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European Club Cup (Women) Tournament

Humpy Koneru6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Yifan Hou5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Pia Cramling5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Anna Muzychuk5/6(+5 -1 =0)[games]
Olga Girya5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Natalia Zhukova4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Kateryna Lagno4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Elina Danielian4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Dominyka Batkovskyte4/6(+4 -2 =0)[games]
Alina L'Ami4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Irina Bulmaga4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Natalija Pogonina4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Jovana Rapport3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Salomeja Zaksaite3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Inna Gaponenko3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Marina Guseva3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Anastasia Savina3/3(+3 -0 =0)[games]
Olga Zimina3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
Dronavalli Harika3/6(+0 -0 =6)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]
Valentina Gunina2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Baira Kovanova2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Sandra Djukic2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Almira Skripchenko2.5/3(+2 -0 =1)[games]
Anna Ushenina2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
(48 players total; 19 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (Women) (2013)

The 18th European Club Cup for Women was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held in Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece, 20-26 October 2013, with the participation of eleven clubs from nine countries, including defending champions Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo which mustered Yifan Hou, Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Cramling and Skripchenko. Of the 48 players, 12 were GMs and 9 IMs. The matches were played over four 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 30 seconds added per move from move 1. No draw offers before move 41. First prize: 8,000 euros. Organizers: European Chess Union and the Ippotis Rhodes chess club. Tournament director: Nikolaos Kalesis. Chief arbiter: Sotiris Logothetis.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo crushed the opposition and won again with 14/14, ahead of Ugra (Ushenina, Pogonina, Kovanova, Romanko, Shadrina) with 10/14 and SHSM Nashe Nasledie (Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kovalevskaya, Girya, Savina) in 3rd place on tiebreak with 9/14.


Previous: European Club Cup (Women) (2012). Next: European Club Cup (Women) (2014). Open section: European Club Cup (2013)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yifan Hou vs N Bojkovic  1-0312013European Club Cup (Women)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. I Gaponenko vs Koneru 0-1472013European Club Cup (Women)B40 Sicilian
3. A Muzychuk vs I Chelushkina  1-0332013European Club Cup (Women)C13 French
4. L Drljevic vs P Cramling  0-1272013European Club Cup (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
5. N Zhukova vs V Gunina 1-0392013European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. E Kovalevskaya vs J Rapport  ½-½682013European Club Cup (Women)A14 English
7. M Rakic vs O Girya  ½-½412013European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. A Savina vs J Eric  1-0292013European Club Cup (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. D Harika vs D Daulyte-Cornette  ½-½742013European Club Cup (Women)A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
10. S Zaksaite vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½292013European Club Cup (Women)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
11. E Danielian vs D Batkovskyte  1-0452013European Club Cup (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
12. G Paulauskaite vs L Javakhishvili  0-1122013European Club Cup (Women)B30 Sicilian
13. O Zimina vs Lagno  0-1472013European Club Cup (Women)A09 Reti Opening
14. Cmilyte vs M Brunello 1-0322013European Club Cup (Women)A12 English with b3
15. T Gueci vs I Bulmaga  ½-½672013European Club Cup (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. A L'Ami vs E Di Primio  1-0272013European Club Cup (Women)A80 Dutch
17. B Kovanova vs S Jacimovic  1-0352013European Club Cup (Women)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. I Plivcevic vs T Shadrina 0-1222013European Club Cup (Women)A13 English
19. D Harika vs Yifan Hou  ½-½362013European Club Cup (Women)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Koneru vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½682013European Club Cup (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. E Danielian vs A Muzychuk  0-1552013European Club Cup (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. P Cramling vs L Javakhishvili  ½-½512013European Club Cup (Women)D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Lagno vs A Ushenina  ½-½402013European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. N Pogonina vs Cmilyte 1-0442013European Club Cup (Women)D85 Grunfeld
25. I Bulmaga vs M Guseva  1-0532013European Club Cup (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-20-13  waustad: Thanks! It was an easy day for Natalia P. and Anna U. as Stefana Milutinovic and Elena Boric were no shows. Boric has a history of this since she didn't make it to 2 rounds at the Vienna Chess Ladies tournament. I don't know if they were late or just didn't really plan on showing up. I got the name Stefana Milutinovic from chessbomb, but she isn't even mentioned on the chess-results list of players. With an odd number of teams, somebody will get a bye each round. The Austrian team ASVOE Pamhagen got the first one.
Oct-21-13  virginmind: Good start for the Romanian team Politehnica Iasi ('Antibiotice' was recently included in its name, as a local sponsor). Good luck against Ugra! - Natalia please don't go too hard against your opponent today ;)

