Reports | November 05, 2011 9:26

ETC R2: Russia wins, Ukraine loses a match point, Azerbaijan beats Armenia

ETC R2: Russia wins, Ukraine loses a match point, Azerbaijan beats Armenia

The Russian team made a much better impression in the second round of the European Team Championship in Halkidiki, Greece. The team led by Peter Svidler beat the Czech Republic 3.5-0.5. Ukraine dropped its first match point against Bulgaria while Azerbaijan beat Armenia 3-1.

The start of the match Russia vs Czech Republic, top board of the 2011 European Team Championship's second round

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Event 18th European Team Championship 2011 | Chess Results | PGN (Men) PGN (Women) via TWIC
Dates November 3rd-11th, 2011
Location Halkidiki, Greece
System 9-round Swiss Team Competition
Players Top 20 rated players are Aronian, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Topalov, Karjakin, Morozevich, Gashimov, Svidler, Grischuk, Adams, Mamedyarov, Nepomniachtchi, Caruana, Navara, Ponomariov, Leko, Moiseenko, Bacrot, Giri and Naiditsch
Rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds increment starting from the first move

Playing under the dome of the Olympic Hall Congress Center in Halkidiki, Greece

Before we start with the second round we'll return briefly to the remarkable Russia-Moldova match of the first round. At the website of the Russian Chess Federation, Vladimir Barsky (who is in Greece) mentioned the important detail that Svidler and Bologan were in severe time trouble around move 35. Furthermore, it looks like the last move (45...Rbh2) wasn't the last move played before the players agreed to a draw; Barsky wrote 'and a few moves later Black offered a draw.'

In the second round the Russians made a much better impression with a 3.5-0.5 against the Czech Republic. Laznicka made life easy for Grischuk in a pawn ending:

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Bulgaria, led by Topalov and Cheparinov, did quite well with a 2-2 against the strongest possible Ukrainian team that had four 2700s. The key game was Moiseenko-Delchev where the Bulgarian grandmaster managed to hold an ending a pawn down:

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Ukraine-Bulgaria, with on board one an interesting draw between Vassily Ivanchuk and Veselin Topalov

An important match was Armenia vs Azerbaijan - in chess it's not politically tense at all, but the two countries did fight many hard-fought battles in the past. Usually Armenia stayed on top, but this time the two match points went to the Azeris, who didn't lose a single game. Gashimov's king played a key role:

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Levon Aronian watching Sergei Movsesian - suspecting things won't go well this day?

A success for Azerbaijan - here Vugar Gashimov, Shakhariyar Mamedyarov, team captain Vladimir Tukmakov and Teimour Radjabov

Croatia and Hungary shared the match points and one board lower we can speak of a small upset: Greece beat the higher rated English team 2.5-1.5. Banikas held Adams to a draw while Mastrovasilis and Papaioannou beat Short and Howell respectively. Gawain Jones did something back with a win against Halkias that makes you wonder whether the moves were transmitted correctly. However, we'll show the pretty finish on board 2 instead:

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England-Greece, a slightly surprising 1.5-2.5

Like in Croatia-Hungary, Germany vs Israel saw four draws. Alexei Shirov took revenge for his first-round loss (against an FM!) by scoring the only win in the match Serbia-Spain. It made chess look easy.

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The Netherlands beat Sweden 2.5-1.5 but again lost one game. Sweden's Pontus Carlsson beat a higher rated GM for the second time in a row: Ivan Sokolov.

Anish Giri and Loek van Wely, top boards for The Netherlands

Denmark, with three GMs and an IM, scored a disappointing 2-2 against  Scotland that could only bring two FMs and a 2311 IM. The Scotch hero  was FM Graham Morrison (2339) who beat GM Allan Stig Rasmussen (2541).

A good result for the Scotch

Few surprises on the top women's boards, with wins for Russia, Bulgaria and Georgia. The Dutch and Germans drew 2-2 on board 4. After their 2-2 against Armenia in the first round, the Czech ladies did even better: a 2.5-1.5 win againt Spain, despite having a lower rating on all four boards!.

