European Team Championships in Crete, Greece

10/29/2007 – Of the 197 players in the unrestricted ("men's") section 66 are rated 2600 or higher. The Russian team has brought no player rated below 2700, and the average rating of the team is 2726. In the women's section there are 146 players, of whom six are full ("male") GMs, and 35 are rated over 2400. The nine round Swiss tournament goes from October 28 to November 6. Round one report.

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European Team Chess Championships 2007

Crete, Greece / 27 October - 7 November

The European Team Championship is taking place in Crete, Greece. It is a nine round Swiss team tournament, with one general section and one section for the women's teams, considered as separate competitions. According to FIDE rules, the time controls are 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move.

The players are accommodated (with full board included) in the five-start Creta Maris Hotel, which is also the tournament venue. The playing hall's capacity is 900 people and the total area 2800 square meters.


The five-start Creta Maris Hotel, where the players reside and the games are played


The beach front of the hotel, where you will find the players in the mornings


...or in the hotel swimming pool, just before you reach the beach


Inside the hotel it is all about chess

The players collected in Crete are very impressive. In the unrestricted ("men's") section there are 197 players of whom 66 are rated 2600 or higher. The Russian team, with Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Alekseev and Dmitry Jakovenko, is the strongest with no player below 2700 and the average rating is 2726. The Ukraine team, led by top seeded player Vassily Ivanchuk, has an average rating of 2689; Azerbaijan, led by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, averages 2671; Armenia led by Levon Aronian has an average of 2677; and Bulgaria led by Veselin Topalov an average of 2656.


Peter Svidler, playing on board one for the very strong Russian team


Second seed Veselin Topalov leading the Bulgarian team

Top players men (2650+, full list of 197 players here)

No.

Name

Rtg

FED

Team

Bo.

1

Ivanchuk Vassily

2787

UKR

Ukraine

1

2

Topalov Veselin

2769

BUL

Bulgaria

1

3

Morozevich Alexander

2755

RUS

Russia

2

4

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar

2752

AZE

Azerbaidjan

1

5

Radjabov Teimour

2742

AZE

Azerbaidjan

2

6

Aronian Levon

2741

ARM

Armenia

1

7

Shirov Alexei

2739

ESP

Spain

1

8

Svidler Peter

2732

RUS

Russia

1

9

Adams Michael

2729

ENG

England

1

10

Alekseev Evgeny

2716

RUS

Russia

4

11

Grischuk Alexander

2715

RUS

Russia

3

12

Carlsen Magnus

2714

NOR

Norway

1

13

Akopian Vladimir

2713

ARM

Armenia

2

14

Jakovenko Dmitry

2710

RUS

Russia

5

15

Bacrot Etienne

2695

FRA

France

1

16

Karjakin Sergey

2694

UKR

Ukraine

2

17

Almasi Zoltan

2691

HUN

Hungary

1

18

Volokitin Andrei

2678

UKR

Ukraine

3

19

Sargissian Gabriel

2673

ARM

Armenia

3

20

Sokolov Ivan

2673

NED

Netherlands

2

21

Cheparinov Ivan

2670

BUL

Bulgaria

2

22

Gashimov Vugar

2663

AZE

Azerbaidjan

3

23

Tkachiev Vladislav

2661

FRA

France

2

24

Vallejo Pons Francisco

2660

ESP

Spain

2

25

Navara David

2656

CZE

Czech republic

1

26

Sutovsky Emil

2655

ISR

Israel

1

27

Fressinet Laurent

2654

FRA

France

3

In the women's section there are 146 players, of whom six are full ("male") GMs, and 35 are rated over 2400. The top team is again Russia, led by Alexandra Kosteniuk and averaging 2473 Elo points. The second strongest team, Georgia, is led by Maia Chiburdanidze and has an average rating of 2449; and third is Ukraine, led by Kateryna Lahno, with an average of 2441.


Top seed GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, rated 2515


First board for Ukraine: GM Kateryna Lahno, 2459

Top players women (2400+, Full list of 146 players here)

No.

Title

Name

Rtg

FED

Team

Bo.

