European Club Cup: Favourites all win

by Georgios Souleidis
10/9/2017 – The European Club Cup began with wins for top teams in both the Open and the Women sections. The Russian team Globus, with several of the world's elite grandmasters, won 6: 0 against the Icelandic team Fjölnir. Defending champions Alkaloid from Macedonia had a slightly harder time, initially giving up 1½ board points against Augusta Perusia from Italy. Among the Women's teams the favourites from Batumi won just 2½ : 1½ against Anatolia from Turkey.

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Round 1

The Open tournament began on Sunday with 36 teams participating. This is likely to be disappointing for the organizers and the European Chess Union, as more than 50 teams have competed in each of the last four years. In the Women's section, on the other hand, 12 teams represent two more than competed in Skopje last year.

There was no surprise in the first round of the Open, except board 15. Here Oslo with several titld players barely won against a Turkish amateur team. On the top table, Globus (Russia) won 6-0 against Fjölnir (Iceland), although the Russians Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk did not play. Globus is such a powerhous that their board 6, Ian Nepomniachtchi, would occupy the top board in any team other than Alkaloid. Accordingly, only Alkaloid (Macedonia) and Mednyi Vsadnik (Russia) are considered serious competitors.

Alkaloid are the defending champs, but won "only" 4½ : 1½ against Augusta Perusia (Italy). Liren Ding only managed a draw against Italian Lorenzo Lodici a week after his impressive runner-up place at the World Cup and his team even dropped a point on sixth board. Elsewhere, the favourites all won.

Results of Round 1 (Open)

