Reports | October 26, 2010 16:16

Economist-SGSEU 1 & Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo new European Champions

Economist & Monaco European ChampionsEconomist-SGSEU 1 from Russia successfully defended their European club title in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In the women section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo edged out St.Petersburg Chess Club on tiebreak.

With top boards Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo won the 15th European Club Cup for Women

General info

The European Club Cup for Men and Women took place October 16-23 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Both the Open and the Women section played seven rounds Swiss.

Rounds 6-7

Economist-SGSEU-1 achieved the desired result in the last round of the 26th European Club Cup and won their second consecutive title. After a crucial 3½-2½ victory over Mika Yerevan (with Dmitry Andreikin beating Arman Pashikian), in the last round the Saratov team tied Yugra 3-3 in a match that was fiercely fought despite the deceiving look of six draws.

Top-seeded SOCAR Azerbaijan and ShSM-64 Moscow also played 3-3 on Saturday, with Mamedyarov beating Gelfand on the first board and Riazantsev equalizing by defeating Shirov. German champion Baden-Baden OSG and A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv caught up with the other teams on the shared second place by winning their final matches.

And so Economist-SGSEU 1 ended convincingly first with 13 match points, 2 full points ahead of the rest of the field. A cluster of four teams follow, sharing second place with 11 points each. Yugra and A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv had the best sum of individual scores and entered into medal distribution. Ultimately, Yugra counted on better third tiebreak to grab the silver, while the 10th-seeded Chernigiv took bronze.

Ten players scored a rating performance above 2800 in Plovdiv:
1. Safarli, Eltaj (SOCAR Azerbaijan) 3/3, 3115
2 Hammer Jon Ludvig (Oslo Schakselskap) 3.5/4, 2942
3 Aronian Levon (Mika Yerevan) 4,5/6, 2884
4 Grischuk Alexander (SOCAR Azerbaijan) 5/6, 2880
5 Andreikin Dmitry (Economist-SGSEU 1) 5/6, 2855
6 Dreev Alexey (Ural) 6/7, 2848
7 Malakhov Vladimir (Yugra) 5.5/7, 2829
8 Korobov Anton (A DAN DZO & PGMB - Chernigiv) 5.5/7, 2827
9 Moiseenko Alexander (Economist-SGSEU 1) 5.5/7, 2809
10 Roiz Michael (Economist-SGSEU 1) 3,5/4, 2808

The 15th European Club Cup for Women saw a dramatic finish as three teams were in competition for the prestigious trophy before the last round. In the end, both matches on the top two tables ended in 2-2 ties.

Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo played AVS, who appeared to be without chances for the first place because of their low sum of individual scores. Nevertheless, the Russian team tried their best to defeat their opponents. WGM Anastasia Savina scored against IM Almira Skripchenko, but Hou Yifan struck back and won against Natalia Pogonina. The other two games were drawn.

St.Petersburg Chess Club and Giprorechtrans also signed a victory each and so Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo and St.Petersburg Chess Club shared first place with 10 match points each. Monte Carlo had slightly better individual scores and were awarded the winners’ trophy.

Mika Yerevan beat the young Lokomotiv 2000 with a crushing 3.5-0.5, which was just enough to equalise Giprorechtrans’ match and individual points. Only on the third tiebreak criteria Mika edged out the opposition and claimed the bronze medal.

European Club Cup 2010 | Open | Round 7 (Final) Standings (top 30)

European Club Cup 2010 | Round 7 Standings

European Club Cup 2010 | Women | Round 7 (Final) Standings

European Club Cup 2010 | Round 7 Standings

Selection of games rounds 6-7

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Dmitry Andreikin scored 5/6 and a 2855 performance in the winning team

Dmitry Andreikin scored 5/6 and a 2855 performance in the winning team...

...and raises the winners' trophy

...and raises the winners' trophy


Winners of the women section - Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo

Alexander Khalifman receiving award for Yugra

Alexander Khalifman receiving the award for Yugra

St.Petersburg Chess Club, silver medal in the women section

St.Petersburg Chess Club, silver medal in the women section

A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv took the bronze after many tiebreak calculations

A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv took the bronze after many tiebreak calculations

Mika Yerevan earned third place in women section

Mika Yerevan earned third place in women section

Medals and cups

Medals and cups

Many thanks to ECC Press Chief Boyko Hristov | Photos © Vladimir Jagr courtesy of the official website


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Kaushik's picture

topa drew gashimov; anand def wang yue. . . looks like bacrots two bishops cant find a win against carlsens two knights. . . :(

Septimus's picture

Agustus, here you go mate.

