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European Team Chess Championship starts in Halkidiki

11/4/2011 – This nine-round Swiss, which will run from November 4-12, has a total of 38 countries in the open and 28 in the women's section. In round one on Thursday the top seed Russia squeaked out a win over Moldova, ranking 20th, while the Russian women – actually the Kosintseva sisters – demolished the Israelis 3-1. We bring you a richly illustrated round one report.
 

3rd – 11th November in Halkidiki, Greece

The ETCC is a nine-round Swiss, with one open section and one section for the women’s teams, considered a separate competitions. The time control is 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move. A total of 38 countries have registered their participation in the European Team Championship 2011, with each national federation affiliated to the European Chess Union (ECU) having the right to enter one team of four players plus one reserve in the open competition, and one team of four female players and one reserve in the women’s competition. The games are being played in the Olympic Hall Congress Center (1500 sq.m.), within the five-star Porto Carras Grand Resort, which is located in an enchantingly verdant landscape in Halkidiki, Greece. Also called Chalkidiki the peninsula is one of the peripheral units of Greece, part of the periphery of Central Macedonia.

Round one report

Round one saw top seed Russia struggle past Moldova with a 2.5-1.5 result when Moldovian GMs Viktor Bologan and Dmitry Svetushkin let slip a win and a draw against Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich respectively. While Svetushkin tragically blundered a rook in a drawn ending, his compatriot Bologan made a strange draw offer in a completely winning game that he had dominated from the start. Time trouble, it appears, can get to the best of them…


Start of Russia with Svidler, Grischuk, Morozevich and Nepomniachtchi vs Moldova
with Bologan, Iordachescu, Svetushkin and Vedmediuc

Morozevich,Alexander (2762) - Svetushkin,Dmitry (2621) [D10]
18th European Teams Porto Carras GRE (1.3), 03.11.2011

Morozevich has just played 76.Rg3-g8 and Svetushkin, in a moment of total chess blindness in a drawn position, plays 76...Rg2?? Naturally the game ends 77.Rxg2 1-0.

On board two, Ukraine made a clean 3.5-0.5 sweep against Slovenia despite Ivanchuk being held to a draw by Beliavsky on the top board. Meanwhile Scandinavian countries opened with an impressive showing after lowly rated Sweden and Finland held France and Netherlands to draws. Romania, Serbia and Greece all scored 4-0 (against Wales, Luxembourg and Cypress) and are thus in the lead. But the ranking table is not really meaningful yet.

