ECC 02: Demolitions and Surprises!

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/16/2014 – An exciting game in the European Club Cup in Bilbao. In the Open section the big news of the day was the board one matchup between SHSM and SOCAR, in paper a close one, but one that was dominated by the Azerbaijani team with a brutal 5-1 score! Mamedyarov, Topalov, Adams, Radjabov vanquished Nepo, Morozevich, Dreev and Dubov. In the Women's section Monte Carlo lost yet again!

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2014 European Club Cup

This mega swiss tournament brings together the top teams from the top leagues in Europe to compete for the European Club Champion title. Most teams have reinforcementes specifically for this event, while others send their local players that have served them throughout the seasons.

Many 2700+ players are participating in the event. The tournament is a seven round swiss system that coincides with the Bilbao Grand Slam Finals, for which we will have separate reports.

Tha matches in the Open section will be six-on-six, while on the Women's section will be four-on-four.

Open Section

1 SHSM Nashe Nasledie (6)
1
5
SOCAR Azerbaijan (1)
1.1 2710 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
0
1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756
1.2 2731 Morozevich, Alexander
0
1
Topalov, Veselin 2784
1.3 2662 Dreev, Aleksey
0
1
Adams, Michael 2752
1.4 2673 Grachev, Boris
½
½
Giri, Anish 2758
1.5 2614 Dubov, Daniil
0
1
Radjabov, Teimour 2717
1.6 2610 Potkin, Vladimir
½
½
Wang, Hao 2730
2 Obiettivo Risarcimento (2)
5
1
Grantham Sharks (48)
2.1 2801 Caruana, Fabiano
1
0
Roberson, Peter T 2403
2.2 2729 Bacrot, Etienne
½
½
Rendle, Thomas E 2392
2.3 2712 Fressinet, Laurent
½
½
Purton, Ben J 2142
2.4 2626 Georgiev, Kiril
1
0
Murphy, Hugh W 2148
2.5 2585 Vocaturo, Daniele
1
0
Varnam, Liam D 2123
2.6 2522 Dvirnyy, Danyyil
1
0
Willis, Rupert 0
3 Malakhite (3)
4
2
Huginn Chessclub (21)
3.1 2777 Karjakin, Sergey
½
½
Jones, Gawain C B 2664
3.2 2789 Grischuk, Alexander
½
½
Van Kampen, Robin 2637
3.3 2734 Leko, Peter
1
0
Thorhallsson, Throstur 2437
3.4 2701 Shirov, Alexei
0
1
Jensson, Einar Hjalti 2349
3.5 2696 Malakhov, Vladimir
1
0
Hreinsson, Hlidar 2229
3.6 2684 Lysyj, Igor
1
0
Teitsson, Magnus 2197
4 SPB (4)
4
2
Minsk (15)
4.1 2755 Dominguez Perez, Leinier
½
½
Zhigalko, Sergei 2677
4.2 2742 Vitiugov, Nikita
½
½
Zhigalko, Andrey 2584
4.3 2663 Movsesian, Sergei
½
½
Kovalev, Vladislav 2532
4.4 2694 Matlakov, Maxim
½
½
Teterev, Vitaly 2501
4.5 2641 Efimenko, Zahar
1
0
Meribanov, Vitaly 2395
4.6 2638 Khairullin, Ildar
1
0
Nikitenko, Mihail 2226
5 SK Dunajska Streda (19)
1
5
G-Team Novy Bor (5)
5.1 2459 Petenyi, Tamas
0
1
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2736
5.2 2459 Varga, Zoltan
0
1
Navara, David 2722
5.3 2491 Bokros, Albert
½
½
Harikrishna, P. 2725
5.4 2434 Czebe, Attila
½
½
Laznicka, Viktor 2675
5.5 2408 Meszaros, Michal
0
1
Bartel, Mateusz 2636
5.6 2357 Csiba, Dominik
0
1
Hracek, Zbynek 2638

Only the top 5 matches are shown

Today's news of the day was certainly the pairing between SHSM, one of the strong Russian teams, and SOCAR, the traditional powerhouse from Azerbaijan. With a rating gap of only 75 average rating points the match could technically go to either side, but no one could have predicted the 5-1 blowout that SOCAR administered on to SHSM. Mamedyarov was quickly in trouble against Nepomniachtchi on the top board, but the Azerbaijani player somehow turned the tables around quickly and won. Topalov demolished Morozevich in the queen endgame and things did not improve for SHSM after that.

None of the other top match-ups were as close on paper, and although some where actually closer on the board, all of the top teams ended up taking their match points and we had few surprises. Tomorrow's match-up of the day is surely SPB vs. Obiettivo Risarcimento, pairing numbers four against two. SOCAR gets the relatively easy pairing of Oslo Schakselskap while Beer Sheva and Malakhite could go to either team, though Malakhite is certainly favorite.

