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🏆 European Club Cup (2003)

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Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Alexander Areshchenko, Laurent Fressinet, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Luke McShane, Vladimir Akopian, Sergei Zhigalko, Aleksey Dreev, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Rublevsky, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Ilia Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Yuriy Kuzubov, Sergey Volkov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Georgiev, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Joel Lautier, Christian Bauer, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Mikhail Kobalia, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Konstantin Landa, Predrag Nikolic, Michal Krasenkow, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Zviad Izoria, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Alexei Fedorov, Pavel Tregubov, Andrei Kharlov, Kamil Miton, Lajos Portisch, Bartlomiej Macieja, Zbynek Hracek, Robert Kempinski, Pavel Smirnov, Zdenko Kozul, Valerij Filippov, Tomasz Markowski, Levan Pantsulaia, Andrey Zhigalko, Alexander Galkin, Merab Gagunashvili, Sergey Dolmatov, Mladen Palac, Lubomir Ftacnik, Evgeny Pigusov, Gyula Sax, Vlastimil Babula, Peter Acs, Vladimir Chuchelov, Alexander Huzman, Vitali Golod, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Stuart C Conquest, Igor V Glek, Vasily Yemelin, Johan Hellsten, Alon Greenfeld, Alexander Goloshchapov, Bojan Kurajica, Lukasz Cyborowski, Bartlomiej Heberla, Slavko Cicak, Igor Stohl, Sergey Ivanov, Luc Winants, Gennadi P Kuzmin, Jozsef Horvath plus 192 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2003)

The 19th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held at Creta Star Hotel in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, 28 September - 4 October 2003, with the participation of 45 clubs from 27 countries, including defending champions SK Bosna, which drew upon Bareev, Shirov, Sokolov, Kasimdzhanov, Georgiev, Kozul and Kurajica. Of the 325 players, 121 were GMs. The matches were played over six boards, with 2 points for a team win and 1 point for a draw. The time control was 90 minutes for the whole game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. Chief organizer: European Chess Union and Kydon Chess Club. Chief arbiter: Dirk de Ridder.

NAO Chess Club of Paris (Grischuk, Svidler, Adams, Lautier, Pons, Bacrot, Fressinet) won with 13/14, ahead of Polonia (Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Macieja, Markowski, Krasenkow, Kempinski, Socko) and Kiseljak (Azmaiparashvili, Almasi, Aleksandrov, Nikolic, Fedorov, Palac), both with 12/14.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 665  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Degraeve vs H Loebler  1-0212003European Club CupB30 Sicilian
2. M Grabarczyk vs T Ulucan  1-0602003European Club CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. O Solakoglu vs B Heberla  0-1322003European Club CupB56 Sicilian
4. I Rajlich vs O Akman  1-0202003European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. G Kuzmin vs R Wukits  ½-½192003European Club CupB40 Sicilian
6. W Schwaninger vs Efimenko  0-1332003European Club CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. Areshchenko vs H Kreindl  1-0352003European Club CupB01 Scandinavian
8. A Lenz vs Lagno  0-1362003European Club CupA17 English
9. Oleg Ivanov vs R Zsifkovits  1-0212003European Club CupC42 Petrov Defense
10. H Petschar vs Kuzubov  0-1332003European Club CupA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
11. C Cobb vs Naiditsch  1-0532003European Club CupA21 English
12. A Goloshchapov vs T Kett 1-0252003European Club CupC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. A Spice vs M Roeder  0-1572003European Club CupA00 Uncommon Opening
14. A Ipek vs K Miton  ½-½602003European Club CupA43 Old Benoni
15. L Cyborowski vs T Yilmaz  0-1282003European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. C Arduman vs Acs  ½-½312003European Club CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. T Pfaffel vs Portisch  0-1522003European Club CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. M Apicella vs G Herndl  1-0302003European Club CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Jobava vs I Nikolaidis ½-½502003European Club CupA37 English, Symmetrical
20. E Grivas vs G Kacheishvili  ½-½172003European Club CupD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. M Mchedlishvili vs F Kouvatsos  1-0482003European Club CupE12 Queen's Indian
22. Z Izoria vs A Sandalakis  ½-½422003European Club CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. I Stavrianakis vs L Pantsulaia  0-1452003European Club CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. K Kiik vs Huzman  ½-½232003European Club CupB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. M Roiz vs S Nyysti  1-0252003European Club CupE15 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member Euro Club Cup games are now online. Here's the one that everybody's talking about: Huzman vs Kasparov, 2003
Oct-03-03  uponthehill: Go Polonia!

Interesting that e.q. Irish clubs has players whose rankings are below 1800. I can create a team among my friends which would be able to destroy such clubs. Strange thing that they are allowed to compete with such clubs as NAO, Polonia or Ładia.

Oct-03-03  zorro: It's only annoying that one of the most beautiful country the world over, which I so proudly have the honour to live in, be not represented in this club championship, I say! ;-)
Oct-05-03  uponthehill: Polonia, pride of Poland, gained the silver beating Kasparov's Ladia Kazan! Vindalooo!!!
Oct-06-03  Maroczy: uponthehill: Us Poles are always shortchanged by the media, I wonder who is " behind " that?
Oct-06-03  uponthehill: Yes I've noticed it. There are some reasons, but I do not want to discuss them on forum.

(generalnie chodzi o to, ze Zydzi amerykanscy nas niestety nie lubia a spora czesc spoleczenstw zachodu nie za bardzo kojarzy fakt, ze Polska to kraj odrebny od Rosji. Pozdrawiam)

Oct-06-03  Maroczy: uponthehill: Czy Pan moze diskutowac dalej o ten temat? Dam Panu moj e-mail adres.
Oct-06-03  Shadout Mapes: An interesting Kasparov game from this event is mentioned here (, does anyone know if it's in this database?
Premium Chessgames Member We now have several hundred more games from this tournament, including the Kasparov game mentioned above.

Garry Kasparov plays for Ladia-Kazan; other players include Sergei Rublevsky, Ilia Smirin, Viktor Bologan and Alisa Galliamova. You can see Kasaparov's performance here: European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)

The French NAO Chess Club of Paris won this event. Their team includes Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Michael Adams, Joel Lautler, Vallejo Pons Francisco, Etienne Bacrot, and Laurent Fressinet.

Oct-07-03  uponthehill: Maroczy: oczywiscie. prosze pisac na . pozdrawiam
Oct-08-03  seoulmama: uponthehill, no offence, but how can u create such a team when u are rated only 1400??
Oct-08-03  uponthehill: seoulmama: Of course I didn't want to say, that I would be playing in such a team. I meant that I know many people, which I had often an opportunity to play with, who have higher ranking than 2000. Many of them visits ofetnly our city chess club in which we meet every wedensday.

Players who have 2000-2200 rankings are not so rare, and I know plenty of them. So, strange thing for me is that players with worse rankings than them are allowed to play with Kasparov, Shirov, Vallejo Pons and co. at the international event.

Imagine that your local highschool team would be playing in the same tournament as Manchester United, and a good city playground kicker would play against David Beckhham.

Oct-08-03  drukenknight: You ought to first examine the rating system closely.
Oct-08-03  uponthehill: Maybe there are some ranking differences but see the results of those clubs:

For me that is obvious that in that tournament the amateurs were allowed to play with professionals, and that's strange for me.

Sep-07-05  petroman: your side is super !!!!! greetings hasan kutlu petroman!

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