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🏆 European Club Cup (2011)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Wang Hao, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Hua Ni, Anton Korobov, Alexander Riazantsev, Alexander Areshchenko, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Denis Khismatullin, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Loek van Wely, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander G Beliavsky, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Sergei Rublevsky, Ferenc Berkes, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Ilia Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Peter Heine Nielsen, Markus Ragger, Viktor Korchnoi, Eltaj Safarli, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Christian Bauer, Nils Grandelius, Michael Roiz, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, Andrei Istratescu, Igor Kurnosov, Predrag Nikolic, Sanan Sjugirov, Evgeny Postny, Tigran L Petrosian, Aleksander Delchev, Sergei Azarov, Gadir Guseinov, Arman Pashikian, Ildar Khairullin, Luka Lenic, Tomi Nyback, Boris Savchenko, Borki Predojevic, Jan Gustafsson, Zbynek Hracek, Zaven Andriasian, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Robert Hovhannisyan, Dragan Solak, Zdenko Kozul, Benjamin Bok, Robert Huebner, Aryan Tari, Andreas Heimann, Hichem Hamdouchi, Andrey Zhigalko, Emanuel Berg, Yannick Pelletier, Avetik Grigoryan, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Dusko Pavasovic, Rafal Antoniewski plus 324 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2011)

The 27th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held at the Grand Hotel in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia, from 25 September to 1 October 2011, with the participation of 62 clubs from 36 countries, including defending champions Ekonomist SGSEU Saratov of Russia. Of the 440 players, 135 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. Tournament directors: Georg Mohr and Adrian Mikhalchishin. Chief arbiter: Dirk de Ridder.

Saint-Petersburg (Svidler, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Efimenko, Zvjaginsev, Khairullin and Matlakov) won with 13/14 ahead of SOCAR of Azerbaijan (Radjabov, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, et al., 12/14) and G-Team Novy Bor (3rd on tiebreak with 11/14).


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 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,200  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Naumann vs Mamedyarov  ½-½342011European Club CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
2. Sutovsky vs M Schaefer 1-0442011European Club CupC14 French, Classical
3. T Michalczak vs A Volokitin  0-1262011European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Kasimdzhanov vs M Gupta 1-0452011European Club CupC41 Philidor Defense
5. A Scheffner vs R Mamedov  0-1262011European Club CupA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
6. E Safarli vs A Peschel  1-0202011European Club CupB06 Robatsch
7. Wang Hao vs Shengelia  1-0352011European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. R Lendwai vs Caruana  0-1402011European Club CupA28 English
9. Giri vs M Bawart ½-½372011European Club CupB01 Scandinavian
10. S Brandner vs A Riazantsev  0-1302011European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. B Grachev vs M Herndlbauer  1-0302011European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. S Dzierzenga vs E Najer  0-1522011European Club CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. M Karttunen vs Eljanov  0-1472011European Club CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
14. D Andreikin vs J Mertanen  1-0312011European Club CupC45 Scotch Game
15. J Penttinen vs A Moiseenko  0-1312011European Club CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. H Ni vs P Koykka 1-0352011European Club CupC07 French, Tarrasch
17. O Sisatto vs E Alekseev  0-1282011European Club CupE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. M Roiz vs J Kiltti  1-0362011European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
19. Vitiugov vs B Ostenstad  ½-½522011European Club CupD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
20. Tisdall vs Movsesian  0-1272011European Club CupA30 English, Symmetrical
21. Efimenko vs C F Ekeberg 1-0202011European Club CupC10 French
22. A Tari vs Zvjaginsev  0-1322011European Club CupB08 Pirc, Classical
23. I Khairullin vs J Aulin-Jansson  1-0422011European Club CupE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. A Hammerstad vs M Matlakov  0-1502011European Club CupD85 Grunfeld
25. A Pijpers vs Shirov 0-1412011European Club CupC18 French, Winawer
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  technical draw: <HeMateMe> Would you say there is a plethora of new GM games, amigo?
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  HeMateMe: Lo creo.
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  whiteshark: <technical testides> From this perspective it appears quite strange. :D
Sep-28-11  waustad: The way ratings have increased in time is rqther noticable when you see where Korchnoi's name appears in the list of players sorted by highest rating. He was in the top 2 or 3 forever but is well behind several players who haven't sniffed the top 10.
Sep-28-11  paavoh: Jakovenko-Gelfand is an intriguing endgame K + R + 4 pawns on both sides, and passers everywhere.

