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European Club Cup (Women) Tournament

Humpy Koneru6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Anna Muzychuk5/6(+5 -1 =0)[games]
Yifan Hou5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Olga Girya5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Pia Cramling5/6(+4 -0 =2)[games]
Ekaterina Valentinovna Kovalevskaya4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Natalia Zhukova4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Elina Danielian4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Irina Bulmaga4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Natalia Pogonina4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Alina L'Ami4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Dominyka Batkovskyte4/6(+4 -2 =0)[games]
Lela Javakhishvili4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Jovana Rapport3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Inna Gaponenko3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Salomeja Zaksaite3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Olga Zimina3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
Anastasia Savina3/3(+3 -0 =0)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Dronavalli Harika3/6(+0 -0 =6)[games]
Marina Romanko Nechaeva3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Almira Fyodorovna Skripchenko2.5/3(+2 -0 =1)[games]
Sandra Djukic2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Deimante Daulyte-Cornette2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]
Baira Kovanova2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Anna Ushenina2.5/6(+0 -1 =5)[games]
(48 players total; 19 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (Women) (2013)

The 18th European Club Cup for Women was a 7-round Swiss team tournament held in Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece, 20-26 October 2013, with the participation of eleven clubs from nine countries, including defending champions Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo which mustered Yifan Hou, Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Cramling and Skripchenko. Of the 48 players, 12 were GMs and 9 IMs. The matches were 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. No draw offers before move 41. First prize: 8,000 euros. Organizers: European Chess Union and the Ippotis Rhodes chess club. Tournament director: Nikolaos Kalesis. Chief arbiter: Sotiris Logothetis.

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo crushed the opposition and won again with 14/14, ahead of Ugra (Ushenina, Pogonina, Kovanova, Romanko, Shadrina) with 10/14 and SHSM Nashe Nasledie (Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kovalevskaya, Girya, Savina) in 3rd place on tiebreak with 9/14.


Previous: European Club Cup (Women) (2012). Next: European Club Cup (Women) (2014). Open section: European Club Cup (2013)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Paulauskaite vs L Javakhishvili  0-1122013European Club Cup (Women)B30 Sicilian
2. D Harika vs D Daulyte-Cornette  ½-½742013European Club Cup (Women)A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
3. S Zaksaite vs L Mkrtchian  ½-½292013European Club Cup (Women)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
4. E Danielian vs D Batkovskyte  1-0452013European Club Cup (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. O Zimina vs Lagno  0-1472013European Club Cup (Women)A09 Reti Opening
6. V Cmilyte vs M Brunello 1-0322013European Club Cup (Women)A12 English with b3
7. T Gueci vs I Bulmaga  ½-½672013European Club Cup (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. A L'Ami vs E Di Primio  1-0272013European Club Cup (Women)A80 Dutch
9. B Kovanova vs S Jacimovic  1-0352013European Club Cup (Women)C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. I Plivcevic vs T Shadrina 0-1222013European Club Cup (Women)A13 English
11. A Savina vs J Eric  1-0292013European Club Cup (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. M Rakic vs O Girya  ½-½412013European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. E V Kovalevskaya vs J Rapport  ½-½682013European Club Cup (Women)A14 English
14. Yifan Hou vs N Bojkovic  1-0312013European Club Cup (Women)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. I Gaponenko vs Koneru 0-1472013European Club Cup (Women)B40 Sicilian
16. A Muzychuk vs I Chelushkina  1-0332013European Club Cup (Women)C13 French
17. L Drljevic vs P Cramling  0-1272013European Club Cup (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. N Zhukova vs V Gunina 1-0392013European Club Cup (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. J Novkovic vs N Zhukova 0-1222013European Club Cup (Women)C01 French, Exchange
20. D Batkovskyte vs Andjelija Stojanovic  1-0442013European Club Cup (Women)E75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
21. M Horvath vs M Rakic  0-1452013European Club Cup (Women)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
22. Kosteniuk vs O Zimina  1-0472013European Club Cup (Women)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. M Brunello vs E V Kovalevskaya  0-1462013European Club Cup (Women)B58 Sicilian
24. I Chelushkina vs G Paulauskaite  1-0352013European Club Cup (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. I Gaponenko vs S Zaksaite  1-0282013European Club Cup (Women)B30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-20-13  waustad: Thanks! It was an easy day for Natalia P. and Anna U. as Stefana Milutinovic and Elena Boric were no shows. Boric has a history of this since she didn't make it to 2 rounds at the Vienna Chess Ladies tournament. I don't know if they were late or just didn't really plan on showing up. I got the name Stefana Milutinovic from chessbomb, but she isn't even mentioned on the chess-results list of players. With an odd number of teams, somebody will get a bye each round. The Austrian team ASVOE Pamhagen got the first one.
Oct-21-13  virginmind: Good start for the Romanian team Politehnica Iasi ('Antibiotice' was recently included in its name, as a local sponsor). Good luck against Ugra! - Natalia please don't go too hard against your opponent today ;)

