Reports | October 02, 2011 22:22

European Club Cup: St. Petersburg and AVS are the winners

European Club Cup: St. Petersburg and AVS are the winners

The 'St. Petersburg Chess Federation' team (Svidler, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Efimenko, Zvjaginsev, Khairullin and Matlakov) won the 2011 European Club Cup on Saturday in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia. In the last round World Cup winner Peter Svidler lost his first game since August 15th, but his team defeated Mika (Yerevan) 2.5-3.5. St. Petersburg finished on 13 match points out of 7 rounds, one more than SOCAR (Azerbaijan) who beat OSG Baden Baden 2-4. In the women's section AVS finished first.

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General info

Event 27th European Club Cup for Men and 16th European Club Cup for Women | PGN: Men, Women
Dates September 24th - October 2nd, 2011
Location Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia
System 7-round Swiss
Players E.g. Ponomariov, Grischuk, Radjabov, Gelfand, Mamedyarov, Svidler, Adams, Wang Hao, Vitiugov, Moiseenko, Giri, Nepomniachtchi
Time control 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
Prizes The first team prize in the men's section is €12,400 and in the women's €4,000.
Notes Teams consist of six players

Rounds 5-7

To refresh your memory a bit: SHSM-64, Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation, Tomsk-400 (all Russia) and OSG Baden Baden (Germany) were the four teams that started with four wins in Rogaska Slatina. We'll take it from there and start with round 5, when these four teams met.

On 'board 1' the German champions beat the Moscovites: Baden Baden-SHSM-64 3.5-2.5. For Moscow only Fabiano Caruana won; the Italian defeated Etienne Bacrot in an ending. Baden Baden's Michael Adams easily held Boris Gelfand to a draw in the 5.Bf4 that was tested heavily in May in Kazan.

The post-mortem between Gelfand and Adams, with Rustam Kasimdzhanov watching.

Alexei Shirov and Arkadij Naiditsch scored full points, against Wang Hao and Anish Giri respectively. Especially the young Dutch GM was treated harshly:

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Shirov defeated Wang Hao in this match

St. Petersburg did even better with a 4.5-1.5 win against their compatriots from Tomsk. Ponomariov (Tomsk-400) and Svidler (St. Petersburg, obviously) drew quickly in a Grünfeld and Vitiugov, Movsesian and Khairullin defeated Motylev, Inarkiev and Kurnosov respectively. This was a nice combination on board 6:

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After this round seven teams were in shared third place with 8/10: SOCAR, Ekonomist SGSEU Saratov, Ugra, Mika, SHSM-64, A DAN DZO & PGMB and Tomsk-400.

The sixth round saw the big clash between Baden Baden and St. Petersburg. All games ended in draws. (...)

Six draws between St. Petersburg and Baden Baden

On boards 1-5 the players all seemed very cautious, and without much excitement the games headed to the draws. Board six also ended peacefully, right after White had sacrificed on f7:

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This way the two teams kept the lead, with 11/6. St. Petersburg topped the rankings with one board point more. SOCAR, Ekonomist, SHSM-64 and Mika followed in shared third place, one match point behind the leaders. In that sixth round Radjabov won a nice ending against Ponomariov:

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In the last round Baden Baden lost their first match, to SOCAR of Azerbaijan. Radjabov beat Adams with Black using an opening he popularized: the Jänisch/Schliemann. Grischuk beat Shirov with powerful play in an Archangelsk Ruy Lopez.

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Sutovsky won against Naiditsch in a Berlin Wall and Kasimdzhanov beat Nisipeanu in a 9.Nd2 King's Indian. Baden Baden's Bacrot and Nielsen saved the German's honour, winning against Mamedyarov and Volokitin respectively.

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This meant that a win for St. Petersburg would yield them the cup. They managed, despite a loss for Svidler on top board against Sargissian. It was Svidler's first loss since he was beaten by Alexander Morozevich on August 15th - that was at the Russian Championship, also in the last round.

Sargissian beats Svidler, but St Petersburg wins the match | Photo Vladimir Barsky for the RCF, more here

Three games ended in a draw, and so the two wins by St. Petersburg's Vitiugov (against Petrosian) and Zvjaginsev (against Andriasian) made their team the winning team.

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Silver went to SOCAR, who recovered well from their surprising loss to Bosna Sarajevo in round 3. The bronze medals were surprisingly won by Novy Bor. They had suddenly popped up among the top teams thanks to a 5.5-0.5 victory against the relatively weak Haladás VSE in the last round - such things can happen in a Swiss with 62 teams that only play 7 rounds!

