Linex and Monte-Carlo are European Team Champions

10/10/2007 – The men's team of Linex Magic Merida won six of seven matches, winning the European Team Championship with 13 match points. In the women's section it was Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo that came first with 11 match points. The higest performance was 2904 in the men's section and 2800 in the women's, scored by India's Koneru Humpy. Report with pictures and videos.

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The 23rd European Club Cup for Men and the 12th European Club Cup for Women took place from October 2nd to 10th in Kemer, Antalya, Turkey. There were 56 teams participating in the men's section and 18 teams in the women's.


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Report after round seven (final)

The winner in the men's section was Linex Magic Merida, which won six of seven matches, drawing just one and thus scoring 13 match points. The team chalked up a total of 28.5 board points. Ural Sverdlovskaya scored 31 board points but won only five matches, drawing two (= 12 points), and so took second place. Two teams followed with 11 match points each: Tomsk-400 and OSC Baden-Baden.

The winning team
1 GM Kamsky Gata 2724 USA
2 GM Adams Michael 2729 ENG
3 GM Rublevsky Sergei 2676 RUS
4 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2673 ARM
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2670 BUL
6 IM Perez Candelario Manuel 2525 ESP
  FM Cabezas Ayala Ivan 2313 ESP

Standings men

Rank Team Gms + = MP Pts.

1

Linex Magic - Merida

7

6

1

0

13

28½

2

Ural Sverdlovskaya

7

5

2

0

12

31

3

Tomsk-400

7

5

1

1

11

29

4

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

7

4

3

0

11

28½

5

Chess Club Zagreb

7

5

0

2

10

31½

6

Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov

7

5

0

2

10

28

7

Chess Club Zeljeznicar Sarajevo

7

5

0

2

10

28

8

Keystone

7

5

0

2

10

27½

9

Bosna Sarajevo

7

4

2

1

10

26

10

Aquaprofit Nagykanisza

7

5

0

2

10

26

11

Bank King Yerevan

7

3

3

1

9

26

12

Clichy Echecs 92

7

4

1

2

9

25

13

Gros Xake Taldea

7

4

1

2

9

24½

14

1. Novoborsky SK

7

4

1

2

9

22

15

Sollentuna Chessclub

7

4

1

2

9

21

16

Vesnianka Gran

7

4

1

2

9

20½

17

Schachfreunde Reichenstein

7

4

0

3

8

26½

18

Reykjavik Chess Club

7

4

0

3

8

25½

19

Cercle d'Echecs de Strasbourg

7

4

0

3

8

25

20

Alkaloid

7

4

0

3

8

24½

21

Utrecht

7

4

0

3

8

24½

22

Ashdod City Club

7

3

2

2

8

23½

23

Cannes Echecs

7

4

0

3

8

22

24

SK Rochade Eupen Kelmis

7

4

0

3

8

22

25

Csuti - Hydrocomp Chess Club

7

4

0

3

8

20½

26

Herzliya Chess Club

7

3

1

3

7

27

27

Asker SK

7

3

1

3

7

24

28

Hamburger SK

7

2

3

2

7

22½

29

C.R.E. Liège E.L.

7

3

1

3

7

22½

30

Vilnius ''NSEL30''

7

3

1

3

7

19

In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo came first with 11 match points and 20 board points, ahead of AVS Krasnoturinsk with the same number of match points but 19 board points. Three teams follow with ten match points each.

The winning team
1 GM Koneru Humpy 2606 IND
2 GM Cramling Pia 2531 SWE
3 GM Zhu Chen 2531 QAT
4 IM Socko Monika 2473 POL
IM Skripchenko Almira 2438 FRA

Standings women

Rank Team Gms. + = MP Pts.

