ETCC 06: No changes at the top

11/15/2013 – France and Ukraine were stopped at the draws in the Open and Women's section respectively, but they still keep their lead. Both are trailed closely by a pack of teams, but Ukraine has a full match point over the nearest competitors while France only has a half point over Azerbaijan. We bring you the report of round 6 while Alina l'Ami shows us what they did during the free day.

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You might remember that there was a similar sounding event that happened only recently, the European Club Championship, but the events are certainly different as the Club Championship allows players from outside Europe to compete while the European Team Championship is a battle between different nations. The ETCC will be held in Warsaw, Poland from November 7th - November 18th. The event is a team swiss played in 11 rounds.

Free Day by Alina l'Ami

As usual in tournaments of high prestige that are longer than nine rounds, the European Team Championship had a free day. Alina l'Ami gives us a lovely report of what some players did during this day:

The "early birds" on their way to Wilanow Palace. The other excursion the organizers arranged was in the old town, to the Royal Palace. Since I had al ready been there I decided to take the other option.

The Wilanow Palace itself

We had a fantastic guide! I really liked him, although at times I was not able to fully comprehend his stories (he was using a combination of English/French/Russian words), which inevitably included a love tale, with conspiracies, hidden secrets and so on - very enjoyable visit, with an affable, energetic and sympathetic guide! He was always worried we won't take the maximum out of our short visit, so he had difficulties choosing the most interesting facts and figures.

In these palaces you should always mind your steps, otherwise you'll get into trouble while staring at the ornate ceilings!

The painting reflected in the mirror decorates the plafond of the Mirror Cabinet, part of the Queen's Appartment

Olga Alexandrova and Inna Gaponenko interested in learning more from our great guide

My favourite by far - the paintings gallery, called Museum. Originally a three-room appartment, August Potocki had it converted around the middle of the 19th century into a permanent museum gallery, mostly displaying foreign paintings. The Pompeii pink walls and the ceiling murals with medallion portraits of great sculptors, architects and painters of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicist periods are an allusion to typical 19th century museum interiors.

Stairway to Heaven...

The Palace on a rainy day (the gardens must be very beautiful in summer time)

Yours truly (photo courtesy - Arild Rimestad)

Open Section

France keeps a strong showing in this tournament as they barely beat Greece in an important match. The infamous MVL gave France the win today as he beat Papaionnou with white. The Frenchman ruthlessly checkmated his opponent in 20 moves. Literally checkmated.

Azerbaijan is traditionally a strong team in team tournaments - its one of those countries that really makes the saying "greater than the sum of its parts" true. Today they beat Georgia without question and are still keeping a dangerous striking distance with France, who they play tomorrow.

Half a match point behind Azerbaijan are now Russia and Armenia, who also play each other tomorrow. Russia squeeked a win against Romania while Armenia did the same with Hungary.

