ECCC Eilat: Saint-Petersburg takes the sole lead

10/16/2012 – The club from the north west of Russia did this thanks to wins by Peter Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov (against Ruslan Ponomariov and Viktor Bologan) in the top board, which left their main rivals and previous leaders Tomsk in joint second place – together with five other teams, including rating favourites Economist Saratov. There are two rounds to go. Illustrated round five report.

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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 five report

In Open section the derby between two leaders, Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation and Tomsk-400, finished on favor of Petersburg, thanks to decisive victories by Peter Svidler and Nikita Vitiugov against Ruslan Ponomariov and Viktor Bologan respectively. As a result, after five rounds Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation has taken the sole lead in the tournament.


Peter Svidler and Leinier Dominguez (left) playing for Saint-Petersburg

SOCAR Azerbaijan is making their way to the top after beating the G-Team Novy Bor. Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky scored important victories to gain the lead for their team in the match. Alexander Morozevich, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Alexander Moiseenko from Economist-SGSEU Saratov outplayed their opponents from Gros Xake Taldea, and with the other three games being drawn, Saratov gained an important victory and shares second place with two rounds to go.

Ugra managed to win the tough match against OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Arkadij Naiditsch defeated Alexei Shirov on the second board, but his victory didn’t affect the final outcome, as Ugra members Anton Korobov and Alexei Dreev succeeded to win their games against Peter Heine Nielsen and Jan Gustafsson.


Obiettive Risarcimento vs Oslo Schakselskap with a rare female player in the open
section: WGM Olga Dolzhikova, 2286, who drew GM Michele Godena, 2526

It was absolutely impossible to predict the outcome of the match between SHSM-64 and Rishon Le-Zion. Despite the rating advantage on every board on favor of Russian team the situation looked more promising for Israeli Club. At the beginning Anish Giri made a draw on the second board while Alexander Riazantsev lost the game against Tal Baron. An extraordinary accident, which turned to be decisive for the fate of the match, happened in the game Leko-Alterman later on. In a slightly worse endgame Peter Leko proposed a draw, but his opponent Boris Alterman made a move which turned to be not a good one. When the Israeli GM realized he had blundered an exchange he tried to accept the proposed draw, but Peter Leko preferred to continue playing and converted his advantage into a full point. The victory of Vladimir Potkin on the last board and heroic defense of Boris Grachev not only saved the match but brought an important victory to Russian team.

Top pairing results from round five

Bo. 4 Saint-Petersburg CF Rtg
4:2
7 Tomsk-400 Rtg
1.1 GM Svidler, Peter 2747
1-0
GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735
1.2 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734
½-½
GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710
1.3 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691
1-0
GM Bologan, Viktor 2695
1.4 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699
½-½
GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660
1.5 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689
½-½
GM Motylev, Alexander 2655
1.6 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678
½-½
GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638
Bo. 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg
3½:2½
8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg
2.1 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792
½-½
GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733
2.2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748
½-½
GM Navara, David 2722
2.3 GM Topalov, Veselin 2751
1-0
GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678
2.4 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752
½-½
GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680
2.5 GM Kamsky, Gata 2755
1-0
GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635
2.6 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685
0-1
GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612
Bo. 12 Gros Xake Taldea Rtg
1½:4½
3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg
3.1 GM Van Wely, Loek 2688
½-½
GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704
3.2 GM Bauer, Christian 2664
½-½
GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683
3.3 GM Landa, Konstantin 2641
0-1
GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758
3.4 IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2479
0-1
GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720
3.5 IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2442
0-1
GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700
3.6 IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2402
½-½
GM Lysyj, Igor 2628
Bo. 9 Ashdod Rtg
4:2
19 Hapoel Kfar Saba Rtg
4.1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771
1-0
IM Raznikov, Danny 2465
4.2 GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681
0-1
IM Boruchovsky, Avital 2435
4.3 GM Smirin, Ilia 2638
1-0
FM Givon, Asaf 2405
4.4 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611
1-0
Galburd, Yan 2331
4.5 GM Avrukh, Boris 2585
1-0
Ben Artzi, Ido 2286
4.6 GM Kogan, Artur 2583
0-1
Mindlin, Alon 2237
Bo. 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg
2½:3½
5 Ugra Rtg
5.1 GM Adams, Michael 2720
½-½
GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732
5.2 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704
1-0
GM Shirov, Alexei 2718
5.3 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690
½-½
GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713
5.4 GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662
0-1
GM Korobov, Anton 2705
5.5 GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2661
½-½
GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693
5.6 GM Gustafsson, Jan 2622
0-1
GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677
Bo. 13 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
2½:3½
2 SHSM-64 Rtg
6.1 GM Alterman, Boris 2584
0-1
GM Leko, Peter 2734
6.2 IM Popilski, Gil 2475
½-½
GM Giri, Anish 2730
6.3 GM Baron, Tal 2454
1-0
GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712
6.4 IM Caspi, Israel 2451
½-½
GM Grachev, Boris 2672
6.5 IM Kaspi, Alexander 2435
½-½
GM Najer, Evgeniy 2664
6.6 IM Klenburg, Mikhail 2366
0-1
GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663

Top current rankings

Rk.
SNo
Team
Gms
 –
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1
4
Saint-Petersburg CF
5
5
0
0
10
372.5
23.0
2
3
Economist Saratov
5
4
0
1
8
340.0
19.5
3
9
Ashdod
5
4
0
1
8
329.0
17.5
4
5
Ugra
5
4
0
1
8
314.3
19.0
5
1
SOCAR Azerbaijan
5
4
0
1
8
311.3
23.5
6
7
Tomsk-400
5
4
0
1
8
295.8
22.5

Selection of games

Women's section

In the Women's section Monte-Carlo confidently won against Chigorin Club and keeps the lead in the tournament. Anastasia Bodnaruk drew her game against Hou Yifan while the others could not hold the pressure. Ugra defeated Rishon Le-Zion with 3,5-0,5 score and placed second only one point behind of Monte-Carlo. AVS managed to win the first match in the tournament against Israeli club Ashdot with a 3:5-0:5 score. The only draw in the match was made between Masha Klinova and Antoaneta Stefanova.


Mika (left) defeated SHSM-Nashe Nasledie to climb to the third rank in the table.

Bo. 3 Mika Rtg
3:1
8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg
1.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476
½-½
GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490
1.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512
1-0
IM Gunina, Valentina 2514
1.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456
½-½
IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405
1.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444
1-0
WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368
Bo. 4 Ashdod Rtg
½ :3½
2 AVS Rtg
2.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324
½-½
GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493
2.2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260
0-1
GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551
2.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240
0-1
WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476
2.4 WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064
0-1
IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474
Bo. 5 Chigorin Club Rtg
½ :3½
1 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo Rtg
3.1 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425
½-½
GM Hou, Yifan 2605
3.2 WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244
0-1
GM Koneru, Humpy 2607
3.3 WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266
0-1
GM Cramling, Pia 2514
3.4 Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173
0-1
IM Skripchenko, Almira 2437
Bo. 6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
½ :3½
7 Ugra Rtg
4.1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162
0-1
WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408
4.2 Reprun, Nadejda 2143
½-½
WGM Girya, Olga 2454
4.3 Vardi, Shlomit 2010
0-1
WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361
4.4 Federovski, Adi 1829
0-1
WIM Bezgodova, Maria 2177

Selection of games

Posters in the playing hall by Nir Slav

All pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich

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