Reports | November 07, 2011 23:25

ETC R5: Bulgaria grabs sole lead, Gashimov feeling unwell

ETC R5: Bulgaria grabs sole lead, Gashimov unwell

Bulgaria is leading the European Team Championship in Halkidiki, Greece after five rounds. On Monday they beat Germany 3-1 while their rivals dropped match points. The encounter between France and Azerbaijan was declared 2-2 quickly when Azerbaijan's board 2 Vugar Gashimov felt unwell and had call for a doctor.

Bulgaria beats Germany 3-1, in sole lead at the 2011 European Team Championship

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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

Bulgaria, led by Veselin Topalov, is really on a roll it seems, and sees itself in sole first place at the 2011 European Team Championship with four rounds to go. In the women's section the Russian ladies are still on a perfect score.

The story of the day, however, was a bit disturbing but perhaps we don't need to worry too much. It was about Vugar Gashimov, who started to feel unwell during his game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on board 2 of the Azerbaijan-France match.

The Azerbaijan-France match just before the start of the round

Already during the day Europe-Echecs reported about a crise d'épilepsie (an epileptic seizure) but according to Gashimov's brother and manager Sarkhan this was 'nonsense'. We spoke him on Skype and he told us:

It was not epilepsy at all; I don't know where it comes from. He felt bad, and left the playing hall to get some fresh air. Shah [Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - CV]  joined him and they decided to call a doctor. Vugar was complaining about pain in his head, and according to the doctor he was tense and his blood pressure was high.

The French sportively offered a 2-2, and so all games ended in draws at an early stage. A few hours after the round, Sarkhan Gashimov said that Vugar is already doing better:

He's OK now; his pressure normalized. He went to have dinner with the team.

Back to Bulgaria, which won deservedly, but not without some luck again. Especially Naiditsch shouldn't have lost against Topalov.

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Cheparinov played with a lot of power against Meier, who resigned quite early, though. So early, that we again question the transmission of the moves:

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Bulgaria, the proud leaders after five rounds

Spain dropped in the standings after a 1.5-2.5 loss against Greece: on board four Julen Lui Arizmendi Martinez lost to Stelios Halkias.

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The same happened to The Netherlands. On Sunday he was the match winner for the Dutch, but a day later he suffered the only loss: Ivan Sokolov.

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The top match between Russia and Ukraine also saw three draws. On board three, Morozevich decided matters against Moiseenko but unfortuately also this game is clearly incomplete. By now we're getting pretty disappointed about the way the organizers are providing the basic info of a chess tournament: the moves.

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Russia recovered from their loss against Bulgaria with a win against Ukraine

Armenia stays close behind the top countries thanks to a 3.5-0.5 win against Denmark. Italy had a good day and beat the higher rated Israel 2.5-1.5.

After five rounds, Christian Bauer performs the best with 4.5/5 although Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's TPR with 4/5 is even higher.

In the women's section the Russian ladies won again, and so they're on 10/5. Three teams follow with two points less: Poland, Ukraine and Georgia. Both WGM Karina Szczepkowska-H. (2379, Poland) and IM Anna Muzychuk (2557, Slovenia) won all of their five games.

Games top boards round 5 (Open)

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Games top boards round 5 (Women)

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Results Open section, round 5

