ECCC Eilat: Ashdod shocks Socar

10/12/2012 – Everything went according to plan in the first round of the 28th European Club Cup: the higher rated teams beat and sometimes demolished the lower rated clubs they were paired against. With one exception: the top team Socar Azerbaijan, average rating 2747, were defeated by Ashdod, average 2668. We bring you results, games and some remarkable pictorial impressions by Vladimir Jagr.

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The 28th European Club Cup 2012 is taking place in Eilat, Israel, as a seven-round Swiss from October 11 to 18 (no free day). The rounds starts at 15:00 local time. The time controls are 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. The zero tolerance rule (6.6a of the FIDE Laws of Chess) will be applied: any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session loses the game.

Round one report

The shocker was the victory of Ashdod, with an average rating of 2668, over Socar Azerbaijan, the top team with an average rating of 2747. Andrei Volokitin and Pavel Eljanov were instrumental, defeating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Veselin Topalov respectively (with Gata Kamsky picking up a grace point against Evgeny Romanov).

Top pairing results from round one

Bo. 1   SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg
2½:3½
9   Ashdod Rtg
1.1 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792
½-½
GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771
1.2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748
0-1
GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724
1.3 GM Topalov, Veselin 2751
0-1
GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681
1.4 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752
½-½
GM Smirin, Ilia 2638
1.5 GM Kamsky, Gata 2755
1-0
GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611
1.6 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685
½-½
GM Avrukh, Boris 2585
Bo. 10   Beer Sheba Rtg
1½:4½
2   SHSM-64 Rtg
2.1 GM Roiz, Michael 2618
½-½
GM Leko, Peter 2734
2.2 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2616
0-1
GM Giri, Anish 2730
2.3 GM Huzman, Alexander 2591
½-½
GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712
2.4 GM Nabaty, Tamir 2586
0-1
GM Grachev, Boris 2672
2.5 GM Postny, Evgeny 2647
½-½
GM Najer, Evgeniy 2664
2.6 GM Greenfeld, Alon 2559
0-1
GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663
Bo. 3   Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg
5:1
11   Obiettive Risarcimento Rtg
3.1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718
1-0
GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2786
3.2 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704
½-½
GM Georgiev, Kiril 2668
3.3 GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683
1-0
GM Godena, Michele 2526
3.4 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720
1-0
IM Bellini, Fabio 2492
3.5 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700
1-0
IM Collutiis, Duilio 2501
3.6 GM Lysyj, Igor 2628
½-½
IM Valsecchi, Alessio 2415
Bo. 12   Gros Xake Taldea Rtg
1:5
4   Saint-Petersburg CCF Rtg
4.1 GM Van Wely, Loek 2688
½-½
GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734
4.2 GM Bauer, Christian 2664
0-1
GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691
4.3 GM Landa, Konstantin 2641
½-½
GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699
4.4 IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2479
0-1
GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678
4.5 IM Gonzalez, Santiago 2442
0-1
GM Matlakov, Maxim 2665
4.6 IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2402
0-1
GM Khairullin, Ildar 2639
Bo. 5   Ugra Rtg
5½:½
13   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
5.1 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732
1-0
IM Popilski, Gil 2475
5.2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2718
1-0
GM Kosashvili, Yona 2529
5.3 GM Korobov, Anton 2705
1-0
GM Baron, Tal 2454
5.4 GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677
½-½
GM Liss, Eran 2464
5.5 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei 2539
1-0
IM Caspi, Israel 2451
5.6 GM Kabanov, Nikolai 2482
1-0
IM Klenburg, Mikhail 2366
Bo. 14   Siroki Brijeg Rtg
1:5
6   OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg
6.1 GM Palac, Mladen 2600
½-½
GM Adams, Michael 2720
6.2 GM Brkic, Ante 2575
0-1
GM Bacrot, Etienne 2705
6.3 GM Kurajica, Bojan 2558
½-½
GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704
6.4 GM Dizdarevic, Emir 2491
0-1
GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690
6.5 IM Bogut, Zeljko 2441
0-1
GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662
6.6 WFM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra 2270
0-1
GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2661
Bo. 7   Tomsk-400 Rtg
5:1
15   Schachgesellschaft Zürich Rtg
7.1 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710
½-½
GM Timofeev, Artyom 2631
7.2 GM Bologan, Viktor 2695
1-0
GM Pelletier, Yannick 2601
7.3 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683
1-0
GM Brunner, Lucas 2448
7.4 GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660
1-0
GM Vogt, Lothar 2397
7.5 GM Motylev, Alexander 2655
1-0
FM Goldstern, Filip 2334
7.6 GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638
½-½
FM Friedrich, Norbert 2302
Bo. 16   Eynatten Rtg
2:4
8   G-Team Novy Bor Rtg
8.1 IM Bok, Benjamin 2530
½-½
GM Navara, David 2722
8.2 IM Dambacher, Martijn 2471
½-½
GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678
8.3 GM Swinkels, Robin 2494
1-0
GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680
8.4 IM Koch, Thomas 2431
0-1
GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635
8.5 IM Coenen, Norbert 2327
0-1
GM Markos, Jan 2581
8.6 FM Kaufeld, Juergen 2326
0-1
GM Cvek, Robert 2540