Yifan and Koneru team mates in a European that's what I call globalization :)

Oct-21-13  waustad: Tomorrow is Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo vs Ugra. That could decide who wins it all, though there are several other teams that could have a say in that. As far as board prizes go, how does having no shows affect that? Do they use points, percent of performance rating? There have already been 3 in the tournament, though the first round against Ugra may be all that matters since they were all by bottom ranking teams and they aren't likely to play the top later in a Swiss, even this small a Swiss.
Oct-22-13  Blunderdome: Wooooo, rooting for World Champion Hou Yifan here!
Oct-22-13  Blunderdome: (Yes, I know it's actually a team event.)
Oct-22-13  waustad: <blunder>I'm a fan of some people in Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo too, but I keep thinking it is a little too much like rooting for the Yankees. I am still a fan of Pia Cramling and have been since she was the teen on the cover of Chess Life over 30 years ago. Since then I've followed her games and am very interested in what she has done, particularly in the Sicilian.
Oct-22-13  waustad: I did not expect a sweep. Wow.
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  Natalia Pogonina: One for all, all for one :)
Oct-23-13  Calar: Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo is very close to winning this. They're comprised of 3 highest rated women players at the time (barring J. Polgar) - Yifan Hou, Koneru and A. Muzychuk, with Cramling and Skripchenko rounding out the team.

Monte Carlo has already played, and won against most of their strongest rivals - Mika Chess Club, Ugra and SHSM Nashe Nasledie. Tomorrow, they face last strong obstacle to securing the title - CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi headed by K. Lahno.

I'm expecting very suspenseful fight for 2nd place, though. Perhaps Russian champion Ugra (Ushenina, Pogonina, Kovanova, Romanko, Shadrina) has the best chance, although they've yet to play another strong Russian team Nashe Nasledie (Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kovalevskaya, Girya, Savina). Their encounter is on next round.

Oct-23-13  waustad: I'm a little confused about ASVOE Pamhagen, where they seem to be playing with 3 players where their strongest is obviously their coach, who isn't playing. I'm sure there is a story there that most of us will never hear.
Oct-24-13  virginmind: Irina Bulmaga (born 1993) is on 3.4/4 points, along with Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru. In the 5th round Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi will face Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo and I hope they will offer good fighting chess.
Oct-24-13  waustad: OK, here's the story. I'm posting it in German because the alternative is a machine translated version: Im Damenbewerb ist Pamhagen in der ersten Runde spielfrei und bekommt dafür einen Mannschaftspunkt. Da leider Eva Moser kurzfristig erkrankte und zu Hause bleiben musste, rutschte das Team in der Setzliste auf den letzten Platz. Damenreferentin Andrea Schmidbauer ist kurzentschlossen nachgereist. Daher konnten die Burgenländerinnen bei ihrem ersten Einsatz gestern vollzählig antreten.

Here is a link to the original source:

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  Natalia Pogonina: Deja vu feeling: this is the ECC, not Russian Superfinal, but the faces (or back, in my case) are familiar :)

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  Paint My Dragon: <Natalia> Nice photo! Away from the board, Valentina Gunina always appears to be happy and smiling. Is this her way? Can you tell us something about her? I would say she probably gets least coverage of all the top Russian chess players.
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  HeMateMe: When will see the clash of the titans, Hou/Koneru?
Oct-25-13  waustad: Dominyka Batkovskyte continues her string of decisive games. This time getting outplayed in the endgame by Pia Cramling. Sometimes the extra 30 years of experience helps.
Oct-26-13  waustad: The down side for a small Swiss is the kinds of matchups we see in the final round. The top 2 teams have already played all of the other strong teams so they are playing bottom enders.
Oct-28-13  weisyschwarz: Wow! What a barn-burner!
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  WTHarvey: Here is a collection of 71 critical positions from the men's and women's sections:

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