11/14/2011 – Could anything be more dramatic or unexpected? Top seed Russia was never in contention, instead it was other strong teams like Armenia, Bulgaria or Azerbaijan, who each went into the lead. But then tenth seed Germany suddenly started to win, joined the leaders and finished with a clear win on match points. In the women's section it was of course Russia. Updated with games and notes.
11/14/2011 – Earlier this week Germany, starting as tenth seed, created a sensation by winning the title, with Azerbaijan and Hungary getting Silver and Bronze. But who were the strongest individual players in the open and women's sections? And who the most photogenic? We return to the ETCC in Porto Carras one more time with statistics and a beautiful pictorial by WGM Anastasiya Karlovich.
11/10/2011 – After six rounds Romania, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria were in the lead, with ten match points each. Then came the unexpected drubbing, and could have easily ended with a 4-0 for the Azeris. Bulgaria , who were in the lead after five rounds, are now in place six, while Azerbaijan is first on match and board points. The Russian women continue to lead, with two full match points. Report after round seven.
11/10/2011 – And the leader changes again! Germany scored a surprise 2.5-1.5 victory over Azerbaijan, with Arkadij Naiditsch convincingly defeating Teimour Radjabov on the top board. They (the Germans!) now share the lead with Armenia, who outplayed Netherlands. The Russian women moved closer to the title by beating France. Individual board ranking lists are out. Round eight report.
11/9/2011 – Topalov and his men defeated the German team 3-1 to emerge leaders, after Azerbaijan and France signed a truce when GM Vugar Gashimov had a medical condition during the round. Top seed Russia clawed back with a 2.5-1.5 victory over Ukraine. the Russian women maintained their lead despite Nadezhda Kosintseva’s second consecutive loss, to Georgian Nana Dzagnidze. Round five report.
11/6/2011 – After shocking England in the second round of the open section the Greece hosts succumb to higher rated Azerbaijan in the third round. Tournament favourites Russia were held to a draw by lower rated Netherlands, so plenty of fight remains in the open section with uncompromising play all around. The Russian women’s team continued its rampage. Round three report.
11/6/2011 – Normally we are scheduled to cover the European Team Championship after every second round. But round four was so interesting that we are slipping it in. The sensations: Russia was soundly defeated by Bulgaria 3-1, and even more sensationally: Germany beat Ukraine 3½-½ to take the overall lead in the event. We bring you the most interesting games in our round four extra report.
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.
10/26/2011 – A total of 38 countries are sending four-player teams to this nine-round Swiss, which will be staged from November 3-12 in the five-star Porto Carras Grand Resort on the Halkidiki peninsula of northern Greece. We see illustrious names like Aronian, Karjakin, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Topalov, as well as Kosintseva, Lahno, Muzychuk and Danielian in the women's section. Full information.
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