Bo. 3 Azerbaijan Rtg - 6 France Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2781 - GM Bacrot Etienne 2714 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2757 - GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2710 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733 - GM Fressinet Laurent 2700 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Safarli Eltaj 2630 - GM Bauer Christian 2641 ½ - ½
Bo. 10 Germany Rtg - 7 Bulgaria Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2712 - GM Topalov Veselin 2768 0 - 1
2.2 GM Meier Georg 2659 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2650 0 - 1
2.3 GM Fridman Daniel 2661 - GM Delchev Aleksander 2629 ½ - ½
2.4 GM Gustafsson Jan 2633 - GM Georgiev Kiril 2666 ½ - ½
Bo. 13 Spain Rtg - 19 Greece Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 - GM Banikas Hristos 2620 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Shirov Alexei 2705 - GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2621 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2621 - GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2600 ½ - ½
3.4 GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis 2568 - GM Halkias Stelios 2593 0 - 1
Bo. 17 Romania Rtg - 9 Netherlands Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2657 - GM Giri Anish 2714 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2650 - GM Van Wely Loek 2686 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Vajda Levente 2584 - GM Sokolov Ivan 2646 1 - 0
4.4 GM Marin Mihail 2534 - GM Smeets Jan 2615 ½ - ½
Bo. 1 Russia Rtg - 2 Ukraine Rtg 2½:1½
5.1 GM Svidler Peter 2755 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2775 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2752 - GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2723 ½ - ½
5.3 GM Morozevich Alexander 2762 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 1 - 0
5.4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2730 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2702 ½ - ½
Bo. 24 Denmark Rtg - 4 Armenia Rtg ½ :3½
6.1 GM Hansen Sune Berg 2566 - GM Aronian Levon 2802 0 - 1
6.2 GM Rasmussen Allan Stig 2541 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2710 ½ - ½
6.3 GM Aagaard Jacob 2522 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2681 0 - 1
6.4 IM Glud Jakob Vang 2497 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2671 0 - 1
Bo. 22 Italy Rtg - 11 Israel Rtg 2½:1½
7.1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2727 - GM Rodshtein Maxim 2645 1 - 0
7.2 GM Godena Michele 2548 - GM Sutovsky Emil 2696 0 - 1
7.3 IM Dvirnyy Daniyyl 2475 - GM Roiz Michael 2651 ½ - ½
7.4 GM Brunello Sabino 2575 - GM Postny Evgeny 2640 1 - 0
Bo. 5 Hungary Rtg - 30 FYROM Rtg 3 : 1
8.1 GM Leko Peter 2720 - GM Georgiev Vladimir 2553 1 - 0
8.2 GM Berkes Ferenc 2705 - GM Nedev Trajko 2493 1 - 0
8.3 GM Balogh Csaba 2662 - IM Colovic Aleksandar 2451 1 - 0
8.4 GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2652 - IM Pancevski Filip 2442 0 - 1
Bo. 20 Moldova Rtg - 12 Czech Rep. Rtg 2 : 2
9.1 GM Bologan Viktor 2665 - GM Navara David 2724 ½ - ½
9.2 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2648 - GM Laznicka Viktor 2703 ½ - ½
9.3 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2621 - GM Stocek Jiri 2600 ½ - ½
9.4 IM Hamitevici Vladimir 2428 - GM Babula Vlastimil 2565 ½ - ½
Bo. 23 Austria Rtg - 14 Poland Rtg 1 : 3
10.1 GM Ragger Markus 2662 - GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2705 ½ - ½
10.2 GM Kindermann Stefan 2519 - GM Socko Bartosz 2635 0 - 1
10.3 GM Shengelia David 2551 - GM Bartel Mateusz 2653 ½ - ½
10.4 IM Neubauer Martin 2431 - GM Miton Kamil 2622 0 - 1
Bo. 15 Georgia Rtg - 32 Iceland Rtg 3 : 1
11.1 GM Jobava Baadur 2678 - FM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2452 1 - 0
11.2 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2588 - IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2421 1 - 0
11.3 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2636 - IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2402 1 - 0
11.4 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2577 - GM Olafsson Helgi 2531 0 - 1
Bo. 18 Serbia Rtg - 21 Slovenia Rtg 1½:2½
12.1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2636 - GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2617 ½ - ½
12.2 GM Solak Dragan 2629 - GM Lenic Luka 2634 0 - 1
12.3 GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2563 - GM Borisek Jure 2541 ½ - ½
12.4 GM Perunovic Milos 2576 - GM Skoberne Jure 2533 ½ - ½
Bo. 8 England Rtg - 33 Lithuania Rtg 3 : 1
13.1 GM Adams Michael 2734 - GM Sulskis Sarunas 2577 1 - 0
13.2 GM Howell David W L 2633 - IM Zagorskis Darius 2497 0 - 1
13.3 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 - IM Labeckas Kestutis 2410 1 - 0
13.4 GM Pert Nicholas 2563 -   Klabis Rokas 2100 1 - 0
Bo. 25 Sweden Rtg - 16 Croatia Rtg 1½:2½
14.1 GM Tikkanen Hans 2586 - GM Stevic Hrvoje 2612 ½ - ½
14.2 GM Grandelius Nils 2543 - GM Saric Ivan 2648 ½ - ½
14.3 GM Carlsson Pontus 2502 - GM Brkic Ante 2605 ½ - ½
14.4 GM Brynell Stellan 2486 - GM Jovanovic Zoran 2581 0 - 1
Bo. 27 Latvia Rtg - 31 Norway Rtg 2½:1½
15.1 GM Miezis Normunds 2547 - GM Lie Kjetil A 2560 ½ - ½
15.2 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2514 - IM Elsness Frode 2506 1 - 0
15.3 IM Neiksans Arturs 2502 - GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2515 ½ - ½
15.4 GM Starostits Ilmars 2456 - IM Getz Nicolai 2369 ½ - ½
Bo. 34 Turkey Rtg - 26 Switzerland Rtg 1½:2½
16.1 IM Yilmaz Mustafa 2515 - GM Pelletier Yannick 2581 ½ - ½
16.2 IM Firat Burak 2393 - GM Korchnoi Viktor 2567 ½ - ½
16.3 FM Ali Marandi Cemil Can 2275 - GM Gallagher Joseph G 2500 ½ - ½
16.4 CM Sanal Vahap 2275 - IM Forster Richard 2458 0 - 1
Bo. 29 Montenegro Rtg - 37 Luxembourg Rtg 3½: ½
17.1 GM Djukic Nikola 2493 - IM Berend Fred 2381 1 - 0
17.2 GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2514 -   Jeitz Christian 2171 1 - 0
17.3 GM Drasko Milan 2478 -   Schartz Alain 2160 1 - 0
17.4 IM Kalezic Blazo 2461 - WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2104 ½ - ½
Bo. 35 Scotland Rtg - 28 Finland Rtg 1 : 3
18.1 FM Tate Alan 2334 - IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2492 1 - 0
18.2 IM Muir Andrew J 2311 - IM Agopov Mikael 2450 0 - 1
18.3 CM Roberts Paul 2222 - IM Karttunen Mika 2434 0 - 1
18.4   Mitchell Martin 2215 - IM Nyysti Sampsa 2345 0 - 1
Bo. 36 Wales Rtg - 38 Cyprus Rtg 2 : 2
19.1 FM Williams A Howard 2353 -   Aristotelous Vassilis 1921 1 - 0
19.2 CM Jones Iolo C 2282 -   Boulos Vrachimis 0 0 - 1
19.3   Kett Tim 2184 -   Constantinou Pavlos 2068 ½ - ½
19.4   Young Alan 2042 - FM Klerides Paris 2162 ½ - ½

