Plovdiv: Three teams lead in European Club Cup

10/21/2010 – After four rounds the Club Cup has three leaders: Socar Azerbaijan, Mika Yerevan and Economist I from Russia. There were some rough clashes and at least one surprise result: Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer defeated Vassily Ivanchuk (but his club lost 1:5). In the women's section AVS and Samaia Tbilisi lead. From Plovdiv we bring you a big pictorial by Elena Mikheeva.

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The European Club Cup is taking place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from October 16th-24th 2010. A total of 351 players are in the open section, with 135 GMs, 61 IMs, and 247 titled players altogether – 24 are rated over 2700 Elo. The women's section has 64 players with ten GMs, 23 IMs, and 51 titled players.

In round four Economist-SGSEU-1 defeated ShSM-64 Moscow 4:2, with full points coming from Alexander Moiseenko and Chinese GM Ni Hua. SOCAR Azerbaijan and Mika Yerevan both had weaker round four opponents whom they defeated 5:1 each. Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, playing for Oslo Schakselskap, defeated Vassily Ivanchuk of the St. Petersburg Chess Club, but all other boards of the Norway team lost and so the score was 1:5.

In the following tables you can click on the teams to view their individual results.

Standings after Round 4 (open section)

Rk. SNo FED Team
– 
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 1 AZE SOCAR Azerbaijan
4
0
0
8
18.5
55.5
2 7 ARM Mika Yerevan
4
0
0
8
18.5
54.5
3 4 RUS Economist-SGSEU-1
4
0
0
8
18.0
53.5
4 12 CZE G-Team Novy Bor
3
1
0
7
14.5
58.5
5 11 GER Werder Bremen
3
0
1
6
17.0
45.5
6 2 RUS St.Petersburg Chess Club
3
0
1
6
16.5
60.0
7 6 RUS Yugra
3
0
1
6
16.5
52.5
8 10 UKR PGMB - Chernigiv
3
0
1
6
16.0
56.5
9 9 RUS Ural
3
0
1
6
16.0
50.5
10 5 GER Baden-Baden OSG
3
0
1
6
16.0
48.0
11 16 UKR Rivnenski Iisovi zubry - Rivne
3
0
1
6
16.0
44.0
12 15 BIH Bihac CK
3
0
1
6
15.0
51.5
13 3 RUS ShSM-64 Moscow
3
0
1
6
14.5
60.5
14 17 BLR Vesnianka Gran
2
1
1
5
15.5
44.5
15 30 SVK Prievidza SK
2
1
1
5
14.5
40.5
16 20 BEL Eynatten - KSK47
2
1
1
5
13.0
48.0
17 23 SWE Viking Stockholm
2
0
2
4
14.5
41.5
18 24 GER Solingen SG
2
0
2
4
14.0
45.5
19 22 BIH Glasinac
2
0
2
4
13.5
46.0
20 8 ISR Ashdod Elite CC
2
0
2
4
13.0
58.5
21 18 ESP Gros Xake Taldea
2
0
2
4
13.0
55.0
22 14 ISR Beer Sheva CC
2
0
2
4
13.0
54.0
23 13 BUL Naiden Voinov CC
2
0
2
4
13.0
53.5
24 19 NOR Oslo Schakselskap
2
0
2
4
12.5
55.0
25 26 FRA Evry Grand Roque
2
0
2
4
12.5
53.0
26 36 NOR Asker Sjakklubb
2
0
2
4
12.5
39.0
27 28 NED LSG
2
0
2
4
12.0
41.0
28 25 MKD Gambit-Asseco-See Skopje
2
0
2
4
11.0
52.0
29 32 ENG Betsson
2
0
2
4
11.0
40.0
30 37 TUR Manisa Doruk Koleji
2
0
2
4
11.0
37.0
31 33 FIN Tammer Shakki
2
0
2
4
10.0
55.0
32 39 LUX Differdange CE Le Cavalier
2
0
2
4
7.5
52.5
33 21 LTU Margiris Kaunas
1
1
2
3
12.0
45.5
34 48 WLS Nidum Chess Club
1
1
2
3
10.5
28.0
35 31 UKR LugPokerChess - Lugansk
1
1
2
3
10.0
51.0
36 35 FIN Etela-Vantaan Shakki
1
1
2
3
9.0
37.5
37 49 EUR Shqiponja KSH
1
1
2
3
8.5
37.5
38 42 DEN Aarhus Skakklub/Skolerne
1
0
3
2
11.5
29.5
39 27 ITA Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova
1
0
3
2
10.5
41.0
40 43 LUX Dudelange CE
1
0
3
2
9.0
45.5
41 29 BEL Amay
1
0
3
2
8.5
50.0
42 34 BEL K Gentse SRL
1
0
3
2
8.0
53.0
43 44 GRE Chanion Skakistiki Akademia
1
0
3
2
7.5
41.0
44 41 WLS Cardiff Chess Club
1
0
3
2
4.0
53.5
45 40 ENG White Rose
0
1
3
1
6.0
47.5
46 46 ALB Butrinti
0
1
3
1
6.0
36.5
47 47 EUR Expik Klubi i shahut
0
1
3
1
5.5
39.5
48 45 IRL Ennis Chess Club
0
0
4
0
6.5
37.0
49 38 DEN Brønshøj Skakforening
0
0
4
0
5.0
45.5

