Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo wins European Women’s Clup Cup

by Klaus Besenthal
12/24/2020 – The European Women’s Club Cup was played online on December 19-22. The favourites from Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo won the event despite losing their direct encounter against the tail-enders from SK Schwäbisch Hall. Two Russian teams, UGRA and Gambit Volgograd, completed the podium.

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European Online Women’s Club Cup

After a preliminary stage, divided in five groups, in which 42 teams participated, 10 teams qualified for the single round-robin that served as the final stage. The eventual winners from Monte Carlo fielded an international, strong team which included Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), Pia Cramling (Sweden), Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) and Monika Socko (Poland).  

The eventual winners secured the title with one round to spare:

In round 8, Elisabeth Paehtz managed to trap Szidonia Lazarne’s queen in unique fashion:


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Final standings

Rk. Team  TB1 
1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 14
2 UGRA 11
3 GAMBIT Volgograd 11
4 Poland Hussars 10
5 Kyiv Chess Federation - Greco 9
6 Clichy-Echecs-92 8
7 Hello Sakk 8
9 Odlar Yurdu 6
10 SK Schwäbisch Hall 6

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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