1.1 19 Fjölnir Chess Club FED 0 - 6 1 Globus FED
1 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn 2576 ISL 0 : 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2791 AZE
2 FM Johannesson Oliver 2273 ISL 0 : 1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2765 RUS
3 FM Bjornsson Sigurbjorn 2277 ISL 0 : 1 GM Giri Anish 2762 NED
4 FM Kjartansson David 2386 ISL 0 : 1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2733 RUS
5 Hardarson Jon Trausti 2146 ISL 0 : 1 GM Korobov Anton 2652 UKR
6 Halldorsson Jon Arni 2147 ISL 0 : 1 GM Khismatullin Denis 2628 RUS
1.2 2 Alkaloid FED 4½ - 1½ 20 Augusta Perusia FED
1 GM Ding Liren 2772 CHN ½ : ½ IM Lodici Lorenzo 2407 ITA
2 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2705 RUS 1 : 0 IM Bertagnolli Alexander 2372 ITA
3 GM Yu Yangyi 2743 CHN 1 : 0 FM Paltrinieri Nicholas 2295 ITA
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2710 RUS 1 : 0 FM Barp Alberto 2277 ITA
5 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2692 UKR 1 : 0 Marsili Riccardo 2219 ITA
6 IM Pancevski Filip 2489 MKD 0 : 1 FM Seresin Francesco 2195 ITA
1.3 21 Etelä-Vantaan Shakki FED 0 - 6 3 Mednyi Vsadnik FED
1 IM Sepp Olav 2433 EST 0 : 1 GM Matlakov Maxim 2730 RUS
2 Ronka Erik 2287 FIN 0 : 1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2733 RUS
3 FM Kokkila Tero 2290 FIN 0 : 1 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2728 RUS
4 FM Koskinen Henri 2283 FIN 0 : 1 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2699 ISR
5 FM Salo Heikki 2228 FIN 0 : 1 GM Khairullin Ildar 2614 RUS
6 FM Alava Mikko 2212 FIN 0 : 1 GM Goganov Aleksey 2571 RUS
1.4 4 AVE Nový Bor FED 6 - 0 22 Vålerenga Sjakklubb FED
1 GM Harikrishna P. 2733 IND 1 : 0 GM Tari Aryan 2578 NOR
2 GM Navara David 2726 CZE 1 : 0 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 2462 NOR
3 GM Ragger Markus 2659 AUT 1 : 0 FM Kvisvik Brede 2296 NOR
4 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2677 IND 1 : 0 Vea Odin Blikra 2211 NOR
5 GM Laznicka Viktor 2654 CZE 1 : 0 Bryn Askild 2060 NOR
6 GM Bartel Mateusz 2613 POL 1 : 0 Danielsen Magnus 2060 NOR
1.5 23 3CS FED ½ - 5½ 5 SHSM Legacy Square Capital FED
1 FM Abbas Daniel 2329 ENG 0 : 1 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2693 RUS
2 FM Longson Alexander 2317 ENG 0 : 1 GM Najer Evgeniy 2699 RUS
3 FM Ashton Adam G 2347 ENG ½ : ½ GM Malakhov Vladimir 2691 RUS
4 IM Quillan Gary 2347 ENG 0 : 1 GM Grachev Boris 2645 RUS
5 CM Walton Alan J 2207 ENG 0 : 1 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 2643 RUS
6 WFM Longson Sarah N 2102 ENG 0 : 1 GM Popov Ivan 2609 RUS
1.6 6 Odlar Yurdu FED 5½ - ½ 24 White Rose FED
1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2702 AZE 1 : 0 GM Wells Peter K 2447 ENG
2 GM Mamedov Rauf 2678 AZE 1 : 0 IM Van De Griendt Jan Willem 2354 NED
3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2647 AZE 1 : 0 FM Gantner Matthias 2324 SUI
4 GM Safarli Eltaj 2632 AZE 1 : 0 Townsend M Paul 2194 ENG
5 GM Abasov Nijat 2587 AZE 1 : 0 Barrett Stephen J 2101 ENG
6 GM Mirzoev Azer 2555 AZE ½ : ½ O'Driscoll Kieran 2081 IRL
1.7 25 Club Gambit Bonnevoie FED ½ - 5½ 7 Csm Baia Mare FED
1 GM Tratar Marko 2456 SLO ½ : ½ GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2672 GER
2 Bjarnason Oskar 2245 ISL 0 : 1 GM Erdos Viktor 2624 HUN
3 FM Upton Timothy J 2164 SCO 0 : 1 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2620 ROU
4 Stanic Zoran 2169 CRO 0 : 1 GM Vajda Levente 2588 ROU
5 Visintin Roberto 2055 ITA 0 : 1 IM Barnaure Vlad-Victor 2476 ROU
6 Virbalis Rytis   LUX 0 : 1 GM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian 2459 ROU
1.8 8 Beer Sheva Chess Club FED 5 - 1 26 Hasan Pristina FED
1 GM Efimenko Zahar 2636 UKR ½ : ½ FM Saraci Nderim 2393 KOS
2 GM Postny Evgeny 2569 ISR ½ : ½ FM Makolli Perparim 2333 KOS
3 GM Roiz Michael 2604 ISR 1 : 0 Zymberi Astrit 2161 KOS
4 GM Huzman Alexander 2549 ISR 1 : 0 Asllani Ibrahim 2072 KOS
5 GM Mikhalevski Victor 2547 ISR 1 : 0 Hajra Driton 2040 KOS
6 GM Greenfeld Alon 2509 ISR 1 : 0 Bahtiri Sabri   KOS
1.9 27 SK Elektroprivreda FED ½ - 5½ 9 Nice Alekhine FED
1 Milovic Jovan 2301 MNE 0 : 1 GM Stevic Hrvoje 2616 CRO
2 Sukovic Andrej 2214 MNE 0 : 1 GM Lagarde Maxime 2594 FRA
3 IM Nikac Predrag 2305 MNE 0 : 1 GM Wagner Dennis 2564 GER
4 Cirovic Miroljub 2095 MNE 0 : 1 GM Demuth Adrien 2538 FRA
