Reports | October 18, 2012 9:46

Socar wins gold in Eilat

Thanks to a 5-1 win against Tomsk-400 in the last round, Socar emerged as the winner on tie-break at the European Club Cup in Eilat. The top seed from Azerbaijan scored 8.3 SB points more than St Petersburg, who had the same number of match points. SHSM-64 went home with bronze.

Gold for Socar (Azerbaijan) | Photos © Anastasia Karlovich courtesy of the official website

Event 28th European Club Cup for Men & 17th European Club Cup for Women | Chess-Results
Dates October 11th-17th, 2012
Location Eilat, Israel
System 6-player round robin
Players Top players include Radjabov, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Kamsky, Grischuk, Topalov, Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Svidler, Gelfand, Ponomariov, Dominguez, Leko, Wojtaszek, Jakovenko, Giri, Volokitin, Navara, Adams
Rate of play

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.

Extra Players are not allowed to offer a draw before move 40. The zero tolerance rule for arriving at the board is in effect

 

They started as the big favourites, but a loss in the first round led to a very different scenario. Nonetheless Socar (Azerbaijan) managed to clinch the gold medals at th European Club Cup. At the beginning of the final round the Saint Petersburg Chess Federation had a significantly better Sonnenborn-Berger tie-break, which meant that Socar needed to not just beat Tomsk-400, but with the highest possible margin. With wins scored by Teimour Radjabov, Shakhryar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov and Emil Sutovsky the final result, 5-1, was just enough.

On board one Ponomariov-Radjabov was equal all the time until the Ukrainian fell for a devilish trick based on a pawn promotion.

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Mamedyarov outplayed Areshchenko right from the start.

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Topalov finished an already good tournament with another win, which got him to #8 in the live rating list.

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Socar, the winners in Eilat

It turned out that Socar needed all of those wins, as St. Petersburg beat Ashdod. At the top three boards Ashdod's Ukrainian trio (Ivanchuk, Volokitin and Eljanov) achieved good positions, but Svidler, Dominguez and Vitiugov defended well. Efimenko and Matlakov scored the decisive points on boards 5 and 6. Here's one of these games:

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As it turned out this was not enough. It seems that at every major tournament the European Chess Union is trying out a different tie-break system, but since Socar defeated St Petersburg in their direct battle few will have problems with the outcome.

Silver for St Petersburg

SHSM-64 took advantage of the losses of Tomsk and Ashdod to capture the bronze medals. They beat the Spanish team Gros Xake Taldea 4.5-1.5. On board one Van Wely used the Leningrad Dutch to hold Boris Gelfand to a draw, after a long and tough fight:

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SHSM-64 wins bronze

Economist, Ugra, Ashdod and Tomsk took places 4 to 7 with 10 match points each.

In the last game to finish, Hikaru Nakamura drew after 127 moves with Israeli IM Danny Raznikov.

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Another promising Israeli junior who also drew with the American earlier, Gil Popilski, won his final game, thus crossing the 2500 barrier and ensuring the GM title. Another great personal achievement was the individual gold medal at the top board which went to French GM Romain Eduard, who scored 6/7 for Club d'Echecs Genève.

The gold medal of the women's event was decided already at the end of round 6, but the winners Monte-Carlo played the final round with their top line-up and beating the Russian team Ugra 3-1. As a result, Ugra dropped from 2nd to 3rd place, and the silver medals went to the Armenian team Mika.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo finished 4 match points ahead of runner-up Mika

Thanks to Anastasia Karlovich, who sent us daily reports, which we used to write ours.

