ECC 06: Winners!

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/20/2014 – Things went as predicted in the Women's section and Nona easily beat their opponents 4-0 to officially become the ECC Women's Champion. In the Open Section a surprising demolishing occurred on the top match as Malakhite fell to SOCAR by an amazing 5.0-1.0, including an amazing king walk by Wang Hao! Bilbao's FB page (probably on tiebreak) already claims SOCAR as the champions!

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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 Malakhite (3)
1
5
SOCAR Azerbaijan (1)
1.1 2777 Karjakin, Sergey
0
1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756
1.2 2789 Grischuk, Alexander
½
½
Topalov, Veselin 2784
1.3 2701 Shirov, Alexei
0
1
Adams, Michael 2752
1.4 2696 Malakhov, Vladimir
0
1
Giri, Anish 2758
1.5 2684 Lysyj, Igor
½
½
Radjabov, Teimour 2717
1.6 2648 Bologan, Viktor
0
1
Wang, Hao 2730
2 G-Team Novy Bor (5)
5.5
0.5
Huginn Chessclub (21)
2.1 2736 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
½
½
Jones, Gawain C B 2664
2.2 2722 Navara, David
1
0
Van Kampen, Robin 2637
2.3 2725 Harikrishna, P.
1
0
Thorhallsson, Throstur 2437
2.4 2675 Laznicka, Viktor
1
0
Jensson, Einar Hjalti 2349
2.5 2680 Sasikiran, Krishnan
1
0
Hreinsson, Hlidar 2229
2.6 2638 Hracek, Zbynek
1
0
Teitsson, Magnus 2197
3 SHSM Nashe Nasledie (6)
4.5
1.5
Minsk (15)
3.1 2710 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
1
0
Zhigalko, Sergei 2677
3.2 2731 Morozevich, Alexander
1
0
Zhigalko, Andrey 2584
3.3 2673 Grachev, Boris
½
½
Kovalev, Vladislav 2532
3.4 2646 Najer, Evgeniy
½
½
Teterev, Vitaly 2501
3.5 2614 Dubov, Daniil
1
0
Meribanov, Vitaly 2395
3.6 2627 Popov, Ivan
½
½
Nikitenko, Mihail 2226
4 KSK47-Eynatten (17)
2
4
Obiettivo Risarcimento (2)
4.1 2493 Swinkels, Robin
0
1
Caruana, Fabiano 2801
4.2 2497 Dambacher, Martijn
0
1
Nakamura, Hikaru 2782
4.3 2447 Hoffmann, Michael
0 F
1 F
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2768
4.4 2456 Koch, Thomas
½
½
Fressinet, Laurent 2712
4.5 2420 Sielecki, Christof
½
½
Vocaturo, Daniele 2585
4.6 2405 Zelbel, Patrick
1
0
Dvirnyy, Danyyil 2522
5 Beer Sheva (8)
1.5
4.5
SPB (4)
5.1 2579 Roiz, Michael
½
½
Svidler, Peter 2732
5.2 2678 Rodshtein, Maxim
½
½
Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2755
5.3 2641 Postny, Evgeny
0
1
Movsesian, Sergei 2663
5.4 2551 Greenfeld, Alon
0
1
Matlakov, Maxim 2694
5.5 2573 Huzman, Alexander
½
½
Efimenko, Zahar 2641
5.6 2495 Khmelniker, Ilya
0
1
Khairullin, Ildar 2638

Only the top 5 matches are shown

Everything went right today for SOCAR. Karjakin obtained a minimal edge against Mamedyarov in a Petroff, and to neutralize it the Azeri sacrificed an exchange for compensation in an endgame. Karjakin miscalculated badly, took the exchange in the worst possible way and ended up in a much worse position. Mamedyarov converted elegantly.

Topalov was always pushing against Grischuk, but it ultimately was a draw. Adams won a 120 move game against Shirov while Giri crushed Malakhov in yet another endgame. In the last board Wang Hao launched a crazy king maneuver in a major piece endgame from f2 to h5, and instead of getting mated the king was zugzwanging Black! 5-1 SOCAR annihilated Malakhite and clinched the tournament, according to the Bilbao Facebook Page.

Novy Bor also had no problems in their match, easily taking out the Icelandic team. The rating advantage was certainly for the Czech team, but 5.5-0.5 was even better than expected.

SHSM, back from the depths, beat Minsk without any problems, as did Obiettivo Risarcimento against KSK47 with huge rating advantages in the first three boards (aided by the fact that MVL's opponent lost by forfeit!).