Bo.
1
Russia Rtg
2½:1½
20
Moldova Rtg
1.1
GM
Svidler Peter 2755
½-½
GM
Bologan Viktor 2665
1.2
GM
Grischuk Alexander 2752
½-½
GM
Iordachescu Viorel 2648
1.3
GM
Morozevich Alexander 2762
1-0
GM
Svetushkin Dmitry 2621
1.4
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian 2730
½-½
IM
Vedmediuc Serghei 2465
Bo.
21
Slovenia Rtg
½:3½
2
Ukraine Rtg
2.1
GM
Beliavsky Alexander G 2617
½-½
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily 2775
2.2
GM
Lenic Luka 2634
0-1
GM
Eljanov Pavel 2691
2.3
GM
Borisek Jure 2541
0-1
GM
Moiseenko Alexander 2715
2.4
IM
Sebenik Matej 2518
0-1
GM
Efimenko Zahar 2702
Bo.
3
Azerbaijan Rtg
2½:1½
22
Italy Rtg
3.1
GM
Radjabov Teimour 2781
½-½
GM
Caruana Fabiano 2727
3.2
GM
Gashimov Vugar 2757
½-½
GM
Godena Michele 2548
3.3
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733
1-0
GM
Brunello Sabino 2575
3.4
GM
Guseinov Gadir 2636
½-½
IM
Rombaldoni Axel 2459
Bo.
23
Austria Rtg
½:3½
4
Armenia Rtg
4.1
GM
Ragger Markus 2662
½-½
GM
Movsesian Sergei 2710
4.2
GM
Kindermann Stefan 2519
0-1
GM
Akopian Vladimir 2681
4.3
GM
Shengelia David 2551
0-1
GM
Sargissian Gabriel 2671
4.4
IM
Kreisl Robert 2415
0-1
GM
Hovhannisyan Robert 2586
Bo.
5
Hungary Rtg
3:1
24
Denmark Rtg
5.1
GM
Leko Peter 2720
½-½
GM
Hansen Sune Berg 2566
5.2
GM
Almasi Zoltan 2707
1-0
GM
Rasmussen Allan Stig 2541
5.3
GM
Berkes Ferenc 2705
½-½
GM
Aagaard Jacob 2522
5.4
GM
Gyimesi Zoltan 2652
1-0
IM
Glud Jakob Vang 2497
Bo.
25
Sweden Rtg
2:2
6
France Rtg
6.1
GM
Tikkanen Hans 2586
½-½
GM
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2710
6.2
GM
Grandelius Nils 2543
½-½
GM
Fressinet Laurent 2700
6.3
GM
Carlsson Pontus 2502
1-0
GM
Istratescu Andrei 2627
6.4
IM
Semcesen Daniel 2490
0-1
GM
Bauer Christian 2641
Bo.
7
Bulgaria Rtg
2½:1½
26
Switzerland Rtg
7.1
GM
Topalov Veselin 2768
½-½
GM
Pelletier Yannick 2581
7.2
GM
Cheparinov Ivan 2650
½-½
GM
Korchnoi Viktor 2567
7.3
GM
Delchev Aleksander 2629
½-½
GM
Gallagher Joseph G 2500
7.4
GM
Georgiev Kiril 2666
1-0
IM
Kurmann Oliver 2451
Bo.
27
Latvia Rtg
1½:2½
8
England Rtg
8.1
GM
Miezis Normunds 2547
0-1
GM
Adams Michael 2734
8.2
GM
Sveshnikov Evgeny 2514
0-1
GM
Short Nigel D 2698
8.3
IM
Neiksans Arturs 2502
1-0
GM
Howell David W L 2633
8.4
GM
Starostits Ilmars 2456
½-½
GM
Jones Gawain C B 2635
Bo.
9
Netherlands Rtg
2:2
28
Finland Rtg
9.1
GM
Giri Anish 2714
½-½
GM
Nyback Tomi 2631
9.2
GM
Sokolov Ivan 2646
1-0
IM
Sammalvuo Tapani 2492
9.3
GM
Smeets Jan 2615
½-½
IM
Agopov Mikael 2450
9.4
GM
Stellwagen Daniel 2627
0-1
IM
Karttunen Mika 2434
Bo.
29
Montenegro Rtg
1:3
10
Germany Rtg
10.1
GM
Djukic Nikola 2493
0-1
GM
Naiditsch Arkadij 2712
10.2
GM
Blagojevic Dragisa 2514
½-½
GM
Meier Georg 2659
10.3
GM
Kosic Dragan 2502
½-½
GM
Gustafsson Jan 2633
10.4
IM
Kalezic Blazo 2461
0-1
GM
Buhmann Rainer 2612

The women’s section also saw some well-fought matches. The Russian Kosintseva sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana led their team to a 3-0 victory over Israel on board one, while Ukraine beat Greece on board two. Third seed Georgia overcame Azerbaijan, but not before their leader Lela Javakhishvili fell to Zeinab Mamedjarova, 150 points her inferior.

The Russian women's team, with Gunina Valentina, Tatania and Nadezhda (back to camera) Kosintseva and Natalija Pogonina receive final instructions from their trainer, GM Yuri Dokhoian, who for many years seconded you-know-who.