Bo. 15 GREECE Rtg - 3 FRANCE Rtg 1½:2½
1.1 GM BANIKAS, Hristos 2633 - GM BACROT, Etienne 2749 ½ - ½
1.2 GM PAPAIOANNOU, Ioannis 2639 - GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE, Maxime 2742 0 - 1
1.3 GM MASTROVASILIS, Dimitrios 2589 - GM EDOUARD, Romain 2653 ½ - ½
1.4 GM HALKIAS, Stelios 2555 - GM TKACHIEV, Vladislav 2637 ½ - ½
Bo. 14 GEORGIA Rtg - 6 AZERBAIJAN Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 GM JOBAVA, Baadur 2695 - GM MAMEDYAROV, Shakhriyar 2757 0 - 1
2.2 GM MCHEDLISHVILI, Mikheil 2631 - GM RADJABOV, Teimour 2715 ½ - ½
2.3 GM PANTSULAIA, Levan 2595 - GM SAFARLI, Eltaj 2653 ½ - ½
2.4 IM NIGALIDZE, Gaioz 2494 - GM MAMEDOV, Rauf 2647 0 - 1
Bo. 1 RUSSIA Rtg - 19 ROMANIA Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 GM GRISCHUK, Alexander 2785 - GM LUPULESCU, Constantin 2630 1 - 0
3.2 GM SVIDLER, Peter 2752 - GM JIANU, Vlad-Cristian 2565 ½ - ½
3.3 GM ANDREIKIN, Dmitry 2710 - GM PARLIGRAS, Mircea-Emilian 2576 ½ - ½
3.4 GM MOROZEVICH, Alexander 2727 - GM NEVEDNICHY, Vladislav 2590 ½ - ½
Bo. 2 ARMENIA Rtg - 7 HUNGARY Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 GM ARONIAN, Levon 2801 - GM BALOGH, Csaba 2630 ½ - ½
4.2 GM MOVSESIAN, Sergei 2700 - GM ALMASI, Zoltan 2710 1 - 0
4.3 GM AKOPIAN, Vladimir 2681 - GM POLGAR, Judit 2689 ½ - ½
4.4 GM SARGISSIAN, Gabriel 2676 - GM BANUSZ, Tamas 2593 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 ENGLAND Rtg - 4 UKRAINE Rtg 2 : 2
5.1 GM ADAMS, Michael 2752 - GM ARESHCHENKO, Alexander 2720 ½ - ½
5.2 GM MCSHANE, Luke J 2696 - GM VOLOKITIN, Andrei 2682 1 - 0
5.3 GM JONES, Gawain C B 2648 - GM EFIMENKO, Zahar 2657 ½ - ½
5.4 GM HOWELL, David W L 2644 - GM MOISEENKO, Alexander 2709 0 - 1
Bo. 9 CZECH REPUBLIC Rtg - 8 NETHERLANDS Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM NAVARA, David 2705 - GM GIRI, Anish 2732 0 - 1
6.2 GM LAZNICKA, Viktor 2677 - GM SOKOLOV, Ivan 2625 0 - 1
6.3 GM HRACEK, Zbynek 2638 - GM L'AMI, Erwin 2648 1 - 0
6.4 GM BABULA, Vlastimil 2574 - GM VAN KAMPEN, Robin 2618 1 - 0
Bo. 11 SPAIN Rtg - 16 CROATIA Rtg 1½:2½
7.1 GM VALLEJO PONS, Francisco 2705 - GM SARIC, Ivan 2628 ½ - ½
7.2 GM SALGADO LOPEZ, Ivan 2610 - GM STEVIC, Hrvoje 2611 0 - 1
7.3 GM ILLESCAS CORDOBA, Miguel 2614 - GM PALAC, Mladen 2571 ½ - ½
7.4 GM KORNEEV, Oleg 2637 - GM KOZUL, Zdenko 2597 ½ - ½
Bo. 17 BELARUS Rtg - 20 SERBIA Rtg 2½:1½
8.1 GM ZHIGALKO, Sergei 2694 - GM IVANISEVIC, Ivan 2619 ½ - ½
8.2 GM ZHIGALKO, Andrey 2619 - GM PERUNOVIC, Milos 2613 1 - 0
8.3 GM KOVALEV, Vladislav 2583 - GM DAMLJANOVIC, Branko 2569 ½ - ½
8.4 GM TETEREV, Vitaly 2501 - GM BOGOSAVLJEVIC, Boban 2549 ½ - ½
Bo. 18 TURKEY Rtg - 12 POLAND Rtg 2 : 2
9.1 GM SOLAK, Dragan 2618 - GM SOCKO, Bartosz 2661 ½ - ½
9.2 GM IPATOV, Alexander 2630 - GM SWIERCZ, Dariusz 2627 ½ - ½
9.3 GM ESEN, Baris 2565 - GM BARTEL, Mateusz 2626 ½ - ½
9.4 GM YILMAZ, Mustafa 2577 - GM MITON, Kamil 2597 ½ - ½
Bo. 13 ITALY Rtg - 29 ISRAEL Rtg 3½: ½
