ECTC R3: Russia loses to France

8/1/2005 – That was the big news in round three of the European Team Championship. The other was that Germany won their third match in succession, over Sweden I, to stay in the lead. In the women's section Russia scored its third win, while Ukraine went down to Georgia. Oh, and the correct pronunciation is 'yet a boy!'

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15th European Chess Team Championship

First of all we would like to clear up a very grave problem that has arisen in our reporting of this event. We carelessly stated that the town of Gothenburg is spelled "Göteborg" in Swedish and pronounced 'yöteborg', the 'ö' rhyming with "eight", spoken with puckered lips. Not so, protested Thommy Perlinger from Kalmar, Sweden. "The letter "ö" in Göteborg does not rhyme with 'eight', it rhymes with the 'u' in 'burst'."

That is true to a certain degree. The 'ö' in Swedish and German are similar. Both are transcribed in the American Heritage Dictionary pronunciation key using 'œ', which is used for the French 'feu' and 'oeuf', as well as the German 'schön' and 'zwölf'. The Columbia Encyclopedia system transcribes the vowel as 'ö', and specifies "as in French peu and German Goethe". This sound is best rendered by untrained foreigners by replacing it with an "ay", as we said, and speaking it with puckered (rounded) lips, i.e. French: fay and ayf, for feu and oeuf; German: shayn and tswaylf for schön and zwölf with rounded lips. It is certainly better than replacing the 'ö' with an English 'o' (in German 'schön' means beautiful, 'schon' means already).

In the international dictionaries the pronunciation of Göteborg is given as (AHD transcription) or (International Phonetic Transcription). But let us see what it sounds like when spoken by a native Swede:

As you can see (or hear) modern Swedes tend to pronounce the 'ö' more like the 'e' in the English "yet", which makes it all quite simple for us. Simply say "yet a boy" and you will fool the natives. Naturally, as always the English-speaking world has another well-tried remedy for foreign places that are hard to pronounce: they simply give the city an easier name, Gothenburg. The French in fact call it Gothemburg. The Swedes are going to have to live with this.

We are glad that we have got that behind us (hopefully) and can return to the matter at hand – which was chess, was it not? Today we bring you the results, games and a lot of pictures.

