Novi Sad, Rd. 3: first surprises

by Georgios Souleidis
11/9/2016 – Round three of the strong European Clup Cup brought the first surprises. The Italian team Padova which has Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian on the top boards lost against the Serbian team Sveti Nikolaj Srpski. And the Czech team Novy Bor, winner of the ECC 2013, lost against the Russian team Zhiguli. Favorite Syberia played with Vladimir Kramnik on board one and scored a narrow victory. Results, tables, games...

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European Club Cup


The venue in Novi Sad

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Round 3 Open

The third round of the European Club Cup in Novi Sad saw the first encounters between teams which have good chances to finish in

 

at the very top. One favorite for the title is Padova which has Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon Aronian on its top boards. In round three the Italians faced VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski where Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Richard Rapport play on board one and two. Against Padova  Richard Rapport won with Black against Levon Aronian which helped his team to a narrow 3.5-2.5 victory.

 

Levon Aronian and Richart Rapport discuss some lines after the games

Last year Syberia won the title and this year the team is again favorite. Syberia's top board is no other than Vladimir Kramnik who had paused in the first two rounds but played in round three. A good decision because against SHSM Legacy Square Moscow the former World Champion was the only player who won, securing his team a narrow 3.5-2.5 victory.

Vladimir Kramnik (right) won with Black against Ernesto Inarkiev

Results round 3

3. round, 08.11.2016
Nr. Snr Team MP Erg. : Erg. MP Team Snr
1 6 VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski 4 : 4 OR Padova 3
2 8 SHSM Legacy Square Moscow 4 : 4 Syberia 1
3 7 Ashdod 4 3 : 3 4 Schachgesellschaft Zurich 15
4 10 Zhiguli 4 4 : 2 4 AVE Novy Bor 5
5 2 Alkaloid 4 : ½ 4 Cheddleton 17
6 4 Mednyi Vsadnik 4 : 4 SV Werder Bremen 19
7 14 Itaka 3 1 : 5 3 Odlar Yurdu 9
8 12 Beer Sheva Chess Club 3 3 : 3 3 Vaalerenga Chess Club 13
9 21 SK Dunajska Streda 3 : 3 Gambit ASSECO SEE 29
10 20 Schachgesellschaft Riehen 3 4 : 2 3 Omladinski Sahovski Klub Paracin 31
11 28 KGSRL Gent 2 : 2 SK Rockaden 26
12 48 Ezerelio Vaivorykste 2 : 2 Salon Shakkikerho 42
13 30 Kennemer Combinatie 2 ½ : 2 Ladya Kazan 11
14 18 CSM Baia Mare 2 : 2 Jelica PEP - Goracici 24
15 16 AEM Luxten Timisoara 2 6 : 0 2 Gonzaga 56
16 32 Oslo Schakselskap 2 : 2 LSG IntelliMagic 23
17 34 En Passant 2 3 : 3 2 Tammer-Shakki 41
18 40 The Smashing Pawns Bieles 2 : 2 LugPokerChess 45
19 53 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo 2 : 2 Crvena Zvezda 27
20 25 KSK47 Eynatten 2 : 2 Gambit Bonnevoie 44
21 22 SC MPO Maria Saal 2 5 : 1 2 Edinburgh Chess Club 54
22 47 Cercle d'Echecs Fontainois 2 5 : 1 1 Chania Chess Academy 55
23 35 KSK Rochade Eupen-Kelmis 1 : 1 Schachfreunde Berlin 33
24 39 SK Modra 1 4 : 2 1 Bronshoj Skakforening 50
25 43 Skakklubben Nordkalotten 0 4 : 2 1 Perfect 37
26 38 JSV SISSA 0 3 : 3 0 Nordea Skanderborg 46
27 61 Butrinti 0 : 0 De Sprenger Echternach 57
28 49 Sjakklubben AV 1911 0 : ½ 0 Cardigan 60
29 59 Trinity College Dublin 0 2 : 4 0 DLF Steinitz Roma 52
30 51 White Rose 0 2 : 4 0 Hatay Metropolitan 62
31 58 Abergavenny 0 3 : 3 0 Club d'Echecs de Geneve 36

