxim 2665 -   Oblamski, Vladimir 2114 1 - 0
Bo. 9 Ashdod Rtg - 5 Ugra Rtg 3½:2½
4/1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732 1 - 0
4/2 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 - GM Shirov, Alexei 2718 ½ - ½
4/3 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681 - GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713 1 - 0
4/4 GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 - GM Korobov, Anton 2705 0 - 1
4/5 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 - GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693 ½ - ½
4/6 GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 - GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677 ½ - ½
Bo. 22 Gambit Aseko-See Rtg - 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg ½ :5½
5/1 IM Arnaudov, G. Petar 2471 - GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792 ½ - ½
5/2 IM Mitkov, Marjan 2331 - GM Topalov, Veselin 2751 0 - 1
5/3 IM Dancevski, Orce 2389 - GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 0 - 1
5/4 FM Stojcevski, Zoran 2325 - GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685 0 - 1
5/5 FM Andonovski, Ljubisa 2274 - GM Safarli, Eltaj 2616 0 - 1
5/6 FM Dinev, Dejan 2348 - GM Guseinov, Gadir 2608 0 - 1
Bo. 13 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 7 Tomsk-400 Rtg 0 : 6
6/1 IM Popilski, Gil 2475 - GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735 0 - 1
6/2 GM Kosashvili, Yona 2529 - GM Bologan, Viktor 2695 0 - 1
6/3 GM Baron, Tal 2454 - GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683 0 - 1
6/4 GM Liss, Eran 2464 - GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660 0 - 1
6/5 IM Caspi, Israel 2451 - GM Motylev, Alexander 2655 0 - 1
6/6 IM Klenburg, Mikhail 2366 - GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638 0 - 1
Bo. 10 Beer Sheba Rtg - 20 Petach Tikva Rtg 4 : 2
7/1 GM Roiz, Michael 2618 - GM Gofshtein, Leonid 2480 1 - 0
7/2 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2616 - IM Nakar, Eylon 2397 ½ - ½
7/3 GM Huzman, Alexander 2591 -   Steinberg, Nitzan 2370 1 - 0
7/4 GM Nabaty, Tamir 2586 - IM Botvinnik, Ilia 2372 0 - 1
7/5 GM Postny, Evgeny 2647 - IM Bar, Roman 2468 ½ - ½
7/6 GM Greenfeld, Alon 2559 -   Botvinnik, Mikhail 2340 1 - 0
Bo. 26 Tammer-Shakki Rtg - 11 Obiettive Risarcimento Rtg 3½:2½
8/1 IM Karttunen, Mika 2445 - GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2786 0 - 1
8/2 IM Maki, Veijo 2383 - GM Georgiev, Kiril 2668 0 - 1
8/3   Koykka, Pekka 2242 - GM Godena, Michele 2526 ½ - ½
8/4 FM Kytoniemi, Jyrki 2283 - IM Bellini, Fabio 2492 1 - 0
8/5 FM Penttinen, Jarkko 2258 - IM Collutiis, Duilio 2501 1 - 0
8/6   Lehtioksa, Jorma 2179 - GM Efimov, Igor 2420 1 - 0
Bo. 12 Gros Xake Taldea Rtg - 23 Club d'Echecs Genève Rtg 4 : 2
9/1 GM Van Wely, Loek 2688 - GM Edouard, Romain 2664 ½ - ½
9/2 GM Bauer, Christian 2664 - IM Vuilleumier, Alexandre 2326 1 - 0
9/3 GM Landa, Konstantin 2641 - IM Gerber, Richard 2421 1 - 0
9/4 IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2479 -   Duport, Nicolas 2199 ½ - ½
9/5 IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2442 - FM Preissmann, Emmanuel 2222 1 - 0
9/6 IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2402 -   Kovacevic, Vladimir 2210 0 - 1
Bo. 14 Siroki Brijeg Rtg - 27 Amay Rtg 4 : 2
10/1 GM Palac, Mladen 2600 - IM Burg, Twan 2502 1 - 0