Round 5 results women's section can be found here

 

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Comments

st32's picture

out of morbid curiosity, if this tournament had sofia rules, then France would have been 1-0 after Gashimov was unwell, right?
hope he can play the rest of the tournament though..

ebutaljib's picture

While it's never nice hearing about somenones health problems, the "sporting" 2-2 is a bull. You don't cancel the comeptition just because one of the players can't continue due to "injury". Tell me about some other competition (other than chess) where this happens. It's unfortunate, but you lost because you can't continue. Besides it is a team competition - it is not impossible that Azerbaijani team could have still won the match.

Why make a no contest just because of one's "injury"?

Knighk's picture

Bulgaria is a very brave team going to Greece without an alternative player. They will be exhausted towards the end -- that's the only chance right now for others to catch them up. Bravo Topalov!

mishanp's picture

Julian Radulski is listed as Bulgaria's 5th player at Chess-Results. He's 100 points weaker than Georgiev, though, so perhaps understandable he hasn't played yet.

Thomas Richter's picture

A German source (Melanie Ohme playing on the women team) also strongly suggests that Cheparinov-Meier is incomplete:

"Arkadij [Naiditsch] looked at the other positions and avoided a move repetition to lose a few moves later. Georg [Meier] finally couldn't hold against the permanent pressure of the white pieces."

http://www.melanie-ohme.de/melanie-unterwegs/mem-2011-porto-carras/tag-6/

Frits Fritschy's picture

Don't miss Bologan-Navara, great fighting game!

ACK's picture

That's my team@! Go Bulgarian's !!

jmd85146's picture

I find it a bit weird to offer draws on all 4 boards when only one player is feeling sick. Just a draw on the second board would be more logical to me.
And what is happening with the transmission of the moves?? It's a shame for all chess fans over the world who want to follow the games.

Thomas Richter's picture

Well, I guess it does, at least it should affect the entire team if one player is sick and - taking Gashimov's medical history into account - they don't know how serious it is. Particularly Mamedyarov must have been affected as he joined Gashimov and they called a doctor.

Of course France wasn't at all obliged to offer a team draw (not even a draw on board 2 - what if the match had been played in the final round and decided the medal distribution?). But there's nothing wrong with doing so under the circumstances.

I agree regarding the live transmission - even worse is that some games are still incomplete the next day.

hansie's picture

I salute the French team for their sporting act!

Niima's picture

Not to mention that under normal circumstances, a 2-2 result is not such a bad one for any team playing against Azerbaijan ;-)

columbo's picture

these are not " normal " circumstances ...

Niima's picture

Good point. Allow me to rephrase:

Not to mention that a 2-2 result is not such a bad one for any team playing against Azerbaijan ;-)

ebutaljib's picture

Do you cancel other competitions when one of the players can't continue due to injury? No, you don't. So why would a chess competition be different? It is not impossible that a team with one man down would still win.

redivivo's picture

"So why would a chess competition be different?"

Because there's more sense of fair play among chess players?

Thomas Richter's picture

In football, if a player breaks his leg it's painful and "game over" but not life-threatening, no need to cancel the entire game. But if a player has a heart attack on the field the teams by mutual agreement or even the arbiter might put an end to the game - wasn't there actually a precedent?

Gashimov's health problems were more comparable to the second situation, at least until more information was available.

Crane's picture

It seems Aronian's escape slipped by under the radar. He seemed to be getting slaughtered but there is no mention of it here. I know you can't review each game in this thread, but wow, what a game.

mishanp's picture

I assume it "slipped by under the radar" because the game score was corrupt and incomplete - actually I just checked and it still is. You can sort of guess at what happened (e.g. it should be 34.Rg1 instead of 34.Qh5), but although the players both blundered they didn't do it as badly as it seems from the corrupt version of the game.

Coco Loco's picture

Interesting that Romania is doing so well without Nisipeanu and Istratescu. Maybe the younger guys plus Marin work better as a team?

theun's picture

What an absolutely great gesture by the French Team!
Like the drawoffer by Navarra couple of months ago.
I would like the idea of an annual sportmanshipprize

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