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🏆 European Club Cup (2009)

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Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Vugar Gashimov, Richard Rapport, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Sergei Movsesian, Nikita Vitiugov, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Xiangzhi Bu, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Hua Ni, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Alexander Riazantsev, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Vladimir Akopian, Aleksey Dreev, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Alexander G Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Sergei Rublevsky, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Ilia Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Yuriy Kuzubov, Sergei Tiviakov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Kiril Georgiev, Tamir Nabaty, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Evgeny Postny, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Tigran L Petrosian, Daniel Fridman, Sebastien Feller, Boris Avrukh, Sergei Azarov, Gadir Guseinov, Maxim Turov, Arman Pashikian, Tomi Nyback, Vladimir Baklan, Zbynek Hracek, Farrukh Amonatov, Zaven Andriasian, Robert Huebner, Igor Miladinovic, Alexander Zubov, Andrey Zhigalko, Yuri Drozdovskij, Dmitry Kononenko, Alexander Chernin, Lubomir Ftacnik, Rafal Antoniewski, Boris Chatalbashev, Philipp Schlosser, Alexander Zubarev, Vlastimil Babula Sr, Alexander Huzman, Vladimir Chuchelov, Jiri Stocek, Vitali Golod, Jan Markos, Igor Glek, Sarunas Sulskis, Normunds Miezis, Milos Pavlovic plus 268 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2009)

The 25th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held at the Gorica Hotel in Ohrid, Macedonia, 4-10 October 2009, with the participation of 54 clubs from 29 countries, including defending champions Ural Sverdlovskaya of Russia, which mustered Grischuk, Shirov, Malakhov, Rublevsky, Dreev and Bareev (and Rashkovsky who did not play). Of the 379 players, 132 were GMs. Each match was played over six 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 a 30-second increment from move one. First prize: 11,000 euros. Tournament director: Petar Gicarovski. Chief arbiter: Dirk de Ridder.

Ekonomist SGSEU-1 of Saratov, Russia (Alekseev, Eljanov, Tomashevsky, Bu Xiangzhi, Ni Hua, Moiseenko, Andreikin, Roiz) won with 14/14, ahead of Mika Yerevan (Aronian, Akopian, Sargissian, Pashikian, Andriasian, Petrosian, 12/14) and Ural Sverdlovskaya (3rd with 11/14).


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 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,099  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Alekseev vs S Sulskis 0-1392009European Club CupC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Malisauskas vs X Bu ½-½302009European Club CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. H Ni vs A Butnorius 1-0412009European Club CupC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. M Beinoras vs A Moiseenko  0-1942009European Club CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. D Andreikin vs T Laurusas 0-1382009European Club CupA16 English
6. L Solys vs M Roiz  0-1302009European Club CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. R Ruck vs Grischuk ½-½122009European Club CupE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Shirov vs M Manik 1-0352009European Club CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. R Antoniewski vs V Malakhov  ½-½252009European Club CupC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Rublevsky vs J Lipka  1-0342009European Club CupC07 French, Tarrasch
11. A Vitouch vs Dreev  0-1362009European Club CupA06 Reti Opening
12. Bareev vs B Bozinovic  1-0252009European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Karjakin vs B Chatalbashev 1-0332009European Club CupB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. O Danchevski vs Caruana 0-1442009European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. A Riazantsev vs M Mitkov  ½-½582009European Club CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Z Stojcevski vs E Najer  0-1322009European Club CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Nepomniachtchi vs O Organdziev  1-01062009European Club CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. L Andonovski vs B Grachev  0-1432009European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. M Hoffmann vs Movsesian  0-1292009European Club CupE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
20. Bacrot vs J Wegerle  1-0552009European Club CupC67 Ruy Lopez
21. T Michalczak vs Naiditsch 0-1562009European Club CupC37 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Adams vs O Kniest 1-0372009European Club CupC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. M Gupta vs Nisipeanu  0-1462009European Club CupE90 King's Indian
24. P Schlosser vs A Peschel 1-0302009European Club CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Ivanchuk vs J de Jong ½-½1002009European Club CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Oct-10-09  zarg: Alekseev getting tortured
Oct-10-09  anandrulez: <percyblakeney: Beating Grischuk in less than 30 moves with black is no trivial achievement, it looks like no one ever had done it before with classical time controls. The fact that Grischuk only had seconds left against Aronian's 1 hour 20 minutes indicates that the latter was rather well prepared...> Girshcuk is rather well known for his time handling skills albeit for wrong reasons ... That line is what Aronian plays a lot especially u saw in Mexico where Anand won as black vs Aronian ...
Oct-10-09  siamesedream: What a game Nakamura - Grischuk!
Oct-10-09  PhilFeeley: <siamesedream> ?? You mean the draw?
Oct-10-09  Open Defence: <Carlsen is getting pure, "concentrated" Kasparov, if you catch my meaning.> yes but probably forgotten pre-computer study methods of Botvinnik's school which actually enhances and moulds one's chess strength?
Oct-10-09  timhortons: <You mean the draw> the game is drawn, grischuk handle scotch better than leko.leko mishandling of the game created to much story, nothing special in it.he lost the game against carlsen because he play bad.
Oct-10-09  rogge: Chairman Naka is much better than Carlsen, obviously.
Oct-10-09  timhortons: <rogge> magnus performance at china is amazing, im just talking about the merit of scotch game. dont be sensitive,i am not disrespecting magnus.
Oct-10-09  jon01: Was there a chance to obtain GM/IM norms in this tournament?
Oct-10-09  siamesedream: <?? You mean the draw?> Yeah, forgot to add ";".
Oct-10-09  messachess: Amazing, the good players you never hear about--Evgenij Miroshnichenko for example.--doing well here.
Oct-10-09  timhortons: <Yeah, forgot to add ";".>