Video broadcast by Chess.TV

European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Results round 7

Bo. 7 Tomsk-400 Rtg - 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg 1 : 5
1/1 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735 - GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792 0 - 1
1/2 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710 - GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748 0 - 1
1/3 GM Bologan, Viktor 2695 - GM Topalov, Veselin 2751 0 - 1
1/4 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752 ½ - ½
1/5 GM Motylev, Alexander 2655 - GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 ½ - ½
1/6 GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638 - GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685 0 - 1
Bo. 9 Ashdod Rtg - 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation Rtg 2 : 4
2/1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 - GM Svidler, Peter 2747 ½ - ½
2/2 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734 ½ - ½
2/3 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681 - GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691 ½ - ½
2/4 GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 - GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699 ½ - ½
2/5 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 - GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689 0 - 1
2/6 GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 - GM Matlakov, Maxim 2665 0 - 1
Bo. 2 SHSM-64 Rtg - 12 Gros Xake Taldea Rtg 4½:1½
3/1 GM Gelfand, Boris 2736 - GM Van Wely, Loek 2688 ½ - ½
3/2 GM Leko, Peter 2734 - GM Bauer, Christian 2664 ½ - ½
3/3 GM Giri, Anish 2730 - GM Landa, Konstantin 2641 ½ - ½
3/4 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712 - IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2479 1 - 0
3/5 GM Grachev, Boris 2672 - IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2442 1 - 0
3/6 GM Najer, Evgeniy 2664 - IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2402 1 - 0
Bo. 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg - 17 Vesnianka Gran Rtg 4½:1½
4/1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718 - GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2582 ½ - ½
4/2 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704 - GM Teterev, Vitaly 2529 ½ - ½
4/3 GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683 - IM Kovalev, Vladislav 2473 1 - 0
4/4 GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758 - IM Gorovets, Andrey 2459 ½ - ½
4/5 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700 - IM Mochalov, Evgeny V 2403 1 - 0
4/6 GM Lysyj, Igor 2628 -   Oblamski, Vladimir 2114 1 - 0
Bo. 5 Ugra Rtg - 8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg 3½:2½
5/1 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732 - GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733 ½ - ½
5/2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2718 - GM Navara, David 2722 ½ - ½
5/3 GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713 - GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678 ½ - ½
5/4 GM Korobov, Anton 2705 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680 1 - 0
5/5 GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693 - GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635 ½ - ½
5/6 GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677 - GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612 ½ - ½
Bo. 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg - 26 Tammer-Shakki Rtg 5½: ½
6/1 GM Adams, Michael 2720 - IM Karttunen, Mika 2445 1 - 0
6/2 GM Bacrot, Etienne 2705 - IM Maki, Veijo 2383 1 - 0
6/3 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704 -   Koykka, Pekka 2242 1 - 0
6/4 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690 - FM Kytoniemi, Jyrki 2283 1 - 0
6/5 GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662 - FM Penttinen, Jarkko 2258 ½ - ½
6/6 GM Gustafsson, Jan 2622 -   Natri, Antero 2219 1 - 0
Bo. 14 Siroki Brijeg Rtg - 30 White Rose Rtg 5½: ½
7/1 GM Palac, Mladen 2600 - IM Palliser, Richard J D 2458 1 - 0
7/2 GM Brkic, Ante 2575 - FM Van De Griendt, Jan Willem 2318 1 - 0
7/3 GM Kurajica, Bojan 2558 -   Townsend, M Paul 2240 1 - 0
7/4 GM Dizdarevic, Emir 2491 -   Barrett, Stephen J 2225 ½ - ½
7/5 IM Bogut, Zeljko 2441 -   Gayson, Peter M 2207 1 - 0
7/6 WFM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra 2270 -   O'driscoll, Kieran 2113 1 - 0