10/2 GM Brkic, Ante 2575 - IM Tan, Matthew 2425 0 - 1
10/3 GM Kurajica, Bojan 2558 - FM Broekmeulen, Jasper 2410 ½ - ½
10/4 GM Dizdarevic, Emir 2491 -   Memeti, Kastriot 2189 1 - 0
10/5 IM Bogut, Zeljko 2441 -   Noiroux, Kevin 2176 ½ - ½
10/6 WFM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra 2270 -   Block, Wolfgang 2101 1 - 0
Bo. 15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich Rtg - 25 Oslo Schakselskap Rtg 3½:2½
11/1 GM Timofeev, Artyom 2631 - GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2520 1 - 0
11/2 GM Pelletier, Yannick 2601 - IM Moen, Andreas 2377 ½ - ½
11/3 GM Brunner, Lucas 2448 - FM Stubberud, Ornulf 2309 ½ - ½
11/4 GM Vogt, Lothar 2397 - WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2286 1 - 0
11/5 FM Goldstern, Filip 2334 -   Persson, Mats 2234 0 - 1
11/6 FM Friedrich, Norbert 2302 -   Mihajlov, Sebastian 2043 ½ - ½
Bo. 24 De Stukkenjagers Rtg - 16 Eynatten Rtg 2½:3½
12/1 IM Sprenger, Jan Michael Dr. 2491 - IM Bok, Benjamin 2530 0 - 1
12/2   Haast, Mark 2287 - IM Dambacher, Martijn 2471 0 - 1
12/3   Nabuurs, Mart 2250 - GM Swinkels, Robin 2494 0 - 1
12/4 FM Beukema, Stefan 2271 - IM Koch, Thomas 2431 1 - 0
12/5 WIM Haast, Anne 2232 - IM Coenen, Norbert 2327 1 - 0
12/6   Van Dongen, Cor 2357 - FM Kaufeld, Juergen 2326 ½ - ½
Bo. 19 Hapoel Kfar Saba Rtg - 18 Team Viking Rtg 2½:3½
13/1 IM Raznikov, Danny 2465 - GM Agrest, Evgenij 2614 ½ - ½
13/2 IM Boruchovsky, Avital 2435 - GM Volodin, Aleksandr 2509 0 - 1
13/3 FM Givon, Asaf 2405 - FM Lindberg 1984, Bo 2403 1 - 0
13/4   Galburd, Yan 2331 - IM Cramling, Dan 2360 ½ - ½
13/5   Ben Artzi, Ido 2286 - FM Sagit, Rauan 2356 ½ - ½
13/6   Mindlin, Alon 2237 -   Pettersson, Anders 1991 2274 0 - 1
Bo. 32 C.E. de Monte Carlo Rtg - 28 Ladia Minsk Rtg 1½:4½
14/1   Villegas, Pierre 2202 - FM Meribanov, Vitaly 2407 0 - 1
14/2   Nelis, Jean-Francois 2212 - FM Bulanov, Dmitri 2376 ½ - ½
14/3 FM Van Hoolandt, Patrick 2191 -   Kocheev, Aleksandr 2324 0 - 1
14/4   Ribbegren, Karl Johan 2101 -   Harshkou, Mikita 2233 ½ - ½
14/5   Farleigh, Richard 2184 -   Terzi, Alexei 2115 0 - 1
14/6   Iclicki, Willy 2044 -   Sheremet, Anton 2095 ½ - ½
Bo. 29 Jutes of Kent Rtg - 33 Chess Club Expik Rtg 3½:2½
15/1 GM Williams, Simon K 2496 - FM Fejzullah, Afrim 2318 1 - 0
15/2 GM Galego, Luis 2485 -   Budima, Armend 2206 1 - 0
15/3   Stebbings, Anthony J 2256 -   Ajvazi, Ramadan 2164 ½ - ½
15/4   Harakis, Alexis M 2229 -   Zymberi, Astrit 2161 0 - 1
15/5   Naylor, John 2144 -   Hamiti, Gani 2144 1 - 0
15/6   Rice, Chris B 2040 -   Haskaj, Fatmir 0 0 - 1
Bo. 34 Shakkivelhot Rtg - 30 White Rose Rtg 3½:2½
16/1 IM Sammalvuo, Tapani 2466 - IM Palliser, Richard J D 2458 1 - 0
16/2 IM Nyysti, Sampsa 2343 - FM Van De Griendt, Jan Willem 2318 ½ - ½
16/3   Kosmo, Santul 2212 -   Townsend, M Paul 2240 1 - 0
16/4   Verkasalo, Tommi 2185 -   Barrett, Stephen J 2225 1 - 0
16/5   Papula, Niko 0 -   Gayson, Peter M 2207 0 - 1
16/6   Toikka, Tommi 0 -   O'driscoll, Kieran 2113 0 - 1
Bo. 21 Perfect Rtg - 31 Soss Rtg 5 : 1
17/1 GM Svetushkin, Dmitry 2597 - IM Leer-Salvesen, Bjarte 2370 1 - 0
17/2 IM Korsunsky, Yuri 2419 - FM Byklum, Bjornar 2298 1 - 0
17/3   Kurochkin, Victor 2423 -   Harestad, Hans Krogh 2265 1 - 0
17/4   Slavin, Gennadie 2300 -   Stenersen, Gudmund 2226 1 - 0
17/5 IM Alekseev, Andrey 2340 -   Andreassen, Pal 2133 1 - 0
17/6   Pleshkov, Mikhail 0 -   Sodtholt, Dag 1954 0 - 1

