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🏆 European Club Cup (2003)

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Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Baadur Jobava, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Alexander Areshchenko, Laurent Fressinet, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Loek van Wely, Vladimir Akopian, Luke McShane, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, 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, Mikhail Kobalia, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Konstantin Landa, Predrag Nikolic, Michal Krasenkow, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Bartosz Socko, Zviad Izoria, Alexei Fedorov, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Pavel Tregubov, Andrei Kharlov, Lajos Portisch, Kamil Miton, 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, Gyula Sax, Evgeny Pigusov, Vlastimil Babula Sr, Alexander Huzman, Peter Acs, Vladimir Chuchelov, Vitali Golod, Jean-Marc Degraeve, Igor Glek, Stuart C Conquest, Vasily Yemelin, Johan Hellsten, Alon Greenfeld, Alexander Goloshchapov, Bojan Kurajica, Lukasz Cyborowski, Bartlomiej Heberla, Slavko Cicak, Igor Stohl, Luc Winants, Sergey Ivanov, Gennady 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 666  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Paehtz vs Tkachiev  0-1572003European Club CupC47 Four Knights
2. V Akopian vs A Tzermiadianos  1-0682003European Club CupB01 Scandinavian
3. T Nedev vs G Mastrokoukos  1-0392003European Club CupB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. S Logothetis vs Z Stanojoski 0-1462003European Club CupA57 Benko Gambit
5. V Bogdanovski vs E Kounalakis  1-0482003European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. M Petsetidi vs D Stojanovski  0-1252003European Club CupB07 Pirc
7. V Jeremic vs Portisch  ½-½352003European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Sax vs M Scekic  1-0332003European Club CupC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. S Benderac vs J Horvath 0-1272003European Club CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. A Horvath vs P Batinic  1-0392003European Club CupB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
11. P Plakalovic vs C Horvath  0-1362003European Club CupB40 Sicilian
12. A Groszpeter vs S Kosoric  1-0432003European Club CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. McShane vs Y Boidman 0-1532003European Club CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. L Koerholz vs Hracek  0-1272003European Club CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. V Babula Sr vs S Brittner  1-0382003European Club CupA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
16. M Trauth vs Knaak  0-1202003European Club CupA13 English
17. S Joachim vs P Oberweis  1-0442003European Club CupB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. P Corbin vs G Meins  0-1232003European Club CupB89 Sicilian
19. K Rasmussen vs Dolmatov  ½-½212003European Club CupA15 English
20. Dreev vs T Christensen  1-0232003European Club CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. M Boe vs A Galkin  0-1382003European Club CupB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. V Malakhov vs E Jelling  1-0382003European Club CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. T Ochsner vs Zvjaginsev  0-1272003European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. E Najer vs F Pedersen  ½-½412003European Club CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Khalifman vs E Solozhenkin  1-0252003European Club CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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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 £adia.

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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