1

GM

Kosteniuk Alexandra

2515

RUS

Russia

1

2

GM

Chiburdanidze Maia

2500

GEO

Georgia

1

3

IM

Kosintseva Tatiana

2492

RUS

Russia

2

4

IM

Ushenina Anna

2486

UKR

Ukraine

3

5

IM

Javakhishvili Lela

2474

GEO

Georgia

2

6

IM

Socko Monika

2473

POL

Poland

1

7

IM

Kosintseva Nadezhda

2469

RUS

Russia

3

8

WGM

Muzychuk Anna

2469

SLO

Slovenia

1

9

GM

Hoang Thanh Trang

2466

HUN

Hungary

1

10

IM

Cmilyte Viktorija

2464

LTU

Lithuania

1

11

GM

Stefanova Antoaneta

2463

BUL

Bulgaria

1

12

GM

Lahno Kateryna

2459

UKR

Ukraine

1

13

IM

Danielian Elina

2458

ARM

Armenia

1

14

IM

Paehtz Elisabeth

2452

GER

Germany

1

15

WGM

Zhukova Natalia

2452

UKR

Ukraine

2

16

IM

Khurtsidze Nino

2450

GEO

Georgia

3

17

IM

Dembo Yelena

2448

GRE

Greece 1

1

18

IM

Kovalevskaya Ekaterina

2448

RUS

Russia

4

19

IM

Korbut Ekaterina

2443

RUS

Russia

5

20

IM

Gaponenko Inna

2440

UKR

Ukraine

4

21

IM

Skripchenko Almira

2438

FRA

France

1

22

WGM

Bojkovic Natasa

2428

SRB

Serbia

1

23

GM

Peng Zhaoqin

2419

NED

Netherlands

1

24

IM

Dzagnidze Nana

2416

GEO

Georgia

4

25

IM

Moser Eva

2412

AUT

Austria

1

26

IM

Ciuksyte Dagne

2411

ENG

England

2

27

IM

Rajlich Iweta

2411

POL

Poland

2

28

IM

Lomineishvili Maia

2409

GEO

Georgia

5

29

IM

Collas Silvia

2408

FRA

France

2

30

IM

Vajda Szidonia

2407

HUN

Hungary

2

31

IM

Peptan Corina-Isabela

2405

ROU

Romania

1

32

IM

Atalik Ekaterina

2404

TUR

Turkey

1

33

IM

Houska Jovanka

2404

ENG

England

1

34

IM

Kachiani-G Ketino

2404

GER

Germany

2

35

IM

Mkrtchian Lilit

2402

ARM

Armenia

2

Round one report

The first round of the European Team Chess Championship started off with empty chairs where the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina should have been facing the Ukrainian team. The Bosnians had not turned up and were forfeited. The Russians had a tough fight, but eventually beat Sweden 3.5:0.5. Azerbaidjan trounced Turkey 4:0; Bulgaria squeaked by Lithuania 2.5:1.5; while Montenegro, playing at this international level for the first time, demolished Poland 3.5:0.5.


Russia vs Sweden, with Peter Svidler vs Emanuel Berg


Bulgaria vs Lithuania, with Topalov vs Sulskis on board one


The surprise: Montenegro vs Poland 3.5:0.5 (first board: Djukic-Socko)

Results of round one (men's section)

Bo. 1   RUSSIA (RUS) Rtg
3½: ½
21   SWEDEN (SWE) Rtg
1.1 GM Svidler Peter 2732
1 - 0
GM Berg Emanuel 2593
1.2 GM Morozevich Alexander 2755
1 - 0
GM Agrest Evgenij 2541
1.3 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2716
1 - 0
GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2567
1.4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2710
½ - ½
GM Carlsson Pontus 2481
Bo. 22   BOSNIA HERC. (BIH) Rtg
0 : 4
2   UKRAINE (UKR) Rtg
2.1 GM Predojevic Borki 2645
-
GM Karjakin Sergey 2694
2.2 GM Saric Ibro 2541
-
GM Volokitin Andrei 2678
2.3 IM Stojanovic Dalibor 2510
-
GM Moiseenko Alexander 2646
2.4 GM Vukic Milan 2474
-
GM Areshchenko Alexander 2638
Bo. 3   AZERBAIDJAN (AZE) Rtg
4 : 0
23   TURKEY (TUR) Rtg
3.1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752
1 - 0
GM Gurevich Mikhail 2627
3.2 GM Radjabov Teimour 2742
1 - 0
GM Atalik Suat 2599
3.3 GM Guseinov Gadir 2614
1 - 0
IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2468
3.4 GM Mamedov Rauf 2582
1 - 0
IM Esen Baris 2453
Bo. 24   ROMANIA (ROU) Rtg
1 : 3
4   ARMENIA (ARM) Rtg
4.1 GM Nevednichy Vladislav 2531
½ - ½
GM Akopian Vladimir 2713
4.2 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2562
0 - 1
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2673
4.3 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian 2535
½ - ½
GM Asrian Karen 2623
4.4 GM Murariu Andrei 2503
0 - 1
GM Lputian Smbat G 2633
Bo. 5   BULGARIA (BUL) Rtg
2½:1½
25   LITHUANIA (LTU) Rtg
5.1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769
½ - ½
GM Sulskis Sarunas 2527
5.2 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2670
½ - ½
GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2581
5.3 GM Delchev Aleksander 2613
1 - 0
GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2517
5.4 GM Chatalbashev Boris 2581
½ - ½
GM Malisauskas Vidmantas 2495
Bo. 26   FYROM (MKD) Rtg
1 : 3
6   FRANCE (FRA) Rtg
6.1 GM Georgiev Vladimir 2576
½ - ½
GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2661
6.2 GM Nedev Trajce 2528
0 - 1
GM Fressinet Laurent 2654
6.3 IM Colovic Aleksandar 2477
0 - 1
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2634
6.4 GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2467
½ - ½
GM Bauer Christian 2634
Bo. 7   SPAIN (ESP) Rtg
2½:1½
27   NORWAY (NOR) Rtg
7.1 GM Shirov Alexei 2739
½ - ½
GM Carlsen Magnus 2714
7.2 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2660
1 - 0
GM Lie Kjetil A 2563
7.3 GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S 2604
1 - 0
IM Lie Espen 2421
7.4 GM Narciso Dublan Marc 2546
0 - 1
IM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2402
Bo. 28   SWITZERLAND (SUI)  
½ :3½
8   ISRAEL (ISR)  
Bo. 9   NETHERLANDS (NED)  
3 : 1
29   ITALY (ITA)  
Bo. 30   MONTENEGRO (MNE)  
3½: ½
10   POLAND (POL)  
Bo. 11   GEORGIA (GEO)  
3½: ½
31   ICELAND (ISL)  
Bo. 32   AUSTRIA (AUT)  
1 : 3
12   HUNGARY (HUN)  
Bo. 13   CZECH REPUBLIC (CZE)  
3½: ½
33   ESTONIA (EST)  
Bo. 34   FINLAND (FIN)  
1 : 3
14   SERBIA (SRB)  
Bo. 15   GERMANY (GER)  
4 : 0
35   BELGIUM (BEL)  
Bo. 36   SCOTLAND (SCO)  
½ :3½
16   ENGLAND (ENG)  
Bo. 17   GREECE (GRE)  
4 : 0
37   LUXEMBOURG (LUX)  
Bo. 38   WALES (WLS)  
0 : 4
18   CROATIA (CRO)  
Bo. 19   SLOVENIA (SLO)  
4 : 0
39   MONACO (MNC)  
Bo. 40   CYPRUS (CYP)  
½ :3½
20   DENMARK (DEN)  

