Reports | November 03, 2011 21:05

Few surprises in first round European Team Championship

Few surprises in first round European Team Championship

The first round of the European Team Championship saw few surprises. Russia beat Moldova in a match that could have ended quite differently. The biggest upset was Turkey beating Georgia 2.5-1.5.

The start of the match Russia vs Moldova, top board of the 2011 European Team Championship's first 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 Chalkidiki, 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

The strongest team competition of 2011 started on Thursday in a country that made headlines for different reasons. During arguably the biggest crisis in its long history, Greece is hosting the 18th European Team Championship with 38 teams in the open group and 28 teams in the women's group. Venue is the Olympic Hall Congress Center, within the 5-star Porto Carras Grand Resort in the Chalkidiki peninsula in northern Greece.

It's quite a tough tournament since there is no rest day. However, the teams were allowed to bring one reserve player so basically everyone can have multiple rest days.

Venue is the Olympic Hall Congress Center

Some officials had travelled to Greece to attend the opening ceremony and start of the event: during the brief ceremony, George Mastrokoukos welcomed the players and guests on behalf of the Organizing Committee; FIDE Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici greeted the participants and ECU President Silvio Danailov declared the Championships open and made the honorary first move in the match Russia-Moldova.

Danailov making the first move

There were few surprises in the first round. Sweden held France to 2-2: IM Semcesen lost to GM Bauer but Sweden's GM Carlsson beat the higher rated GM Istratescu, who recently changed federations.

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The Netherlands couldn't beat their first round opponent Finland either: GM Sokolov beat IM Sammalvuo but GM Stellwagen, who has been quite inactive for more than a year, might have been a bit rusty and lost to IM Karttunen.

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England, with Adams and Short on top boards, beat Latvia 2.5-1.5

The biggest upset was Turkey beating Georgia 2.5-1.5. On top board GM Pantsulaia's win against IM Yilmaz was 'normal' but Turkey's GM Can and CM Sanal beat their higher rated opponents, Mchedlishvili and Zarkua respectively.

Top seed Russia's win over Moldova wasn't very impressive. On top board, World Cup winner Svidler escaped with a draw against Bologan:

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Iordachescu and Grischuk drew on two, and Nepomniachtchi couldn't beat IM Vedmediuc with the black pieces. Board 3 should have ended in a draw too:

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(We got confirmation from Peter Svidler that this last move wasn't a mistake in the transmission...)

Experienced GMs: Alexander Beliavsky held Vassily Ivanchuk to a draw in Ukraine-Slovenia, 3.5-0.5

Azerbaijan beat Italy also with 2.5-1.5 'only', but board 3 was a real walk-over:

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An interesting match was Bulgaria vs Switzerland. It was another 2.5-1.5, with Topalov (yes, he's playing!) drawing Pelletier and Cheparinov splitting the point with (yes, he's playing too!) Korchnoi. After move 40 crazy things happened:

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Another draw between openings book author Delchev and former openings books author Gallagher meant that Georgiev's win over IM Kurmann decided the match.

Topalov and Cheparinov top the Bulgarian team

In the women's section, Czech Republic held Armenia to 2-2 and Switzerland beat higher rated Slovenia.

Games top boards round 1 (Open)

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Games top boards round 1 (Women)

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Results Open section, round 1