Bulgaria vs Ukraine, with Stefanova-Lahno on board 1

The Dutch women's team with Zhaoqin Peng, Lisa Schut, Marlies Bensdorp and Anne Haast

Games top boards round 2 (Open)

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Games top boards round 2 (Women)

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Results Open section, round 2

 

Bo. 12 Czech Rep. Rtg - 1 Russia Rtg ½ :3½
1.1 GM Navara David 2724 - GM Svidler Peter 2755 0 - 1
1.2 GM Laznicka Viktor 2703 - GM Grischuk Alexander 2752 0 - 1
1.3 GM Hracek Zbynek 2628 - GM Karjakin Sergey 2763 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Stocek Jiri 2600 - GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2730 0 - 1
Bo. 2 Ukraine Rtg - 7 Bulgaria Rtg 2 : 2
2.1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2775 - GM Topalov Veselin 2768 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2723 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2650 ½ - ½
2.3 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 - GM Delchev Aleksander 2629 ½ - ½
2.4 GM Efimenko Zahar 2702 - GM Georgiev Kiril 2666 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 Armenia Rtg - 3 Azerbaijan Rtg 1 : 3
3.1 GM Aronian Levon 2802 - GM Radjabov Teimour 2781 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Movsesian Sergei 2710 - GM Gashimov Vugar 2757 0 - 1
3.3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2681 - GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2671 - GM Guseinov Gadir 2636 0 - 1
Bo. 16 Croatia Rtg - 5 Hungary Rtg 2 : 2
4.1 GM Stevic Hrvoje 2612 - GM Leko Peter 2720 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Saric Ivan 2648 - GM Almasi Zoltan 2707 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Palac Mladen 2580 - GM Balogh Csaba 2662 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Brkic Ante 2605 - GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2652 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 England Rtg - 19 Greece Rtg 1½:2½
5.1 GM Adams Michael 2734 - GM Banikas Hristos 2620 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Short Nigel D 2698 - GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2621 0 - 1
5.3 GM Howell David W L 2633 - GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2600 0 - 1
5.4 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 - GM Halkias Stelios 2593 1 - 0
Bo. 10 Germany Rtg - 11 Israel Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2712 - GM Rodshtein Maxim 2645 ½ - ½
6.2 GM Meier Georg 2659 - GM Sutovsky Emil 2696 ½ - ½
6.3 GM Fridman Daniel 2661 - GM Smirin Ilia 2670 ½ - ½
6.4 GM Buhmann Rainer 2612 - GM Postny Evgeny 2640 ½ - ½
Bo. 18 Serbia Rtg - 13 Spain Rtg 1½:2½
7.1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2636 - GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 ½ - ½
7.2 GM Solak Dragan 2629 - GM Shirov Alexei 2705 0 - 1
7.3 GM Damljanovic Branko 2597 - GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2621 ½ - ½
7.4 GM Perunovic Milos 2576 - GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis 2568 ½ - ½
Bo. 34 Turkey Rtg - 17 Romania Rtg 1 : 3
8.1 IM Yilmaz Mustafa 2515 - GM Lupulescu Constantin 2657 1 - 0
8.2 GM Can Emre 2465 - GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2650 0 - 1
8.3 IM Firat Burak 2393 - GM Vajda Levente 2584 0 - 1
8.4 CM Sanal Vahap 2275 - GM Marin Mihail 2534 0 - 1
Bo. 6 France Rtg - 33 Lithuania Rtg 3½: ½
9.1 GM Bacrot Etienne 2714 - GM Sulskis Sarunas 2577 ½ - ½
9.2 GM Fressinet Laurent 2700 - IM Zagorskis Darius 2497 1 - 0
9.3 GM Istratescu Andrei 2627 - IM Labeckas Kestutis 2410 1 - 0
9.4 GM Bauer Christian 2641 -   Klabis Rokas 2100 1 - 0
Bo. 25 Sweden Rtg - 9 Netherlands Rtg 1½:2½
10.1 GM Tikkanen Hans 2586 - GM Giri Anish 2714 0 - 1
10.2 GM Grandelius Nils 2543 - GM Van Wely Loek 2686 ½ - ½
10.3 GM Carlsson Pontus 2502 - GM Sokolov Ivan 2646 1 - 0
10.4 GM Brynell Stellan 2486 - GM Stellwagen Daniel 2627 0 - 1
Bo. 14 Poland Rtg - 28 Finland Rtg 4 : 0
11.1 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2705 - GM Nyback Tomi 2631 1 - 0
11.2 GM Socko Bartosz 2635 - IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2492 1 - 0
11.3 GM Bartel Mateusz 2653 - IM Agopov Mikael 2450 1 - 0
11.4 GM Miton Kamil 2622 - IM Karttunen Mika 2434 1 - 0
Bo. 38 Cyprus Rtg - 15 Georgia Rtg 0 : 4
12.1   Bryan-Vissi Mark 1808 - GM Jobava Baadur 2678 0 - 1
12.2   Aristotelous Vassilis 1921 - GM Pantsulaia Levan 2588 0 - 1
12.3   Boulos Vrachimis 0 - GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2636 0 - 1
12.4   Constantinou Pavlos 2068 - GM Gagunashvili Merab 2577 0 - 1
Bo. 20 Moldova Rtg - 37 Luxembourg Rtg 4 : 0
13.1 GM Bologan Viktor 2665 -   Jeitz Christian 2171 1 - 0
13.2 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2648 -   Schartz Alain 2160 1 - 0
13.3 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2621 - FM Mossong Hubert 2119 1 - 0
13.4 IM Hamitevici Vladimir 2428 - WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2104 1 - 0
Bo. 32 Iceland Rtg - 21 Slovenia Rtg 1 : 3
14.1 GM Danielsen Henrik 2542 - GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2617 0 - 1
14.2 FM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2452 - GM Lenic Luka 2634 0 - 1
14.3 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2421 - GM Borisek Jure 2541 ½ - ½
14.4 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2402 - IM Sebenik Matej 2518 ½ - ½
Bo. 22 Italy Rtg - 36 Wales Rtg 3½: ½
15.1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2727 - FM Williams A Howard 2353 1 - 0
15.2 IM Dvirnyy Daniyyl 2475 -   Kett Tim 2184 ½ - ½
15.3 GM Brunello Sabino 2575 -   Pleasants Allan J 2089 1 - 0
15.4 IM Rombaldoni Axel 2459 -   Young Alan 2042 1 - 0
Bo. 23 Austria Rtg - 27 Latvia Rtg 1 : 3
16.1 GM Ragger Markus 2662 - GM Miezis Normunds 2547 ½ - ½
16.2 GM Kindermann Stefan 2519 - GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2514 ½ - ½
16.3 GM Shengelia David 2551 - IM Neiksans Arturs 2502 0 - 1
16.4 IM Kreisl Robert 2415 - GM Starostits Ilmars 2456 0 - 1
Bo. 24 Denmark Rtg - 35 Scotland Rtg 2 : 2
17.1 GM Hansen Sune Berg 2566 - FM Tate Alan 2334 ½ - ½
17.2 GM Rasmussen Allan Stig 2541 - FM Morrison Graham 2339 0 - 1
17.3 GM Aagaard Jacob 2522 - IM Muir Andrew J 2311 1 - 0
17.4 IM Glud Jakob Vang 2497 -   Mitchell Martin 2215 ½ - ½
Bo. 26 Switzerland Rtg - 31 Norway Rtg 2 : 2
18.1 GM Pelletier Yannick 2581 - GM Lie Kjetil A 2560 ½ - ½
18.2 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2567 - IM Elsness Frode 2506 ½ - ½
18.3 GM Gallagher Joseph G 2500 - GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2515 ½ - ½
18.4 IM Forster Richard 2458 - IM Getz Nicolai 2369 ½ - ½
Bo. 30 FYROM Rtg - 29 Montenegro Rtg 1½:2½
19.1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2553 - GM Djukic Nikola 2493 ½ - ½
19.2 IM Colovic Aleksandar 2451 - GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2514 ½ - ½
19.3 IM Pancevski Filip 2442 - GM Kosic Dragan 2502 0 - 1
19.4 GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2470 - IM Kalezic Blazo 2461 ½ - ½