In the women's section Russia defeated Israel 3.5:0.5. That was an expected result. But Georgia lost to Lithuania and Ukraine to Azerbaijan, both by 1.5:2.5.


Lithunia (with Viktorija Cmilyte) beating Georgia (with Maia Chiburdanidze)


Ukraine losing to Azerbaijan (but Lahno beat Mamedyarov on board one)

Pictures by Ali Nihat Yazici, GM Thomas Luther and the official web site

Results of the women's section (full results here)

Bo. 1   RUSSIA (RUS) Rtg
3½: ½
16   ISRAEL (ISR) Rtg
1.1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2515
1 - 0
IM Klinova Masha 2326
1.2 IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2492
1 - 0
WGM Igla Bella 2291
1.3 IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2469
1 - 0
WIM Vasiliev Olga 2214
1.4 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2448
½ - ½
Atnilov Bela 2170
Bo. 17   LITHUANIA (LTU) Rtg
2½:1½
2   GEORGIA (GEO) Rtg
2.1 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2464
1 - 0
GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2500
2.2 WIM Daulyte Deimante 2222
1 - 0
IM Javakhishvili Lela 2474
2.3 WIM Zaksaite Salomeja 2228
½ - ½
IM Dzagnidze Nana 2416
2.4 Batyte Daiva 2198
0 - 1
IM Lomineishvili Maia 2409
Bo. 3   UKRAINE (UKR) Rtg
1½:2½
18   AZERBAIDJAN (AZE) Rtg
3.1 GM Lahno Kateryna 2459
1 - 0
WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 2326
3.2 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2452
½ - ½
WGM Kadimova Ilaha 2311
3.3 IM Ushenina Anna 2486
0 - 1
WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2250
3.4 IM Vasilevich Tatjana 2368
0 - 1
WIM Umudova Nargiz 2188
Bo. 21   CZECH REPUBLIC  
1½:2½
4   FRANCE (FRA)  
Bo. 5   HUNGARY (HUN)  
3 : 1
19   TURKEY (TUR)  
Bo. 20   ENGLAND (ENG)  
0 : 4
6   POLAND (POL)  
Bo. 7   GERMANY (GER)  
2½:1½
22   CROATIA (CRO)  
Bo. 23   SWITZERLAND (SUI)  
1½:2½
8   NETHERLANDS (NED)  
Bo. 9   SERBIA (SRB)  
3 : 1
24   AUSTRIA (AUT)  
Bo. 25   SWEDEN (SWE)  
1 : 3
10   ARMENIA (ARM)  
Bo. 11   SLOVENIA (SLO)  
4 : 0
26   ESTONIA (EST)  
Bo. 27   MONTENEGRO (MNE)  
½ :3½
12   ROMANIA (ROU)  
Bo. 13   GREECE 1 (GRE1)  
4 : 0
28   BOSNIA HERC.  
Bo. 29   FINLAND (FIN)  
0 : 4
14   BULGARIA (BUL)  
Bo. 15   SPAIN (ESP)  
4 : 0
30   GREECE 2 (GRE2)  


Schedule

October 27 Arrival, Captain’s meeting  
October 28 Opening Ceremony, Round 1   15:00h, 15:30h
October 29 Round 2 15:30h
October 30 Round 3 15:30
October 31 Round 4 15:30
November 1   Round 5 15:30
November 2 Free Day  
November 3 Round 6 15:30
November 4 Round 7 15:30
November 5 Round 8 15:30
November 6 Round 9, Closing Ceremony 11:00h, 20:00h
November 7 Departure of delegations  

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