Tomorrow is simply a fight for second and third. SOCAR will play SPB, which makes it difficult for the Russian team to try to get into the top tthree. Novy Bor and SHSM fight for second place, the winner of that match takes clear second while a draw puts leaves things up to tiebreaks. Malakhite and Obiettivo Risarcimento battle it out on board three, the winner of the match very likely taking third place, second with a little luck.

Rk ID Team Fed
Games
+
=
-
Pts
MatPnt
TB1
GamePts
1 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan AZE
6
6
0
0
12
12
205
27.5
2 5 G-Team Novy Bor CZE
6
5
0
1
10
10
167
27.5
3 6 SHSM Nashe Nasledie RUS
6
5
0
1
10
10
139
26
4 3 Malakhite RUS
6
4
1
1
9
9
152
21
5 2 Obiettivo Risarcimento ITA
6
4
1
1
9
9
140.5
25
6 4 SPB RUS
6
4
1
1
9
9
136.5
23
7 7 Odlar Yourdu AZE
6
3
2
1
8
8
136.5
22.5
8 15 Minsk BLR
6
4
0
2
8
8
128.5
22
9 9 SG Solingen GER
6
3
2
1
8
8
120
22.5
10 11 Ladya RUS
6
3
2
1
8
8
119
20.5

Round Six Games

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Women's Section

1 SHSM Nashe Nasledie (8) 4 0 Herzliya Chess Club (7)
1.1 2540 Gunina, Valentina 1 0 Len, Irina 2133
1.2 2476 Girya, Olga 1 0 Yakovleva, Tatiana 2047
1.3 2433 Kashlinskaya, Alina 1 0 Lian, Marina 1871
1.4 2431 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 1 0 Haitovich, Avital 1891
2 Ugra (1) 3 1 SC Bad Konigshofen (6)
2.1 2481 Ushenina, Anna 1 0 Paehtz, Elisabeth 2467
2.2 2482 Pogonina, Natalija 1 0 Mkrtchian, Lilit 2457
2.3 2399 Kovanova, Baira 0 1 Savina, Anastasia 2373
2.4 2327 Shadrina, Tatiana 1 0 Schoene, Maria 2261
3 Ladya (2) 1 3 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo (5)
3.1 2472 Galliamova, Alisa 0 1 Hou, Yifan 2663
3.2 2469 Zatonskih, Anna ½ ½ Muzychuk, Anna 2551
3.3 2421 Atalik, Ekaterina ½ ½ Cramling, Pia 2516
3.4 2401 Zaiatz, Elena 0 1 Skripchenko, Almira 2430
4 Rishon Letzion (3) 0 4 Batumi Chess Club "Nona" (4)
4.1 2331 Efroimski, Marsel 0 1 Dzagnidze, Nana 2566
4.2 0 Madivani, Maka 0 1 Khotenashvili, Bela 2507
4.3 1957 Vardi, Shlomit 0 1 Melia, Salome 2464
4.4 1937 Federovski, Adi 0 1 Batsiashvili, Nino 2426

Nona very predictively took a comfortable win against Rishon Letzion and won the tournament outright. Ladya could not hold their own against Cerclec d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, which is making a very late comeback. Too late in fact.

Ugra beat SC Bad Konigshofen while SHSM continued the Israeli demolition in this tournament with another 4-0. SHSM is currently in second place but will have a tough fight to hold on to it. They face Nona, the tournament leaders and the ones that are clearly in the best shape, and they will need a win to secure second as Monte-Carlo is only one point behind.

Rk ID Team Fed
Games
+
=
-
Pts
MatPnt
TB1
1 4 Batumi Chess Club "Nona" GEO
6
6
0
0
12
12
70.5
2 8 SHSM Nashe Nasledie RUS
6
4
1
1
9
9
62
3 5 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo MNC
6
4
0
2
8
8
83
4 1 Ugra RUS
6
3
0
3
6
6
65.5
5 2 Ladya RUS
6
3
0
3
6
6
64.5
6 6 SC Bad Konigshofen GER
6
2
1
3
5
5
61
7 3 Rishon Letzion ISR
6
1
0
5
2
2
5.5
8 7 Herzliya Chess Club ISR
6
0
0
6
0
0
0

Round Six 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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izzat1987 izzat1987 9/21/2014 03:23
thnks @vandal, its pity they didn't analyze such an important endgame !
vandal vandal 9/20/2014 07:39
that is beyond my knowledge:) but during game was checking with computer around move 60 and it was 62.Kc5 best chance here which eventually ends in B+N vs. B so if there is a win must be checked after move 57 but i don't have tablebases unfortunately
izzat1987 izzat1987 9/20/2014 02:56
was the ending of Topalov vs Griscuck winning ? if so, how ?
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