1

Monte-Carlo

7

5

1

1

11

20

2

AVS Krasnoturinsk

7

5

1

1

11

19

3

MIKA Yerevan

7

5

0

2

10

19

4

Southern Ural Cheliabinsk

7

5

0

2

10

18

5

Finec St.Petersburg

7

5

0

2

10

18

6

Economist Saratov

7

4

0

3

8

17½

7

SK T-Com Podgorica

7

3

2

2

8

16

8

Interplast Tbilisi

7

3

2

2

8

15½

9

Utrecht

7

3

1

3

7

14

10

Ladya Kazan

7

3

1

3

7

13

11

SK Bihac - Capital Brokers

7

3

1

3

7

13

12

USV Volksbank Halle

7

2

2

3

6

12

13

Turk Hava Yollari

7

2

2

3

6

10½

14

BGU Minsk

7

2

1

4

5

12

15

Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu

7

2

1

4

5

11

16

Antalya Deniz Genclik

7

2

0

5

4

11½

17

Vandoeuvre

7

1

1

5

3

9

18

Tarsus Zeka Satranc SK

7

0

0

7

0

3

Individual performances

The individual performances of the players saw Rafael Vaganian scoring 4.5/5 with a sterling 2904 performance, followed by the extraordinary Alexei Shirov, who played seven games, scored six points and performed like a 2875 player. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew his final game to drop from a 2900+ performance to 2848, the third best in the tournament. In addition Ivan Cheparinov, Pavel Eljanov, Sergei Rublevsky, Peter Svidler and Krishnan Sasikiran all performed above the 2800 level. In the following list we have included all players who took part in at least five games and scored higher than 2600.


Alexei Shirov on board two of Ural Sverdlovskaya, where he scored 6/7 with a 2875 performance. Visible behind him are his teammates Alexander Grischuk and Vladimir Malakhov.


Alexander Morozevich, who flew in after the Mexico World Championship and only played four games


Top performance (2848) on board one, with 4.5/6: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with his team from Alkaloid, Kiril Georgiev, Sergey Volkov, Zdenko Kozul and Trajce Nedev.


World Champion Vishy Anand playing for Baden-Baden against Jannick Pelletier for Clichy (Anand won). In the background Anand's team mate Magnus Carlsen kiebitzes other games.


French IM Marie Sebag, playing on board one for Liège men's team (!) with 5/7 and a 2555 performance

Board standings men

Brd.  Ti. Name Rtg Club % gms perf. pts.

