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Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division) Tournament

Olga Alexandrova6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Aleksander Petkov Delchev6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Aleksandr Shimanov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Anish Giri5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Jesus Maria De La Villa Garcia5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Renier Castellanos Rodriguez4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Anton Kovalyov4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Jose Carlos Ibarra Jerez4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Goganov4/5(+4 -1 =0)[games]
Sergey Vladimirovich Ivanov4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Mikhael Mchedlishvili4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Jordi Fluvia Poyatos4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Mihail Marin4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Parimarjan Negi3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Manuel Granados Gomez3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Marc Sanchez Ibern3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Romain Edouard3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Dmitry Svetushkin3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Johann Carlos Alvarez Marquez3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly3/7(+3 -4 =0)[games]
Christian Bauer3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Jose M Garcia-Ortega Mendez3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Salvador Gabriel Del Rio Angelis3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
(54 players total; 25 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs D Svetushkin 1-0282012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)C45 Scotch Game
2. Harikrishna vs M Mchedlishvili  0-1512012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. A Shimanov vs Ganguly 1-0552012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Delchev vs S V Ivanov 1-0282012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. J C Ibarra Jerez vs E Ubilava 1-0232012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B40 Sicilian
6. J M De La Villa Garcia vs J Rubio Tapia  ½-½582012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)C24 Bishop's Opening
7. L Dominguez vs I Cheparinov  1-0582012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. G Sargissian vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1612012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)D71 Neo-Grunfeld
9. S Ter-Sahakyan vs Fressinet  ½-½422012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. S Del Rio Angelis vs M Perez Candelario  ½-½612012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. J Garcia-Ortega Mendez vs A Romero Holmes  0-1252012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B08 Pirc, Classical
12. J Hernando Pertierra vs S Gonzalez De La Torre  ½-½492012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)A13 English
13. P San Segundo Carrillo vs J C Alvarez Marquez  0-1372012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)A60 Benoni Defense
14. M Marin vs D Leal  1-0562012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J Fluvia Poyatos vs A Jerez  1-0462012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
16. L Valdes vs J F Cuenca Jimenez  1-0272012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)E61 King's Indian
17. H Asis Gargatagli vs A L'Ami  ½-½362012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. M Granados Gomez vs J Fluvia Poyatos  ½-½362012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)A48 King's Indian
19. O Alexandrova vs M Sanchez Ibern  1-0402012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
20. R Castellanos Rodriguez vs H Hamdouchi  ½-½232012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. C Bauer vs A H T dos Santos Fier  ½-½302012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. A Kovalyov vs Van Wely 1-0732012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)A30 English, Symmetrical
23. Ponomariov vs E Iturrizaga  ½-½442012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B27 Sicilian
24. Negi vs A Kovalyov  ½-½302012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. A H T dos Santos Fier vs Ganguly  1-0572012Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division)C78 Ruy Lopez
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Nov-06-12  waustad: It took a while to find this, so I might as well post it here: La velocidad de juego será de 90 minutos para las primeras 40 jugadas, mas 30 minutos para el resto de la partida, con un incremento de 30 segundos por jugada desde el movimiento 1.
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  cro777: Gros Xake Taldea (2682 average elo rating) is the defending champion. The team of San Sebastian won the top league of the 2011 Spanish Team Championship, in the same year that the local chess scene celebrated the 100th anniversary of the famous San Sebastian 1911 tournament.

On top boards for Gros Xake Taldea are playing Ponomariov, Bacrot, Kasimdzhanov and Van Wely.

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  cro777: In Round 1, great debut for Chess club Equigoma Casa Social Católica (2530). The team of Ávila defeated the reigning champion Gros Xake Taldea (2682) by a score of 4-2. Van Wely (2691) lost to GM Anton Kovalyov (2596).
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  cro777: Olga Alexandrova (2409), International Master and Woman Grandmaster from Ukraine (now citizen of Spain), with perfect score after 2 rounds. She's playing on board 6 for her chess club Barcelona Uga.

Alexandrova won the Ukraine's women's championship in 2004.

