ETCC Final: Azerbajian, Ukraine gold!

11/18/2013 – The Women's section saw very few surprises as Russia was able to take out an Ukraine and clinched silver, while Poland took out Lithuania for bronze. In the Open Azerbaijan retained its lead by drawing Armenia while Russia's win against France didn't allow them to leapfrog over their opponents, but did allow them third place while France retained the silver. Beautiful closing ceremony report.

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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.

Open Section

The top match between Armenia and Azerbaijan saw four hard fought but solid draws. This secured Azerbaijan's gold medal while it left Armenia with slim hopes for a medal for themselves as much depended on the other results. Andreikin had a huge game as he was able to beat Tkachiev, giving Russia the win and the Bronze medal. France still had the better tiebreaks so they took silver. Armenia had the worst tiebreaks of the three and remained off the podium.

The tournament winners: Azerbaijan

Russia had a strong finish and were able to squeeze into the podium at the last minute

England's Adams and Short had pretty good showings in the tournament

We don't really know what's going on in this picture of the Arbiters

Bo. 2 ARMENIA Rtg - 6 AZERBAIJAN Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM ARONIAN, Levon 2801 - GM MAMEDYAROV, Shakhriyar 2757 ½ - ½
1.2 GM MOVSESIAN, Sergei 2700 - GM RADJABOV, Teimour 2715 ½ - ½
1.3 GM AKOPIAN, Vladimir 2681 - GM MAMEDOV, Rauf 2647 ½ - ½
1.4 GM SARGISSIAN, Gabriel 2676 - GM GUSEINOV, Gadir 2607 ½ - ½
Bo. 1 RUSSIA Rtg - 3 FRANCE Rtg 2½:1½
2.1 GM GRISCHUK, Alexander 2785 - GM BACROT, Etienne 2749 ½ - ½
2.2 GM SVIDLER, Peter 2752 - GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE, Maxime 2742 ½ - ½
2.3 GM ANDREIKIN, Dmitry 2710 - GM TKACHIEV, Vladislav 2637 1 - 0
2.4 GM TOMASHEVSKY, Evgeny 2722 - GM HAMDOUCHI, Hicham 2627 ½ - ½
Bo. 9 CZECH REPUBLIC Rtg - 14 GEORGIA Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 GM NAVARA, David 2705 - GM JOBAVA, Baadur 2695 1 - 0
3.2 GM LAZNICKA, Viktor 2677 - GM MCHEDLISHVILI, Mikheil 2631 ½ - ½
3.3 GM HRACEK, Zbynek 2638 - GM GAGUNASHVILI, Merab 2556 ½ - ½
3.4 GM STOCEK, Jiri 2543 - GM PANTSULAIA, Levan 2595 0 - 1
Bo. 7 HUNGARY Rtg - 17 BELARUS Rtg 3 : 1
4.1 GM ERDOS, Viktor 2658 - GM ZHIGALKO, Sergei 2694 1 - 0
4.2 GM BALOGH, Csaba 2630 - GM ZHIGALKO, Andrey 2619 ½ - ½
4.3 GM POLGAR, Judit 2689 - GM KOVALEV, Vladislav 2583 1 - 0
4.4 GM BANUSZ, Tamas 2593 - GM STUPAK, Kirill 2494 ½ - ½
Bo. 15 GREECE Rtg - 13 ITALY Rtg 2 : 2
5.1 GM BANIKAS, Hristos 2633 - GM CARUANA, Fabiano 2782 ½ - ½
5.2 GM MASTROVASILIS, Dimitrios 2589 - GM VOCATURO, Daniele 2577 0 - 1
5.3 GM HALKIAS, Stelios 2555 - GM GODENA, Michele 2501 ½ - ½
5.4 GM KOTRONIAS, Vasilios 2564 - GM ROMBALDONI, Axel 2530 1 - 0
Bo. 5 ENGLAND Rtg - 12 POLAND Rtg 2 : 2
6.1 GM ADAMS, Michael 2752 - GM SOCKO, Bartosz 2661 ½ - ½
6.2 GM MCSHANE, Luke J 2696 - GM SWIERCZ, Dariusz 2627 ½ - ½
6.3 GM SHORT, Nigel D 2680 - GM GAJEWSKI, Grzegorz 2634 1 - 0
6.4 GM HOWELL, David W L 2644 - GM BARTEL, Mateusz 2626 0 - 1
Bo. 22 SLOVENIA Rtg - 4 UKRAINE Rtg ½ :3½
7.1 GM LENIC, Luka 2637 - GM VOLOKITIN, Andrei 2682 ½ - ½
7.2 GM SKOBERNE, Jure 2573 - GM EFIMENKO, Zahar 2657 0 - 1
7.3 GM BORISEK, Jure 2555 - GM MOISEENKO, Alexander 2709 0 - 1
7.4 GM TRATAR, Marko 2494 - GM FEDORCHUK, Sergey A. 2666 0 - 1
Bo. 16 CROATIA Rtg - 19 ROMANIA Rtg 2 : 2
