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European Team Championship (2013)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Alexander Morozevich, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Michael Adams, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Baadur Jobava, Alexander Moiseenko, Zoltan Almasi, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Alexander Areshchenko, Vladimir Akopian, Luke McShane, David Howell, Nigel Short, Sergei Zhigalko, Zahar Efimenko, Ivan Sokolov, Viktor Laznicka, Gabriel Sargissian, Romain Edouard, Markus Ragger, Eltaj Safarli, Rauf Mamedov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Ivan Saric, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Sergey Fedorchuk, Vladislav Tkachiev, Csaba Balogh, Georg Meier, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Oleg Korneev, Igor Khenkin, Daniel Fridman, Jan Smeets, Gadir Guseinov, Dariusz Swiercz, Kacper Piorun, Ivan Ivanisevic, Bartosz Socko, Alexander Ipatov, Grzegorz Gajewski, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Luka Lenic, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Kamil Miton, Erwin L'Ami, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Nils Grandelius, Tamir Nabaty, Robin van Kampen, Hristos Banikas, Ioannis Papaioannou, Milos Perunovic, Dragan Solak, Zdenko Kozul, Miguel Illescas Cordoba, Vasilios Kotronias, Hrvoje Stevic, Simen Agdestein, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Vladislav Kovalev, Levan Pantsulaia, Hichem Hamdouchi, Andrey Zhigalko, Emanuel Berg, Tamas Banusz, Merab Gagunashvili, Branko Damljanovic, Yannick Pelletier, Mustafa Yilmaz, David Baramidze, Mladen Palac, Kamil Dragun, Sabino Brunello, Dusko Pavasovic, Vlastimil Babula, Jacek Tomczak, Ante Brkic, Renier Vazquez Igarza, Daniele Vocaturo, Jiri Stocek, Vladislav Nevednichy, Sune Berg Hansen, Stelios Halkias, Hannes Stefansson, Aryan Tari, Hans Tikkanen, Baris Esen, Aleksandar Indjic, Vlad-Cristian Jianu, Davit Shengelia, Jure Borisek, Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, Bartlomiej Heberla, Kirill Stupak, Hedinn Steingrimsson, Erik Blomqvist, Jure Skoberne, Gil Popilski, Vladimir Petkov, Boban Bogosavljevic, Axel Rombaldoni, Nikola Djukic, Gaioz Nigalidze, Mads Andersen, Krasimir Rusev, Davor Palo, Michele Godena, Marcin Tazbir, Gergely Szabo, Avital Boruchovsky, Milan Drasko, Dragisa Blagojevic, Jacek Gdanski, Krzysztof Bulski, Bart Michiels, Tal Baron, Joseph G Gallagher, Henrik Danielsen, Jakob Vang Glud, Allan Stig Rasmussen, Gudmundur Kjartansson, Vitaly Teterev, Dragan Kosic, Danny Raznikov, Pontus Carlsson, Zvonko Stanojoski, Tanguy Ringoir, Filip Pancevski, Darius Zagorskis plus 37 more players

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 682  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Parligras vs D Jameson  1-033 2013 European Team ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. L Pantsulaia vs S Soors  1-043 2013 European Team ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
3. S Docx vs M Gagunashvili 1-024 2013 European Team ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
4. M Mchedlishvili vs T Ringoir  1-033 2013 European Team ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
5. B Michiels vs Jobava  ½-½42 2013 European Team ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
6. M Agopov vs A Rombaldoni  1-039 2013 European Team ChampionshipC11 French
7. D Vocaturo vs M Karttunen 1-068 2013 European Team ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
8. V Sipila vs S Brunello  0-156 2013 European Team ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
9. Caruana vs T Nyback 1-053 2013 European Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. M Bartel vs N Georgiadis  1-036 2013 European Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. O Kurmann vs G Gajewski  ½-½32 2013 European Team ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. D Swiercz vs J Gallagher  1-039 2013 European Team ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
13. Pelletier vs B Socko  ½-½39 2013 European Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. D Kosic vs R Vazquez Igarza  1-061 2013 European Team ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Illescas Cordoba vs Drasko  ½-½52 2013 European Team ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
16. F Vallejo Pons vs N Djukic  1-065 2013 European Team ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
17. D Fridman vs A Boruchovsky  ½-½42 2013 European Team ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. T Baron vs D Baramidze  ½-½43 2013 European Team ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
19. H Banikas vs D Zagorskis  1-025 2013 European Team ChampionshipA13 English
20. M Beinoras vs I Papaioannou  ½-½60 2013 European Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. W Hewitt vs V Nevednichy  0-120 2013 European Team ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
22. P Varley vs V Jianu  0-126 2013 European Team ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. C Lupulescu vs R S Jones  1-040 2013 European Team ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. B Firat vs J Grant  1-056 2013 European Team ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. A Tate vs M Yilmaz  0-136 2013 European Team ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
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  kingfu: How do the Ukrainians do it? They win BOTH women's and men's team events. Alexander Ipatov missed winning the Junior Championship by a half point and is definitely a rising star.