Bo. 15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich Rtg - 10 Beer Sheba Rtg 2½:3½
8/1 GM Timofeev, Artyom 2631 - GM Roiz, Michael 2618 ½ - ½
8/2 GM Pelletier, Yannick 2601 - GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2616 ½ - ½
8/3 GM Brunner, Lucas 2448 - GM Huzman, Alexander 2591 0 - 1
8/4 GM Vogt, Lothar 2397 - GM Nabaty, Tamir 2586 0 - 1
8/5 FM Goldstern, Filip 2334 - GM Postny, Evgeny 2647 ½ - ½
8/6 FM Friedrich, Norbert 2302 - GM Greenfeld, Alon 2559 1 - 0
Bo. 19 Hapoel Kfar Saba Rtg - 11 Obiettive Risarcimento Rtg 1½:4½
9/1 IM Raznikov, Danny 2465 - GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2786 ½ - ½
9/2 IM Boruchovsky, Avital 2435 - GM Georgiev, Kiril 2668 0 - 1
9/3 FM Givon, Asaf 2405 - GM Godena, Michele 2526 ½ - ½
9/4   Galburd, Yan 2331 - IM Bellini, Fabio 2492 0 - 1
9/5   Ben Artzi, Ido 2286 - IM Collutiis, Duilio 2501 0 - 1
9/6   Mindlin, Alon 2237 - IM Valsecchi, Alessio 2415 ½ - ½
Bo. 13 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 18 Team Viking Rtg 5 : 1
10/1 GM Alterman, Boris 2584 - GM Agrest, Evgenij 2614 ½ - ½
10/2 IM Popilski, Gil 2475 - GM Volodin, Aleksandr 2509 1 - 0
10/3 GM Baron, Tal 2454 - FM Lindberg 1984, Bo 2403 1 - 0
10/4 IM Caspi, Israel 2451 - IM Cramling, Dan 2360 ½ - ½
10/5 IM Kaspi, Alexander 2435 - FM Sagit, Rauan 2356 1 - 0
10/6 IM Klenburg, Mikhail 2366 -   Pettersson, Anders 1991 2274 1 - 0
Bo. 16 Eynatten Rtg - 20 Petach Tikva Rtg 3½:2½
11/1 IM Bok, Benjamin 2530 - GM Gofshtein, Leonid 2480 1 - 0
11/2 IM Dambacher, Martijn 2471 - IM Nakar, Eylon 2397 0 - 1
11/3 GM Swinkels, Robin 2494 -   Steinberg, Nitzan 2370 1 - 0
11/4 IM Koch, Thomas 2431 - IM Bar, Roman 2468 ½ - ½
11/5 IM Coenen, Norbert 2327 -   Botvinnik, Mikhail 2340 1 - 0
11/6 FM Kaufeld, Juergen 2326 - FM Chernomordik, Pavel 2274 0 - 1
Bo. 21 Perfect Rtg - 28 Ladia Minsk Rtg 2½:3½
12/1 GM Svetushkin, Dmitry 2597 - FM Meribanov, Vitaly 2407 1 - 0
12/2 IM Korsunsky, Yuri 2419 - FM Bulanov, Dmitri 2376 ½ - ½
12/3   Kurochkin, Victor 2423 -   Kocheev, Aleksandr 2324 0 - 1
12/4   Slavin, Gennadie 2300 -   Harshkou, Mikita 2233 1 - 0
12/5 IM Alekseev, Andrey 2340 -   Terzi, Alexei 2115 0 - 1
12/6   Pleshkov, Mikhail 0 -   Sheremet, Anton 2095 0 - 1
Bo. 22 Gambit Aseko-See Rtg - 27 Amay Rtg 2 : 4
13/1 IM Arnaudov, G. Petar 2471 - IM Burg, Twan 2502 ½ - ½
13/2 IM Mitkov, Marjan 2331 - IM Tan, Matthew 2425 0 - 1
13/3 IM Dancevski, Orce 2389 - FM Broekmeulen, Jasper 2410 0 - 1
13/4 FM Stojcevski, Zoran 2325 -   Memeti, Kastriot 2189 0 - 1
13/5 FM Andonovski, Ljubisa 2274 -   Noiroux, Kevin 2176 ½ - ½
13/6 FM Dinev, Dejan 2348 -   Block, Wolfgang 2101 1 - 0
Bo. 25 Oslo Schakselskap Rtg - 29 Jutes of Kent Rtg 2½:3½
14/1 GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2520 - GM Williams, Simon K 2496 ½ - ½
14/2 FM Stubberud, Ornulf 2309 - GM Galego, Luis 2485 ½ - ½
14/3 WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2286 -   Stebbings, Anthony J 2256 0 - 1
14/4   Persson, Mats 2234 -   Harakis, Alexis M 2229 0 - 1
14/5   Hauge, Lars Oskar 2174 -   Naylor, John 2144 ½ - ½
14/6   Mihajlov, Sebastian 2043 -   Rice, Chris B 2040 1 - 0
Bo. 33 Chess Club Expik Rtg - 24 De Stukkenjagers Rtg 2½:3½
15/1   Budima, Armend 2206 -   Haast, Mark 2287 ½ - ½
15/2   Ajvazi, Ramadan 2164 -   Nabuurs, Mart 2250 1 - 0
15/3   Hamiti, Gani 2144 - WGM Muhren, Bianca 2307 0 - 1
15/4   Haskaj, Fatmir 0 - FM Beukema, Stefan 2271 1 - 0
15/5   Bislimi, Mentor 0 - WIM Haast, Anne 2232 0 - 1
15/6   Mahmuti, Ajet 0 -   Van Dongen, Cor 2357 0 - 1
Bo. 23 Club d'Echecs Genève Rtg - 31 Soss Rtg 4½:1½
16/1 GM Edouard, Romain 2664 - IM Leer-Salvesen, Bjarte 2370 1 - 0
16/2 IM Vuilleumier, Alexandre 2326 - FM Byklum, Bjornar 2298 0 - 1
16/3 IM Gerber, Richard 2421 -   Harestad, Hans Krogh 2265 ½ - ½
16/4   Duport, Nicolas 2199 -   Stenersen, Gudmund 2226 1 - 0
16/5 FM Preissmann, Emmanuel 2222 -   Sodtholt, Dag 1954 1 - 0
16/6   Kovacevic, Vladimir 2210 -   Rost, Bjorn 1974 1 - 0
Bo. 34 Shakkivelhot Rtg - 32 C.E. de Monte Carlo Rtg 3 : 3
17/1 IM Sammalvuo, Tapani 2466 -   Nelis, Jean-Francois 2212 1 - 0
17/2 IM Nyysti, Sampsa 2343 - FM Van Hoolandt, Patrick 2191 ½ - ½
17/3   Kosmo, Santul 2212 -   Ribbegren, Karl Johan 2101 ½ - ½
17/4   Verkasalo, Tommi 2185 -   Farleigh, Richard 2184 0 - 1
17/5   Papula, Niko 0 -   Iclicki, Willy 2044 ½ - ½
17/6   Toikka, Tommi 0 -   Rapaire, Jean-Michel 1899 ½ - ½

