Kasparov on the rampage

10/3/2003 – The European Clubs Cup in Crete is turning into a crunch fest. After five rounds there are ten players with performance ratings of over 2800. Peter Svidler has 2831, Joel Lautier 2859, Alexander Morozevich 2932. You do not want to know to what heights Garry Kasparov is soaring. We bring you games, pictures, results and links.

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The European Clubs Cup 2003 is being stage in the city of Rethymnon, Crete. The venue is the Creta Star Hotel in the city of Rethymnon. On October 2nd five rounds have been completed, the two final rounds will be played on October 3rd and 4th.

There are 45 men's club teams and thirteen women's teams, with four boards per team. In the men's section the Russian team of Ladya Kazan is leading with 23.5 points, ahead of the French NAO chess club (sponsored by Mme Nahed Ojjeh) with 21.5 points.


Kasparov in Crete – heading for a performance record

In the following table we give you the top ten performers after round five. We have only calculated the values for players who have played at least four games. Note that the performance does not depend on the absolute score but takes the strength of the opponents into consideration.

Player
 Fed.  
Rating 
Score 
Perf 
Garry Kasparov
RUS
2830
4.0/4
3447
Vasily Yemelin
RUS
2550
4.0/4
3238
Alexander Morozevich 
RUS
2679
4.5/5
2932
Emil Sutovsky
ISR
2639
3.5/4
2907
Valerij Filipov
RUS
2630
4.5/5
2880
Joel Lautier
FRA
2677
3.5/4
2859
Andrei Kharlov
RUS
2591
4.5/5
2859
Peter Svidler
RUS
2723
4.5/5
2831
Alon Greenfeld
ISR
2556
4.5/5
2823
Vassily Ivanchuk
UKR
2710
3.0/4
2823

The performance rating for Garry Kasparov is not a misprint. He beat Vladimir Chuchelov (2608), Baadur Jobava (2596), Konstantin Sakaev (2655) and Alexander Grischuk (2732).

The official web site is very well designed, with beautiful tables for results and standings. Click on the rounds in the schedule above to get all the details.

In the women's section, which is being held five kilometers away from the men's tournament, there are also a few spectacular performances:

Player
 Fed.  
Rating 
Score 
Perf 
Alisa Galliamova
UKR
2502
5.0/5
3211
Marie Sebag
FRA
2432
3.5/4
3143
Bettina Trabert
GER
2227
4.0/4
3003


Almira Skripchenko in Crete; Alisa Galliamova with a 3000+ performance

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