Star-studded teams in Izmir

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10/4/2004 – Did you know that there was a tournament under way, with 86 grandmasters, 38 rated over 2600? They include Kasparov, Morozevich, Adams, Shirov and a host of other top players. The event is the 2004 European Club Cup, which is being held in Izmir, Turkey. Here's all the information you need.

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The 2004 European Club Cup

The 2004 European Club Cup is being played in Izmir Cesme (Smyrna) in Turkey. A total of 36 men's and 10 women's teams from 22 countries are taking part.

Looking at the list of participants we have counted a total of 86 GMs and 41 IMs. Remarkable there are 38 players rated over 2600. The star, of course, is Garry Kasparov, playing for the Max Ven Ekaterinburg, together with Vaganian, Aleksandrov, Beliavsky, Motylev, Rustemov and Shariyazdanov. The Elo average of 2682 is second to the NAO Chess Club, with Adams, Grischuk, Bacrot, Vallejo Pons, Lautier, Radjabov, Fressinet and Nataf, with an average of 2698. The lowest average is 1717, held by the team Minatori Mitrovice.

Top-rated participants (Elo 2600 and over)
1 Kasparov Garry 2813 RUS
2 Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS
3 Adams Michael 2740 ENG
4 Shirov Alexei 2726 ESP
5 Bacrot Etienne 2718 FRA
6 Ivanchuk Vassily 2705 UKR
7 Grischuk Alexander 2704 RUS
8 Gelfand Boris 2693 ISR
9 Short Nigel D 2687 ENG
10 Lautier Joel 2682 FRA
11 Vallejo Pons Francisco 2678 ESP
12 Krasenkow Michal 2676 POL
13 Sakaev Konstantin 2669 RUS
14 Bologan Viktor 2669 MDA
15 Khalifman Alexander 2669 RUS
16 Radjabov Teimour 2663 AZE
17 Sokolov Ivan 2663 NED
18 Beliavsky Alexander G 2660 SLO
19 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2660 AZE
20 Aleksandrov Aleksej 2659 BLR
21 Motylev Alexander 2651 RUS
22 Rublevsky Sergei 2649 RUS
23 Fressinet Laurent 2640 FRA
24 Vaganian Rafael A 2640 ARM
25 Kozul Zdenko 2640 CRO
26 Filippov Valerij 2632 RUS
27 Movsesian Sergei 2629 SVK
28 Smirnov Pavel 2626 RUS
29 Georgiev Kiril 2625 BUL
30 Dvoirys Semen I 2615 RUS
31 Avrukh Boris 2614 ISR
32 Macieja Bartlomiej 2613 POL
33 Kharlov Andrei 2613 RUS
34 Timofeev Artyom 2611 RUS
35 Naiditsch Arkadij 2611 GER
36 Kempinski Robert 2608 POL
37 Inarkiev Ernesto 2604 RUS
38 Rustemov Alexander 2602 RUS

In Round one, which was played on Sunday, the NAO Chess Club beat Matinkylän Shakkikerho 6-0, while Max Ven Ekaterinsk (without Kasparov) beat Rochade Eupen 4½-1½.

The openings ceremony in the playing hall

The national anthem

The playing hall in Izmir during round one

One of the top seeds, Alexander Grischuk, playing for NAO Chess Club

Vassily Ivanchuk, playing for Polonia Plus GSM Warszawa, drew in round one against GM Brynell Stellan, 2473, Limhamns SK Malmö.

All pictures from the official tournament page


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