Standings after round 3

Rg. Team  Wtg1 
1 Zhiguli 6
2 Alkaloid 6
3 Syberia 6
4 VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski 6
5 Mednyi Vsadnik 6
6 Odlar Yurdu 5
7 Ashdod 5
8 Schachgesellschaft Zurich 5
9 Schachgesellschaft Riehen 5
10 SK Dunajska Streda 5
11 OR Padova 4
12 AVE Novy Bor 4
13 SHSM Legacy Square Moscow 4
14 AEM Luxten Timisoara 4
15 Beer Sheva Chess Club 4
16 Ladya Kazan 4
17 SV Werder Bremen 4
18 Vaalerenga Chess Club 4
19 CSM Baia Mare 4
20 KGSRL Gent 4

... 63 teams

 

Round 3 - Women

In the women's tournament the third round saw the crucial encounter between tournament favorite Monte Carlo and defending champion Batumi. Led by Women's World Champion Hou Yifan Monte Carlo won the match 2.5-1.5. In round four Monte Carlo will play against Ugra, the only team that has realistic chances to let Monte Carlo stumble.

Maria Muzychuk won for Monte Carlo against Batumi

Results round 3

Round 3, 08.11.2016, 15:00

Nr. Snr Team MP Erg. : Erg. MP Team Snr
1 1 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo 4 : 4 NONA Batumi 2
2 6 Chigorin Chess Club St Petersburg 2 1 : 3 4 Ugra Chess Club 3
3 5 Odlar Yurdu 2 : 2 SS Lazio Scacchi 8
4 7 Jelica PEP - Goracici 2 2 : 2 2 ASD C.S.R. Fischer Chieti 10
5 9 Ladya Kazan 2 : 2 SHSM Legacy Square Moscow 4
6 11 Midland Monarchs 0 2 : 2 2 Kaunas CC Margiris 14
7 12 Rishon Le Zion 0 1 : 3 0 ASVOE Pamhagen 13

Standings after round 3                    

Rg. Team  Wtg1 
1 Ugra Chess Club 6
2 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo 6
3 NONA Batumi 4
4 Odlar Yurdu 4
5 Ladya Kazan 4
6 Jelica PEP - Goracici 3
7 ASD C.S.R. Fischer Chieti 3
8 Kaunas CC Margiris 3
9 Chigorin Chess Club St Petersburg 2
10 SHSM Legacy Square Moscow 2
11 SS Lazio Scacchi 2
12 ASVOE Pamhagen 2
13 Midland Monarchs 1
14 Rishon Le Zion 0

Games

 

Parallel to the European Club Cup the Open Serbian Championship is played in Novi Sad. The website of the European Club Cup offers only scant information on this strong open but chessresults has the results.

Tournament page

Results and statistics on chessresults



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 11/14/2016 09:18
*Update*
Ponomariov's notes to Game 2 "reveal"(? to me, at least!) that Mamedyarov and Potkin are (amongst) Karjakin's seconds.
Leaves me guessing at Carslen having PHN, JLH + (LF? + MA? + Others)?
And Karjakin having SM + VP + (AM? + Others)?
Anybody know any more about either of the teams?
weerogue weerogue 11/10/2016 12:43
Interested to read in Barden's latest Guardian article that Kramnik is rumoured to be helping Karjakin with his WC Match preparations; whilst that may be the case, his participation here makes it clear he is not in NY as a second and most likely is not playing an active, ongoing role in supporting Karjakin (yes, I know you can Skype! But playing in a tournament while the match is taking place is not conducive to the type of hard work required of a second).

Anybody got any info on the seconds of the WC Match participants?
We know Carlsen has worked with PH Nielsen, JL Hammer, Adams and Fressinet in the past - can we assume the same here? I think it is believed that he has worked with Nepomniachtchi a little in the past, but perhaps it's safe to assume that is not the case here.
Karjakin: I'm not too sure. All I know is that he has worked a lot with Motylev.

Anybody else heard anything about the teams of either of the two competitors?
KevinC KevinC 11/9/2016 11:07
I know that 27...Rh1 in the Aronian-Rapport was spectacular, but 27...Ng4, as in the notes, was more than "good enough". It was considerably better per the silicon monster (and not the little engine button in the interface above...it is too slow).
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