8.1 GM SARIC, Ivan 2628 - GM LUPULESCU, Constantin 2630 1 - 0
8.2 GM STEVIC, Hrvoje 2611 - GM JIANU, Vlad-Cristian 2565 ½ - ½
8.3 GM PALAC, Mladen 2571 - GM PARLIGRAS, Mircea-Emilian 2576 ½ - ½
8.4 GM KOZUL, Zdenko 2597 - GM NEVEDNICHY, Vladislav 2590 0 - 1
Bo. 21 BULGARIA Rtg - 8 NETHERLANDS Rtg ½ :3½
9.1 GM RUSEV, Krasimir 2539 - GM GIRI, Anish 2732 0 - 1
9.2 GM PETKOV, Vladimir 2570 - GM SOKOLOV, Ivan 2625 0 - 1
9.3 GM ARNAUDOV, G. Petar 2448 - GM SMEETS, Jan 2620 0 - 1
9.4 IM DIMITROV, Radoslav 2445 - GM VAN KAMPEN, Robin 2618 ½ - ½
Bo. 20 SERBIA Rtg - 18 TURKEY Rtg 3 : 1
10.1 GM IVANISEVIC, Ivan 2619 - GM SOLAK, Dragan 2618 1 - 0
10.2 GM PERUNOVIC, Milos 2613 - GM IPATOV, Alexander 2630 1 - 0
10.3 GM DAMLJANOVIC, Branko 2569 - GM ESEN, Baris 2565 1 - 0
10.4 GM INDJIC, Aleksandar 2534 - GM YILMAZ, Mustafa 2577 0 - 1
Bo. 30 MONTENEGRO Rtg - 25 SWEDEN Rtg 2½:1½
11.1 GM DJUKIC, Nikola 2543 - GM GRANDELIUS, Nils 2557 0 - 1
11.2 GM BLAGOJEVIC, Dragisa 2524 - GM TIKKANEN, Hans 2544 ½ - ½
11.3 GM DRASKO, Milan 2447 - GM BERG, Emanuel 2547 1 - 0
11.4 GM KOSIC, Dragan 2504 - GM BLOMQVIST, Erik 2508 1 - 0
Bo. 10 GERMANY Rtg - 31 SWITZERLAND Rtg 3 : 1
12.1 GM NAIDITSCH, Arkadij 2727 - GM PELLETIER, Yannick 2575 1 - 0
12.2 GM MEIER, Georg 2623 - GM GALLAGHER, Joseph G. 2504 1 - 0
12.3 GM KHENKIN, Igor 2612 - IM KURMANN, Oliver 2424 ½ - ½
12.4 GM FRIDMAN, Daniel 2600 - FM GEORGIADIS, Nico 2423 ½ - ½
Bo. 28 ICELAND Rtg - 11 SPAIN Rtg 1½:2½
13.1 GM STEINGRIMSSON, Hedinn 2543 - GM VALLEJO PONS, Francisco 2705 1 - 0
13.2 GM STEFANSSON, Hannes 2539 - GM SALGADO LOPEZ, Ivan 2610 0 - 1
13.3 IM GRETARSSON, Hjorvar Steinn 2511 - GM ILLESCAS CORDOBA, Miguel 2614 ½ - ½
13.4 GM DANIELSEN, Henrik 2502 - GM KORNEEV, Oleg 2637 0 - 1
Bo. 29 ISRAEL Rtg - 23 POLAND FUTURES Rtg 1½:2½
14.1 GM NABATY, Tamir 2580 - GM DUDA, Jan-Krzysztof 2542 0 - 1
14.2 GM POPILSKI, Gil 2483 - GM DRAGUN, Kamil 2543 ½ - ½
14.3 GM BARON, Tal 2487 - GM TOMCZAK, Jacek 2581 ½ - ½
14.4 IM BORUCHOVSKY, Avital 2472 - GM PIORUN, Kacper 2555 ½ - ½
Bo. 34 LITHUANIA Rtg - 32 FINLAND Rtg 2½:1½
15.1 GM ZAGORSKIS, Darius 2480 - GM NYBACK, Tomi 2586 ½ - ½
15.2 IM BEINORAS, Mindaugas 2389 - IM SIPILA, Vilka 2463 1 - 0
15.3   LAURUSAS, Tomas 2409 - IM AGOPOV, Mikael 2435 0 - 1
15.4 FM VEDRICKAS, Tautvydas 2305 - FM EBELING, Daniel 2365 1 - 0
Bo. 27 AUSTRIA Rtg - 24 POLAND GOLDIES Rtg 2 : 2
16.1 GM RAGGER, Markus 2672 - GM TAZBIR, Marcin 2555 0 - 1
16.2 GM SHENGELIA, David 2543 - GM HEBERLA, Bartlomiej 2556 1 - 0
16.3 IM KREISL, Robert 2410 - GM BULSKI, Krzysztof 2538 ½ - ½
16.4 IM SCHREINER, Peter 2452 - GM GDANSKI, Jacek 2518 ½ - ½
Bo. 26 DENMARK Rtg - 38 WALES Rtg 3½: ½
17.1 GM HANSEN, Sune Berg 2563 - IM JONES, Richard S. 2435 ½ - ½
17.2 GM PALO, Davor 2553 - FM VARLEY, Peter 2251 1 - 0
17.3 GM RASMUSSEN, Allan Stig 2486 -   JAMESON, David 2147 1 - 0
17.4 IM ANDERSEN, Mads 2499 -   PLEASANTS, Allan J 2027 1 - 0
Bo. 35 FYR MACEDONIA Rtg - 33 BELGIUM Rtg 1 : 3
18.1 IM PANCEVSKI, Filip 2478 - IM MICHIELS, Bart 2506 0 - 1
18.2 GM BOGDANOVSKI, Vlatko 2459 - IM RINGOIR, Tanguy 2514 ½ - ½
18.3 IM KIZOV, Atanas 2413 - IM DOCX, Stefan 2488 0 - 1
18.4 GM STANOJOSKI, Zvonko 2417 - IM SOORS, Stef 2404 ½ - ½
Bo. 37 SCOTLAND Rtg - 36 NORWAY Rtg 1 : 3
19.1 IM MUIR, Andrew J 2312 - IM TARI, Aryan 2420 ½ - ½
19.2 FM TATE, Alan 2299 -   HAUGE, Lars Oskar 2301 0 - 1
19.3   GRANT, Jonathan I M 2257 - FM HOLM, Kristian Stuvik 2281 ½ - ½
19.4   MINNICAN, Alan 2135 -   SALOMON, Johan 2246 0 - 1