dont spank.hehe..

Oct-10-09  returnoftheking: Motylov lost a Petroff! As <DCP> has pointed out, that happens rarely.

Adams (who won easily today) 6,5/7
Volokitin 6/7
Greenfeld 6/7
Nisipeanu 6/7 (relatively easy schedule)
Svidler 5,5/7 (Why isn't he wch candidate?)
Gashimov 5/6

Ranked on tpr:

Svidler, Volokitin, Gashimov, Adams, Eljanov

Wish there was a tournament book or bulletin with a selection of interesting games of this event.

Oct-10-09  jon01: Yeah, it's quite difficult to go through all these 1000 games.
Oct-10-09  returnoftheking: If Volokitin was on 2691 after the 4th round he might be 2700 now - he scored 2points in the 3 remaining games, against Sargissian, Thomashevsky and Kuzubov.
Oct-10-09  Paraconti: I thought as games progressed the leading teams would play one another. This last round seems to show a lot of strong teams playing weaker ones, leading to many quick wins for the top players.
Oct-11-09  notyetagm: <Paraconti: I thought as games progressed the leading teams would play one another. This last round seems to show a lot of strong teams playing weaker ones, leading to many quick wins for the top players.>

That's because you cannot play the same team twice. Once a top team has played all the other top teams once, then they are left with weaker teams to play.

If there are 6 strong teams in a 7 round event, then twice a strong team will have to play a weak team, maybe even in the last round.

Oct-11-09  kurtrichards: Congratulations to Economist-SGSEU-1 Saratov for winning the European Club Cup (2009)!

Oct-11-09  timhortons: GM Moiseenkoo is part of the winning team!
Oct-11-09  Paraconti: <notyetagm> Thanks. That's enlightening.
Oct-11-09  DCP23: <returnoftheking: Motylov lost a Petroff! As <DCP> has pointed out, that happens rarely.>

That's correct ;) At the same time, as I have also pointed out before, Svidler is one of the best on the White side of the Petroff -- he already had wins over Kramnik's and Gelfand's petroffs, and now with Motylev's he completes the trifecta of beating the World's best Petroff masters :)

Another point to consider is that Motylev used to be Svidler's second (including the WCC San Luis 2005), and so Peter knows Motylev's play and openings very well.

Oct-11-09  DCP23: Source:

Ten best perfomances from the ECC 2009:

1 GM Svidler Peter, SPbChFed Sankt-Peterburg 2920
2 GM Volokitin Andrei, Alkaloid Skopje 2912
3 GM Gashimov Vugar, Ashdod Illit Chess Club 2883
4 GM Adams Michael, OSG Baden-Baden 2863
5 GM Eljanov Pavel, Economist-SGSEU-1 Saratov 2841
6 CM Rathlev Jakob, Jetsmark 2837
7 GM Gelfand Boris, ShSM-64 Moscow 2827
8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco, OSG Baden-Baden 2800
9 GM Khismatullin Denis, Tomsk-400 2800
10 GM Aronian Levon, Mika Yerevan 2778

Oct-11-09  returnoftheking: 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 c6 8. a4 b6 9. Ba2 a6 10. h3 Rb8 11. Qd3 b5 12. axb5 axb5 13. Ne2 c5 14. c3 d5 15. Nxe5 c4 16. Qc2 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Nxe4 18. Be3 Bg5 19. Nd4 Rb6 20. Bb1 Rg6 21. Qd1 Bxh3 22. Bxe4 dxe4 23. Nc6 Qe8 24. Bc5 Bxg2

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Painful game for GM Nedev..

Oct-12-09  notyetagm: <returnoftheking: ... Painful game for GM Nedev..>


Hurts to get your ass beaten like this with White.

Oct-12-09  returnoftheking: yes, I thought so. 14..d5 was a total bluff though, white missed a lot this game.
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