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World Cities Team Championship (2012)

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wang Yue, Alexander Moiseenko, Laurent Fressinet, Nigel Short, David Howell, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Alexander Beliavsky, Ivan Sokolov, Romain Edouard, Igor Lysyj, Sergei Tiviakov, Eltaj Safarli, Rauf Mamedov, Sergey Fedorchuk, Robert Markus, Jan Smeets, Gadir Guseinov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Evgeny Romanov, Luka Lenic, Constantin Lupulescu, A R Saleh Salem, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Varuzhan Akobian, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Nils Grandelius, Hristos Banikas, Martyn Kravtsiv, Ioannis Papaioannou, Milos Perunovic, Jaan Ehlvest, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Vasif Durarbayli, Hichem Hamdouchi, Arturs Neiksans, Nidjat Mamedov, Rinat Jumabayev, Mihail Marin, Benjamin Finegold, Nikola Sedlak, Vladislav Nevednichy, Stelios Halkias, Pavel Kotsur, Hans Tikkanen, Normunds Miezis, Baris Esen, Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov, Murali Karthikeyan, Dusan Popovic, Jure Borisek, Emre Can, Jure Skoberne, Ziaur Rahman, Marat Dzhumaev, Alexei Iljushin, Marius Manolache, Evgeny Shaposhnikov, Anuar Ismagambetov, Simon Kim Williams, Pouria Darini, Alexei Barsov, Morteza Mahjoob, Saidali Iuldachev, Vahap Sanal, Essam El Gindy, Pontus Carlsson, Samy Shoker, Axel Smith, Li Wenliang, Ilmars Starostits, Asghar Golizadeh, Yuxiang Fang, Robert Andrew Hungaski, Andrey Kvon, Kirill Kuderinov, P Shyam Nikil, Cemil Can Ali Marandi, Niaz Murshed, Mohamed Ezat, Yang-Fan Zhou, Andreas Tzermiadianos, Ahmed Minhazuddin, Ibrahim Hasan Labib, Nima Javanbakht, V A V Rajesh, Shakil Abu Sufian, Omar Noaman Al Ali, Ioannis Stathopoulos, Ji Dan, Christopher Wallis, Mohsen Elgabry, Niranjan Navalgund, Arthur Ssegwanyi, Vladimir Feldman, Karl Zelesco, Hassan Abdullah, Eugene Schon, Egons Lavendelis, Debaraj Chatterjee, Abdulla Kashwani Faisal, Irina Berezina, Harold Wanyama, Patrick Kawuma, Ibrahim Mohamed Khouri, Bob Bibasa, Stephen Ssemmango Kisuze

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I H Labib vs J Smeets 0-129 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. R Hungaski vs Bob Bibasa 1-031 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
3. H Wanyama vs Ehlvest  ½-½51 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
4. Akobian vs P Kawuma  1-025 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
5. V Nevednichy vs A Ismagambetov  0-158 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
6. P Kotsur vs M Marin 1-037 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA13 English
7. M Parligras vs R Jumabayev  1-054 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. M Kazhgaleyev vs C Lupulescu  ½-½55 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
9. C Ali Marandi vs V Durarbayli 0-144 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
10. R Mamedov vs V Sanal  ½-½37 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
11. S Kisuze vs B Finegold 0-136 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA10 English
12. E Ghaem Maghami vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½31 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Fressinet vs P Darini  1-083 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
14. Tiviakov vs M Ezat  1-045 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
15. S Shoker vs I Sokolov 0-120 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
16. A Giri vs E El Gindy 1-070 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
17. Yuxiang Fang vs Sedlak  0-145 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipA90 Dutch
18. M Perunovic vs Wenliang  1-036 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
19. Ji Dan vs R Markus  1-039 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. I Ivanisevic vs Wang Yue  ½-½34 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. H Hamdouchi vs M Mahjoob ½-½36 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
22. A Golizadeh vs R Edouard 0-130 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
23. E Can vs G Guseinov ½-½30 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
24. E Safarli vs B Esen  1-041 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. K Zelesco vs M Kravtsiv 0-143 2012 World Cities Team ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
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Dec-24-12  messachess: Nice place to be during the winter I think.
Dec-24-12  waustad: OK, I didn't halucinate. The Swedish entry is actually two cities that are not very close together, Lund in Skåne and Linköping in Östergötland. They won their qualifying section and are paired against Riga in the quarter finals.
Dec-24-12  Paint My Dragon: ... in the round of 16 you mean. Not yet reached the qfinal stage.
Dec-25-12  waustad: True enough. I looked at the headings but somehow didn't line them up.
Dec-25-12  waustad: It looks like The Swedes split with Riga. Does anybody know the tiebreak system?
Dec-25-12  waustad: If I read the tiebreaks right, since the Swedes won on board 2 and lost on board 4, they win the tie break over Riga using the Berlin system of 4 pts for win on board 1, 3 for a win on board 2, ...
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  Dionysius1: London knocked out. I like the format though where members of knocked out teams can join the individuals tournament
Dec-26-12  waustad: Grandelius won his game, but the Swedes were knocked out by Novi Sad: 1 1/2 - 2 1/2. It looks like the semis will be Hoogeveen vs Tashkent and Baku vs Novi Sad.
Dec-27-12  Gryz: Baku beat Novi Sad.
Hoogeveen beat Tashkent.