5 FM Aleksic Nenad C 2261 MNE ½ : ½ GM Palac Mladen 2540 CRO
6 Draskovic Davor 2004 MNE 0 : 1 GM Sulava Nenad 2442 CRO
1.10 10 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova FED 5 - 1 28 Genç Akademisyenler Eğitim Kültür ve Araştırma Kulübü FED
1 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2607 ITA ½ : ½ GM Mamedov Nidjat 2596 AZE
2 GM David Alberto 2569 ITA 1 : 0 IM Asadli Vugar 2448 AZE
3 GM Brunello Sabino 2555 ITA ½ : ½ CM Yazici Ugur Doga 2213 TUR
4 GM Dvirnyy Danyyil 2542 ITA 1 : 0 Yuksel Mahmut 1701 TUR
5 IM Valsecchi Alessio 2508 ITA 1 : 0 Oksuz Akin 2150 TUR
6 GM Mogranzini Roberto 2501 ITA 1 : 0 Yuksel Ibrahim 1551 TUR
1.11 29 Dardania Chess Club FED 0 - 6 11 Šk Dunajská Streda FED
1 Budima Armend 2226 KOS 0 : 1 IM Petenyi Tamas 2449 SVK
2 FM Hamiti Gani 2153 KOS 0 : 1 IM Nemeth Miklos 2489 HUN
3 Salihu Sami 2187 KOS 0 : 1 IM Bokros Albert 2482 HUN
4 FM Jashari Ardian 2116 KOS 0 : 1 GM Czebe Attila 2467 HUN
5 Uruci Endrit 2111 KOS 0 : 1 GM Varga Zoltan 2451 HUN
6 Mahmuti Ajet 1981 KOS 0 : 1 IM Csonka Attila Istvan 2347 HUN
1.12 12 LSG Leiden FED 3½ - 2½ 30 Gonzaga FED
1 IM Sprenger Jan Michael Dr. 2513 GER 1 : 0 FM Jessel Stephen 2334 IRL
2 IM Pijpers Arthur 2465 NED ½ : ½ Delaney Killian 2202 IRL
3 IM Van Haastert Edwin 2447 NED ½ : ½ Jackson Carl 2149 IRL
4 IM Schoppen Casper 2440 NED 1 : 0 O`Connor Eddie 2023 IRL
5 IM Wiersma Eelke 2341 NED ½ : ½ Mcmorrow John 2012 IRL
6 FM Roobol Martin 2289 NED 0 : 1 Mercier Pierre-Adelin 1925 FRA
1.13 31 Adare Chess Club FED 2 - 4 13 Riga Technical University FED
1 IM Costachi Mihnea 2425 ROU 1 : 0 GM Kantans Toms 2524 LAT
2 Valeanu Eduard-Andrei 2423 ROU 1 : 0 GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2535 LTU
3 Fox Anthony 2016 IRL 0 : 1 WGM Rogule Laura 2325 LAT
4 Heinrich Jan 1988 SVK 0 : 1 WIM Kantane Anna 2276 POL
5 Thee Bernd 1907 IRL 0 : 1 FM Lavendelis Egons 2274 LAT
6 Egan Colm 1786 IRL 0 : 1 FM Reimanis Ritvars 2294 LAT
1.14 14 Gambit Asseco See FED 6 - 0 32 Viking Chess Club FED
1 GM Arnaudov G. Petar 2441 ECX 1 : 0 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2398 ISL
2 FM Nikolovski Nikola 2420 MKD 1 : 0 FM Thorarinsson Pall A. 2273 ISL
3 IM Podlesnik Bogdan 2372 MNE 1 : 0 Millward Kevin P 2049 ENG
4 IM Danchevski Orce 2367 MKD 1 : 0 Runarsson Gunnar 1957 ISL
5 IM Mitkov Marjan 2332 MKD 1 : 0 Palsson Halldor 2019 ISL
6 FM Dinev Dejan 2271 MKD 1 : 0 Ingason Sigurdur 1809 ISL
1.15 33 Karaman Belediyesi Spor Kulübü FED 3 - 3 15 Oslo Schakselskap FED
1 IM Sadikhov Ulvi 2487 AZE ½ : ½ GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2632 NOR
2 Ererdem Gani Eren 2136 TUR ½ : ½ GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2496 NOR
3 Kocak Can 2039 TUR ½ : ½ IM Mihajlov Sebastian 2393 NOR
4 Taskaya Muhammed 1980 TUR 0 : 1 FM Persson Mats 2292 SWE
5 Nalbant Tuna Onat 2034 TUR ½ : ½ Osttveit Martin 2073 NOR
6 Eroglu Celik   TUR + : - Tangelder Yonne 1832 NOR
1.16 16 Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü FED 5 - 1 34 Benildus Chess Club FED
1 GM Sanal Vahap 2549 TUR 1 : 0 O'Connell Gerard 2150 IRL
2 IM Atakisi Umut 2361 TUR 1 : 0 Mchugh Kevin 2084 IRL
3 WGM Ozturk Kubra 2364 TUR 1 : 0 Manojlovic Mihailo 1982 IRL
4 CM Burcu Cagatay 2283 TUR 1 : 0 Vogel Constantin 1963 GER
5 Sahin Ozgun 2210 TUR 1 : 0 Manojlovic Zdravko 1953 SRB
6 Koca Cisem 1467 TUR 0 : 1 Lokasto Mariusz 1857 IRL
1.17 35 Chania Chess Academy FED 1 - 5 17 LSK 'MAKABI' FED
1 Naoum Spyridon 2295 GRE ½ : ½ IM Kazakovskiy Valeriy 2420 BLR
2 Tsarouhas Konstantinos 2126 GRE 0 : 1 GM Zagorskis Darius 2443 LTU
3 Georgakopoulos Nikolaos K. 2086 GRE 0 : 1 Germanavicius Sarunas 2326 LTU
4 Patrelakis Evaggelos 1998 GRE ½ : ½ Baliasnyj Timur 2218 LTU
5 Mathioulakis Fanis 1902 GRE 0 : 1 Olkhovskiy Alexander 2133 RUS
6 Petraki Argiro 1476 GRE 0 : 1 FM Rositsan Boris 2087 LTU
1.18 18 Skakklubben Nordkalotten FED 6 - 0 36 Hatay Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü FED
1 GM Brynell Stellan 2415 SWE 1 : 0 Oguz Huseyin 1765 TUR
2 FM Sylvan Jacob 2363 DEN 1 : 0 Aslan Lina 1535 TUR
3 FM Hove Esben Kjems 2337 DEN 1 : 0 Rencuzogullari Aleyna Sarit 1411 TUR
4 FM Kristensen Kaare Hove 2331 DEN 1 : 0 Civi Anil 1385 TUR
5 FM Jakobsen Peter 2182 DEN 1 : 0 Bereketoglu Yagmur 1333 TUR
6 Ejsing Esben 2180 DEN 1 : 0 Atar Sila   TUR