Replay open games of round 9

Women's Section

Similar to the open section, Russia ended with a strong and important victory and in this case they secured their silver medal by beating Ukraine, who wasn't really playing for any further position in the tournament. Ukraine won gold medal despite the fact that their top two boards of the match, Lagno and Muzychuk who had absolutely fantastic events, lost their games.

In the second board Poland did exactly what they had to do and were able to beat Lithuania to clinch bronze. A draw would have sufficed as well as both Armenia and Goergia ended with only 12 points as opposed to Poland's 14.

Goryachkina didn't have an awesome event but was part of the team that beat Ukraine to secure silver

Deimante Daulyte of Lithuania was fighting for a medal up to the very last moment

Joanna Majdan-Gajewska helped her team get the bronze medal

Ukraine had already clinched gold before any of these pieces moved

Ukraine's hero: Mariya Muzychuk with a 2612 performance

Bo. 2 Russia Rtg - 1 Ukraine Rtg 3 : 1
1.1 GM Gunina, Valentina 2509 - GM Lagno, Kateryna 2542 1 - 0
1.2 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2510 - IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2491 1 - 0
1.3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2499 - GM Zhukova, Natalia 2466 ½ - ½
1.4 WGM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2438 - IM Gaponenko, Inna 2402 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 Poland Rtg - 16 Lithuania Rtg 3 : 1
2.1 GM Socko, Monika 2431 - GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2506 ½ - ½
2.2 WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2383 - WGM Daulyte, Deimante 2336 ½ - ½
2.3 WGM Majdan-Gajewska, Joanna 2420 - WIM Zaksaite, Salomeja 2200 1 - 0
2.4 WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska, Karina 2382 -   Batkovskyte, Dominyka 2111 1 - 0
Bo. 8 Hungary Rtg - 6 Armenia Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2511 - GM Danielian, Elina 2457 1 - 0
3.2 IM Gara, Anita 2311 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2447 0 - 1
3.3 WGM Papp, Petra 2300 - IM Galojan, Lilit 2301 0 - 1
3.4 WGM Rudolf, Anna 2281 - WGM Kursova, Maria 2339 1 - 0
Bo. 3 Georgia Rtg - 14 Netherlands Rtg 4 : 0
4.1 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2556 - WIM Schut, Lisa 2333 1 - 0
4.2 WGM Arabidze, Meri 2374 - GM Peng, Zhaoqin 2378 1 - 0
4.3 IM Khurtsidze, Nino 2462 - IM Lanchava, Tea 2289 1 - 0
4.4 IM Khotenashvili, Bela 2524 - WIM Van Weersel, Arlette 2180 1 - 0
Bo. 5 Germany Rtg - 10 Romania Rtg 2½:1½
5.1 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2449 - IM Bulmaga, Irina 2399 1 - 0
5.2 WGM Schleining, Zoya 2379 - WGM L'ami, Alina 2361 ½ - ½
5.3 IM Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino 2365 - IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 2347 ½ - ½
5.4 WGM Melamed, Tatjana 2367 - WGM Cosma, Elena-Luminita 2326 ½ - ½
Bo. 19 Austria Rtg - 9 Spain Rtg 1 : 3
6.1 IM Moser, Eva 2434 - IM Alexandrova, Olga 2427 1 - 0
6.2 WFM Newrkla, Katharina 2173 - IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2385 0 - 1
6.3 WIM Kopinits, Anna-Christina 2263 - IM Matnadze, Ana 2373 0 - 1
