ECCC Eilat: five teams lead, Hou Yifan strikes back

10/13/2012 – In the open section there were two mini-upsets: second seed SHSM-64, with an average rating of 2722, could only draw OSG Baden-Baden e.V., average 2690; and Ashdod, average 2668, defeated Ugra, average 2706, by 3½:2½. Five teams lead with four points each. In the women's section world champion Hou Yifan beat former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova. Report with selected games.

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The 28th European Club Cup 2012 is taking place in Eilat, Israel, as a seven-round Swiss from October 11 to 18 (no free day). The rounds starts at 15:00 local time. The time controls are 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. The zero tolerance rule (6.6a of the FIDE Laws of Chess) will be applied: any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session loses the game.

Round two report

SHSM-64, one of the five teams with a rating average of over 2700, could only draw against OSG Baden-Baden e.V., in spite of a win by World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand over Britain's Michael Adams (in return Arkadij Naiditsch defeated Anish Giri). The other "upset" was Ashdod, average rating 2668, defeating Ugra, 2706, by 3½:2½, with wins by Ivanchuk and Eljanov and a loss by Smirin. After two rounds there are five teams with four points each: Ashdod, Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation, Economist-SGSEU Saratov, Tammer-Shakki and Tomsk-400. It's too early to be very meaningful, but you will find the full rankings here.

Top pairing results from round two

Bo. 2   SHSM-64 Rtg
3:3
6   OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg
1.1 GM Gelfand, Boris 2736
1-0
GM Adams, Michael 2720
1.2 GM Leko, Peter 2734
½-½
GM Bacrot, Etienne 2705
1.3 GM Giri, Anish 2730
0-1
GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704
1.4 GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712
½-½
GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690
1.5 GM Grachev, Boris 2672
½-½
GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662
1.6 GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663
½-½
GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2661
Bo. 8   G-Team Novy Bor Rtg
2½:3½
3   Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg
2.1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733
½-½
GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718
2.2 GM Navara, David 2722
½-½
GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704
2.3 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678
½-½
GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683
2.4 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680
½-½
GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758
2.5 GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635
0-1
GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720
2.6 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612
½-½
GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700
Bo. 4   Saint-Petersburg CF Rtg
5:1
17   Vesnianka Gran Rtg
3.1 GM Svidler, Peter 2747
½-½
GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2582
3.2 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691
½-½
GM Teterev, Vitaly 2529
3.3 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699
1-0
IM Kovalev, Vladislav 2473
3.4 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689
1-0
IM Gorovets, Andrey 2459
3.5 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678
1-0
IM Mochalov, Evgeny V 2403
3.6 GM Matlakov, Maxim 2665
1-0
Oblamski, Vladimir 2114
Bo. 9   Ashdod Rtg
3½:2½
5   Ugra Rtg
4.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771
1-0
GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732
4.2 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724
½-½
GM Shirov, Alexei 2718
4.3 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681
1-0
GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713
4.4 GM Smirin, Ilia 2638
0-1
GM Korobov, Anton 2705
4.5 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611
½-½
GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693
4.6 GM Avrukh, Boris 2585
½-½
GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677
Bo. 22   Gambit Aseko-See Rtg
½ :5½
1   SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg
5.1 IM Arnaudov, G. Petar 2471
½-½
GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792
5.2 IM Mitkov, Marjan 2331
0-1
GM Topalov, Veselin 2751
5.3 IM Dancevski, Orce 2389
0-1
GM Kamsky, Gata 2755
5.4 FM Stojcevski, Zoran 2325
0-1
GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685
5.5 FM Andonovski, Ljubisa 2274
0-1
GM Safarli, Eltaj 2616
5.6 FM Dinev, Dejan 2348
0-1
GM Guseinov, Gadir 2608
Bo. 13   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
0:6
7   Tomsk-400 Rtg
6.1 IM Popilski, Gil 2475
0-1
GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735
6.2 GM Kosashvili, Yona 2529
0-1
GM Bologan, Viktor 2695
6.3 GM Baron, Tal 2454
0-1
GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683
6.4 GM Liss, Eran 2464
0-1
GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660
6.5 IM Caspi, Israel 2451
0-1
GM Motylev, Alexander 2655
6.6 IM Klenburg, Mikhail 2366
0-1
GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638


The start of round two of the European Club Cup 2012 in Eilat


G-Team Novy Bor, with Wojtaszek, Navara, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Bartel, and Hracek,
playing Economist-SGSEU with Andreikin, Nepomniachtchi, et al. Ecomomist won 3½:2½


Ashdod, with Ivanchuk, Volokitin and Eljanov, defeated Ugra 3½:2½

Selection of games

Women's section

Yesterday she was beaten by a former women's world champion, today the reigning women's world champion, Hou Yifan, beat another former women's world champion: GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. That gave Hou's team Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo a second straight win. Mika, with two GMs and two IMs was beaten by Ugra, which fielded one IM and three WGMs.

Bo. 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg
2:2
5   Chigorin Club Rtg
1.1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490
½-½
IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425
1.2 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405
½-½
WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244
1.3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368
0-1
WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266
1.4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303
1-0
Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173
Bo. 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
1:3
4   Ashdod Rtg
2.1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162
½-½
IM Klinova, Masha 2324
2.2 Reprun, Nadejda 2143
0-1
WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240
2.3 Federovski, Adi 1829
0-1
WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087
2.4 Lahav, Michal 1732
½-½
WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064
Bo. 7   Ugra Rtg
2½:1½
3   Mika Rtg
3.1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408
0-1
GM Danielian, Elina 2476
3.2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454
1-0
GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512
3.3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365
½-½
IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456
3.4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361
1-0
IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444
Bo. 1 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo Rtg
2½:1½
2   AVS Rtg
4.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605
1-0
GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493
4.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607
½-½
GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551
4.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587
½-½
GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528
4.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514
½-½
WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476


A determined Hou Yifan about to defeat Antoaneta Stefanova (in the background,
standing: Almira Skripchenko, seated: Anna Muzychuk)

Photos by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

Selection of games

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