I want to be a Ukrainian when I grow up.

Nov-17-13  Calar: <kingfu> Ukrainian men's team came nowhere near winning this event - in fact they are few points behind winner team (which I think is Azerbaijan).

Although one must note they played without their 3 strongest players - Ivanchuk, Ponomairov and Eljanov.

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  jamesmaskell: Looks like Azerbaijan just won the mens event after Andreikin helped Russia beat France.
Nov-17-13  csmath: Azeri 1, France 2, Armenia 3 if I am not mistaken.

Notable wins today:

Andreikin beats Tkachiev (Tkachiev walks into mate)

Short grinds down Gayevsky (long ending)

Bartel beats Howell

Naiditsch beats Pelletier (nice queen ending, Naiditsch has played the whole event great)

Saric beats Lupulescu

Giri beats Rusev (and Netherlands anihilates Bulgaria 3.5-0.5 without Topalov)

Ivanisevic beats Solak

Erdos beats Zhigalko

Steingrimsson beats Valejo

Nov-17-13  Calar: gives these rankings:

1. Azerbaijan (14 points)
2. France (13 points)
3. Russia (13 points)
4. Armenia (13 points)
5. Hungary (12 points)

Nov-17-13  muradov: Undefeated Azerbaijan is a European Champion yet one more time! Congrats!
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  cro777: Spain defeated Iceland 2.5-1.5

Amazing final position in the game GM Oleg Korneev - GM Henrik Danielsen

Position after 24...Rc8

click for larger view

25.e6 1-0

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  kingfu: And if Chuky, Pono and Eljanov were there? Why did these guys NOT play?

How does the Ukraine produce so many great Chess players? I look for Ipatov to get up there soon with the other 2700+ rated players.

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  jamesmaskell: World Team Champs coming up. Kramnik and Karjakin didnt play for Russia either.

Ipatov doesnt play for Ukraine...

Nov-17-13  dx9293: <kingfu> Ukraine has wonderful trainers, a great cultural respect for chess, but also money problems.

Being a chess pro is not a bad career path there, unlike other places like the USA where people *think* they can do "better."

Nov-17-13  Refused: Well, Ipatov won't be playing for Ukraine. He plays for the Turkish Federation and seems to be happy the way things are.

The Russian Federation can't be happy with the display of their mens' Team.

Grischuk's play was rather shaky, but in the end he at least managed to post results. But esp. against Ragger he was rather lucky. Overall Grischuk looked like he really needed a rest.

Svidler was the Russian that played the best chess. Not much to criticise about his play.

Andreikin played solid but not really outstanding. Given the fact, he played board 3 in this event and will play in the next candidates tournament, well I guess he hoped for more points.

Morozevich played a bit like Grischuk, just that he did not manage to post results the way Grischuk did. I don't think he will be included in the World Team Championship.

Tomashevsky was a bit like Andreikin, solid but not really outstanding.

Depending on whether Kramnik and Karjakin will play in the next team event, Morozevich and Tomashevsky look like the most likely candidates to get dropped from the squad.

Nov-17-13  csmath: Only Svidler played efficiently. To take the first place in these events you need two killer boards and the rest stable. Russian team is with one killer board (Svidler) and one stable board (Andreikin). Not enough. Tomashevsky's results are actually quite disappointing. What was the reason Karjakin did not play? I am sure he would be able to do a lot better than Tomashevsky.
Nov-17-13  RedShield: I don't understand the individual placings based on rating performances, given on the official website at:

Aronian scored 6/9, supposedly for a RP of 2688, which should mean he would lose rating points. But claims he gained 1.8 points from the nine games. What's going on?

Nov-17-13  Refused: The 2.688 was the ELO average of Aronian's opposition. His TPR was 2.813 Thus he gained 1.8 points.
Nov-17-13  Refused:

If you are that curious.

Nov-17-13  RedShield: I blame the Poles for the confusion.
Nov-18-13  ahmadov: Congratulations to my country for yet another European Championship! Well done, guys!
Nov-18-13  fisayo123: Is Gashimov ever going to come back?
Nov-18-13  ahmadov: <fisayo123> I am really worried that not :-(
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  PhilFeeley: Would anyone like to take a crack at explaining how these tie-breaks work? I can't find anything on Wikipedia:

Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result (Khanty-Mansiysk) Buchholz Tie-Breaks (variabel with parameter)

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  PhilFeeley: Never mind. There's something under Buchholz Tie-Breaks in Wiki. I hope there's an Excel formula for all these that the tournament organizers can use on their records.
Nov-19-13  smaragdus: Topalov - Caruana game from Round 4 is missing (in fact not a notable game at all).
Nov-19-13  Blunderdome: When is the World Team Championship?
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  HeMateMe: I would love to have one of those Polaska jackets, how retro cool. Think I can get one on ebay?
Dec-23-13  WTHarvey: Here's a collection of 58 critical positions from the women's and men's sections: Find the best move.
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