6.4 WCM Schnegg, Anna-Lena 2076 - WIM Nicolas Zapata, Irene 2241 0 - 1
Bo. 11 Bulgaria Rtg - 13 Poland III Rtg ½ :3½
7.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2494 - WIM Worek, Joanna 2336 0 - 1
7.2 WIM Raeva, Elitsa 2361 - WGM Kadziolka, Beata 2327 ½ - ½
7.3 WGM Videnova, Iva 2272 - WGM Bartel, Marta 2308 0 - 1
7.4   Ivanova, Simoneta 2046 - WGM Toma, Katarzyna 2282 0 - 1
Bo. 17 Azerbaijan Rtg - 18 Czech Republic Rtg 1½:2½
8.1 WGM Mammadova, Gulnar 2354 - WIM Havlikova, Kristyna 2237 ½ - ½
8.2 WGM Mamedjarova, Zeinab 2236 - WIM Olsarova, Karolina 2275 ½ - ½
8.3 WGM Mamedjarova, Turkan 2250 - WIM Olsarova, Tereza 2248 ½ - ½
8.4 WIM Umudova, Nargiz 2253 - WIM Sikorova, Olga 2278 0 - 1
Bo. 7 France Rtg - 25 Poland Futures Rtg ½ :3½
9.1 GM Sebag, Marie 2510 - WIM Kulon, Klaudia 2276 0 - 1
9.2 WGM Maisuradze, Nino 2302 - WFM Wisniowska, Klaudia 2153 0 - 1
9.3 IM Collas, Silvia 2292 - WCM Wozniak, Mariola 2069 0 - 1
9.4 WIM Benmesbah, Natacha 2248 - WFM Kiolbasa, Oliwia 1982 ½ - ½
Bo. 20 Italy Rtg - 12 Serbia Rtg 1½:2½
10.1 IM Sedina, Elena 2302 - WGM Manakova, Maria 2324 1 - 0
10.2 IM Zimina, Olga 2338 - WGM Vojinovic, Jovana 2352 ½ - ½
10.3 WIM Brunello, Marina 2248 - WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija 2293 0 - 1
10.4 WFM Messina, Roberta 2064 - WIM Rakic, Marija 2291 0 - 1
Bo. 15 Israel Rtg - 24 Belarus Rtg 2 : 2
11.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2291 - WGM Ziaziulkina, Nastassia 2350 ½ - ½
11.2 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2282 - FM Stetsko, Lanita 2226 0 - 1
11.3 WIM Shvayger, Yuliya 2294 -   Revo, Tatiana 2075 1 - 0
11.4 IM Borsuk, Angela 2186 -   Nevioselaya, Maria 2074 ½ - ½
Bo. 30 Belgium Rtg - 27 Slovenia Rtg 1½:2½
12.1 IM Zozulia, Anna 2334 - WGM Srebrnic, Ana 2198 1 - 0
12.2   Barbier, Wiebke 1945 - WGM Kaps, Darja 2221 0 - 1
12.3   Degrande, Marigje 1867 - WFM Novak, Ksenija 2082 ½ - ½
12.4   Dierckens, Sarah 1872 -   Unuk, Laura 1991 0 - 1
Bo. 21 Greece Rtg - 26 Switzerland Rtg 2 : 2
13.1 WIM Pavlidou, Ekaterini 2199 - WIM Seps, Monika 2260 1 - 0
13.2 WGM Makropoulou, Marina 2234 - WIM Heinatz, Dr. Gundula 2169 0 - 1
13.3 WIM Fakhiridou, Ekaterini 2168 - WFM Stoeri, Laura 2102 1 - 0
13.4   Tsolakidou, Stavroula 2117 - WFM De Seroux, Camille 2066 0 - 1
Bo. 28 Turkey Rtg - 22 Croatia Rtg 3 : 1
14.1 WGM Yildiz, Betul Cemre 2291 - WIM Franciskovic, Borka 2263 1 - 0
14.2 WGM Ozturk, Kubra 2281 - WIM Jelica, Mara 2252 ½ - ½
14.3 WCM Cemhan, Kardelen 1993 - WIM Saric, Kristina 2250 1 - 0
14.4   Kaplan, Ebru 1882 - WFM Purgar, Ivona 2136 ½ - ½
Bo. 32 Iceland Rtg - 23 England Rtg 1½:2½
15.1 WGM Ptacnikova, Lenka 2238 - WFM Chevannes, Sabrina L 2200 ½ - ½
15.2   Thorsteinsdottir, Hallgerdur 1951 - WGM Corke, Anya S 2276 0 - 1
15.3   Finnbogadottir, Tinna Kristin 1882 - WFM Grigoryan, Meri 2039 1 - 0
15.4   Kristinardottir, Elsa Maria 1819 - WFM Bhatia, Kanwal K 2039 0 - 1
Bo. 29 Norway Rtg - 31 Finland Rtg 2 : 2
16.1 WGM Dolzhikova, Olga 2198 - WIM Tuominen, Tanja 2105 1 - 0
16.2 WIM Sahl, Sheila Barth 2233 - WFM Puuska, Heini 1982 0 - 1
16.3   Gronnestad, Anita 1958 -   Rautanen, Sari 1956 ½ - ½
16.4   Machlik, Monika 1936 - WCM Nazarova, Anastasia 1727 ½ - ½