Hoogeveen in the finals. Who would have expected that ?

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  Stonehenge: Hoogeveen:

Average rating 2666.

Dec-28-12  Nilsson: Waustad: I just want to comment your presentation of the swedish team. In the Olympic games when Sweden was playing against Serbia, there was the same players, playing against each others, whith one exchange.Emanuel Berg, An excellent combination Player, he represented in the OL, but in this tournament, he was replaced by Pontus Carlsson (from Linköping, who also played in the Olympics) In the Olympics 2-2, this time sadly 1/½ -2/½ (Nils made fantastic 2-0 against Ivanisevic as black!!) I am not quite sure, what about the rules for this tournament. Lets give an example. GM Pontus Carlsson, is representing LASS Linköping, ( sometimes) Team Viking Sweden, and of course Sweden in the Olympic games, European champion...and so on. The guys from Lund is really playing there, Nils Grandelius, Hans Tikkanen, Axel Smith and Sebastian Nilsson So, what´s the point with this best, strongest) City of the world?

My guess is, that the strongest City of the world, would still be Moskow /JN

Dec-28-12  waustad: I agree. Teams from Moscow or Yerevan that got the best players who live there would probably sweep through this field. My interest in seeing Linköping involved is that I spent some time there visiting relatives in the 1970s.
Dec-28-12  Gryz: Hoogeveen world champion !

When I said "who would have expected that", I was referring to the fact that Hoogeveen is only a small city in the Netherlands. Their chessclub seems to have 1 player with a 2000+ rating.

However, the annual Unive chess tournament is played in Hoogeveen. 16th Unive Tournament (2012)
The 4 members of the Hoogeveen team are 4 Dutch players who have all participated in the Unive chess tournament in the past.

Dec-28-12  waustad: Tiviakov to the rescue! It seems he wpn the decisive game in both the semis and the finals.
Dec-28-12  Refused: <waustad: Tiviakov to the rescue! It seems he wpn the decisive game in both the semis and the finals.>

He <only> was the match winner in the finals.

In the semi-finals Giri and Sokolov scored the full points.

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  GerMalaz: He did score the decisive game in the QF too.
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  Willem Wallekers: I've been to London, Paris and Istanbul, but never to Hoogeveen :-(
Dec-30-12  Kikoman: Congratulations to Hoogeveen Team! :)
Dec-30-12  waustad: Have the players on the team ever been there?
Dec-30-12  Gryz: Read my comment, waustad. It was only a few lines back.

Hoogeveen is the host of the annual Unive chess tournament. All 4 Dutch players have played in that tournament before. So yes, they all have been to Hoogeveen.

Dec-30-12  waustad: <gryz>Sorry. I was just responding to <WW>. I even recall looking at the Unive tournament some.
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  HeMateMe: Could Baku put up an "all time great" team, to enter this event? Of course, you have Kasparov, but there are others from Baku who could make the Bakuians (Bakutes? Bakooties?) a real force, in a team tournament.
Jan-03-13  Refused: <HeMateMe: Could Baku put up an "all time great" team, to enter this event? Of course, you have Kasparov, but there are others from Baku who could make the Bakuians (Bakutes? Bakooties?) a real force, in a team tournament.>

Scratch Kasparov from that list.
I doubt you could make the beast from Baku play for <his hometown> or any other Azeri city. Him playing for Moscow alongside Grischuk and others looks more likely. And as an all time great I would rate Paris probably above the other cities, if those legends somehow showed up in their prime years. Spassky, Kramnik and Alekhine.

Team Paris on the other hand, could have looked much stronger, if "big Vlad" Kramnik decided to play for it.

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  HeMateMe: Well, I meant if, very hypothetically, players had to play for the city they were born in. I'm sure Moscow/St. Petersburg would destroy most competitors, but I think small Baku has had a number of grandmasters.
Jan-04-13  waustad: They made the Diaz cartoon this week:
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