 

Round 2 results women's section can be found here

 

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Comments

Bert de Bruut's picture

What a picture of the Dutch top boards: Giri determined, focused, ready for the kill. Van Wely still rubbing the sleep from his eyes due to some late-night poker session...

Mattovsky's picture

Grischuk-Laznicka is one of the most shocking games I have ever seen. Laznicka misplayed a trivially drawn endgame in a most ridiculous way. He didn't even have to go into this pawn ending at all. And 39...h5??? shouldn't even cross the mind of a club player. Sorry for these harsh words, but I'm really horrified. First Svetushkin gives up a rook in one move and now this... What are the Russians doing to their opponents??

Excalibur's picture

"Mattovsky": Take it easy. He only had 3 seconds to make a move.

Thomas Richter's picture

Yeah, then there was a reason for the panic move 39.-h5??: the clock was on his left side of the board (see top photo). But even stranger, according to the report on Whychess Grischuk had offered a draw in the pawn ending, and Laznicka declined.

Whatever the Russians "do to their opponents" didn't work yesterday against the Netherlands, when all four games were drawn.

Mattovsky's picture

3 seconds? You might want to read the regulations: The players get 30 seconds increment starting from the first move.

A's picture

Why not mentioned the Nigel Short beautiful climax and upset?

stevefraser's picture

Great pictures! Thanks.

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