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🏆 European Club Cup (2012)

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Anton Korobov, Alexander Riazantsev, Krishnan Sasikiran, Alexander Areshchenko, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Denis Khismatullin, Aleksey Dreev, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Ilia Smirin, Romain Edouard, Igor Lysyj, Peter Heine Nielsen, Kiril Georgiev, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Christian Bauer, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Konstantin Landa, Mateusz Bartel, Igor Kurnosov, Vladislav Kovalev, Evgeny Postny, Boris Avrukh, Gadir Guseinov, Evgeny Romanov, Ildar Khairullin, Jan Gustafsson, Zbynek Hracek, Benjamin Bok, Andrey Zhigalko, Yannick Pelletier, Dmitry Svetushkin, Mladen Palac, Evgenij Agrest, Boris Alterman, Alexander Huzman, Ante Brkic, Aleksei Pridorozhni, Jan Markos, Arthur Kogan, Alon Greenfeld, Bojan Kurajica, Yona Kosashvili, Gil Popilski, Avital Boruchovsky, Leif Erlend Johannessen, Robert Cvek, Michele Godena, Zvulon Gofshtein, Tal Baron, Nitzan Steinberg, Simon Kim Williams, Emir Dizdarevic, Andrey Gorovets plus 133 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2012)

The 28th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat, Israel, 11-17 October 2012, with the participation of 34 clubs from 20 countries, including defending champions Saint-Petersburg of Russia, which mustered Svidler, Dominguez, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Efimenko, Zvjaginsev, Matlakov and Khairullin. Of the 244 players, 106 were GMs. Each match was played over six boards, with 2 points for a team win and 1 point for a draw. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 more minutes till the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. No draw offers before move 41. First prize: 16,000 euros. Tournament director: Malkiel Peretz. Chief arbiter: Almog Burstein.

SOCAR of Azerbaijan (Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Topalov, Grischuk, Kamsky, Sutovsky, Safarli, Guseinov) won on S-B tiebreak ahead of Saint-Petersburg, both with 12/14. SHSM-64 (Gelfand, Leko, Giri, Riazantsev, Grachev, Najer, Potkin) was 3rd with 11/14.

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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 586  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk ½-½652012European Club CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov 1-0342012European Club CupB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Topalov vs Eljanov 0-1742012European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Smirin vs Grischuk  ½-½332012European Club CupC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Kamsky vs E Romanov 1-0542012European Club CupA06 Reti Opening
6. Avrukh vs Sutovsky  ½-½382012European Club CupD71 Neo-Grunfeld
7. M Roiz vs Leko ½-½312012European Club CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Giri vs M Rodshtein 1-0372012European Club CupA15 English
9. A Huzman vs A Riazantsev  ½-½412012European Club CupA13 English
10. B Grachev vs T Nabaty 1-0402012European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Potkin vs A Greenfeld  1-0382012European Club CupA14 English
12. D Andreikin vs Nakamura 1-0332012European Club CupE90 King's Indian
13. K Georgiev vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½312012European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
14. E Alekseev vs M Godena  1-0452012European Club CupC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
15. F Bellini vs Tomashevsky 0-1302012European Club CupC50 Giuoco Piano
16. A Moiseenko vs D Collutiis 1-0282012European Club CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A Valsecchi vs I Lysyj ½-½1152012European Club CupA14 English
18. Van Wely vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½572012European Club CupA33 English, Symmetrical
19. Vitiugov vs C Bauer 1-0372012European Club CupA50 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Landa vs Movsesian ½-½332012European Club CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Zvjaginsev vs A Franco  1-0302012European Club CupB40 Sicilian
22. S Gonzalez De La Torre vs M Matlakov  0-1342012European Club CupB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. I Khairullin vs I Argandona Riveiro 1-0462012European Club CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Jakovenko vs G Popilski  1-0382012European Club CupA14 English
25. Y Kosashvili vs Shirov  0-1392012European Club CupB50 Sicilian
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Oct-15-12  kia0708: Radjabov - Wojtaszek 1/2 - 1/2
Oct-15-12  claynic9: Kamsky is 5/5! having a great tourney
Oct-15-12  kia0708: Topalov has a good game against Laznicka.
Oct-15-12  Eyal: Spectacular finish in Svidler-Ponomariov:

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Here Black played <32...h6>, the idea being 33.gxh6 Nxf6, but he missed <33.h3!! Rxh3> (33...Ne5 34.gxh6 is just bad) <34.Bd5!!> (now it's clear why the black rook had to be deflected to h3 - so there wouldn't be a deadly check on c1) <34...Rxe2> (34...Rf8 35.Bxf7+ Rxf7 36.Re8+ Rf8 37.Rg7+ and mate next move) <35.Bxf7+ Kf8> (35...Kh8 36.Rb8+ Kh7 37.Bg8+ Kh8 38.Be6+ Kh7 39.Bxg4) <36.Bxg6 Re8 37.Rf7+ Kg8 38.Rg7+ Kh8> (38...Kf8 39.Rg8+! Kxg8 40.f7+) <39.Rh7+> and Ponomariov resigned before getting mated by 39...Kg8 40.f7+.

Svidler's team, St. Petersburg, also won the key match vs Tomsk, so with a perfect score and two more rounds to go they have good chances of winning this event a second year in a row.

Oct-15-12  messachess: What is the time control here? (Boris Gelfand just lost to a 2496 rated GM. It makes me wonder.)
Oct-16-12  Beholder: <Eyal: Spectacular finish in Svidler-Ponomariov>

Thanks. Fantastic game by Svidler.

Check out Morozevich win over Landa for some more brilliant deflection moves.

And Ivanchuk administered a master class in ♘ + ♗ mating.

Great round.

Oct-16-12  FairyPromotion: Grischuk took down Movsesian, getting the revenge of the loss at the Olympics, and more imprtantly securing his team SOCAR the full point against the leaders Saint-Petersburg. Ashdod defeated Economist (With Smirin taking down Morozevich), and Tomsk will soon score the full point against Ugra (they are +2 =2, and don't stand worse in the remaining games).

In the final round it will Ashdod vs St. Petersburg & SOCAR vs Tomsk, with all of them tied at +5 -1.

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  whiteshark: Movse is always good to spoil team efforts.
Oct-16-12  BUNA: A couple of month ago Grischuk announced - tongue in cheek - he would now make people suffer who employed the Berlin wall against him.

Thereafter he has won against Carlsen (rapid WCC), reached a winning position against Karjakin (Russian Ch) and won today against Movsesian. Can't wait for Kramnik's examination. :)

Oct-16-12  Arcturar: BUNA, that's quite interesting! But keep in mind that Movsesian, Karjakin, or even Carlsen playing the Wall is not the same as Kramnik playing it. The latter just has so much more experience and expertise in the opening that I would be VERY surprised if Sascha could take it down. In classical chess, I suppose Carlsen would be very hard to best as well; I seem to recall Kramnik saying that he never plays thhe Berlin against Carlsen because it is gifting Magnus the kind of position he thrives in. But anyways, it does seem like Vlad, Grischuk, Carlsen, and Aronian are the experts on the opening, in that order, and could play it from either side very well.
Oct-16-12  waustad: Naiditsch beats Giri and Shirov and loses to IM Dancevski. He's +3-2=1 so far so it might be interesting checking out his games.
Oct-17-12  paavoh: @waustad: In his loss, perhaps Naiditsch thought his superior rating might compensate for the poor King safety? Clearly he was trying to force matters but it deservedly backfired.
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  HeMateMe: Some of the players in this tournament were wearing orange wristbands. I saw it in a number of pictures. Does anyone know what the orange wristbands signify?
Oct-17-12  Beholder: <paavoh: In his loss, perhaps Naiditsch thought his superior rating might compensate for the poor King safety?>


Oct-17-12  Catfriend: <HeMateMe: Some of the players in this tournament were wearing orange wristbands. I saw it in a number of pictures. Does anyone know what the orange wristbands signify?>

Were they Israeli players?

If so, orange wristbands were\are a symbol of protest against Israel's unilateral disengagement plan('Hitnatkut'): the depopulation and transfer of Jewish settlements in the Gaza strip and northern West Bank.