Round 3, Men – 01.08.2005

3.1 2 Israel 2-2 6 Netherlands
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2724 ½:½ GM Van Wely Loek 2655
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2674 ½:½ GM Sokolov Ivan 2691
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652 ½:½ GM Tiviakov Sergei 2678
4 GM Erenburg Sergey 2595 ½:½ GM Timman Jan 2625
3.2 20 Sweden 1 1-3 10 Germany
1 GM Agrest Evgenij 2592 ½:½ GM Lutz Christopher 2616
2 GM Hellsten Johan 2582 ½:½ GM Gustafsson Jan 2614
3 GM Berg Emanuel 2539 0:1 GM Graf Alexander 2605
4 GM Hector Jonny 2534 0:1 GM Dautov Rustem 2595
3.3 1 Russia 1½-2½ 5 France
1 GM Svidler Peter 2738 ½:½ GM Bacrot Etienne 2729
2 GM Motylev Alexander 2675 ½:½ GM Lautier Joel 2672
3 GM Bareev Evgeny 2688 ½:½ GM Dorfman Josif 2592
4 GM Timofeev Artyom 2661 0:1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2627
3.4 4 Armenia 3-1 14 Georgia
1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2705 ½:½ GM Azmaiparashvili Zurab 2672
2 GM Aronian Levon 2724 1:0 GM Jobava Baadur 2621
3 GM Vaganian Rafael 2614 1:0 IM Pantsulaia Levan 2510
4 GM Lputian Smbat 2629 ½:½ GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2549
3.5 17 Greece 1-3 7 Azerbaijan
1 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2587 0:1 GM Radjabov Teimour 2682
2 GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2578 0:1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2646
3 GM Banikas Hristos 2548 ½:½ GM Gashimov Vugar 2594
4 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 2563 ½:½ GM Guseinov Gadir 2585
3.6 16 Denmark 1-3 8 Romania
1 GM Nielsen Peter Heine 2668 ½:½ GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2679
2 GM Hansen Lars Bo 2567 ½:½ GM Istratescu Andrei 2624
3 IM Palo Davor 2519 0:1 GM Nevednichy Vladislav 2583
4 GM Hansen Sune Berg 2568 0:1 GM Parligras Mircea 2571
3.7 13 Bulgaria 2-2 12 Poland
1 GM Georgiev Kiril 2666 1:0 GM Kempinski Robert 2619
2 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2634 ½:½ GM Socko Bartosz 2615
3 GM Spasov Vasil 2551 ½:½ GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2591
4 - Rusev Krasimir 2426 0:1 GM Markowski Tomasz 2564
3.8 27 Iceland 1-3 19 Switzerland
1 GM Stefansson Hannes 2579 0:1 GM Korchnoi Viktor 2615
2 IM Kristjansson Stefan 2459 1:0 GM Pelletier Yannick 2603
3 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2448 0:1 GM Gallagher Joseph 2544
4 IM Gunnarsson Arnar 2438 0:1 GM Jenni Florian 2494
3.9 36 Scotland 1-3 3 Ukraine
1 GM McNab Colin 2451 ½:½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2752
2 IM Shaw John 2449 ½:½ GM Eljanov Pavel 2639
3 - Grant Jonathan 2273 0:1 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2664
4 FM Upton Timothy 2250 0:1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2645
3.10 9 Czech Republic 4-0 31 Italy
1 GM Navara David 2663 1:0 IM D'Amore Carlo 2463