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Results round 7

Bo. 4 Ashdod Rtg - 8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg ½ :3½
1/1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324 - IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 0 - 1
1/2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 0 - 1
1/3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 - WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 0 - 1
1/4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 - IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 Chigorin Club Rtg - 3 Mika Rtg ½ :3½
2/1 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 0 - 1
2/2 WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 0 - 1
2/3 WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
2/4   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 0 - 1
Bo. 6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 2 AVS Rtg 0 : 4
3/1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 0 - 1
3/2   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 - GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 0 - 1
3/3   Vardi, Shlomit 2010 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 0 - 1
3/4   Federovski, Adi 1829 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 0 - 1
Bo. 7 Ugra Rtg - 1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg 1 : 3
4/1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - GM Hou, Yifan 2605 0 - 1
4/2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 ½ - ½
4/3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 0 - 1
4/4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 - GM Cramling, Pia 2514 ½ - ½

European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Round 7 standings

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan 7 6 0 1 12 673,8 32
2 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation 7 6 0 1 12 665,5 29,5
3 2 SHSM-64 7 5 1 1 11 590,5 28
4 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov 7 5 0 2 10 653 26,5
5 5 Ugra 7 5 0 2 10 607,3 24
6 9 Ashdod 7 5 0 2 10 595,8 23
7 7 Tomsk-400 7 5 0 2 10 572,5 28
8 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. 7 4 1 2 9 571,3 28
9 14 Siroki Brijeg 7 4 1 2 9 478,3 25,5
10 8 G-Team Novy Bor 7 4 0 3 8 553,5 25,5
11 17 Vesnianka Gran 7 4 0 3 8 487 24
12 10 Beer Sheba 7 4 0 3 8 460,3 23
13 12 Gros Xake Taldea 7 4 0 3 8 449 20
14 13 Rishon Le-Zion 7 4 0 3 8 440 23
15 11 Obiettive Risarcimento 7 4 0 3 8 438,3 24,5
16 16 Eynatten 7 4 0 3 8 407,5 23
17 28 Ladia Minsk 7 3 1 3 7 342 20,5
18 19 Hapoel Kfar Saba 7 3 0 4 6 374,3 19
19 18 Team Viking 7 3 0 4 6 345,3 18,5
20 29 Jutes of Kent 7 3 0 4 6 338 18,5
21 30 White Rose 7 3 0 4 6 338 18,5
22 24 De Stukkenjagers 7 3 0 4 6 336,8 22,5
23 15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich 7 3 0 4 6 317,8 16
24 27 Amay 7 3 0 4 6 306,3 18,5
25 26 Tammer-Shakki 7 3 0 4 6 267,5 12,5
26 23 Club d'Echecs Genève 7 2 1 4 5 366,5 20,5
27 20 Petach Tikva 7 2 1 4 5 360,5 18,5
28 22 Gambit Aseko-See 7 2 1 4 5 313,8 14,5
29 21 Perfect 7 2 1 4 5 299,5 17
30 25 Oslo Schakselskap 7 2 0 5 4 262,5 18
31 33 Chess Club Expik 7 1 1 5 3 267,5 16,5
32 34 Shakkivelhot 7 1 1 5 3 212,3 13
33 31 Soss 7 1 0 6 2 232,8 15
34 32 C.E. de Monte Carlo 7 0 2 5 2 144,8 9

