European Team Championship - Round 9 - Russia wins twice

by André Schulz
11/2/2019 – The Ukrainian team was unable to fend off the Russians as they regained 1st place in the final round at the European Teams in Batumi. Russia led the Women's tournament from start to finish and thus took double-gold. Games and live commentary of Round 9.

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Round 9

The European Team Championships runs from October 24th to November 2nd with an open and a women's competition. In the Open tournament 40 federations are represented, while 32 teams are signed on to the Women's tournament.

Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one.


Report on Round 8


Live games and commentary

 

Commentary by Valeriane Gaprindashvili & Keti Tsatsalashvili

 

Final standings (top 10)

Rk. Team Team
1 Russia RUS
2 Ukraine UKR
3 England ENG
4 Armenia ARM
5 Croatia CRO
6 Azerbaijan AZE
7 Spain ESP
8 Germany GER
9 France FRA
10 Czech Republic CZE

Open standings after Round 9

Rk. Team Team
1 Russia RUS
2 Georgia GEO
3 Azerbaijan AZE
4 Ukraine UKR
5 Netherlands NED
6 Romania ROU
7 Armenia ARM
8 Turkey TUR
9 Georgia 2 GEO
10 Hungary HUN

Women's standings after Round 9


The host is the Georgian Chess Federation and the tournament is staged at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi — the same venue that hosted FIDE officials during the 2018 General Assembly.

Sheraton Batumi

The Sheraton Hotel in Batumi | Photo: Marriott

Although the Russian team will start without their top four active players — Ian Nepomniachtchi, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk and Vladislav Artemiev are missing — they still occupy the top spot in the team ranking list, with an average of 2722 Elo. Azerbaijan follows in second place ahead of England, Poland and Armenia.

Top teams (Open)

No.   Team Team Rtg Avg Captain
1
 
RUS Russia 2722 Motylev Alexander
2
 
AZE Azerbaijan 2708 Safarli Eltaj
3
 
ENG England 2690 Pein Malcolm
4
 
POL Poland 2688 Socko Bartosz
5
 
ARM Armenia 2676 Petrosian Arshak
6
 
ESP Spain 2663 Magem Badals Jordi
7
 
NED Netherlands 2656 Gustafsson Jan
8
 
UKR Ukraine 2646 Sulypa Oleksandr
9
 
HUN Hungary 2638  
10
 
GER Germany 2641 Rogozenco Dorian
11
 
ISR Israel 2635 David Glaz Ilana
12
 
CZE Czech Republic 2633 Hracek Zbynek
13
 
FRA France 2624 Nataf Igor-Alexandre
14
 
GEO Georgia 2616 Jojua Davit
15
 
CRO Croatia 2614 Kozul Zdenko
16
 
ROU Romania 2598 Berescu Alin-Mile
17
 
GRE Greece 2592 Kapnisis Spyridon
18
 
TUR Turkey 2593 Kanmazalp, Ogulcan
19
 
SWE Sweden 2578 Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel
20
 
SLO Slovenia 2579 Mikac Matjaz

...40 Teams

Russian women

The Russian women's team (left): Lagno, Girya, Goryachkina

The Russian team is also leading in the women's tournament and features World Championship challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina. Other stars, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina, are absent. Georgia and the Ukraine follow in team rank, but Ukraine will play without the Muzychuk sisters.

The German women's national team plays for the first time in many, many years without Elisabeth Paehtz and without her is currently ranked 18th in the seedling list, with Sarah Hoolt on board one.

Top teams (Women)

No.   Team Team Rtg Avg Captain
1
 
RUS Russia 2529 Rublevsky Sergei
2
 
GEO Georgia 2451 Ubilava Elizbar
3
 
UKR Ukraine 2419 Brodsky Michail
4
 
POL Poland 2397 Heberla Bartlomiej
5
 
AZE Azerbaijan 2383 Sideifzade Fikret
6
 
FRA France 2369 Cornette Matthieu
7
 
HUN Hungary 2364 Papp Gabor
8
 
ROU Romania 2347 Nanu Costica-Ciprian
9
 
GEO Georgia 2 2344 Lomineishvili Maia
10
 
TUR Turkey 2340 Mikhalchishin Adrian
11
 
ITA Italy 2334 Garcia Palermo Carlos
12
 
ESP Spain 2334 Martinez Martin David
13
 
ARM Armenia 2327 Andriasian Zaven
14
 
NED Netherlands 2306 Bosch Jeroen
15
 
SRB Serbia 2300 Chelushkina Irina
16
 
SVK Slovakia 2294 Stohl Igor
17
 
ISR Israel 2288 Greenfeld Alon
18
 
CZE Czech Republic 2277 Haba Petr
19
 
GER Germany 2272 Naumann Alexander
20
 
GRE Greece 2266 Sandalakis Angelos

...32 Teams

The tournaments are played over nine rounds according to Swiss system. The first round will take place on Thursday, October 24th, with the last round on Saturday, November 2nd. The 29th of October is a rest day. All rounds start at 11:00 AM UTC (15:00 local time (13:00 CEST, 7:00 AM EDT), and one hour earlier for the last round.

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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