10.1 GM CARUANA, Fabiano 2782 - GM POPILSKI, Gil 2483 1 - 0
10.2 GM BRUNELLO, Sabino 2615 - IM RAZNIKOV, Danny 2481 ½ - ½
10.3 GM VOCATURO, Daniele 2577 - GM BARON, Tal 2487 1 - 0
10.4 GM ROMBALDONI, Axel 2530 - IM BORUCHOVSKY, Avital 2472 1 - 0
Bo. 31 SWITZERLAND Rtg - 21 BULGARIA Rtg 2½:1½
11.1 GM PELLETIER, Yannick 2575 - GM TOPALOV, Veselin 2774 ½ - ½
11.2 IM KURMANN, Oliver 2424 - GM RUSEV, Krasimir 2539 ½ - ½
11.3 FM GEORGIADIS, Nico 2423 - GM ARNAUDOV, G. Petar 2448 1 - 0
11.4 IM FORSTER, Richard 2452 - IM DIMITROV, Radoslav 2445 ½ - ½
Bo. 30 MONTENEGRO Rtg - 22 SLOVENIA Rtg 1 : 3
12.1 GM DJUKIC, Nikola 2543 - GM PAVASOVIC, Dusko 2563 ½ - ½
12.2 GM BLAGOJEVIC, Dragisa 2524 - GM LENIC, Luka 2637 0 - 1
12.3 GM DRASKO, Milan 2447 - GM SKOBERNE, Jure 2573 ½ - ½
12.4 GM KOSIC, Dragan 2504 - GM BORISEK, Jure 2555 0 - 1
Bo. 10 GERMANY Rtg - 34 LITHUANIA Rtg 3 : 1
13.1 GM NAIDITSCH, Arkadij 2727 - GM ZAGORSKIS, Darius 2480 1 - 0
13.2 GM MEIER, Georg 2623 - IM BEINORAS, Mindaugas 2389 ½ - ½
13.3 GM KHENKIN, Igor 2612 -   LAURUSAS, Tomas 2409 ½ - ½
13.4 GM BARAMIDZE, David 2614 - FM VEDRICKAS, Tautvydas 2305 1 - 0
Bo. 24 POLAND GOLDIES Rtg - 23 POLAND FUTURES Rtg 1 : 3
14.1 GM TAZBIR, Marcin 2555 - GM DUDA, Jan-Krzysztof 2542 0 - 1
14.2 GM HEBERLA, Bartlomiej 2556 - GM DRAGUN, Kamil 2543 ½ - ½
14.3 GM BULSKI, Krzysztof 2538 - GM TOMCZAK, Jacek 2581 ½ - ½
14.4 GM GDANSKI, Jacek 2518 - GM PIORUN, Kacper 2555 0 - 1
Bo. 28 ICELAND Rtg - 26 DENMARK Rtg 2½:1½
15.1 GM STEINGRIMSSON, Hedinn 2543 - GM HANSEN, Sune Berg 2563 1 - 0
15.2 GM STEFANSSON, Hannes 2539 - GM PALO, Davor 2553 ½ - ½
15.3 IM GRETARSSON, Hjorvar Steinn 2511 - GM RASMUSSEN, Allan Stig 2486 ½ - ½
15.4 GM DANIELSEN, Henrik 2502 - IM ANDERSEN, Mads 2499 ½ - ½
Bo. 37 SCOTLAND Rtg - 25 SWEDEN Rtg 0 : 4
16.1 FM MORRISON, Graham 2351 - GM GRANDELIUS, Nils 2557 0 - 1
16.2 IM MUIR, Andrew J 2312 - GM TIKKANEN, Hans 2544 0 - 1
16.3 FM TATE, Alan 2299 - GM BERG, Emanuel 2547 0 - 1
16.4   GRANT, Jonathan I M 2257 - GM BLOMQVIST, Erik 2508 0 - 1
Bo. 32 FINLAND Rtg - 27 AUSTRIA Rtg 1½:2½
17.1 GM NYBACK, Tomi 2586 - GM RAGGER, Markus 2672 ½ - ½
17.2 IM SIPILA, Vilka 2463 - GM SHENGELIA, David 2543 1 - 0
17.3 IM KARTTUNEN, Mika 2440 - IM KREISL, Robert 2410 0 - 1
17.4 IM AGOPOV, Mikael 2435 - IM SCHREINER, Peter 2452 0 - 1
Bo. 33 BELGIUM Rtg - 36 NORWAY Rtg 3½: ½
18.1 IM MICHIELS, Bart 2506 - IM TARI, Aryan 2420 1 - 0
18.2 IM RINGOIR, Tanguy 2514 -   HAUGE, Lars Oskar 2301 1 - 0
18.3 IM DOCX, Stefan 2488 - FM HOLM, Kristian Stuvik 2281 ½ - ½
18.4 IM SOORS, Stef 2404 -   SALOMON, Johan 2246 1 - 0
Bo. 38 WALES Rtg - 35 FYR MACEDONIA Rtg 0 : 4
19.1 IM JONES, Richard S. 2435 - IM PANCEVSKI, Filip 2478 0 - 1
19.2 FM VARLEY, Peter 2251 - GM BOGDANOVSKI, Vlatko 2459 0 - 1
19.3   JAMESON, David 2147 - GM STANOJOSKI, Zvonko 2417 0 - 1
19.4   PLEASANTS, Allan J 2027 - GM JACIMOVIC, Dragoljub 2422 0 - 1