3

GM

Vaganian Rafael A

2600

Bank King Yerevan

90,0

5

2904

2

GM

Shirov Alexei

2739

Ural Sverdlovskaya

85,7

7

2875

6

1

GM

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar

2752

Alkaloid

75,0

6

2848

5

GM

Cheparinov Ivan

2670

Linex Magic - Merida

85,7

7

2846

6

1

GM

Eljanov Pavel

2681

Ashdod City Club

66,7

6

2823

4

3

GM

Rublevsky Sergei

2676

Linex Magic - Merida

78,6

7

2820

2

GM

Svidler Peter

2732

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

70,0

5

2814

1

GM

Sasikiran Krishnan

2661

Chess Club Zagreb

85,7

7

2806

6

1

GM

Ponomariov Ruslan

2705

Keystone

71,4

7

2788

5

1

GM

Radjabov Teimour

2742

Ural Sverdlovskaya

71,4

7

2765

5

4

GM

Tregubov Pavel V

2609

Clichy Echecs 92

78,6

7

2762

5

GM

Efimenko Zahar

2624

Keystone

75,0

6

2752

1

GM

Ivanchuk Vassily

2787

Bosna Sarajevo

64,3

7

2747

2

GM

Karjakin Sergey

2694

Tomsk-400

71,4

7

2743

5

4

GM

Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter

2668

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

75,0

6

2736

5

GM

Moiseenko Alexander

2646

Ashdod City Club

71,4

7

2736

5

2

IM

Feygin Michael

2531

Rochade Eupen Kelmis

92,9

7

2733

5

GM

Tkachiev Vladislav

2661

Tomsk-400

80,0

5

2728

4

2

GM

Adams Michael

2729

Linex Magic - Merida

64,3

7

2721

3

GM

Areshchenko Alexander

2638

Keystone

71,4

7

2713

5

1

GM

Nikolic Predrag

2657

Zeljeznicar Sarajevo

71,4

7

2712

5

3

GM

Grischuk Alexander

2715

Ural Sverdlovskaya

71,4

7

2711

5

3

GM

Zhang Pengxiang

2644

Gros Xake Taldea

71,4

7

2702

5

2

GM

Milov Vadim

2680

Gros Xake Taldea

64,3

7

2692

2

GM

Carlsen Magnus

2714

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

64,3

7

2689

2

GM

Tomashevsky Evgeny

2646

Economist Saratov

66,7

6

2688

4

3

GM

Movsesian Sergei

2670

Bosna Sarajevo

64,3

7

2682

1

GM

Van Wely Loek

2680

Gros Xake Taldea

50,0

5

2677

5

GM

Bologan Viktor

2657

Tomsk-400

70,0

5

2674

3

IM

Lenic Luka

2531

Aquaprofit Nagykanisza

71,4

7

2668

5

4

Huschenbeth Niclas

2318

Hamburger SK

78,6

7

2666

2

GM

Almasi Zoltan

2691

Bosna Sarajevo

57,1

7

2665

4

3

GM

Bacrot Etienne

2695

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

64,3

7

2665

4

GM

Sokolov Ivan

2673

Bosna Sarajevo

64,3

7

2662

1

GM

Haba Petr

2525

1. Novoborsky SK

71,4

7

2660

5

5

GM

David Alberto

2536

Clichy Echecs 92

71,4

7

2659

5

1

GM

Asrian Karen

2623

Bank King Yerevan

57,1

7

2658

4

2

GM

Fontaine Robert

2562

Cannes Echecs

71,4

7

2654

5

2

GM

Georgiev Kiril

2649

Alkaloid

57,1

7

2653

4

5

GM

Harikrishna Pentala

2668

OSC Baden-Baden e.V.