Bo.
1
Russia Rtg
3:1
15
Israel Rtg
1.1
GM
Kosintseva Nadezhda 2546
1-0
WIM
Porat Maya 2299
1.2
GM
Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
1-0
WIM
Efroimski Marsel 2230
1.3
IM
Gunina Valentina 2514
½-½
IM
Borsuk Angela 2257
1.4
WGM
Pogonina Natalija 2451
½-½
WIM
Vasiliev Olga 2305
Bo.
16
Greece Rtg
1½:2½
2
Ukraine Rtg
2.1
IM
Dembo Yelena 2468
½-½
GM
Zhukova Natalia 2427
2.2
WGM
Botsari Anna-Maria 2313
½-½
IM
Ushenina Anna 2463
2.3
WGM
Makropoulou Marina 2201
½-½
IM
Gaponenko Inna 2435
2.4
WIM
Fakhiridou Ekaterini 2180
0-1
IM
Muzychuk Mariya 2460
Bo.
3
Georgia Rtg
2½:1½
17
Azerbaijan Rtg
3.1
IM
Javakhishvili Lela 2475
0-1
WGM
Mamedjarova Zeinab 2314
3.2
WGM
Paikidze Nazi 2422
1-0
WIM
Kazimova Narmin 2241
3.3
IM
Khurtsidze Nino 2440
1-0
WIM
Mammadova Gulnar 2290
3.4
IM
Melia Salome 2392
½-½
WGM
Mamedjarova Turkan 2277
Bo.
18
Czech Republic Rtg
2:2
4
Armenia Rtg
4.1
WGM
Kulovana Eva 2297
0-1
GM
Danielian Elina 2507
4.2
WGM
Nemcova Katerina 2276
½-½
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit 2469
4.3
WIM
Havlikova Kristyna 2285
1-0
IM
Galojan Lilit 2383
4.4
WIM
Olsarova Tereza 2232
½-½
WGM
Kursova Maria 2315
Bo.
5
Poland Rtg
3:1
19
Croatia Rtg
5.1
GM
Socko Monika 2479
1-0
WGM
Golubenko Valentina 2293
5.2
WGM
Zawadzka Jolanta 2326
1-0
WIM
Franciskovic Borka 2280
5.3
WGM
Majdan-Gajewska Joanna 2386
0-1
WGM
Medic Mirjana 2236
5.4
WGM
Szczepkowska Karina 2379
1-0
WIM
Saric Kristina 2255
Bo.
20
Latvia Rtg
1½:2½
6
Hungary Rtg
6.1
WGM
Reizniece-Ozola Dana 2281
1-0
IM
Madl Ildiko 2399
6.2
WGM
Berzina Ilze 2320
0-1
WGM
Rudolf Anna 2347
6.3
WGM
Erneste Inguna 2218
½-½
WGM
Gara Ticia 2375
6.4
WFM
Ungure Liga 2066
0-1
IM
Gara Anita 2340
Bo.
7
Germany Rtg
3½:½
21
Austria Rtg
7.1
IM
Paehtz Elisabeth 2457
1-0
IM
Moser Eva 2448
7.2
WGM
Michna Marta 2382
1-0
WFM
Exler Veronika 2124
7.3
WIM
Ohme Melanie 2361
½-½
WIM
Kopinits Anna-Christina 2276
7.4
WIM
Hoolt Sarah 2286
1-0
WFM
Newrkla Katharina 2131
Bo.
22
England Rtg
1:3
8
Bulgaria Rtg
8.1
IM
Houska Jovanka 2415
0-1
WGM
Videnova Iva 2297
8.2
IM
Ciuksyte Dagne 2327
½-½
WGM
Voiska Margarita 2328
8.3
WFM
Yurenok Maria S 2106
½-½
WGM
Djingarova Emilia 2309
8.4
WFM
Bhatia Kanwal K 2087
0-1
WGM
Nikolova Adriana 2286
Bo.
9
Romania Rtg
3:1
23
Italy Rtg
9.1
IM
Foisor Cristina-Adela 2418
½-½
IM
Sedina Elena 2343
9.2
WGM
L'ami Alina 2364
1-0
IM
Zimina Olga 2338
9.3
WGM
Cosma Elena-Luminita 2335
½-½
WIM
Brunello Marina 2221
9.4
WIM
Bulmaga Irina 2334
1-0
Messina Roberta 1964
Bo.
24
Montenegro Rtg
1:3
10
Spain Rtg
10.1
WGM
Vojinovic Jovana 2346
0-1
IM
Alexandrova Olga 2423
10.2
WFM
Milovic Aleksandra 2171
½-½
WGM
Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 2327
10.3
WFM
Stojanovic Marija R 2095
½-½
WGM
Calzetta Ruiz Monica 2301
10.4
Blagojevic Tijana 1925
0-1
WFM
Pascual Palomo Lucia 2104

Picture gallery

Pictures on the official ETCC website are provided by Anastasiya Karlovich,
Tzveta Karavelova and Goran Urosevic.


Players arriving for round one in the five-star Porto Carras Grand Resort...


... and congregate in the entry hall of the Olympic Hall Congress Center


The playing hall, where all the action takes place


The English team, with Adams, Short, Howell and Jones (right to left)


The Bulgarians, with Topalov, Cheparinov, Delchev and Georgiev


Hungarian GM Peter Leko discussing his game with his GM Hansen Sune Berg of
Denmark, who snatched a draw from his higher rated opponent


GM Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine scored a nice win for his team


IM Elli Pähtz did the same for her German team


Sergei Movsesian had to settle for a draw on his 33rd birthday


Turkey's top board Betul Cemre Yildiz lost to this lady...


GM Peng Zhaoqin, who has won the Dutch Women's title twelve times

Video impressions of the European Team Championships start


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