W.Yue -V.Anand

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2 b6 9. Bf4 Ba6 10. Ne5 Nfd7 11. Nd2 Nxe5 12. Bxe5 c5 13. Qa4 Qd7 14. Qxd7 Nxd7 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Rfe1 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Rad8 18. e3 f6 19. f4 fxe5 20. fxe5 Bd3 21. Rad1 Bc2 22. Rc1 Bg6 23. h4 Rfe8 24. Nf3 Be4 25. Rcd1 Bf8 26. Re2 g6 27. b3 Bg7 28. Ng5 Bxg2 29. Kxg2 Rxe5 30. Nf3 Re7 31. Red2 Red7 32. Rd3 h6 33. a4 Kf7 34. Ng1 Ke6 35. Ne2 g5 36. hxg5 hxg5 37. Kf3 Kf5 38. g4+ Ke6 39. Ng3 Rh8 40. Kg2 Rhd8 41. R3d2 Be5 42. Rf2 Bxg3 43. Kxg3 Rf7 44. Rxf7 Kxf7 45. Kf2 Ke6 46. Rh1 c4 47. Rh6+ Ke5 48. bxc4 dxc4 49. Ke2 c3 50. Rc6 Rd2+ 51. Ke1 Ra2 0-1

Gashimov - Topalov

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Qb3 e6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bd2 Bg7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O Nce7 13. Rfe1 b6 14. Re2 Kh8 15. Rae1 a6 16. h4 Ra7 17. Bb1 Rc7 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. h5 gxh5 20. Qd3 f5 21. Ng5 Nf6 22. Qg3 Ng4 23. Bf4 Rc4 24. Nf3 Bb7 25. Bg5 Bf6 26. Bxf6+ Rxf6 27. Ng5 Bd5 28. f3 Qg8 29. Nxe6 Bxe6 30. fxg4 Qxg4 31. Qe5 Kg7 32. Rd2 Bf7 33. Rf1 f4 34. d5 Rc8 35. Rdf2 Re8 36. Qxf6+ Kxf6 37. Rxf4+ Qxf4 38. Rxf4+ Kg7 39. d6 Rd8 40. Rd4 Kf6 41. Rf4+ Kg7 42. Rd4 Kf6 43. Rf4+ Kg7 ½-½

Barcot -Carlsen

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Nbd2 d5 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. b3 O-O 8. O-O c5 9. e4 dxe4 10. Ng5 Nc6 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Ndxe4 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Rad8 14. Rxd8 Rxd8 15. Nxc5 Rd1+ 16. Bf1 bxc5 17. Bb2 Rxa1 18. Bxa1 Nd7 19. f4 Bb7 20. Kf2 Nd8 21. Bd3 f5 22. Nf3 Nf7 23. a3 g6 24. Be2 Kf8 25. b4 Ke7 26. Ke3 Bxf3 27. Bxf3 Kd6 28. Bg7 Kc7 29. Kd2 Nd6 30. Kd3 Nc8 31. Kc3 Ncb6 32. Bd1 Nc8 33. Bf3 Nd6 34. Kd3 Nc8 35. h4 Nd6 36. Bc3 Nf7 37. h5 Kd6 38. Ke3 Kc7 39. Bg7 Nd6 40. hxg6 hxg6 41. Kd3 Nf7 42. Bc3 Kd6 43. Ke3 g5 44. Bh5 gxf4+ 45. gxf4 Nd8 46. Be2 Kc7 47. Kd3 Kd6 48. Ke3 Kc7 ½-½

leon's picture

Bacrot better endgame; bishops vs knights, but difficult to get real progression
Topalov drew against Gashimov
Anand has a double rook ending, pawn up

Augustus's picture

Thanks Septimus. Any further updates... can anyone give positions from the games? I am unable to see the live site...

Septimus's picture

Since the Nanjing update is not up yet (games in progress) here is a quick update.

For now it seems Anand has a better endgame as Black (two bishops free to roam and a very nice center). Topalov opened with...the Caro-Kann (surprise!) and Barcot may just create a passer on the Q-side.

Borrowing a line from Arne...Peter you lazy bastard. :)

IRAQI MASTER's picture

Thanx for the report, but isn't seven round some what little?

Mohit's picture

Bringing to notice a typo: Humpy Koneru (instead of Humpy Konery)

Peter Doggers's picture

Thanks, corrected.

Ianis's picture

Nice game from Alexei Shirov against Movsesian

S's picture

Nice to see some coverage of this event.

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