Games of Round 1 (Open)

 

In the Women's section, all the matches went to the favorites. The top seeded, Batumi Chess Club NONA, had a tough time against Anatolia (Turkey) and won only 2½ : 1½. In the last few years, the Georgian women have dueled with Monte Carlo again and again, but the French are not there this year. This is all the more surprising because they are the defending champions. Instead, the Russian teams Ugra and SHSM are the strongest competition for the team from Batumi.

Results of Round 1 (Women)

1.1 1 Batumi Chess Club NONA FED 2½ - 1½ 7 Anatolia FED
1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2520 GEO ½ : ½ IM Atalik Ekaterina 2468 TUR
2 GM Harika Dronavalli 2528 IND ½ : ½ WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2350 TUR
3 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2459 GEO 1 : 0 WIM Isgandarova Khayala 2242 TUR
4 IM Melia Salome 2412 GEO ½ : ½ WFM Arda Cagil Irmak 2040 TUR
1.2 8 Mulhouse Philidor FED 1 - 3 2 UGRA Chess Club FED
1 WFM Richard Emma 2086 FRA 0 : 1 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2466 RUS
2 WFM Haussernot Cecile 2169 FRA 1 : 0 WGM Girya Olga 2505 RUS
3 WFM Choisy Mathilde 2162 FRA 0 : 1 IM Nechaeva Marina 2431 RUS
4 WFM Neuhauser Salome 2140 FRA 0 : 1 WGM Kovanova Baira 2371 RUS
1.3 3 SHSM Legacy Square Capital FED 3½ - ½ 9 Marmara FED
1 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2455 RUS 1 : 0 WFM Okuyaz Duru 2233 TUR
2 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2411 RUS ½ : ½ WFM Caglar Sila 2153 TUR
3 FM Voit Daria 2387 RUS 1 : 0 WFM Hereklioglu Sude 2165 TUR
4 IM Savina Anastasia 2350 RUS 1 : 0 WCM Ozbay Ece 1998 TUR
1.4 10 Beer Sheva Chess Club FED ½ - 3½ 4 Odlar Yurdu FED
1 WGM Shvayger Yuliya 2442 ISR ½ : ½ WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2298 AZE
2 IM Klinova Masha 2289 ISR 0 : 1 WIM Fataliyeva Ulviyya 2348 AZE
3 Brusilovski Lena 1881 ISR 0 : 1 IM Mammadova Gulnar 2385 AZE
4 Ovechkin Lilia 1779 ISR 0 : 1 WFM Hojjatova Aydan 2341 AZE
1.5 5 Bossa Nova FED 4 - 0 11 Aegean FED
1 GM Zhukova Natalia 2426 UKR 1 : 0 Sahin Handenur 1960 TUR
2 WIM Badelka Olga 2353 BLR 1 : 0 WFM Ayan Bengu Sena 1888 TUR
3 IM Zaiatz Elena 2334 RUS 1 : 0 Celik Eda 1880 TUR
4 FM Stetsko Lanita 2254 BLR 1 : 0 WCM Sade Defne 1951 TUR
1.6 12 Mediterranean FED ½ - 3½ 6 Cs Studentesc Medicina Timisoara FED
1 Kaplan Ebru 2001 TUR ½ : ½ IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2453 GER
2 WCM Ince Safiye Oyku 1861 TUR 0 : 1 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2278 ROU
3 WCM Can Isil 1791 TUR 0 : 1 WGM Cosma Elena-Luminita 2333 ROU
4 Ozbek Busra 1850 TUR 0 : 1 WIM Dragomirescu Angela 2231 ROU

Games of Round 1 (Women)

 

Correction October 9: Team Alkaloid is from Macedonia, not Montenegro as originally stated.

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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Georgios Souleidis is an International Master with a degree in media and communication studies. He is an experienced journalist, author, photographer, chess trainer, editor-in-chief for the German Bundesliga, a regular contributor to the chessbase website, German chess magazine SCHACH, and previously blogged on his own site entwicklungsvorsprung.de.
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weerogue weerogue 10/10/2017 10:11
Rd.2 now played. Spoiler alert: Alkaloid lost.
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