Selection of games

Women's section

Here the notable results were former women's world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk defeating the current world champion Hou Yifan, and Ugra defeating the higher rated team AVS, with Cmilyte and Muzychuk losing to far lower ranked players.

Bo. 1 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo Rtg
2½:1½
8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg
1.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605
0-1
GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490
1.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607
1-0
IM Gunina, Valentina 2514
1.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587
½-½
IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405
1.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514
1-0
WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368
Bo. 2   AVS Rtg
1½:2½
7   Ugra Rtg
2.1 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551
1-0
WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408
2.2 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528
0-1
WGM Girya, Olga 2454
2.3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476
½-½
IM Romanko, Marina 2365
2.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474
0-1
WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361
Bo. 3   Mika Rtg
3:1
6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
3.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476
½-½
WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162
3.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512
½-½
Reprun, Nadejda 2143
3.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456
1-0
Vardi, Shlomit 2010
3.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444
1-0
Lahav, Michal 1732
Bo. 4   Ashdod Rtg
2½:1½
5   Chigorin Club Rtg
4.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324
½-½
IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425
4.2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260
½-½
WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244
4.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240
1-0
WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266
4.4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087
½-½
Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173

Selection of games


Pictorial impressions from Eilat by Vladimir Jagr


Dawn over the half-empty highway from Tel Aviv to Eilat...


... a two-hour drive through the Negev Desert...


... which is quite empty, except for the ubiquitous Golden Arches


Arrival in Eilat, a harbour full of recreational yachts...


... and speedboats floating in the clear green-blue waters


The highly imaginative local architecture


Our living quarters: the Eilatské Hilton Hotels and Lagoona


Everywhere in the city: promotion for the 2012 European Chess Cup


The seven-star Royal Beach Hotel, where the Club Cup is being played


At the opening ceremony just before round one of the 28th European Club Cup


The top encounter: Socar Azerbaijan vs Ashdod, with Radjabov vs Ivanchuk on board one


A loss in round one (to Andrei Volokitin): GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ob board two of Socar


Women's world champion Hou Yifan lost her first game, challenger Humpy Koneru won hers...


... while teammate Anna Muzychuk drew hers for Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo


GM Viktorija Cmilyte WGM Natalija Pogonina playing for AVS

All pictures in this report are by Vladimir Jagr, a native of Brno, who lives in Humpolec. He has been engaged in photography as an amateur for four years and "catching things through the lens" has become his great hobby.

Accidentally, three years ago he came to the chess club in Novy Bor and initiated a cooperation with the club, which has continued until today. Within two years Vladimir Jagr prepared for the chess server Novy Bor a number of excellent reports from the chess world that contributed in no small part to high visitor rate to the server. The best chess players of the world and the Czech Republic have become the central theme of his creation.

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