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Results round 2

Bo. 8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg - 5 Chigorin Club Rtg 2 : 2
1/1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
1/2 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
1/3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 0 - 1
1/4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 1 - 0
Bo. 6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 4 Ashdod Rtg 1 : 3
2/1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 - IM Klinova, Masha 2324 ½ - ½
2/2   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 - WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 0 - 1
2/3   Federovski, Adi 1829 - WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 0 - 1
2/4   Lahav, Michal 1732 - WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064 ½ - ½
Bo. 7 Ugra Rtg - 3 Mika Rtg 2½:1½
3/1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 0 - 1
3/2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 1 - 0
3/3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
3/4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 1 - 0
Bo. 1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 2 AVS Rtg 2½:1½
4/1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 1 - 0
4/2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 ½ - ½
4/3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 ½ - ½
4/4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 ½ - ½

Source: Chess-Results

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Comments

wortwart's picture

I still don't understand why somebody pays for a bunch of mercenary GMs to play for a club to which they have no connection to - and neither for the club's city or even country. One cannot remember who is in which team because they play for several clubs in different leagues at the same time. That's just pointless, and I couldn't care less which team wins.
Let's just hope there'll be some nice games.

Anonymous's picture

As much as I'm uninterested in nationalism, I have to agree. At least "national" teams (which still bring in people who don't live in the nation any more at times) are based on commonly "important" entities. When teams are mostly "random" it really does seem pointless to care about the teams. It would be more fun to just have a giant Swiss format tournament with all the same players.

AAR's picture

Isn't it the same in other sports league as well - Football English League, Basketball NBA....

Thomas's picture

While such arguments make sense, there is also another side of the medal:
- Team competitions, including the possibility to play in several countries, provide a source of stable income for many players who do not get regular supertournament invitations.
- Local players also benefit: without 'mercenaries' their teams may not maintain themselves in the highest league. With the mercenary system they can also face strong opposition and even score title norms (which requires players from several different federations).
Actually, most teams at the European Club Cup have players from their own country at least at the lower boards (though I wouldn't know for the Russian teams if their players live in or near Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tomsk, ...).

Bartleby's picture

From what I can see most players have a connection to the club, the city, and/or the country they play for. My city Zürich is well represented by people I know from all kinds of local occasions. And they played against an Oslo team that didn't look too mercenary either.

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