2 GM Hracek Zbynek 2591 1:0 FM Bruno Fabio 2425
3 GM Stocek Jiri 2592 1:0 IM Contin Daniel 2393
4 GM Votava Jan 2542 1:0 FM Mogranzini Roberto 2363
3.11 15 Serbia and Montenegro 3-1 11 Hungary
1 GM Damljanovic Branko 2612 ½:½ GM Almasi Zoltan 2619
2 GM Markus Robert 2591 1:0 GM Berkes Ferenc 2619
3 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2577 1:0 GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2628
4 GM Solak Dragan 2557 ½:½ GM Ruck Robert 2546
3.12 18 England 3½-½ 23 Spain
1 GM McShane Luke 2625 1:0 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2624
2 GM Speelman Jonathan 2549 ½:½ GM San Segundo Pablo 2514
3 GM Gormally Daniel 2557 1:0 IM Lopez Martinez Josep 2507
4 GM Pert Nicholas 2493 1:0 IM Perez Candelario Manuel 2504
3.13 22 Slovenia 1-3 21 Croatia
1 GM Beliavsky Alexander 2599 0:1 GM Kozul Zdenko 2585
2 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2566 0:1 GM Palac Mladen 2566
3 IM Borisek Jure 2509 1:0 GM Zelcic Robert 2522
4 IM Lenic Luka 2463 0:1 GM Dizdar Goran 2518
3.14 29 Sweden 2 2½-1½ 25 Estonia
1 GM Karlsson Lars 2472 ½:½ GM Kulaots Kaido 2570
2 IM Olsson Anders 2416 ½:½ IM Kanep Meelis 2491
3 FM Carlsson Pontus 2394 1:0 IM Sepp Olav 2462
4 - Lindberg Bosse 2359 ½:½ IM Seeman Tarvo 2405
3.15 37 Belgium 1½-2½ 24 Lithuania
1 IM Dutreeuw Marc 2361 1:0 GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2567
2 IM Van Der Stricht Geert 2400 0:1 GM Sulskis Sarunas 2535
3 IM Claesen Pieter 2384 ½:½ GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2510
4 FM Docx Stefan 2310 0:1 IM Sakalauskas Vaidas 2473
3.16 34 Sweden 3 2½-1½ 32 Ireland
1 GM Brynell Stellan 2484 1:0 GM Baburin Alexander 2523
2 - Ong Kezli 2371 ½:½ IM Kelly Brian 2504
3 - Tikkanen Hans 2316 0:1 IM Collins Sam 2413
4 FM Olsson Linus 2352 1:0 IM Orr Mark 2305
3.17 40 Cyprus ½-3½ 26 Macedonia
1 - Kassinopoullos Doros 2094 0:1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2532
2 - Kyriakidis Thrasos 2144 0:1 GM Jacimovic Dragoljub 2438
3 - Klerides Paris 2224 0:1 IM Kizov Atanas 2418
4 - Florentiades Michalis 0 ½:½ IM Stamenkov Vanco 2391
3.18 38 Luxemburg 2-2 28 Norway
1 IM Bakalarz Mieczyslaw 2423 ½:½ GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2543
2 WGM Berend Elvira 2350 0:1 GM Lie Kjetil A. 2472
3 - Wagener Claude 2273 ½:½ IM Elsness Frode 2440
4 - Weber Jean-Marie 2262 1:0 IM Nordahl Helge 2423
3.19 30 Finland 3-1 39 Wales
1 IM Sammalvuo Tapani 2441 1:0 FM Jones Richard 2325
2 IM Karttunen Mika 2409 1:0 FM James David 2213
3 IM Maki-Uuro Miikka 2390 1:0 - Kett Tim 2192
4 IM Nyysti Sampsa 2344 0:1 - Spice Alan 2175
3.20 35 Turkey ½-3½ 33 Austria
1 IM Atakisi Umut 2437 0:1 IM Neubauer Martin 2468
2 IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2430 0:1 IM Lehner Oliver 2428
3 IM Erdogdu Mert 2403 0:1 IM Lendwai Reinhard 2416
4 - Esen Baris 2301 ½:½ IM Danner Georg 2408