Bo. 1 Russia Rtg - 20 Moldova Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Svidler Peter 2755 - GM Bologan Viktor 2665 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2752 - GM Iordachescu Viorel 2648 ½ - ½
1.3 GM Morozevich Alexander 2762 - GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2621 1 - 0
1.4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2730 - IM Vedmediuc Serghei 2465 ½ - ½
Bo. 21 Slovenia Rtg - 2 Ukraine Rtg ½ :3½
2.1 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2617 - GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2775 ½ - ½
2.2 GM Lenic Luka 2634 - GM Eljanov Pavel 2691 0 - 1
2.3 GM Borisek Jure 2541 - GM Moiseenko Alexander 2715 0 - 1
2.4 IM Sebenik Matej 2518 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2702 0 - 1
Bo. 3 Azerbaijan Rtg - 22 Italy Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2781 - GM Caruana Fabiano 2727 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2757 - GM Godena Michele 2548 ½ - ½
3.3 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733 - GM Brunello Sabino 2575 1 - 0
3.4 GM Guseinov Gadir 2636 - IM Rombaldoni Axel 2459 ½ - ½
Bo. 23 Austria Rtg - 4 Armenia Rtg ½ :3½
4.1 GM Ragger Markus 2662 - GM Movsesian Sergei 2710 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Kindermann Stefan 2519 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2681 0 - 1
4.3 GM Shengelia David 2551 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2671 0 - 1
4.4 IM Kreisl Robert 2415 - GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2586 0 - 1
Bo. 5 Hungary Rtg - 24 Denmark Rtg 3 : 1
5.1 GM Leko Peter 2720 - GM Hansen Sune Berg 2566 ½ - ½
5.2 GM Almasi Zoltan 2707 - GM Rasmussen Allan Stig 2541 1 - 0
5.3 GM Berkes Ferenc 2705 - GM Aagaard Jacob 2522 ½ - ½
5.4 GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2652 - IM Glud Jakob Vang 2497 1 - 0
Bo. 25 Sweden Rtg - 6 France Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM Tikkanen Hans 2586 - GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2710 ½ - ½
6.2 GM Grandelius Nils 2543 - GM Fressinet Laurent 2700 ½ - ½
6.3 GM Carlsson Pontus 2502 - GM Istratescu Andrei 2627 1 - 0
6.4 IM Semcesen Daniel 2490 - GM Bauer Christian 2641 0 - 1
Bo. 7 Bulgaria Rtg - 26 Switzerland Rtg 2½:1½
7.1 GM Topalov Veselin 2768 - GM Pelletier Yannick 2581 ½ - ½
7.2 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2650 - GM Korchnoi Viktor 2567 ½ - ½
7.3 GM Delchev Aleksander 2629 - GM Gallagher Joseph G 2500 ½ - ½
7.4 GM Georgiev Kiril 2666 - IM Kurmann Oliver 2451 1 - 0
Bo. 27 Latvia Rtg - 8 England Rtg 1½:2½
8.1 GM Miezis Normunds 2547 - GM Adams Michael 2734 0 - 1
8.2 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2514 - GM Short Nigel D 2698 0 - 1
8.3 IM Neiksans Arturs 2502 - GM Howell David W L 2633 1 - 0
8.4 GM Starostits Ilmars 2456 - GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 Netherlands Rtg - 28 Finland Rtg 2 : 2
9.1 GM Giri Anish 2714 - GM Nyback Tomi 2631 ½ - ½
9.2 GM Sokolov Ivan 2646 - IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2492 1 - 0
9.3 GM Smeets Jan 2615 - IM Agopov Mikael 2450 ½ - ½
9.4 GM Stellwagen Daniel 2627 - IM Karttunen Mika 2434 0 - 1
Bo. 29 Montenegro Rtg - 10 Germany Rtg 1 : 3
10.1 GM Djukic Nikola 2493 - GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2712 0 - 1
10.2 GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2514 - GM Meier Georg 2659 ½ - ½
10.3 GM Kosic Dragan 2502 - GM Gustafsson Jan 2633 ½ - ½
10.4 IM Kalezic Blazo 2461 - GM Buhmann Rainer 2612 0 - 1
Bo. 11 Israel Rtg - 30 FYROM Rtg 3 : 1
11.1 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2645 - GM Georgiev Vladimir 2553 0 - 1
11.2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2696 - GM Nedev Trajko 2493 1 - 0
11.3 GM Roiz Michael 2651 - IM Pancevski Filip 2442 1 - 0
11.4 GM Postny Evgeny 2640 - GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2470 1 - 0
Bo. 31 Norway Rtg - 12 Czech Republic Rtg ½ :3½
12.1 GM Lie Kjetil A 2560 - GM Navara David 2724 0 - 1
12.2 IM Elsness Frode 2506 - GM Hracek Zbynek 2628 0 - 1
12.3 GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2515 - GM Stocek Jiri 2600 0 - 1
12.4 IM Getz Nicolai 2369 - GM Babula Vlastimil 2565 ½ - ½
Bo. 13 Spain Rtg - 32 Iceland Rtg 2½:1½
13.1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2705 - GM Danielsen Henrik 2542 1 - 0
13.2 GM Shirov Alexei 2705 - FM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2452 0 - 1
13.3 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2621 - IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2421 1 - 0
13.4 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2609 - IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2402 ½ - ½
Bo. 33 Lithuania Rtg - 14 Poland Rtg 2 : 2
14.1 GM Sulskis Sarunas 2577 - GM Socko Bartosz 2635 1 - 0
14.2 IM Zagorskis Darius 2497 - GM Bartel Mateusz 2653 0 - 1
14.3 IM Labeckas Kestutis 2410 - GM Miton Kamil 2622 ½ - ½
14.4   Klabis Rokas 2100 - GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2616 ½ - ½
Bo. 15 Georgia Rtg - 34 Turkey Rtg 1½:2½
15.1 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2588 - IM Yilmaz Mustafa 2515 1 - 0
15.2 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2636 - GM Can Emre 2465 0 - 1
15.3 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2577 - FM Ali Marandi Cemil Can 2275 ½ - ½
15.4   Zarkua Davit 2443 - CM Sanal Vahap 2275 0 - 1
Bo. 35 Scotland Rtg - 16 Croatia Rtg 1 : 3
16.1 FM Tate Alan 2334 - GM Stevic Hrvoje 2612 0 - 1
16.2 FM Morrison Graham 2339 - GM Saric Ivan 2648 ½ - ½
16.3 IM Muir Andrew J 2311 - GM Palac Mladen 2580 ½ - ½
16.4 CM Roberts Paul 2222 - GM Brkic Ante 2605 0 - 1
Bo. 17 Romania Rtg - 36 Wales Rtg 4 : 0
17.1 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2650 - FM Williams A Howard 2353 1 - 0
17.2 GM Vajda Levente 2584 - CM Jones Iolo C 2282 1 - 0
17.3 GM Marin Mihail 2534 -   Pleasants Allan J 2089 1 - 0
17.4 GM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula 2553 -   Young Alan 2042 1 - 0
Bo. 37 Luxembourg Rtg - 18 Serbia Rtg 0 : 4
18.1   Jeitz Christian 2171 - GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2636 0 - 1
18.2   Schartz Alain 2160 - GM Solak Dragan 2629 0 - 1
18.3 FM Mossong Hubert 2119 - GM Damljanovic Branko 2597 0 - 1
18.4 WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2104 - GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2563 0 - 1
Bo. 19 Greece Rtg - 38 Cyprus Rtg 4 : 0
19.1 GM Banikas Hristos 2620 -   Bryan-Vissi Mark 1808 1 - 0
19.2 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2621 -   Aristotelous Vassilis 1921 1 - 0
19.3 GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2600 -   Boulos Vrachimis 0 1 - 0
19.4 GM Halkias Stelios 2593 -   Constantinou Pavlos 2068 1 - 0

