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🏆 European Club Cup (2014)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Hao Wang, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Loek van Wely, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, David Anton Guijarro, Romain Edouard, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Igor Lysyj, Markus Ragger, Bassem Amin, Daniil Dubov, Kiril Georgiev, Eltaj Safarli, Vladimir Potkin, Christian Bauer, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Evgeny Postny, Vladislav Kovalev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Gadir Guseinov, Nijat Abasov, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Robin van Kampen, Pavel Tregubov, Sandipan Chanda, Erwin L'Ami, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Zbynek Hracek, Eduardas Rozentalis, Friso Nijboer, Ildar Ibragimov, Simen Agdestein, Vasif Durarbayli, Andrey Zhigalko, Nidjat Mamedov, Yannick Pelletier, Matthieu Cornette, Daniele Vocaturo, Evgenij Agrest, Falko Bindrich, Alexander Huzman, Mads Andersen, Igor Glek, Sarunas Sulskis, Zoltan Varga, Alon Greenfeld, Robert Ruck, Danyyil Dvirnyy, Erik Blomqvist, Alexander Naumann, Felix Levin, Vugar Rasulov, Salvador del Rio de Angelis, Elizbar Ubilava, Jonathan Westerberg, Leon Mons, Ulvi Bajarani, Manuel Bosboom plus 155 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2014)

The 30th European Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss team tournament played at Euskalduna Congress Centre in Bilbao, Spain, 14-20 September 2014, at exactly the same time as Bilbao Masters (2014). Fifty-two clubs and 367 players took part, including defending champions G-Team Novy Bor (Czech Republic), which mustered Wojtaszek, Navara, Harikrishna, Laznicka, Sasikiran and Hracek. 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 per move from move one. Tournament director: Dirk de Ridder. Chief arbiter: Josu Mena.

SOCAR of Azerbaijan (Giri, Korobov, Wang Hao, Topalov, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Safarli, Adams) won with 14/14, ahead of G-Team Novy Bor (2nd with 12/14) and Russian Malakhite (Karjakin, Grischuk, et al., 3rd with 11/14).


Previous event: European Club Cup (2013). Next: European Club Cup (2015). Women's section: European Club Cup (Women) (2014)

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 434  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs E Agrest  ½-½352014European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. B Lindberg vs Giri  0-1792014European Club CupD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Radjabov vs J Westerberg  1-0562014European Club CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. R Sagit vs H Wang  0-1562014European Club CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. A Korobov vs A Grandell  1-0372014European Club CupA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
6. E Vaarala vs E Safarli  0-1352014European Club CupA22 English
7. Glek vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1702014European Club CupB53 Sicilian
8. Bacrot vs J Fluvia Poyatos  1-0442014European Club CupD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
9. A Kalka vs Fressinet 0-1402014European Club CupE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. K Georgiev vs N Coenen  1-0632014European Club CupD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. R Meessen vs Vocaturo 0-1342014European Club CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. D Dvirnyy vs M Ahn  1-0652014European Club CupE61 King's Indian
13. Grischuk vs Nijboer  1-0342014European Club CupA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. M Bosboom vs Leko 1-0262014European Club CupA14 English
15. Shirov vs H Vedder 1-0482014European Club CupC11 French
16. Z Peng vs V Malakhov 0-1492014European Club CupB06 Robatsch
17. Motylev vs H Vedder  1-0382014European Club CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
18. D de Graaf vs I Lysyj  0-1252014European Club CupC52 Evans Gambit
19. L Mons vs Svidler 0-1352014European Club CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Vitiugov vs J Geske  ½-½402014European Club CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. C Schramm vs Movsesian 1-0332014European Club CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. M Matlakov vs A Seyb  ½-½392014European Club CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. A Durakovic vs Efimenko  0-1312014European Club CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Khairullin vs M Pflug  1-0282014European Club CupA81 Dutch
25. Navara vs J Broekmeulen 1-0252014European Club CupB07 Pirc
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Sep-19-14  Appaz: Uh, weren't the Chinese supposed to be the the next big thing?

Nice ordering, though.

Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <Appaz> Yes, it is. Check out AliBaba's stock performance, today.
Sep-19-14  fisayo123: Speaking of Chinese players, pretty epic king walk in Hao vs Bologan. Very creative.