Replay open games of round 6

Women's Section

Zhukova's terrible results in this tournament almost cost Ukraine the strong lead that they have in the tournament. Lagno got outplayed by the slightly higher rated Dzagnidze, but they were bailed out by their teammates. Ushenina continues with a terrific tournament showing that the World Championship he won was not just a fluke, while Muzychuk won a bizarre game against Khotenashvili. In that game it seemed as if neither player liked their pieces very much and they were just trying to give them away for free as soon as possible.

Poland 1 held Russia to a draw with an important win by Socko over Gunina. Meanwhile Poland 3 beat Germany and is back in the leaderboard. Spain was crushed by Armenia 3.5-0.5.

Tomorrow's game arer important. The upcoming and surprising Poland 3 will face Ukraine, while Georgia will face Poland 1 in the second board. Armenia is the fourth team with 9.0/12 points and will face Poland Futures (the young team from Poland). The locals really have to celebrate the amazing job their women's teams have done.

Bo. 3 Georgia Rtg - 1 Ukraine Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2556 - GM Lagno, Kateryna 2542 1 - 0
1.2 WGM Arabidze, Meri 2374 - GM Ushenina, Anna 2492 0 - 1
1.3 IM Khotenashvili, Bela 2524 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2491 0 - 1
1.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2423 - GM Zhukova, Natalia 2466 1 - 0
Bo. 4 Poland Rtg - 2 Russia Rtg 2 : 2
2.1 GM Socko, Monika 2431 - GM Gunina, Valentina 2509 1 - 0
2.2 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2383 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2510 ½ - ½
2.3 WGM Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna 2420 - WGM Girya, Olga 2447 0 - 1
2.4 WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina 2382 - WGM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 Germany Rtg - 13 Poland III Rtg 1½:2½
3.1 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2449 - WIM Worek, Joanna 2336 0 - 1
3.2 IM Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino 2365 - WGM Kadziolka, Beata 2327 ½ - ½
3.3 WGM Melamed, Tatjana 2367 - WGM Bartel, Marta 2308 ½ - ½
3.4 WGM Michna, Marta 2357 - WGM Toma, Katarzyna 2282 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 Spain Rtg - 6 Armenia Rtg ½ :3½
4.1 IM Alexandrova, Olga 2427 - GM Danielian, Elina 2457 0 - 1
4.2 IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2385 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2447 0 - 1
4.3 IM Matnadze, Ana 2373 - IM Galojan, Lilit 2301 ½ - ½
4.4 WIM Nicolas Zapata, Irene 2241 - WGM Kursova, Maria 2339 0 - 1
Bo. 10 Romania Rtg - 8 Hungary Rtg 1½:2½
5.1 IM Bulmaga, Irina 2399 - GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2511 0 - 1
5.2 WGM L'ami, Alina 2361 - WGM Gara, Ticia 2350 ½ - ½
5.3 WGM Cosma, Elena-Luminita 2326 - IM Gara, Anita 2311 1 - 0
5.4 WGM Voicu-Jagodzinsky, Carmen 2275 - WGM Rudolf, Anna 2281 0 - 1
Bo. 25 Poland Futures Rtg - 14 Netherlands Rtg 2½:1½
6.1 WIM Kulon, Klaudia 2276 - WIM Schut, Lisa 2333 1 - 0
6.2 WIM Iwanow, Anna 2206 - GM Peng, Zhaoqin 2378 0 - 1
6.3 WFM Wisniowska, Klaudia 2153 - WIM Haast, Anne 2262 ½ - ½
6.4 WFM Kiolbasa, Oliwia 1982 - WIM Van Weersel, Arlette 2180 1 - 0