See Board #1 at:

Sep-28-11  kellmano: <paavoh> yes very interesting. My money is on black, as the passers are further away from the opposing king.

How come their game has progressed so much further than all the others?

Sep-28-11  BUNA: Hi all. :)
Pono is in BIG trouble against Tomashevsky (although a rook up right now). Pono played the KID?! Haven't seen that before of him. >
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  HeMateMe: Boy, the favorites real beat the stuffing out of the 'dogs in these games. I guess the ratings gap was pretty ______________ wide, in many match ups .
Sep-29-11  kurtrichards: <ECC 2011> Anish Giri's games are all "1/2" so far... I need a "1".
Sep-29-11  paavoh: @kellmano:<How come their game ...> Did you see commenting by <tamar> on the specific game page:

D Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2011

"Believe it or not, the first new move is 37 h3, well past the pawn sacrifice, and almost to the ending.

See Radjabov vs Kramnik, 2011

Both players knew either this game, or the overall theory by heart. It is conceivable that Jakovenko's decision to exchange Queens on move 40 was home preparation!"

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  Troller: Nepom is playing interesting games as always. Now in 5th round vs Rodshtein, White (Nepom) to move:

click for larger view

Time to claim some influence on the center? Why, no! 5.h4! it is. At move 8 the pawn has made it to h6, and currently at move 17, Black is trailing by 43 mins on the clock, with White having entered a double-edged position.

Sep-29-11  paavoh: Mamedjarov is crushing Grandelius in a miniature:

Houdini says +4.46 at move 19.

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  whiteshark: <paavoh: Mamedjarov is crushing Grandelius in a miniature> You gotta love it. Unpredictable as ever.
Sep-30-11  waustad: Another ratings anomaly. Robert Huebner was in the top 20 for most of 15 years and according to chessmetrics ranked as high as 6th. He is behind Hammer and more than a few others who aren't close to the top 100.
Oct-01-11  waustad: Yes Grandeleus got crushed by Mamedyarov. He lost to the higher rated players, beat the lower rated players and drew with the one that was close so far. I guess that shouldn't be a surprise.
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  whiteshark: Mamedyarov needs some help... one day he plays a brilliancy and the very next days he blunders the pieces just like me.
Oct-01-11  Illogic: Every game decisive in the Baden vs. SOCAR match! Radjabov is on fire lately, he beat Adams with black today (Schlieman, of course) and his live rating is now 2781.
Oct-02-11  bronkenstein: Final report with several key moments and few nice photos :
Oct-02-11  polarmis: Here's the final WhyChess report:

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  HeMateMe: Great report, superb photos. Thanks for posting this.
Oct-02-11  BUNA: The photographs are really great.
What did Shirov tell Grischuk, who looked aside? Ashamed? (second photograph) Maybe some joke about Anna Zatonskih? (number seven) :) Grischuk as always tries to be invisible (number 3).

Congratulations to St Petersburg and Teimour, who seemed to be really angry.

Oct-02-11  claynic9: Anyone know who had the best individual scores for the tournament?
Oct-03-11  freakclub: <claynic9> Radjabov has the best performance, with a score of 4.5/5 for Board 1 and a 3019 performance rating.
Oct-03-11  polarmis: Actually it looks as though the best performance overall was by Denis Khismatullin on Board 6: 3199. I guess he just won all his games!?

You can find all the details at the official website:

Click on "Best players after... Rd 7".

Oct-03-11  bronkenstein: IMO Radja has the best performance , since he would have reasonable chances of whitewashing everyone on board 6 , while Khismatullin would struggle to stay equal on board 1 , to say the least.
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