Oct-17-12  paavoh: Topalov, Mamedjarov, Radjabov among winners this round. Good to see Topalov recovering, he plays an interesting game.
Oct-17-12  Eyal: In the two key matches of the final round, SOCAR crushes Tomsk 5:1 while St. Petersburg beats Ashdod more narrowly 4:2 - I believe St. Petersburg should have the better tiebreak (S-B), which means they're the winners and SOCAR the runner-ups a second year in a row. SHSM-64 gets the bronze.
Oct-17-12  paavoh: Nakamura with Black is trying to clock on Raznikov, the sole game continuing (B+2p vs R+p), closing in on 100 moves.
Oct-17-12  FairyPromotion: And Naka draws. This means he'll lose approximately 3.7 ELO. This also means he lost 8.8 Elo during this tournament. Previously he lost 22.3 during the Fide GP, and even 6.5 in the two final rounds of the Olympics (-0.7 vs Hao, -5.8 vs Wojtaszek). That's a total of 37.6 Elo in the live ratings during the course of just 20 games. Can't say I'm a big fan of his, but I really hope he recovers ASAP!
Oct-17-12  hellopolgar: <FairyPromotion> you know there is a website that tracks all of those right?

Oct-17-12  fisayo123: <Eyal> Actually, Danialov just tweeted that SOCARw won the gold medal on tie-breaks ahead of St. Petersburg, after their crushing win against a strong <Tomsk> team (5:1).
Oct-17-12  Eyal: Yeah, sorry about the mistake earlier. I assumed the rather big lead that St. Petersburg had on the tiebreak after the previous round would be enough for them.
Oct-17-12  notyetagm: <fisayo123: <Eyal> Actually, Danialov just tweeted that SOCARw won the gold medal on tie-breaks ahead of St. Petersburg, after their crushing win against a strong <Tomsk> team (5:1).>

Yep, their 5-1 wipeout of Tomsk-400 propels them to the title, after being upset in the first round.

Oct-18-12  Eyal: <And this result meant that the right to choose the European Champions would go to ...the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break system and would depend on the results of every game.

And while Svidler and Ko defended their 4-2 result, the Baku boys were frantically calculating scores. For a long timer, it looks as though St Pete would retain first place anyway (their advantage at the start of teh round was a massive 58,5 points) [...] For a long time, things looked bad for SOCAR, but when most of the games were over, things started coming together! By their calculations, they were champions by fewer than 7 points, whilst the St Pete team, calculated that they had won the event.

The judges kept their own counsel almost until the start of the closing ceremony, and the teams came to the event still in the dark. And only after the secretary of the ECU congratulated Monte Carlo and SOCAR on their victories, did the answer to the big question become clear. In the end, the Baku team had a microscopic lead of just 8,25 points, over their main rivals...> (

As several people already noted during the Olympiad, it seems a bit bizarre that such massive calculations are needed to determine the winner of an event. But since SOCAR actually won against St. Petersburg in their direct battle (in the penultimate round), I suppose few will have a problem with the outcome anyway.

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  whiteshark: ps from GM Adams:

"Not long after the London Grand Prix I was heading for the Eurocup this time held in Eilat in Israel. This made for <a grueling and expensive journey> which may explain why the number of teams participating fell from 62 in 2011 to 34.

Unfortunately the organisation was <unimpressive>; the playing hall was much too small causing my chair to <be knocked on a regular basis by players> returning to their boards. It was also rather <warm> which is rather more serious than it used to be bearing in mind the draconian ECU dress code.

The hotels were very pretty but despite paying in full and in advance, <the hotel tried to expel at least four of our group from our rooms several days prematurely> and before one of my games I was sufficiently concerned about this possibility to pack our belongings in case the hotel followed through <on their threats>.

The team wasn’t favoured by the <disgracefully bad pairing system> that was totally lacking in logic and fairness and considerably worse than the poor effort they had used previously. It is unclear why the ECU is so reluctant to remedy this long standing problem.

Still there are no good excuses for a bad result and I didn’t play as well as would have liked. ..."

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