ECCC Eilat: three teams catch Saint-Petersburg

10/17/2012 – In a dramatic sixth round defending champions Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation lost for the first time, 2.5:3.5 to Socar Azerbaijan. With that they were caught by the Azeris, as well as by Ashdod, who beat Economist Saratov 3.5:2.5 and Tomsk who crushed Ugra 4.5:1.5. The women's section has already been decided, with Monte-Carlo winning the Cup deservedly. Big illustrated 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 six report


Saint-Petersburg with Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei
Movsesian and Zahar Efimenko facing SOCAR Azerbaijan with Teimour Radjabov


Economist-SGSEU Saratov, with Dmitry Andreikin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Morozevich, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Alexander Moiseenko, playing Ashdod with Vassily Ivanchuk, and Andrei Volokitin

Top pairing results from round six

Bo. 4 Saint-Petersburg CF Rtg
2½:3½
1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg
1.1 GM Svidler, Peter 2747
½-½
GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792
1.2 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734
½-½
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748
1.3 GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691
½-½
GM Topalov, Veselin 2751
1.4 GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699
0-1
GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752
1.5 GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689
½-½
GM Kamsky, Gata 2755
1.6 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678
½-½
GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685
Bo. 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg
2½:3½
9 Ashdod Rtg
2.1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718
½-½
GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771
2.2 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704
½-½
GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724
2.3 GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683
½-½
GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681
2.4 GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758
0-1
GM Smirin, Ilia 2638
2.5 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720
½-½
GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611
2.6 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700
½-½
GM Avrukh, Boris 2585
Bo. 5 Ugra Rtg
1½:4½
7 Tomsk-400 Rtg
3.1 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732
½-½
GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735
3.2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2718
0-1
GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710
3.3 GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713
½-½
GM Bologan, Viktor 2695
3.4 GM Korobov, Anton 2705
0-1
GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683
3.5 GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693
½-½
GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660
3.6 GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677
0-1
GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638
Bo. 2 SHSM-64 Rtg
5:1
15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich Rtg
4.1 GM Gelfand, Boris 2736
1-0
GM Timofeev, Artyom 2631
4.2 GM Leko, Peter 2734
½-½
GM Pelletier, Yannick 2601
4.3 GM Giri, Anish 2730
1-0
GM Brunner, Lucas 2448
4.4 GM Grachev, Boris 2672
1-0
GM Vogt, Lothar 2397
4.5 GM Najer, Evgeniy 2664
1-0
FM Goldstern, Filip 2334
4.6 GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663
½-½
FM Friedrich, Norbert 2302
Bo. 8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg
5:1
19 Hapoel Kfar Saba Rtg
5.1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733
1-0
IM Raznikov, Danny 2465
5.2 GM Navara, David 2722
1-0
IM Boruchovsky, Avital 2435
5.3 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678
1-0
FM Givon, Asaf 2405
5.4 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680
1-0
Galburd, Yan 2331
5.5 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612
½-½
Ben Artzi, Ido 2286
5.6 GM Cvek, Robert 2540
½-½
Mindlin, Alon 2237
Bo. 12 Gros Xake Taldea Rtg
3½:2½
10 Beer Sheba Rtg
6.1 GM Van Wely, Loek 2688
½-½
GM Roiz, Michael 2618
6.2 GM Bauer, Christian 2664
0-1
GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2616
6.3 GM Landa, Konstantin 2641
1-0
GM Huzman, Alexander 2591
6.4 IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2479
1-0
GM Nabaty, Tamir 2586
6.5 IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2442
0-1
GM Postny, Evgeny 2647
6.6 IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2402
1-0
GM Greenfeld, Alon 2559

Top current rankings

Before the final round Saint-Petersburg has a significantly better tiebreak than the other contenders, but the final round games will decide it all: Socar vs Tomsk and Ashdod vs Saint-Petersburg. The final round starts at 10:30 on Wednesday. All top games will be broadcast live in this site, as well as live video by Chess TV (see below).