Round 3, Women – 01.08.2005

3.1 1 Russia 3-1 13 Greece
1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2516 1:0 IM Dembo Yelena 2428
2 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2490 0:1 WGM Botsari Anna-Maria 2297
3 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2477 1:0 WGM Makropoulou Marina 2287
4 IM Galliamova Alisa 2453 1:0 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini 2272
3.2 7 Armenia 1½-2½ 10 Romania
1 IM Danielian Elina 2433 ½:½ IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2411
2 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2447 0:1 IM Foisor Cristina Adela 2402
3 WIM Aginian Nelly 2324 ½:½ WGM Olarasu Gabriela 2306
4 WIM Andriasian Siranush 2280 ½:½ WGM Bogza Adina-Maria 2325
3.3 2 Georgia 2½-1½ 3 Ukraine
1 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2509 1:0 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2478
2 IM Lomineishvili Maia 2420 ½:½ IM Lahno Kateryna 2498
3 IM Dzagnidze Nana 2438 ½:½ WGM Ushenina Anna 2389
4 IM Arakhamia-Grant K. 2423 ½:½ IM Vasilevich Tatjana 2393
3.4 4 Poland 2½-1½ 9 Germany
1 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2447 0:1 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2421
2 IM Socko Monika 2465 ½:½ IM Kachiani-Gersinska K. 2416
3 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta 2402 1:0 WIM Nill Jessica 2323
4 IM Dworakowska Joanna 2401 1:0 WGM Trabert Bettina 2291
3.5 11 Bulgaria 2-2 8 France
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2501 ½:½ IM Skripchenko Almira 2437
2 WGM Voiska Margarita 2328 ½:½ IM Sebag Marie 2438
3 WGM Djingarova Emilia 2277 ½:½ WGM Milliet Sophie 2321
4 WIM Genova Liubka 2235 ½:½ WIM Muller Anne 2169
3.6 5 Hungary 2-2 6 Serbia and Montenegro
1 IM Madl Ildiko 2382 ½:½ IM Maric Alisa 2415
2 IM Vajda Szidonia 2392 ½:½ WGM Bojkovic Natasa 2386
3 WGM Medvegy Nora 2387 ½:½ WGM Prudnikova Svetlana 2370
4 WGM Gara Anita 2372 ½:½ WGM Benderac Ana 2289
3.7 20 Croatia 2½-1½ 15 Israel
1 WGM Medic Mirjana 2268 1:0 IM Klinova Masha 2384
2 WIM Sargac Rajna 2242 0:1 WGM Borsuk Angela 2342
3 WIM Macek Vlasta 2211 ½:½ WIM Tsifanskaya Ludmila A 2190
4 WIM Jelica Mara 2191 1:0 WIM Vasiliev Olga 2202
3.8 19 Spain 1-3 16 Sweden 1
1 WGM Calzetta Monica 2282 0:1 GM Cramling Pia 2494
2 WIM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 2262 0:1 WIM Agrest Svetlana 2270
3 WFM Trujillo Delgado Dafnae 2219 ½:½ WIM Johansson Victoria 2218
4 WIM Llaneza Vega Patricia 2180 ½:½ WFM Pavlovskaia Evgenia 2174
3.9 18 England 1-3 12 Netherlands
1 IM Houska Jovanka 2342 0:1 GM Peng Zhaoqin 2405
2 IM Lalic Susan 2362 0:1 IM Bosboom-Lanchava Tea 2363
3 WIM Richards Heather 2150 0:1 WIM Muhren Bianca 2269
4 WFM Gilbert Jessie 2151 1:0 WIM Hamelink Desiree 2195
3.10 21 Lithuania 2-2 25 Turkey
1 WGM Ciuksyte Dagne 2341 0:1 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2155
2 WIM Zaksaite Salomeja 2237 0:1 WFM Topel Zehra 2081
3 - Limontaite Simona 2095 1:0 WIM Cinar Corlulu Nilufer 2038
4 - Daulyte Deimante 2195 1:0 WFM Bayrak Asli 1967
3.11 26 Austria 1-3 14 Slovenia
1 WFM Kopinits Anna-Christina 2124 ½:½ WGM Muzychuk Anna 2364
2 WFM Horvath Maria 2039 0:1 WIM Srebrnic Ana 2289
3 - Sommer Sonja 2053 0:1 WIM Kaps Darja 2319
4 - Nagy Laura 1933 ½:½ WFM Rozic Vesna 2192
3.12 22 Switzerland ½-3½ 17 Czech Republic
1 WGM Lematschko Tatjana 2205 0:1 IM Jackova Jana 2386
2 WFM Seps Monika 2173 ½:½ WIM Cedikova Katerina 2262
3 WCM Wilson Alexandra 2056 0:1 WIM Sikorova Olga 2232
4 - Roelli Corinne 2001 0:1 - Kulovana Eva 2137
3.13 24 Sweden 2 2½-1½ 23 Iceland
1 - Jiretorn Eva 2134 ½:½ WGM Ptacnikova Lenka 2204
2 - Hansson Susanne 2110 ½:½ - Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug 2132
3 - Agrest Inna 1984 1:0 WIM Gretarsdottir Lilja 2046
4 - Frisk Ellinor 1991 ½:½ - Fridthjofsdottir Sigurl 1963

15th European Chess Team Championship

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Picture Gallery


Watch this lady: Russian women's top seed Alexandra Kosteniuk has won all her games so far


Where are Leko and Polgar when we need them? Zoltan Almasi, Hungary's board one player.


Vladimir Akopian, Armenia, 2705, board one


World top-ten player Levon Aronian on board two for Armenia


Yet another super-strong Armian: Smbat Lputian


Highest-rated player in Gothenburg: Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine


Winning for England: Luke McShane, board one


Romania's top board and European Champion Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu


Israel's board one: Boris Gelfand, 2724


Won today with black: the imperishable Viktor Korschnoi


The great Swede Ulf Andersson, playing for Sweden 2


Doing well on board four: Jan Timman, Dutch chess legend


Croatia's board one: Kozul Zdenko


You lost to Germany?? Agrest and Hellsten at a Swedish team meeting


Teimour Radjabov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still struggling with the concept of "team play"

Pictures by Calle Erlandsson

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