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European Club Cup Tournament

Joran Aulin-Jansson6.5/7(+6 -0 =1)[games]
Lorenz Maximilian Drabke6.5/7(+6 -0 =1)[games]
Vladimir Hamitevici6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo6/7(+6 -1 =0)[games]
Pavel Tregubov6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Afrim Fejzullahu5.5/6(+5 -0 =1)[games]
Jan Willem van de Griendt5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Alberto David5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Hannes Stefansson5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Fethi Apaydin5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Tamas Petenyi5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Bjarke Barth Sahl5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Richard Rapport5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Berge Ostenstad5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Viktor Laznicka5.5/7(+5 -1 =1)[games]
Denis Khismatullin5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Simone De Filomeno5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Stefan Christensen5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Michael Wiedenkeller5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Maxim Matlakov5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Luc Winants5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Hristos Banikas5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Bernhard Lutz5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Thomas Michalczak5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Ioannis Papaioannou5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Anish Giri5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Andreas Heimann5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
(365 players total; 333 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2013)

The 29th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held in the Congress Center of Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece, 20-26 October 2013. Fifty-three clubs took part, including defending champions SOCAR of Azerbaijan, which mustered Caruana, Radjabov, Topalov, Kamsky, Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Giri, and Safarli. Of the 372 players, 92 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: 9,600 euros. Tournament director: Nikolaos Kalesis. Chief arbiter: Sotiris Logothetis.

G-Team Novy Bor (Navara, Wojtaszek, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Hracek, Bartel, Cvek) won with 13/14 (+6 -0 =1), ahead of Russian Malachite (Grischuk, Karjakin, Morozevich, Shirov, Malakhov, Riazantsev, Motylev, Bologan) (12/14) and top seeds SOCAR (3rd on tiebreak with 11/14).


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 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,080  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A G R Moen vs Topalov 0-1352013European Club CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. Kamsky vs O A Stubberud 1-0222013European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. O Dolzhikova vs Mamedyarov 0-1482013European Club CupB40 Sicilian
4. Giri vs K Trygstad  1-0442013European Club CupA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. M Persson vs E Safarli  0-1412013European Club CupB50 Sicilian
6. S Williams vs Karjakin 0-1312013European Club CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Morozevich vs H S Gretarsson  1-0282013European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
8. E Kirk vs V Malakhov  0-1632013European Club CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A Riazantsev vs A Stebbings 1-0222013European Club CupB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. A Harakis vs Motylev  0-1242013European Club CupA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. Dominguez Perez vs J Cox  1-0262013European Club CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. M Ferguson vs Movsesian 0-1572013European Club CupA07 King's Indian Attack
13. M Matlakov vs F Grafl 1-0252013European Club CupA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
14. T Chapman vs Efimenko  0-1432013European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
15. Zvjaginsev vs C Dorrington  ½-½522013European Club CupA17 English
16. I Lauterbach vs I Khairullin  0-1382013European Club CupA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
17. H Stefansson vs Jakovenko  ½-½332013European Club CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. Leko vs B Thorfinnsson 1-0332013European Club CupC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
19. D Kjartansson vs A Korobov 0-1402013European Club CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Rublevsky vs S Sigurjonsson  1-0412013European Club CupC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
21. G Runarsson vs Khismatullin  0-1282013European Club CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A Pridorozhni vs S Ingason  1-0522013European Club CupC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Navara vs M Agopov  1-0352013European Club CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. S Nyysti vs Wojtaszek  0-1352013European Club CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. V Laznicka vs F Valli  1-0432013European Club CupA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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Oct-25-13  SirRuthless: <spysfi> Nakamura barely escaped Papaioannou's grip today. He was more than happy to take the draw by repetition.

In other news SOCAR was brutalized by Novy Bor today. Navara's endgame technique vs Caruana was something to see. Kamsky and Topalov also lost to Laznicka and Wojtaszek respectively in bloody fighting games. Czech will be celebrating tonight.

Oct-25-13  notyetagm: <SirRuthless: ... <<<In other news SOCAR was brutalized by Novy Bor today.>>> Navara's endgame technique vs Caruana was something to see. Kamsky and Topalov also lost to Laznicka and Wojtaszek respectively in bloody fighting games. Czech will be celebrating tonight.>

Unbelievable: SOCAR'S top 3 boards (Caruana, Kamsky, Topalov) all lost(!!!) on the same day!