Wang Hao vs Bologan, 2014

Sep-19-14  Everett: <Sep-19-14
member waustad: From looking at the video, the chairs they are using look a lot like one of the reasons I quit playing tournaments. I'd probably be in traction after sitting on one of them for 5 or 6 hours.>

Does sitting anywhere for 5-6 hours feel alright?

Sep-19-14  Wavy: While Giri has played on two major tournaments (Olympiad and ECC), his main rival, Wesley So, didn't have any games during those times. They could have been neck and neck in the ratings had he been playing like Giri does. Anyway, Wesley will be a great addition to the American team soon!
Sep-20-14  achieve: If Wesley So had played in those competitions he might easily have lost points, you never know, especially if you do not play in them.

Giri played the Spanish Honor Division Team Championship, in Linares btw, and currently the ECCC is on the menu. SOCAR won that, with Giri on 4th board.

Sep-20-14  achieve: Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, MVL, Giri, So, Ding liren, perhaps Richard Rapport, still very young, but that is the group born 1990 or later to challenge to take top (10) spots over the next few years, 5 of those in fact already top 10 on the live list. The excitement is palpable. Gelfand will probably still be playing and giving the young guns a run for their money when he is 63. Wang Hao belongs in the Top 10 as well imo, but my opinion doesn't get him any rating points, clearly.
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: Fab gonna teach carjack how to really steal some cars: "Crooklyn style."
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Fab's results (as of late) since the Olympiad:

16 wins / 1 loss / 7 draws.

The loss was to Carlsen at the Olympiad.

Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: To the uninitiated, Fab-Kar may not look like much. You know the way a dog bites on a bone? The dog savers the bone. It keeps biting until all the hidden flavors and insides are extracted until there is nothing left! That's how Fischer and Capablanca worked a position. Sometimes the littlest things can turn into a win.
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: The game is like a tug-of-war game with the d6 pawn in the middle.
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: Looks like slim pickings; however the knight is better than the B and perhaps Fab can stir-up trouble on the K-side
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: I wonder if Fab's king can make a difference the way it did in his game vs Shark or more importantly the way Alekhine's did against Yates from 1922; it's a crazy idea but sometimes you need to crack eggs with your head:)
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: Some mistakes could be being made but you gotta applaud the fighting spirit of both players. They both want to let the other know who the boss is.
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: OMG! Fab must be careful or he will get HIJACKED.
Sep-20-14  Strongest Force: It's a dead draw but inertia keeps them playing.
Sep-20-14  fgh: Final standings:

Sep-20-14  makaveli52: SOCAR was so stacked they got individual medals on every board except 8 (I guess Safali did not play) including four golds.
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  PawnSac: Well Fab's live rating is now 2843.5 (+42.5). What was it after Sinquefield? 2836? (like +35) or something like that?
He's picked up a few more points for the OCT FIDE rating list.
Sep-21-14  HSOL: Browsing, apparently Topalov is very close to breaking the 2800 barrier, currently at 2799.5 and at #3 having had the best performance rating of all in the European Club Cup (2922) and if I recall correctly he also had the best performance rating in the Olympiad. Add to that Anand's win in Bilbao and Adams also close to reentering the top 10. => It's not all doom and gloom for the veterans.
Sep-21-14  muradov: Congrats to SOCAR Azerbaijan, what a performance!
Sep-21-14  Everett: Caruana is in a groove now. Excellent. If he can keep it up, that will be something. How long has Carlsen been the #1?
Sep-22-14  waustad: <<I'd probably be in traction after sitting on one of them for 5 or 6 hours.> Does sitting anywhere for 5-6 hours feel alright?> No but with a narrow slat across the back that gets right where my scoliosis/slipped disc happens can make it really painful. Strangely enough, I baby that so much that my usual back pain now is usually lower. There are a lot of things I don't do anymore, like volleyball. I remember one day picking my head up by my hair so I could turn over so to get up and teach a class. I didn't have a lot of respect for students copping pleas for minor things that quarter. One professor saw my face while sitting through a class and told me to leave and go to the health center.
Sep-22-14  waustad: A nice result that many wouldn't notice is Georg Froewis going +3, which is a fine result for the IM from Vorarlberg.
Sep-25-14  Everett: <waustad> you need z-health, my friend.
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