Bo. 16 Lithuania Rtg - 17 Azerbaijan Rtg 2½:1½
7.1 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2506 - WGM Mamedjarova, Zeinab 2236 1 - 0
7.2 WGM Daulyte, Deimante 2336 - WIM Abdulla, Khayala 2255 ½ - ½
7.3 WIM Zaksaite, Salomeja 2200 - WGM Mamedjarova, Turkan 2250 1 - 0
7.4   Batkovskyte, Dominyka 2111 - WIM Umudova, Nargiz 2253 0 - 1
Bo. 11 Bulgaria Rtg - 12 Serbia Rtg 2½:1½
8.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2494 - IM Bojkovic, Natasa 2405 1 - 0
8.2 WIM Raeva, Elitsa 2361 - WGM Manakova, Maria 2324 0 - 1
8.3 WGM Videnova, Iva 2272 - WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 2293 ½ - ½
8.4 WGM Voiska, Margarita 2298 - WIM Rakic, Marija 2291 1 - 0
Bo. 15 Israel Rtg - 29 Norway Rtg 4 : 0
9.1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2313 - WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2198 1 - 0
9.2 IM Klinova, Masha 2291 -   Gronnestad, Anita 1958 1 - 0
9.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2282 -   Machlik, Monika 1936 1 - 0
9.4 IM Borsuk, Angela 2186 -   Reppen, Ellisiv 2008 1 - 0
Bo. 18 Czech Republic Rtg - 28 Turkey Rtg 2½:1½
10.1 WIM Havlikova, Kristyna 2237 - WGM Yildiz, Betul Cemre 2291 ½ - ½
10.2 WIM Olsarova, Karolina 2275 - WGM Ozturk, Kubra 2281 ½ - ½
10.3 WIM Olsarova, Tereza 2248 - WCM Cemhan, Kardelen 1993 1 - 0
10.4 WIM Sikorova, Olga 2278 -   Kaplan, Ebru 1882 ½ - ½
Bo. 7 France Rtg - 20 Italy Rtg 2 : 2
11.1 GM Sebag, Marie 2510 - IM Sedina, Elena 2302 1 - 0
11.2 IM Milliet, Sophie 2383 - IM Zimina, Olga 2338 ½ - ½
11.3 WGM Maisuradze, Nino 2302 - WIM Brunello, Marina 2248 0 - 1
11.4 WIM Benmesbah, Natacha 2248 -   Gueci, Tea 2056 ½ - ½
Bo. 30 Belgium Rtg - 21 Greece Rtg 3 : 1
12.1 IM Zozulia, Anna 2334 - WGM Botsari, Anna-Maria 2338 1 - 0
12.2   Goossens, Hanne 2069 - WIM Pavlidou, Ekaterini 2199 1 - 0
12.3   Barbier, Wiebke 1945 - WGM Makropoulou, Marina 2234 1 - 0
12.4   Degrande, Marigje 1867 - WIM Fakhiridou, Ekaterini 2168 0 - 1
Bo. 27 Slovenia Rtg - 19 Austria Rtg 1½:2½
13.1 WGM Srebrnic, Ana 2198 - IM Moser, Eva 2434 ½ - ½
13.2 WGM Kaps, Darja 2221 - WFM Newrkla, Katharina 2173 1 - 0
13.3 WFM Novak, Ksenija 2082 - WIM Kopinits, Anna-Christina 2263 0 - 1
13.4   Orehek, Spela 2026 - WFM Exler, Veronika 2147 0 - 1
Bo. 22 Croatia Rtg - 24 Belarus Rtg 1½:2½
14.1 WIM Franciskovic, Borka 2263 - WGM Ziaziulkina, Nastassia 2350 ½ - ½
14.2 WIM Jelica, Mara 2252 - FM Stetsko, Lanita 2226 ½ - ½
14.3 WIM Saric, Kristina 2250 -   Revo, Tatiana 2075 0 - 1
14.4 WFM Purgar, Ivona 2136 -   Nevioselaya, Maria 2074 ½ - ½
Bo. 23 England Rtg - 26 Switzerland Rtg 2½:1½
15.1 IM Ciuksyte, Dagne 2355 - WIM Seps, Monika 2260 0 - 1
15.2 WGM Corke, Anya S 2276 - WIM Heinatz, Dr. Gundula 2169 ½ - ½
15.3 WFM Grigoryan, Meri 2039 - WFM Stoeri, Laura 2102 1 - 0
15.4 WFM Bhatia, Kanwal K 2039 - WFM De Seroux, Camille 2066 1 - 0
Bo. 32 Iceland Rtg - 31 Finland Rtg 2 : 2
16.1 WGM Ptacnikova, Lenka 2238 - WIM Tuominen, Tanja 2105 1 - 0
16.2   Thorsteinsdottir, Hallgerdur 1951 - WFM Savola, Laura 2076 1 - 0
16.3   Johannsdottir, Johanna Bjorg 1901 - WFM Puuska, Heini 1982 0 - 1
16.4   Kristinardottir, Elsa Maria 1819 -   Rautanen, Sari 1956 0 - 1

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