Replay women games of round 9

 

Photos by Marek Skrzypczak

Closing Ceremony

Alina l'Ami brings us a beautiful series of photographs of the closing ceremony, which certainly dazzled the attendants:

Team Romania

Team Romania giving Nisipeanu a hard time for his treachery! Nisipeanu was not playing in this tournament, and instead was the coach of Germany

Opening pleasantries

Acrobatic perfomances were plentiful in the closing ceremony, the pictures really speak for themselves

The board prizes. On board four, from left to right: Anna Muzychuk, Ana Matnatdze and Natalia Pogonina

Board two: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anna Ushenina, Lilit Mrktchian

Board one: Viktorija Cmilyte, Nana Dzagnidze and Kateryna Lagno

Topalov was the best board one, but not the best player over all. Sokolov's massive 2941 performance with 6.5/7 took that title.

Best board one: Arkadij Naiditsch, Veselin Topalov and Levon Aronian

Bronze medalist in the women's section: Poland

The silver honors for the Russian Women's team

Without a shadow of a doubt the deserving winners: Ukraine

In the Open section Russia's last minute strength gave them the bronze medal

France has much to celebrate: they had a great showing and were always in the top boards

Azerbaijan, coached by Khalifman, keeps showing amazing team performances

And a light show to close the ceremony!

Links

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