In the women's section the team AVS with Stefanova, Lahno, Pogonina and Maria Muzychuk are in the lead, together with Samaia Tbilisi, which fields Chiburdanidze, Javakhishvili, Melia and Khotenashvili. The top team from Monte Carlo with Humpy, Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk and Pia Cramling is in fourth place.

Standings after Round 4 (women's section)

Rk. SNo FED Team
– 
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 2 RUS AVS
3
1
0
7
10.5
35.0
2 4 GEO Samaia Tbilisi
3
1
0
7
9.5
41.0
3 5 ARM MIKA Yerevan
3
0
1
6
11.5
33.0
4 1 MNC Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo
2
1
1
5
11.0
31.0
5 3 RUS St.Petersburg Chess Club
2
1
1
5
9.5
33.5
6 6 RUS Giprorechtrans
2
0
2
4
10.0
26.0
7 7 SRB BAS Beograd
2
0
2
4
9.0
32.5
8 11 BUL Lokomotiv 2000
1
2
1
4
8.0
25.5
9 8 GER USV Volksbank Halle
2
0
2
4
6.0
36.5
10 12 ISR Herzliya Chess Club
1
1
2
3
5.0
35.5
11 9 ISR Ashdod Elite CC
1
0
3
2
6.5
26.0
12 10 ITA CS Fischer Chieti
1
0
3
2
6.0
33.5
13 14 NOR Oslo Schakselkap
1
0
3
2
4.5
30.5
14 13 SVK KSC Komarno
0
1
3
1
5.0
28.5

The City of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

By Elena Mikheeva and WGM Irina Sudakova

This is the second-largest city in Bulgaria, with a population of almost 400,000. Plovdiv's history spans some 6,000 years, with traces of a Neolithic settlement dating to roughly 4000 BC. Known in the West for most of its history by the Greek name Philippopolis, it was originally a Thracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city. In the Middle Ages, it retained its strategic regional importance, changing hands between the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. It came under Ottoman rule in the 14th century.


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In 1878, Plovdiv was made the capital of the autonomous Ottoman region of Eastern Rumelia; in 1885, it became part of Bulgaria with the unification of that region and the Principality of Bulgaria. Today the city is an important economic, transport, cultural and educational center.


The famous Roman Odeon of Plovdev, built in the second century, is now used
for staging opera and theatre festivals


A square next to the Ancient Theatre is occupied by artists


The Monument of the liberators on Bounardzhik Tepe hill


Local cats meeting point


This building is also a theatre – but a modern one


Sculpture of a lute player in Bounardzhik Park


Gyuro Mihailov Monument at the Plovdiv's Central Square


Vassil Levski, a Bulgarian revolutionary and national hero, who
helped liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule


The Aloysha statue – a tribute to the Soviet army – overlooks the town


A view of the town from the Aloysha monument


The city with the communications tower, during the day...


... and at dusk


Plovdev at night

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