Einar Jensson scored an interesting win against Shirov

Topalov helped SOCAR steamroll SHSM

Caruana's Italian team makes steady progress

Standings

Rk Team Fed Games
+
=
-
Pts
GamPnt
1 Obiettivo Risarcimento ITA 1
1
0
0
2
6
2 Minsk BLR 1
1
0
0
2
6
3 Schachgesellschaft Zurich SUI 1
1
0
0
2
6
4 Cercle d'Echecs de Bois Colombes FRA 1
1
0
0
2
6
5 SOCAR Azerbaijan AZE 1
1
0
0
2
5.5
6 G-Team Novy Bor CZE 1
1
0
0
2
5.5
7 Odlar Yourdu AZE 1
1
0
0
2
5.5
8 Beer Sheva ISR 1
1
0
0
2
5.5
9 Ladya RUS 1
1
0
0
2
5.5
10 SK Rockaden SWE 1
1
0
0
2
5.5

Round Two Games

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Women's Section

1 SHSM Nashe Nasledie (8)
2.5
1.5
Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo (5)
1.1 2540 Gunina, Valentina
0
1
Hou, Yifan 2663
1.2 2543 Kosteniuk, Alexandra
½
½
Muzychuk, Anna 2551
1.3 2476 Girya, Olga
1
0
Lagno, Kateryna 2540
1.4 2431 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina
1
0
Cramling, Pia 2516
2 SC Bad Konigshofen (6)
1.5
2.5
Batumi Chess Club "Nona" (4)
2.1 2467 Paehtz, Elisabeth
½
½
Khotenashvili, Bela 2507
2.2 2457 Mkrtchian, Lilit
½
½
Melia, Salome 2464
2.3 2373 Savina, Anastasia
½
½
Batsiashvili, Nino 2426
2.4 2261 Schoene, Maria
0
1
Mikadze, Miranda 2242
3 Herzliya Chess Club (7)
1.5
2.5
Rishon Letzion (3)
3.1 2133 Len, Irina
0
1
Efroimski, Marsel 2331
3.2 2047 Yakovleva, Tatiana
0
1
Madivani, Maka 0
3.3 1871 Lian, Marina
1
0
Vardi, Shlomit 1957
3.4 1891 Haitovich, Avital
½
½
Federovski, Adi 1937
4 Ugra (1)
2.5
1.5
Ladya (2)
4.1 2481 Ushenina, Anna
1
0
Galliamova, Alisa 2472
4.2 2482 Pogonina, Natalija
½
½
Zatonskih, Anna 2469
4.3 2352 Guseva, Marina
1
0
Atalik, Ekaterina 2421
4.4 2327 Shadrina, Tatiana
0
1
Zaiatz, Elena 2401

This certainly does not seem to be Monte Carlo's tournament as they have now lost two games in a row. Despite a victory by Hou Yifan with the black pieces against Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya took apart Kateryna Lagno while Ekaterina Kovalevskaya beat Pia Cramilng. With a draw on board two the match between Monte Carlo and SHSM went to the Russian team.

Despite Hou Yifan's best efforts, Cercle d'Echecs
de Monte-Carlo lost their second in a row

Nona squeezed out a win against the German squad of SC Bad Konigshofen while in the Russian match-up of Ugra vs. Ladya it was Ugra that came slightly ahead thanks to wins by Ushenina and Guseva.

Nona leads by tiebreaks, but the tournament is young

Pogonina held Zatonskih to a draw in the 2.5-1.5 win by her team, Ugra

Standings

Rk ID Team Fed
Games
+
=
-
Pts
MatPnt
GamPnt
1 4 Batumi Chess Club "Nona" GEO
2
2
0
0
4
4
5
2 8 SHSM Nashe Nasledie RUS
2
2
0
0
4
4
5
3 6 SC Bad Konigshofen GER
2
1
0
1
2
2
5
4 1 Ugra RUS
2
1
0
1
2
2
4
5 2 Ladya RUS
2
1
0
1
2
2
5.5
6 3 Rishon Letzion ISR
2
1
0
1
2
2
3
7 5 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo MNC
2
0
0
2
0
0
3
8 7 Herzliya Chess Club ISR
2
0
0
2
0
0
1.5

Round Two Games

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Photos by Manu de Alba from Bilbao's Facebook site

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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vandal vandal 9/16/2014 11:43
pozision mui interesante
strange enough i like it but what is this finko???
vandal vandal 9/16/2014 07:47
i might try watching live commentary in spanish
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