66,7

6

2653

4

3

GM

Kasimdzhanov Rustam

2690

Tomsk-400

66,7

6

2649

4

6

GM

Dreev Alexey

2607

Ural Sverdlovskaya

85,7

7

2649

6

1

GM

Alekseev Evgeny

2716

Economist Saratov

57,1

7

2648

4

6

GM

Kogan Artur

2569

Ashdod City Club

66,7

6

2647

4

4

GM

Inarkiev Ernesto

2674

Tomsk-400

66,7

6

2646

4

5

GM

Short Nigel D

2649

Bosna Sarajevo

64,3

7

2646

4

GM

Sargissian Gabriel

2673

Linex Magic - Merida

64,3

7

2645

4

GM

Akopian Vladimir

2713

Ural Sverdlovskaya

64,3

7

2644

4

GM

Zelcic Robert

2578

Chess Club Zagreb

78,6

7

2637

1

GM

Gyimesi Zoltan

2610

Csuti - Hydrocomp

66,7

6

2634

4

5

GM

Dizdar Goran

2549

Chess Club Zagreb

80,0

5

2634

4

5

GM

Minasian Artashes

2571

Bank King Yerevan

71,4

7

2630

5

4

GM

Galkin Alexander

2608

Economist Saratov

66,7

6

2629

4

1

GM

Kotronias Vasilios

2614

Aquaprofit Nagykanisza

58,3

6

2628

1

GM

Kamsky Gata

2724

Linex Magic - Merida

42,9

7

2625

3

3

GM

Zhigalko Sergei

2562

Vesnianka Gran

64,3

7

2622

3

GM

Volkov Sergey

2648

Alkaloid

57,1

7

2621

4

2

GM

Naiditsch Arkadij

2647

Clichy Echecs 92

50,0

7

2619

6

GM

Smirnov Pavel

2636

Tomsk-400

70,0

5

2618

2

GM

Azarov Sergei

2586

Vesnianka Gran

57,1

7

2616

4

1

GM

Kazhgaleyev Murtas

2599

Cannes Echecs

60,0

5

2614

3

6

GM

Vysochin Spartak

2524

Keystone

80,0

5

2613

4

2

GM

Jobava Baadur

2644

Chess Club Zagreb

71,4

7

2611

5

3

IM

Cornette Matthieu

2494

Cannes Echecs

71,4

7

2611

5

1

GM

Gustafsson Jan

2606

Hamburger SK

58,3

6

2610

2

GM

Kempinski Robert

2596

Hamburger SK

64,3

7

2610

6

IM

Perez Candelario Manuel

2525

Linex Magic - Merida

71,4

7

2609

5

2

GM

Horvath Adam

2501

Csuti - Hydrocomp

66,7

6

2602

4

4

GM

Avrukh Boris

2645

Ashdod City Club

50,0

7

2601

3

GM

Tiviakov Sergei

2643

Economist Saratov

58,3

6

2600

Women's section

The highest performer by a long margin in the women's section is Koneru Humpy, who scored 5.5 points in six games on board one with an Elo performance of 2800! Anyone doubt that we will soon have two Indian world champions in chess (after all, not too long ago it was two Bulgarians). Behind Humpy we have IM Nana Dzagnidze with a 5/6 on board three and a 2638 performance, GM Xu Yuhua with 4/6 on board one and a 2591 performance, GM Kateryna Lahno with 4.5/7 on board one and 2556, and 13-year-old WGM Hou Yifan with 5/7 on board two and 2547.


GM Koneru Humpy of India with 5.5/6 and a 2800 performance! [Photo Fred Lucas]


GM Kateryna Lahno, with 4.5/7 and a 2556 performance


IM Alisa Maric playing for T-Com Podgorica with 4.5/7 and a 2413 performance

Board standings women

We list all players with at least four games who scored more than 2300 points.

Brd.  Ti. Name Rtg Club % gms perf. pts.

1

GM

Koneru Humpy

2606

Monte-Carlo

91,7

6

2800

3

IM

Dzagnidze Nana

2416

Interplast Tbilisi

83,3

6

2638

5

1

GM

Xu Yuhua

2517

AVS Krasnoturinsk

66,7

6

2591

4

1

GM

Lahno Kateryna

2459

Southern Ural Cheliabinsk

64,3

7

2556

2

WGM

Hou Yifan

2502

Southern Ural Cheliabinsk

71,4

7

2547

5

1

IM

Korbut Ekaterina

2443

Finec St.Petersburg

71,4

7

2542

5

3

IM

Kovalevskaya Ekaterina

2448

Southern Ural Cheliabinsk

71,4

7

2527

5

2

IM

Cmilyte Viktorija

2464

Finec St.Petersburg

71,4

7

2524

5

2

GM

Stefanova Antoaneta

2463

AVS Krasnoturinsk

70,0

5

2518

4

WGM

Pogonina Natalija

2462

AVS Krasnoturinsk

78,6

7

2500

2

GM

Cramling Pia

2531

Monte-Carlo

64,3

7

2496

1

IM

Javakhishvili Lela

2474

Interplast Tbilisi

50,0

5

2492

3

GM

Zhu Chen

2531

Monte-Carlo

66,7

6

2489

4

2

IM

Danielian Elina

2458

MIKA Yerevan

71,4

7

2476

5

4

IM

Lomineishvili Maia

2409

Interplast Tbilisi

66,7

6

2448

4

2

IM

Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan

2432

Interplast Tbilisi

50,0

6

2434

3

3

WGM

Muzychuk Anna

2469

AVS Krasnoturinsk

70,0

5

2424

1

WGM

Zhao Xue

2530

Economist Saratov

64,3

7

2422

1

GM

Chiburdanidze Maia

2500

MIKA Yerevan

58,3

6

2419

2

IM

Matveeva Svetlana

2433

AVS Krasnoturinsk

50,0

5

2417

2

IM

Maric Alisa

2408

SK T-Com Podgorica

64,3

7

2413

4

IM

Socko Monika

2473

Monte-Carlo

58,3

6

2406

3

IM

Khurtsidze Nino

2450

MIKA Yerevan

78,6

7

2398

4

WGM

Benderac Ana

2328

SK T-Com Podgorica

66,7

6

2391

4

1

WIM

Topel Zehra

2246

Turk Hava Yollari

50,0

7

2375

2

IM

Zaiatz Elena

2366

Ladya Kazan

50,0

7

2359

2

IM

Paehtz Elisabeth

2452

Economist Saratov

50,0

5

2340

1

WGM

Zhukova Natalia

2452

SK T-Com Podgorica

42,9

7

2336

3

1

WGM

Sharevich Anna

2289

USV Volksbank Halle

50,0

7

2335

1

IM

Madl Ildiko

2381

SK Bihac - Capital Brokers

57,1

7

2321

4

1

WIM

Bensdorp Marlies

2263

Utrecht

57,1

7

2309

4

4

IM

Mkrtchian Lilit

2402

MIKA Yerevan

71,4

7

2303

5

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