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  HeMateMe: No Shirov? I thought he was an honorary Spaniard.
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  cro777: Shirov switched back to Latvia. He actively collaborates with the Latvian Chess Federation. At the Istanbul 2012 World Chess Olympiad, he represented Latvia for the first time.

Last year he helped his team Gros Xake Taldea to victory in the Spanish Team Championship 2011.

Nov-08-12  waustad: Negi just crushed van Wely.
Nov-08-12  notyetagm: <waustad: Negi just crushed van Wely.>

26 ♔g1-h1 1-0

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[Event "TCh-ESP CECLUB Div Honor 2012"]
[Site "Leon ESP"]
[Date "2012.11.08"]
[Round "4.4"]
[White "Negi, Parimarjan"]
[Black "Van Wely, Loek"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2638"]
[BlackElo "2691"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[ECO "B01"]
[Opening "Scandinavian (centre counter) defence"]
[WhiteTeam "C.A. Solvay"]
[BlackTeam "Gros Xake-Taldea"]
[WhiteFideId "5016690"]
[BlackFideId "1000268"]
[EventDate "2012.11.05"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. Bd2 e6 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Nxf6+ gxf6 10. Qe2 Bxc2 11. O-O Bg6 12. Rfe1 Qd7 13. Rad1 b5 14. Bb3 Na6 15. d5 cxd5 16. Bc3 Be4 17. Bxf6 Rg8 18. Ng5 Nc5 19. f3 Nxb3 20. fxe4 Be7 21. exd5 Nd4 22. Qh5 O-O-O 23. dxe6 fxe6 24. Rxd4 Bc5 25. Rc1 Qc6 26. Kh1 1-0

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  cro777: In Round 5 (on Friday, November 9), in one of decisive matches, the leader Sestao Naturgas Energia (with perfect score after four rounds) meets the reigning champion Gros Xake-Taldea.

Top pairings:

GM DOMINGUEZ PEREZ, Leinier (2726) - GM PONOMARIOV, Ruslan (2741)

GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE, Maxime (2711) - GM VAN WELY, Loek (2691)

GM GIRI, Anish (2715) - GM BAUER, Christian (2639)

The question is, can anybody stop Sestao Naturgas Energia? (Y la pregunta que se hacen muchos es ¿ parará alguien al Sestao Naturgas Energia?)

Nov-09-12  Atking: Is there a site which able to see the game in live?
Nov-09-12  bachiller: According to their names, only one out of six players cited by cro777 seems to be Spaniard: GM Dominguez Perez. But indeed he is not, since Spain lost Cuba in 1898, well before Dominguez was born.

It seems to me that Spanish teams are full of non-spaniard players. A consequence on the Bosman ruling, that goes far beyond the soccer.

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  cro777: <Atking> CECLUB Division de Honor 2012

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  cro777: It seems that the chess club Sestao Naturgas Energia is unstoppable. In Round 5, the team of Sestao defeated the reigning champion Gros Xake-Taldea.

On top boards, Domingez Perez and Giri won against Ponomariov and Bauer. The game Van Wely - Vachier Lagrave ended in a draw.

Nice endgame play by Giri against Christian Bauer.

Position after 36.bxc4

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36...Kf8 37. g5 hxg5 38.hxg5 Rf5 39. Rxe6 Re7 40. Rde4 Rxe6 41. Rxe6 Ra5 42. Rxc6 Rxa4 43. f5 Ra1 44. Rc8+ Ke7 45. Rc7+ Kf8 46. c5 Rc1 47. g6 a5 48. Rf7+ Kg8 49. Kd4 1-0

The Spanish league runs until Sunday, November 11th. Its a round robin tournament with the eight strongest Spanish teams.

Nov-09-12  messachess: This is really a great tournament line-up, a real nice mix of participants.
Nov-09-12  Atking: Thanks <Cro777> for the site and your comments.
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  cro777: IM Olga Alexandrova (Barcelona Uga) scoring 4/5

In Round 1 she defeated Marc Sanchez Ibern (Foment Martinenc) playing an aggressive line against the Gruenfeld Defense

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O

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  cro777: CECLUB (Campeonato de España de Clubes) - Division de Honor

The team of Sestao convincingly won the 2012 Spanish Team Championship in Leon. Playing for the winner, Domingez Perez (5/7) and Giri (5/6) achieved the best individual results in the championship on Board 1 and Board 3 respectively. On Board 2 Vachier Lagrave scored 4/6.