Yifan and Koneru team mates in a European that's what I call globalization :)

Oct-21-13  waustad: Tomorrow is Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo vs Ugra. That could decide who wins it all, though there are several other teams that could have a say in that. As far as board prizes go, how does having no shows affect that? Do they use points, percent of performance rating? There have already been 3 in the tournament, though the first round against Ugra may be all that matters since they were all by bottom ranking teams and they aren't likely to play the top later in a Swiss, even this small a Swiss.
Oct-22-13  Blunderdome: Wooooo, rooting for World Champion Hou Yifan here!
Oct-22-13  Blunderdome: (Yes, I know it's actually a team event.)
Oct-22-13  waustad: <blunder>I'm a fan of some people in Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo too, but I keep thinking it is a little too much like rooting for the Yankees. I am still a fan of Pia Cramling and have been since she was the teen on the cover of Chess Life over 30 years ago. Since then I've followed her games and am very interested in what she has done, particularly in the Sicilian.
Oct-22-13  waustad: I did not expect a sweep. Wow.
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  Natalia Pogonina: One for all, all for one :)
Oct-23-13  Calar: Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo is very close to winning this. They're comprised of 3 highest rated women players at the time (barring J. Polgar) - Yifan Hou, Koneru and A. Muzychuk, with Cramling and Skripchenko rounding out the team.

Monte Carlo has already played, and won against most of their strongest rivals - Mika Chess Club, Ugra and SHSM Nashe Nasledie. Tomorrow, they face last strong obstacle to securing the title - CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi headed by K. Lahno.

I'm expecting very suspenseful fight for 2nd place, though. Perhaps Russian champion Ugra (Ushenina, Pogonina, Kovanova, Romanko, Shadrina) has the best chance, although they've yet to play another strong Russian team Nashe Nasledie (Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kovalevskaya, Girya, Savina). Their encounter is on next round.

Oct-23-13  waustad: I'm a little confused about ASVOE Pamhagen, where they seem to be playing with 3 players where their strongest is obviously their coach, who isn't playing. I'm sure there is a story there that most of us will never hear.
Oct-24-13  virginmind: Irina Bulmaga (born 1993) is on 3.4/4 points, along with Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru. In the 5th round Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi will face Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo and I hope they will offer good fighting chess.
Oct-24-13  waustad: OK, here's the story. I'm posting it in German because the alternative is a machine translated version: Im Damenbewerb ist Pamhagen in der ersten Runde spielfrei und bekommt dafür einen Mannschaftspunkt. Da leider Eva Moser kurzfristig erkrankte und zu Hause bleiben musste, rutschte das Team in der Setzliste auf den letzten Platz. Damenreferentin Andrea Schmidbauer ist kurzentschlossen nachgereist. Daher konnten die Burgenländerinnen bei ihrem ersten Einsatz gestern vollzählig antreten.

Here is a link to the original source:

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  Natalia Pogonina: Deja vu feeling: this is the ECC, not Russian Superfinal, but the faces (or back, in my case) are familiar :)

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  Paint My Dragon: <Natalia> Nice photo! Away from the board, Valentina Gunina always appears to be happy and smiling. Is this her way? Can you tell us something about her? I would say she probably gets least coverage of all the top Russian chess players.
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  HeMateMe: When will see the clash of the titans, Hou/Koneru?
Oct-25-13  waustad: Dominyka Batkovskyte continues her string of decisive games. This time getting outplayed in the endgame by Pia Cramling. Sometimes the extra 30 years of experience helps.
Oct-26-13  waustad: The down side for a small Swiss is the kinds of matchups we see in the final round. The top 2 teams have already played all of the other strong teams so they are playing bottom enders.
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  weisyschwarz: Wow! What a barn-burner!
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  WTHarvey: Here is a collection of 71 critical positions from the men's and women's sections:

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