Rk.
SNo
Team
Gms
 –
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1
4
Saint-Petersburg CF
6
5
0
1
10
523.5
25.5
2
1
SOCAR Azerbaijan
6
5
0
1
10
465.0
27.0
3
7
Tomsk-400
6
5
0
1
10
464.3
27.0
4
9
Ashdod
6
5
0
1
10
460.8
21.0
5
2
SHSM-64
6
4
1
1
9
412.0
23.5
6
3
Economist Saratov
6
4
0
2
8
470.0
22.0
7
5
Ugra
6
4
0
2
8
443.0
20.5
8
8
G-Team Novy Bor
6
4
0
2
8
425.0
23.0
9
17
Vesnianka Gran
6
4
0
2
8
390.3
22.5
10
12
Gros Xake Taldea
6
4
0
2
8
346.3
18.5

Selection of games

Women's section


The winners: Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo with Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru, Anna
Muzychuk and Almira Skripchenko, playing Rishon Le-Zion with Marsel Efroimski (right)

In contrast to the open section, the fight for the first place in the women's event has already been decided. Monte-Carlo won the cup deservedly after winning all of their six matches, today against Rishon Le-Zion with a 4-0 score.


Ugra, with Olga Girya and Baira Kovanova, vs Nashe Nasledie with Alexandra Kosteniuk

Ugra, which kept chances alive for Gold before the sixth round, lost against SHSM-Nashe Nasledie 3:1. The club, which placed second with nine points before the last round, has already ensured the bronze medals, but can try to fight for silver tomorrow.


Mika, with Elina Danielian, Harika Dronavalli, Lilit Mkrtchian and Lela Javakhishvili,
won against Ashdot today and is on the third place with eight points.

AVS won against Chigorin Club with a 4:0 score, but has no chances to fight for the medals in the last round.

All pictures above by Anastasiya Karlovich

Bo. 8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg
3:1
7   Ugra Rtg
1.1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490
1-0
WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408
1.2 IM Gunina, Valentina 2514
½-½
WGM Girya, Olga 2454
1.3 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405
½-½
IM Romanko, Marina 2365
1.4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303
1-0
WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361
Bo. 1 Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo Rtg
4:0
6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg
2.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605
1-0
WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162
2.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607
1-0
Reprun, Nadejda 2143
2.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587
1-0
Vardi, Shlomit 2010
2.4 IM Skripchenko, Almira 2437
1-0
Federovski, Adi 1829
Bo. 2 AVS Rtg
4:0
5 Chigorin Club Rtg
3.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493
1-0
IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425
3.2 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551
1-0
WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244
3.3 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528
1-0
WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266
3.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474
1-0
Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173
Bo. 3 Mika Rtg
3½:½
4 Ashdod Rtg
4.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476
½-½
IM Klinova, Masha 2324
4.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512
1-0
IM Borsuk, Angela 2260
4.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456
1-0
WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240
4.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444
1-0
WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087

Selection of games

Pictorial impressions from Eilat by Vladimír Jagr


The playing hall during round six


Teimour Radjabov, board one of SOCAR Azerbaijan, takes a stroll


Socar captain Vladimir Tukmakov follows the game Mamedyarov-Dominguez


Dmitry Jakovenko vs Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Areshchenko, Vladimir
Malakhov vs Viktor Bologan, Anton Korobov vs Ernesto Inarkiev, in the match Ugra vs Tomsk


GMs Vladimir Malachov and Viktor Bologan being helped in their analysis by IM Valentina Gunina


Boris Gelfand analysing the game he won against GM Artyom Timofeev


Peter Leko and Yannick Pelletier discuss their (drawn) game


IM Avital Boruchovsky, 2435 and GM David Navara, 2722, analysing (Navara won the game)


FM Asaf Givon and IM Avital Boruchovsky playing for Hapoel Kfar Saba


Cutout figures floating in the main hall of the Royal Beach Hotel


The beach front in Eilat, with recreational boats for water sports

Pictures by Vladimir Jagr for Novy Bor

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