Stars in Spain

9/20/2006 – Where will you find Aronian, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Morozevich, Adams, Shirov, Ponomariov, Karjakin and a galaxy of other top stars all playing together? In the Spanish Team Championship, that's where. The qualification rounds have been held, the favourites have duly qualified, the finals come in November. Results, games and pictures.

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Spanish Team Championship

The 2006 Spanish Team Championship, División de Honor, is being held in three stages:

  • Group 1 took place in Olite, from September 6–10 2006;
  • Group 2 took place in San Sebastián, from Spetember 13–17, 2006
  • The final will be held in Lugo, from November 3–4, 2006.

In Group 1 the favourites Intel Tiendas UPI with Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Vallejo Pons, Bruzon, Volokitin, Eljanov, Illescas Cordoba, and Reverté Albox Unicaja with Dreev, Krasenkow, Rustemov, Movsesian, Sutovsky, qualified for the final.

Pos. Club
Gam
+
=
Pts.
MP
1 Intel - Tiendas UPI
5
4
0
1
22
8
2 Reverte Albox - Unicaja
5
3
1
1
18½
7
3 Escuela Int. Kasparov - Marcote
5
2
2
1
17
6
4 C.A. Solvay
5
2
1
2
16½
5
5 Unio Gracienca D'Escacs - UGA
5
2
0
3
13½
4
6 Geva - CEA
5
0
0
5
0

In Group 2 Linex Magic with Aronian, Morozevich, Ponomariov, Shirov, Karjakin, Sargissian, Rublevsky and Ajoblanco Cuna de Dragones with Svidler, Adams, Mamedyarov, Jakovenko, Harikrishna, Timofeev qualified. Gros Xake Taldea with Gelfand, van Wely, Zhang Pengxiang, Smirin and Bauer narrowly missed the final.

Clas Equipo
Gam
+
=
Pts.
MP
1 C.A. Linex Magic
4
3
0
1
16
6
2 C.A. Ajoblanco Cuna de Dragones
4
2
1
1
15
5
3 Gros Xake Taldea
4
3
1
0
14½
7
4 C.A. AMD Cofiman
4
1
0
3
2
5 C.A. Valencia Cuna del Ajedrez Moderno
4
0
0
4
5
0

Picture Gallery


What a lineup: Karjakin, Shirov, Ponomariov and Aronian playing for Linex Magic


Boris Gelfand, Israel, playing for Gros Xake Taldea


Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) playing for Linex...


... next to Alexei Shirov (Latvia/Spain)


Sergey Tiviakov, Holland, playing for AMD Cofiman


Teammate Pia Cramling (Sweden) in AMD Cofiman


Spanish GM Alfonso Romero Holmes, who defeated Shirov


Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar playing for Cuna de Dragones


Santi González commentating for local spectators

Pictures by David Lada


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