Final standings (Match points, Game points):

1. Sestao Naturgas Energia 13 (28.5)

2. C.A. Solvay 10 (26.0)

3. C.A. Reverté Albox 8 (22.5)

4. Linex-Magic Extremadura 8 (19.5)

5. Equigoma Casa Social Catolica 6 (20.0)

6. Gros Xake-Taldea 5 (18.5)

7. C.E. Foment Martinenc 3 (16.5)

8. C.E. Barcelona Uga 3 (16.5)

Nov-12-12  Nicocobas: <cro777> <or anyone else> The final standings in the Spanish Team Competition tournament raised some questions in my mind about the vagaries of quantification in chess. Not long ago we had a spirited discussion on the ELO index. What about final competition standings? For example, Delchev finished in a tie for first place while Leinier ended in a three-way tie for second. However, Delchev’s average opponent had an ELO of 2545, whereas Leinier faced players whose average ELO was 2646. (Incidentally, the 101 point difference is statistically significant.) Granted, Leinier lost one game while Alexander was undefeated; still, I wonder if quantification difficulties in chess might not extend to other areas such as tournament results.
Nov-13-12  waustad: <nico>Some tournaments have gone to performance rating to select board prizes. Kramnik playing 2700+ opposition every round after the second is different from the experience of somebody strong who is the only good player on a weak team. Facing the top player from the Seyshelles is rather different from facing Aronian. I think that the olympiad did that this year. If I'm wrong, it isn't the first time.
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  cro777: <Nicocobas: The final standings in the Spanish Team Competition tournament raised some questions>

As <waustad> pointed out, some tournaments have gone to performance rating to select board prizes.

According to performance rating, best players are:

Delchev 2854

Giri 2852

Dominguez Perez 2804

That would be my assessment too.

Nov-13-12  Nicocobas: <waustad> and <cro777> Thanks for the information. After reading about it ( I can see the merits of performance rating as a criterion for awarding board prizes.
Nov-13-12  Nicocobas: <cro777> Are player performance ratings for this tournament available online?
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  cro777: <Nicocobas> Just click on players' names in the list

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  cro777: The best individual result in the championship achieved Bulgarian GM Aleksander Delchev (2587) playing for the runner-up C.A. Solvay on board 3. Delchev scored 6/7 (5 wins and 2 draws) with the performance rating of 2854, earning 21.3 elo points.

Interestingly, in the last round Delchev won a theoretically drawn endgame against Armenian GM Ter-Sahakyan (2580).

Delchev - Ter Sahakyan. Position after 87.Re8

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In the diagram position only 87...Ra6 leads to a draw. Ter Sahakyan went astray by playing 87...Ra1? and lost the game. (Theoretically, after 87...Ra1 White wins in 24 moves).

Delchev vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2012

Delchev is the author of two books on opening theory: "The Safest Sicilian" (with Semko Semkov) and "The Safest Grunfeld" (with Evgenij Agrest).

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  cro777: Leinier Dominguez-Perez (5/7 on board 1) and Anish Giri (5/6 on board 3) were in excellent shape as well.

"Our team, Sestao Naturgas (from the city close to Bilbao) was clearly the favorite this year, with Dominguez, Vachier-Lagrave, Romain Edourad and Laurent Fressinet (the new player in the team, who was asked to complete the French trio for this season) and the Spanish players- Del Rio Angelis, Alfonso Romero, Mario Gomez and the fierce supporter Sergio Trigo. Our last year's nemesis Gros Xake Taldea lost some of its strength once Alexei Shirov left Spain, but still there were enough rivals for us and we never expected an easy life.

In team competition it's often important to have a strong leader and Leiner was one, beating a player after player with all kinds of colors. Already last year I noticed that Leiner was in the excellent shape in Spain.

I must be honest that I already started to miss those days when I was happy to look at the tournament table. At a very unexpected moment (right after my first school exam period was finished), our Spanish team won the National title and I managed to contribute on board three, with a sweet score of 5 out of 6." (Anish Giri)

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