Oct-25-13  csmath: Navara's win is an opening and ending jewel. Topalov's loss was shooting himself in the foot with a loaded gun. Kamsky's game is also far from exceptional in any way. Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments but his opponent was happy to get a draw.
Oct-25-13  PhilFeeley: It's certainly not a walkover for SOCAR. Some wild games should keep the commentators busy for months. I expect Daniel King, Mato, and the folks over at Chessbase magazine to have fun with these games.
Oct-25-13  iamsheaf: Radoslaw is playing superb chess, if you look at this games.. he beat topalov and he had a very good position against Carlsen. He also scored a full point against Topalov's second..Seems like his association with Anand has really improved his play.
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  offramp: In East London the Kray twins used to sellotape coffee tables to people's heads.
Oct-26-13  SimonWebbsTiger: more notorious than the Krays were the Piranha Brothers. Volkmar Dinstuhl was frightened though of a 20 foot hedgehog called Spiny Norman.
Oct-26-13  csmath: Domingues-Topalov game today is a fine ending save by Topalov. Grischuk has beaten Jobava in a highly complex and original "Dragon/Closed" Sicilian hybrid littered with errors by both. Very unusual game, Jobava played in Morozevich style but not good at all. Karjakin played yet another very disciplined Rossolimo and killed Cheparinov in superior ending with outside passer.

Caruana just barely saved the game with Svidler, I think he was lost earlier but they have now theoretical draw.

Oct-26-13  csmath: Caruana-Svidler game is worth analyzing, it is one very interesting ending, Peter probably missed something but the bishop ending was a draw all the way.

Caruana saved the game with a lot of effort.

Oct-26-13  Calar: Novy Bor (Navara, Wojtaszek, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Hracek, Bartel, Cvek) won the event.


Oct-26-13  SirRuthless: G-Team Novy Bor Congratulations. I like to see a team of mostly homegrown players win. I enjoyed Navara's games the most.

In other news Grishuk claws way back to world number 5 on the live list Nakamura to number 4
Caruana to number 6. This will carry over to the November FIDE list. The 3 wild card candidates are literally on top of each other. I think this will help Grischuk's case. Caruana did not have a great event finishing at -1 but it could have been much worse if not for his endgame skills. He needs to take a break. He can recharge and then play well in the ETC in November. Nakamura had a lackluster event but at least he got Svidler and finished +2.

Oct-26-13  Vincenze: What's going on with Topalov and Caruana?
Oct-26-13  Vincenze: Radoslaw Wojtaszek is a 2700+ player. Don't be too surprised this happens occasionally. Caruana v 2700+ Navara and Moro v once 2700+ Laznicka.

There is such a wedge of heavyweight talent just under the icing.

Oct-26-13  badest: <csmath: Navara's win is an opening and ending jewel. Topalov's loss was shooting himself in the foot with a loaded gun. Kamsky's game is also far from exceptional in any way. Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments but his opponent was happy to get a draw.> I don't think Topa will lose sleep over that loss. I have a feeling it was a must win game for him, in order for SOCAR not to lose the match (Kamsky was already in a very unpleasant position and so was Caruana).

PS I am not saying this to belittle Radoslaw's achievement. He played a solid game.

Oct-26-13  waustad: It looks like the Norwegians may have a decision to make between Agdestein and Hammer for second board in the next Olympics. +3 here after some other good results this summer make him a viable choice.
Oct-26-13  SirRuthless: Adgestein impressed me in this event from the first game. He found some very nice moves to save the draw vs Caruana in round 1. His performance rating must have been deep in the 2700s. Why is he so underrated?
Oct-26-13  SimonWebbsTiger: the problem is Agdestein is more or less retired. His tourney/match play is similar to Luke McShane.
Oct-26-13  spysfi: Some nice pics from Rhodes ecc 2013:

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  HeMateMe: ^^Nice photos, dude.
Oct-27-13  PhilFeeley: Only 7 rounds? Ended too early!

The results above don't match the board prizes:

Check out the women, too. All the board prizes went to Monte Carlo.

Oct-27-13  waustad: <the problem is Agdestein is more or less retired> He mentioned that he was going to be playing more to prepare for the Olympiad and so far it has worked out quite well. Jon Ludwig Hammer has been a part timer too since he is in college and mostly plays during breaks.
Oct-27-13  waustad: In a couple of weeks many of these teammates will be opponents and vice versa in Poland.
Oct-27-13  Jason Frost: Deserving win by Novy Bor. Malachite and SOCAR lost only 3 games total, but in both cases they were in costly situations, with SOCAR losing all 3 vs Novy Bor.
Oct-29-13  Starkraven: Oct-25-13 <> csmath: Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments <>

One "z" two "r's" thks, /csmath/... you're velcome..


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