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🏆 European Club Cup (Women) (2010)

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Yifan Hou, Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Mariya Muzychuk, Maia Chiburdanidze, Kateryna Lagno, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Viktorija Cmilyte, Dronavalli Harika, Bela Khotenashvili, Elina Danielian, Natalija Pogonina, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Monika Socko, Lilit Mkrtchian, Almira Skripchenko, Lela Javakhishvili, Natalia Zhukova, Ekaterina Atalik, Salome Melia, Inna Gaponenko, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Nino Khurtsidze, Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Natasa Bojkovic, Elena Zaiatz, Tatjana Vasilevich, Anastasia Savina, Tatiana Kononenko, Olga Zimina, Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero, Iva Videnova, Angela Borsuk, Irina Vasilevich, Irina Chelushkina, Lilit Galojan, Jordanka Belic, Anna Sharevich, Adriana Nikolova, Maria Fominykh, Zuzana Cibickova, Olga Gutmakher, Ljilja Drljevic, Constanze Jahn, Irina Botvinnik, Natalia Straub, Ludmila Tsifanskaya, Mariagrazia De Rosa, Irina Len, Tatiana Yakovleva, Valeria Dotan, Darena Sirkova, Zsofia Edes, Ellisiv Reppen, Yerazik Khachatourian, Sylvia Johnsen, Mariya Janeva, Eugenia Di Primio, Julia Almer, Katarina Kralova, Klaudia Kral, Marina Lian Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (Women) (2010)

The 15th European Club Cup for Women was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held at the Novotel Hotel (Grand Hotel) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 17-23 October 2010, with the participation of 14 clubs from 10 countries. Of the 63 players, 10 were GMs and 23 IMs. Each match was played over four 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 30 seconds added per move from move 1. First prize: 6,000 euros. Tournament director: Nikolay Velchev. Chief arbiter: Dirk de Ridder.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo (Koneru, Yifan Hou, Anna Muzychuk, Cramling, Skripchenko) won on tiebreak ahead of St. Petersburg Chess Club (Cmilyte, Socko, Arakhamia-Grant, Atalik, Bodnaruk), both with 10/14. Mika of Yerevan, Armenia (Danielian, Harika, Mkrtchian, Galojan) was 3rd on tiebreak with 9/14.

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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 194  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koneru vs T Kononenko  1-0552010European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. A Sharevich vs A Muzychuk  0-1602010European Club Cup (Women)A80 Dutch
3. P Cramling vs N Straub  1-0332010European Club Cup (Women)E60 King's Indian Defense
4. C Jahn vs A Skripchenko 0-1302010European Club Cup (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
5. A Borsuk vs Lagno  ½-½512010European Club Cup (Women)A05 Reti Opening
6. N Pogonina vs O Gutmakher  ½-½612010European Club Cup (Women)B32 Sicilian
7. L Tsifanskaya vs M Muzychuk  0-1352010European Club Cup (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
8. A Savina vs V Dotan  1-0542010European Club Cup (Women)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. Cmilyte vs M Fierro  ½-½422010European Club Cup (Women)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. O Zimina vs M Socko  ½-½682010European Club Cup (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
11. E Atalik vs M De Rosa 1-0312010European Club Cup (Women)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. E Di Primio vs A Bodnaruk  0-1382010European Club Cup (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. A Nikolova vs L Javakhishvili  1-0472010European Club Cup (Women)C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. S Melia vs I Videnova  1-0382010European Club Cup (Women)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. D Sirkova vs Khurtsidze  ½-½482010European Club Cup (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. B Khotenashvili vs M Janeva  1-0322010European Club Cup (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. E Danielian vs I Botvinnik  1-0322010European Club Cup (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. I Len vs D Harika  0-1752010European Club Cup (Women)A56 Benoni Defense
19. L Mkrtchian vs T Yakovleva  1-0332010European Club Cup (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Lian vs L Galojan  0-1512010European Club Cup (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Z Cibickova vs N Zhukova  ½-½282010European Club Cup (Women)C18 French, Winawer
22. B Munguntuul vs Z Edes  1-0262010European Club Cup (Women)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Klaudia Kral vs E Zaiatz  0-1382010European Club Cup (Women)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. I Vasilevich vs K Kralova  1-0492010European Club Cup (Women)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. I Gaponenko vs Y Khachatourian  1-0432010European Club Cup (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
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  whiteshark: Official site:

Oct-18-10  Octavia: after 2 days 4 teams haven't lost any games. 14 teams are playing.
Oct-20-10  turbo231: Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Womens World Championship nearly 2 years ago. She is scheduled to defend her title sometime in December.

She needs to play in more tournaments to get back into shape. In the last 2 years she has played in a very few tournament, one or 2 full tournaments. She needs to play in more if she wants to retain her title. And she has only a short time to do it.

Oct-21-10  Octavia: I've just seen an interview with Maya who took a full year break from chess only to come back & beat everybody! It's not always true that you play better by playing more. :)
Oct-21-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Oct-21-10  Octavia: K. Arakhamia-S. Melia: White won a nice game with some brill tactics.
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  HeMateMe: Who will play Kosteniuk? Is there a Candidates tournament, or a set of elimination matches? I have a hard time keeping up with the rule changes in chess.
Oct-21-10  percyblakeney: <I have a hard time keeping up with the rule changes in chess.>

No big change in the women's cycle, it's the same knockout as in the five latest World Championships.

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  whiteshark: <The 15th European Club Cup for Women saw a dramatic finish as three teams were in competition for the prestigious trophy before the last round. In the end, both matches on the top two tables ended in 2-2 tie.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo played AVS, who appeared to be without chances for the first place because of the low sum of individual scores. Nevertheless, the Russian team tried their best to defeat the defending champions. WGM Anastasia Savina scored against IM Almira Skripchenko, but Yifan Hou struck back and won against Natalia Pogonina. The other two games were drawn and the match finished 2-2.

St.Petersburg Chess Club and Giprorechtrans also signed a victory each, and the other two games were drawn. Finally, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo and St.Petersburg Chess Club shared the first place with 10 match points each, but Monte Carlo had a slightly better individual scores and were awarded the winners' trophy.

Mika Yerevan beat the young Lokomotiv 2000 with a crushing 3.5-0.5, which was just enough to equalise Giprorechtrans' match and individual points. Only on the third tiebreak criteria Mika edged the opposition and claimed the bronze medal.

Congratulations to the winners!> results and standings:

Oct-26-10  Chessdreamer: one game missing

[Event "15th European Club Cup Women"]
[Site "Plovdiv BUL"]
[Date "2010.10.19"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Pogonina, Natalia"]
[Black "Zaiatz, Elena"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2491"]
[BlackElo "2407"]
[ECO "C80"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Be7 10. c3 O-O 11. Bc2 f5 12. Nb3 Qd7 13. Nbd4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 c5 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. f3 Ng5 17. Bxg5 Bxg5 18. f4 Be7 19. Qf3 Rad8 20. Rad1 g6 21. Kh1 c4 22. Rd2 Rd7 23. Rfd1 Rfd8 24. Qe3 a5 25. h3 Kh8 26. Kh2 Bf8 27. Rf1 Rc7 28. Qf3 Bc5 29. Rfd1 Rcd7 30. b3 Kg7 31. Kh1 b4 32. bxc4 dxc4 33. Rxd7+ Rxd7 34. cxb4 axb4 35. Rxd7+ Qxd7 36. Qd1 Qxd1+ 37. Bxd1 Bf2 38. Kh2 h5 39. g3 h4 40. gxh4 Bxh4 41. Kg2 Kf7 42. Be2 c3 43. Bc4+ Ke7 44. Bb3 Be1 1/2-1/2

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