ECC 2011 | Final standings (top 30)

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. BH.
1 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation 7 6 1 0 13 31½ 177
2 SOCAR 7 6 0 1 12 31½ 158½
3 G-Team Novy Bor 7 5 1 1 11 31½ 153½
4 Ekonomist SGSEU Saratov 7 5 1 1 11 30½ 161½
5 SHSM-64 7 5 1 1 11 30 177½
6 OSG Baden Baden 7 5 1 1 11 29 184½
7 Bosna Sarajevo 7 5 1 1 11 27 177½
8 Ugra 7 5 0 2 10 30 160
9 Mika 7 5 0 2 10 28 178
10 A DAN DZO & PGMB 7 5 0 2 10 27½ 170½
11 Tomsk-400 7 5 0 2 10 27 184
12 ZSK Maribor 7 5 0 2 10 26 146½
13 Libertas Nereto 7 4 1 2 9 22½ 159½
14 Bolungarvik Chess Club 7 4 1 2 9 21½ 161
15 Naiden Voinov 7 4 1 2 9 21½ 150½
16 Vesnianka Gran 7 4 0 3 8 26½ 152
17 SF Berlin 7 4 0 3 8 24 149½
18 Accres Apeldoorn 7 3 2 2 8 24 138
19 Beer Sheba 7 4 0 3 8 23 173
20 KSK Eynatten 47 7 3 2 2 8 21½ 147
21 Oslo Schakselskap 7 4 0 3 8 21 157½
22 KSK Rochade Eupen-Kelmis 7 3 2 2 8 21 145½
23 Ans 7 3 2 2 8 21 141½
24 SD Tehcenter Ptuj 7 4 0 3 8 20 176
25 Hellir Chess Club 7 3 2 2 8 20 160
26 Lunds ASK 7 4 0 3 8 19½ 174½
27 Haladás VSE 7 3 2 2 8 18½ 165½
28 Gros Xake Taldea 7 3 1 3 7 24 141½
29 SG Zurich 7 3 1 3 7 23½ 132½
30 Marseille Echecs 7 3 1 3 7 21½ 150

In the women's section the cup went to AVS. The team with GM Antoaneta Stefanova, GM Kateryna Lahno, GM Viktorija Cmilyte, IM Mariya Muzychuk and WGM Natalia Pogonina won six matches and lost one. In the last round they defeated Giprorechtrans, with three draws and the following attractive win by Kateryna Lahno:

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Kateryna Lahno scored an important victory for AVS

ECC (Women) 2011 | Final standings

Rank Team Gam. + = - MP Pts. BH.
1 AVS 7 6 0 1 12 18½ 105½
2 AEM Luxten Timisoara 7 5 0 2 10 17½ 100½
3 Mika 7 5 0 2 10 17½ 98½
4 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 7 4 1 2 9 19 96
5 SHSM-RGSU 7 4 1 2 9 16½ 85½
6 CS R. Fischer Chieti 7 4 0 3 8 14 74½
7 BAS 7 3 1 3 7 14 87
8 Giprorechtrans 7 3 1 3 7 13 103
9 Anatolia 7 3 0 4 6 11 80
10 ZSK Maribor 7 2 0 5 4 8 84
11 Oslo Schakselskap 7 1 0 6 2 5 82

Teimour Radjabov played the best on board 1. For SOCAR he scored 4.5/5 and a 3019 performance rating.

Top boards for Zurich: Viktor Korchnoi and Yannick Pelletier, who both played all seven rounds and both scored 4.5 points

Alexei Shirov also scored 4.5/7

Loek van Wely was top board for Gros Xake Taldea and scored 4.5/6

Former World Champion Aleksandra Kosteniuk scored 2.5/5...

...and some more credits, performing as Almira Skripchenko's styliste!

The men had a good time too in Rogaska Slatina

The ladies' winning team: AVS - Antoaneta Stefanova is holding the cup

Bronze in the men's went to Novy Bor...

...silver to SOCAR - another second place for Grischuk...

...and the gold medals to St Petersburg - another first place for Svidler, who is holding the European Club Cup:

Most photos © Vladimir Jagr for www.nss.cz & official website

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Author: Peter Doggers

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Comments

Selim Citak's picture

Svidler seems to be winning everthing! Even in team competitions!

Michel83's picture

@ Peter

Do you know what happened in the 6th round-game of Hou Yifan? Did she lose on time?!

Peter Doggers's picture

Yes, she did, in a drawn position.

Michel83's picture

Thanks for the answer.
I thought maybe I missed something. And she even had a slight advantage before that if I'm not mistaken.
It was with increments, right? A position like that should be super-easy even with 3 seconds for a move...maybe she "mis-looked" the numbers on the clock...ah well.

Hope she won't take it too bad, she seemed really recovered after her bad year. Go Yifan!

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