|European Club Cup (2013)|
The 29th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held in the Congress Center of Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece, 20-26 October 2013. Fifty-three clubs took part, including defending champions SOCAR of Azerbaijan, which mustered Caruana, Radjabov, Topalov, Kamsky, Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Giri, and Safarli. Of the 372 players, 92 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. No draw offers before move 41. First prize: 9,600 euros. Tournament director: Nikolaos Kalesis. Chief arbiter: Sotiris Logothetis.
G-Team Novy Bor (Navara, Wojtaszek, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Hracek, Bartel, Cvek) won with 13/14 (+6 -0 =1), ahead of Russian Malachite (Grischuk, Karjakin, Morozevich, Shirov, Malakhov, Riazantsev, Motylev, Bologan) (12/14) and top seeds SOCAR (3rd on tiebreak with 11/14).
Previous: European Club Cup (2012). Next: European Club Cup (2014). Women's section: European Club Cup (Women) (2013)
| page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,080
|1. A G R Moen vs Topalov
||0-1||35||2013||European Club Cup||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|2. Kamsky vs O A Stubberud
||1-0||22||2013||European Club Cup||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|3. O Dolzhikova vs Mamedyarov
||0-1||48||2013||European Club Cup||B40 Sicilian|
|4. A Giri vs K Trygstad
|| ||1-0||44||2013||European Club Cup||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|5. M Persson vs E Safarli
|| ||0-1||41||2013||European Club Cup||B50 Sicilian|
|6. S Williams vs Karjakin
||0-1||31||2013||European Club Cup||D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|7. Morozevich vs H S Gretarsson
|| ||1-0||28||2013||European Club Cup||A04 Reti Opening|
|8. E Kirk vs V Malakhov
|| ||0-1||63||2013||European Club Cup||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|9. A Riazantsev vs A Stebbings
||1-0||22||2013||European Club Cup||B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|10. A Harakis vs Motylev
|| ||0-1||24||2013||European Club Cup||A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)|
|11. L Dominguez vs J Cox
|| ||1-0||26||2013||European Club Cup||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|12. M Ferguson vs Movsesian
||0-1||57||2013||European Club Cup||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|13. M Matlakov vs F Grafl
|| ||1-0||25||2013||European Club Cup||A96 Dutch, Classical Variation|
|14. T Chapman vs Efimenko
|| ||0-1||43||2013||European Club Cup||A04 Reti Opening|
|15. V Zvjaginsev vs C Dorrington
|| ||½-½||52||2013||European Club Cup||A17 English|
|16. I Lauterbach vs I Khairullin
|| ||0-1||38||2013||European Club Cup||A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6|
|17. Stefansson vs Jakovenko
|| ||½-½||33||2013||European Club Cup||E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation|
|18. Leko vs B Thorfinnsson
||1-0||33||2013||European Club Cup||C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense|
|19. D Kjartansson vs A Korobov
||0-1||40||2013||European Club Cup||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|20. Rublevsky vs S Sigurjonsson
|| ||1-0||41||2013||European Club Cup||C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line|
|21. G Runarsson vs D Khismatullin
|| ||0-1||28||2013||European Club Cup||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. A Pridorozhni vs S Ingason
|| ||1-0||52||2013||European Club Cup||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|23. Navara vs M Agopov
|| ||1-0||35||2013||European Club Cup||B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation|
|24. S Nyysti vs R Wojtaszek
|| ||0-1||35||2013||European Club Cup||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|25. V Laznicka vs F Valli
|| ||1-0||43||2013||European Club Cup||A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System|
| page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,080
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|Oct-25-13|| ||SirRuthless: <spysfi> Nakamura barely escaped Papaioannou's grip today. He was more than happy to take the draw by repetition. |
In other news SOCAR was brutalized by Novy Bor today. Navara's endgame technique vs Caruana was something to see. Kamsky and Topalov also lost to Laznicka and Wojtaszek respectively in bloody fighting games. Czech will be celebrating tonight.
|Oct-25-13|| ||notyetagm: <SirRuthless: ... <<<In other news SOCAR was brutalized by Novy Bor today.>>> Navara's endgame technique vs Caruana was something to see. Kamsky and Topalov also lost to Laznicka and Wojtaszek respectively in bloody fighting games. Czech will be celebrating tonight.>|
Unbelievable: SOCAR'S top 3 boards (Caruana, Kamsky, Topalov) all lost(!!!) on the same day!
|Oct-25-13|| ||csmath: Navara's win is an opening and ending jewel. Topalov's loss was shooting himself in the foot with a loaded gun. Kamsky's game is also far from exceptional in any way.
Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments but his opponent was happy to get a draw.|
|Oct-25-13|| ||PhilFeeley: It's certainly not a walkover for SOCAR. Some wild games should keep the commentators busy for months. I expect Daniel King, Mato, and the folks over at Chessbase magazine to have fun with these games.|
|Oct-25-13|| ||iamsheaf: Radoslaw is playing superb chess, if you look at this games.. he beat topalov and he had a very good position against Carlsen. He also scored a full point against Topalov's second..Seems like his association with Anand has really improved his play.|
|Oct-26-13|| ||offramp: In East London the Kray twins used to sellotape coffee tables to people's heads.|
|Oct-26-13|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: more notorious than the Krays were the Piranha Brothers. Volkmar Dinstuhl was frightened though of a 20 foot hedgehog called Spiny Norman.
|Oct-26-13|| ||csmath: Domingues-Topalov game today is a fine ending save by Topalov. Grischuk has beaten Jobava in a highly complex and original "Dragon/Closed" Sicilian hybrid littered with errors by both. Very unusual game, Jobava played in Morozevich style but not good at all. Karjakin played yet another very disciplined Rossolimo and killed Cheparinov in superior ending with outside passer.|
Caruana just barely saved the game with Svidler, I think he was lost earlier but they have now theoretical draw.
|Oct-26-13|| ||csmath: Caruana-Svidler game is worth analyzing, it is one very interesting ending, Peter probably missed something but the bishop ending was a draw all the way.|
Caruana saved the game with a lot of effort.
|Oct-26-13|| ||Calar: Novy Bor (Navara, Wojtaszek, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Hracek, Bartel, Cvek) won the event.|
|Oct-26-13|| ||SirRuthless: G-Team Novy Bor Congratulations. I like to see a team of mostly homegrown players win. I enjoyed Navara's games the most. |
In other news Grishuk claws way back to world number 5 on the live list
Nakamura to number 4
Caruana to number 6. This will carry over to the November FIDE list. The 3 wild card candidates are literally on top of each other. I think this will help Grischuk's case.
Caruana did not have a great event finishing at -1 but it could have been much worse if not for his endgame skills. He needs to take a break. He can recharge and then play well in the ETC in November. Nakamura had a lackluster event but at least he got Svidler and finished +2.
|Oct-26-13|| ||Vincenze: What's going on with Topalov and Caruana?|
|Oct-26-13|| ||Vincenze: Radoslaw Wojtaszek is a 2700+ player. Don't be too surprised this happens occasionally. Caruana v 2700+ Navara and Moro v once 2700+ Laznicka.|
There is such a wedge of heavyweight talent just under the icing.
|Oct-26-13|| ||badest: <csmath: Navara's win is an opening and ending jewel. Topalov's loss was shooting himself in the foot with a loaded gun. Kamsky's game is also far from exceptional in any way. Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments but his opponent was happy to get a draw.> I don't think Topa will lose sleep over that loss. I have a feeling it was a must win game for him, in order for SOCAR not to lose the match (Kamsky was already in a very unpleasant position and so was Caruana). |
PS I am not saying this to belittle Radoslaw's achievement. He played a solid game.
|Oct-26-13|| ||waustad: It looks like the Norwegians may have a decision to make between Agdestein and Hammer for second board in the next Olympics. +3 here after some other good results this summer make him a viable choice.|
|Oct-26-13|| ||SirRuthless: Adgestein impressed me in this event from the first game. He found some very nice moves to save the draw vs Caruana in round 1. His performance rating must have been deep in the 2700s. Why is he so underrated?|
|Oct-26-13|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: the problem is Agdestein is more or less retired. His tourney/match play is similar to Luke McShane.|
|Oct-26-13|| ||spysfi: Some nice pics from Rhodes ecc 2013:
|Oct-26-13|| ||HeMateMe: ^^Nice photos, dude.|
|Oct-27-13|| ||PhilFeeley: Only 7 rounds? Ended too early!
The results above don't match the board prizes:
Check out the women, too. All the board prizes went to Monte Carlo.
|Oct-27-13|| ||waustad: <the problem is Agdestein is more or less retired> He mentioned that he was going to be playing more to prepare for the Olympiad and so far it has worked out quite well. Jon Ludwig Hammer has been a part timer too since he is in college and mostly plays during breaks.|
|Oct-27-13|| ||waustad: In a couple of weeks many of these teammates will be opponents and vice versa in Poland.|
|Oct-27-13|| ||Jason Frost: Deserving win by Novy Bor. Malachite and SOCAR lost only 3 games total, but in both cases they were in costly situations, with SOCAR losing all 3 vs Novy Bor.|
|Oct-29-13|| ||Starkraven: Oct-25-13 <> csmath: Nakumara did some of his bizzare "early queen" opening experiments <>|
One "z" two "r's" thks, /csmath/... you're velcome..
|Nov-20-13|| ||WTHarvey: Here is a collection of 71 critical positions from the men's and women's sections: http://www.scribd.com/doc/185681914...|
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