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Round 7 standings

Rk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo * 3 4 4 14 261 22
2 Mika * 3 3 10 225 18,5
3 Ugra 1 * 1 2 9 184,3 15
4 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie 1 3 * 2 2 8 196 16,5
5 AVS 2 * 4 4 7 199,8 18
6 Ashdod 0 ½ 2 ½ ½ * 3 5 91 9
7 Chigorin Club ½ ½ 2 0 * 3 3 101,3 9
8 Rishon Le-Zion 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 * 0 52,3 4

Source: Chess-Results

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Comments

Anonymous's picture

The best team won ! Congrats to Radjabov and his colleagues ...

Thomas's picture

What is the "best" team? They were (by far) the highest-rated team, that's for sure ... .

Still they depended on a tiebreak lottery, where St. Petersburg had a seemingly comfortable and safe edge before the last round. This changed not only because SOCAR scored a bigger victory at the very end, they also depended on a couple of results on the lower tables: Two of St. Petersburg's earlier victims (Vesnianka Gran and Tammer-Shakki) were "crushed" by strong opponents, while three victims of SOCAR (Gambit Aseko-See, Oslo and Zurich) still lost but scored more board points. Without the upsets on the lowermost boards of Zurich-Beer Sheba, St. Petersburg would have kept a very narrow tiebreak edge?

One can still argue that SOCAR deserved to win because they won the direct encounter, I have more mixed feelings on how this star team was established:
- Azerbaijan doesn't seem to have a national team competition, hence it was possible to put their strongest players (spread over different clubs in other countries) on one team to represent a "club" that may not even exist the other 50 weeks of the year. That may still be OK, moreover
- in countries that do have a national team competition, mercenaries can only play at the European Club Cup if they played at least two games in the previous season (extra effort for the players, extra financial effort for the sponsor). Topalov, Grischuk, Kamsky and Sutovsky could afford to play zero games in a non-existing competition.

It's all legal according to the rules of the competition, but that's why I was rooting for St. Petersburg.

Niima's picture

Tukmakov has established himself as a first-rate coach with trophies to boot.

noyb's picture

I'm enjoying Tukmakov's book "Modern Chess Preparation" very much. Does a good job of illustrating/explaining how players prepare in general terms. Wish it had more "meat" about how professionals prepare, specifically with CB, but it's not directed at professional, just amateurs, and it does a good job of that.

chessguy's picture

a toaster could coach radja, shak, kamsky, topa, and gris to victory and gold

Niima's picture

Like it coached the top-class Russian team in recent years when it failed to perform up to its level until Dokhian showed up.

Bartleby's picture

They tried the toaster but it didn't deliver. So they hired a real coach this year.

nathan's picture

The pairing system was weird to say the least.

SHSM-64 played only 2 top teams, Ugra and Baden, they lost one and drew the other and still finished second.
St.Petersburg played only lowly teams for the first 3 rounds! For the next 4 rounds, they met the strong teams.
SOCAR just played 3 out of 7 games with the stronger teams.

RG13's picture

It is a continuing tragedy that GM Radjabov - the number 4 player in the world - participants in fewer elite tournaments than some players that are lower rated than he is. Is this because of tension with GM Aronian?

Excalibur's picture

"Tragedy?" Radjabov gets invited to most of the top events except London Classics, lol.

john's picture

When will Kramnik reach > 2851. Waiting since 20 years. aargh......................

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