Round 1 results women's section can be found here

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Comments

vips's picture

Hmmm Shirov lost against a 2400 player.

Bobby Fiske's picture

Morozevich, Alexander - Svetushkin, Dmitry
76... Rg2??? has a certain smell of.......... unpaid gas bill...

iLane's picture

Cheparinov - Korchnoi would have worth few words. It was quite amazing. Cheparinov had a +10 winning position and he messed it up just AFTER the time control! Two times... Korchnoi's fighting spirit paid off! :)

Knallo's picture

Not the first time a player messes up *after* the time control. Of course, Korchnoi is sui generis!

Thomas's picture

Maybe the players continued to blitz after the time control, or Cheparinov relaxed too early? But a silent move (41.-Kf8! avoiding perpetual check) can be hard to find, even for a GM!?
While Korchnoi obviously has great fighting spirit, I am not so sure that the last few moves are a good example: all he did was give some queen checks when the alternative was resigning.

Marinov's picture

Russia - Moldova, what the hell was that? CORRUPTION! Sorry Petya, sorry Sasha, but this can't be real, and you should be ashamed!

Why didn't Bologan fight for a win in the final position? No explantion.
Why was a whole rook givev a present to Moro? No explantion.

I do believe Russia has bought this match.

James Maskell's picture

Do you have any actual evidence of corruption in the match or are you just annoyed because Russia won? Bologan's not forced to play on the position and as for the dropped rook, that happens all the time. Could easily be a "fingerfehler". You dont have any evidence rather than your own conspiracy theories. Hopefully Chessvibes will remove the post...

Axel's picture

It was move 76, I can imagine that the players were short of time. Having to draw this position also adds a lit if pressure. This corruption talk us nonsense and it's damaging. So please think more carefully about what you claim.

KingTal's picture

Svetushkin had something about ten minutes left, the game seems fine fixed. If you want evidence look at the move that was made...

redivivo's picture

"Bologan's not forced to play on the position and as for the dropped rook, that happens all the time"

Mistakes like Svetushkin's Rg2 hardly happen all the time with a 30 second increment, I doubt that he ever played a worse move in a rated game in his whole career. As for Bologan taking the draw, well, everyone at Chessbomb said he was winning when he chose to offer draw but maybe they were wrong and of course no one forced him to play on. I thought both games had a strange finish but that doesn't mean much.

Carabanchel's picture

Where Can I see all the games of round one? On the oficial site there are 9 boards only

fen's picture

Try the WhyChess Live Broadcast page. They have the games there.

Carabanchel's picture

thx fen

Nicholas's picture

Spelling mistake in article.

Game Svidler-Bologan

37 e6+ trying to compliacte matters, and not complicated matters.

Nicholas's picture

*complicate

Peter Doggers's picture

Thx, corrected.

litmus's picture

Someone commented earlier that it was strange that Gelfand was not playing. I find it stranger that Israel is playing at all in a European event. It must be an extraordinary map of Europe that will include Israel but not Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and, dare I say it, Palestine.

Remco Gerlich's picture

They play in Europe for most sports. And of course, the Eurovision song contest :-)

You think they'd have fun playing in a Middle East championship?

Knallo's picture

Most of Russia is not in Europe either...

Alper's picture

Follow Turkish teenagers Marandi and Vahap! Indeed Turkish team can compete in a U20 championship (with the exception of Burak Firat)! Amazing youngsters!

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