Live from Gothenburg: it's the European Team Championships

7/30/2005 – 63 teams from 37 countries, 38 in the men's section and 25 in the women's. Top players are Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Svidler and Etienne Bacrot. Judit Polgar is expected to play for the Hungarian Men's team. And there is a dinosaur exhibition in the building. Best of all: Radio ChessBase will provide audio coverage.

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Fifteenth European Chess Team Championship

Goteborg, July 29 – August 8, 2005

The 15th European Chess Team Championship is being played, July 29 to August 8, 2005, in Gothenburg, Sweden. history of the country. The venue is the Svenska Mässan Exhibition Center, which has a 5,000 square meter playing hall, with an adjacent leisure area and analysis room. There is even a big Dinosaur exhibition in the same building.


Additional excitement: players can visit the Dinosaurium between rounds

The town of Gothenburg is spelled "Göteborg" in Swedish and pronounced 'yöteborg', the 'ö' rhyming with "eight", spoken with puckered lips. The city, the second largest in Sweden, lies on the western coast of Sweden and has half a million residents.

This is the biggest chess event in Swedish history. 63 teams from 37 European countries have registered, 38 for the men's section and 25 for the women's. Top seeds are Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2752), Peter Svidler (Russia, 2738), Etienne Bacrot (France, 2729), Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2724) and Vladimir Akopian (Armenia 2705). We are told that Judit Polgar will be playing for the Hungarian Men's team. She would be the highest rated player in the championship.

The top teams, with average ratings, are the following:

Team aver. Players
Russia 2692 Peter Svidler 2738, Alexey Dreev 2698, Alexander Motylev 2675 Evgeny Bareev 2688, Artyom Timofeev 2661.
Israel 2659 Boris Gelfand 2724, Emil Sutovsky 2674, Ilia Smirin 2652, Boris Avrukh 2652, Sergey Erenburg 2595.
Armenia 2653 Vladimir Akopian 2705, Levon Aronian 2724, Rafael Vaganian 2614, Smbat Lputian 2629, Ashot Anastasian 2595.
France 2652 Etienne Bacrot 2729 Joel Lautier 2672 Laurent Fressinet 2627 Christian Bauer 2641 Josif Dorfman 2592
Ukraine 2647 Vassily Ivanchuk 2752, Alexander Moiseenko 2664, Sergey Karjakin 2645, Pavel Eljanov 2639, Yuri Kuzubov 2535

European Women's Chess Team Championship

The top players here, not counting for the moment the Russian and Ukraine teams, are Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia, 2509), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria, 2501), Pia Cramling, Sweden, 2494), Monika Socko (Poland, 2465), Nino Khurtsidze (Georgia, 2449), Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia, 2447), Iweta Radziewicz (Poland, 2447), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2438), Marie Sebag (France, 2438), Almira Skripchenko (France, 2437), Yelena Dembo (Greece, 2428), Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany, 2421), Maia Lomineishvili (Georgia, 2420), Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Germany, 2418), Corina-Isabela Peptan (Romania, 2411), Alisa Maric (Serbia/Montenegro, 2415), Zhaoqin Peng (Holland, 2405), Jolanta Zawadzka (Poland, 2402), Cristina-Adela Foisor (Romania, 2402), Joanna Dworakowska (Poland, 2401).

The favourites must be the Russian team, with five players all rated above 2400: Aleksandra Kosteniuk (2516), Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (2471), Tatiana Kosintseva (2477), Nadezhda Kosintseva (2490) and Alisa Galliamova (2453). The average rating in this team is 2481. They are followed by the Ukrainian team with Natalia Zhukova (2478), Kateryna Lahno (2498), Tatjana Vasilevich (2392), Inna Gaponenko (2439), Anna Ushenina (2439). The Elo average is 2449.

Tournament schedule

Friday July 29th 08.00 pm Opening Ceremony
Saturday July 30th 03.00 pm Round 1
Sunday July 31st 03.00 pm Round 2
Monday August 1st 03.00 pm Round 3
Tuesday August 2nd 03.00 pm Round 4
Wednesday August 3rd 03.00 pm Round 5
Thursday August 4th 03.00 pm Round 6
Friday August 5th 03.00 pm Round 7
Saturday August 6th 03.00 pm Round 8
Sunday August 7th 03.00 pm Round 9
Sunday August 7th 09.00 pm Closing Ceremony

Links and live coverage

  • Official web site
    The organisers have promised to broadcast between 24 and 32 games live each day. This means that between 6 and 8 whole matches will be covered.

  • Radio ChessBase
    IM Jacob Aagaard will provide live interviews and analysis of the games, starting each evening at 20:30h CEST. You can follow live games and listen to the commentary in the broadcast room of the Playchess.com server.


    Our Radio ChessBase commentators: IMs Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw


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