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🏆 European Club Cup (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Nikita Vitiugov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Anton Korobov, Krishnan Sasikiran, Denis Khismatullin, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Eltaj Safarli, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Michael Roiz, Mateusz Bartel, Evgeny Postny, Gadir Guseinov, Nijat Abasov, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Popov, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Maxime Lagarde, Alexey Goganov, Hrvoje Stevic, Aryan Tari, Levente Vajda, Victor Mikhalevski, Nidjat Mamedov, Alberto David, Mladen Palac, Sabino Brunello, Azer Mirzoev, Daniele Vocaturo, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Alexander Huzman, Zoltan Varga, Alon Greenfeld, Dennis Wagner, Hedinn Steingrimsson, Vahap Sanal, Danyyil Dvirnyy, Vugar Asadli, Nenad Sulava, Leif Erlend Johannessen, Adrien Demuth, Aloyzas Kveinys, Peter K Wells, Toms Kantans, Jan Michael Sprenger, Attila Czebe, Filip Pancevski, Darius Zagorskis, Vlad-Victor Barnaure, Marko Tratar, Roberto Mogranzini, Alessio Valsecchi, Casper Schoppen, Stellan Brynell, Ulvi Sadikhov, Albert Bokros, Miklos Nemeth, Tiberiu-Marian Georgescu, G Petar Arnaudov, Olav Sepp, Lorenzo Lodici, Valery Kazakouski, Eduard-Andrei Valeanu, Tamas Petenyi, Arthur Pijpers, Mihnea Costachi, Edwin van Haastert, Nikola Nikolovski, Umut Atakisi, Orce Danchevski, Eelke Wiersma, Jacob Sylvan plus 146 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2017)

The 33rd European Chess Club Cup was a 7-round Swiss system team tournament held in the Avantgarde Hotel, Göynük, Antalya Province, Turkey, 8-14 October 2017. 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 1. Standings were determined by match points (2-1-0). Each match was played on six boards, and each team could have two reserve players. There were 36 teams and 255 players. Alkaloid (Macedonia) were the defending champions, while Globus (Russia) were the top seeds. Tournament director: Ozgur Solakoglu. Chief arbiter: Tugan Unal.

Globus won with a score of 12/14 (+5 =2 -0), one point ahead of Alkaloid, Odlar Yurdu (Azerbaijan) and AVE Novı Bor (Czech Republic). Odlar Yurdu led by a point before the last round, but lost 2.5-3.5 in their final match against Novı Bor.

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Previous: European Club Cup (2016). Next: European Club Cup (2018). Women's section: European Club Cup (Women) (2017)

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 754  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N C Aleksic vs M Palac ½-½432017European Club CupA09 Reti Opening
2. K Delaney vs A Pijpers  ½-½332017European Club CupC03 French, Tarrasch
3. E van Haastert vs C Jackson ½-½572017European Club CupB30 Sicilian
4. E O'Connor vs C Schoppen  0-1342017European Club CupD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. E Wiersma vs J McMorrow  ½-½322017European Club CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Pierre-Adelin Mercier vs M Roobol  1-0402017European Club CupB06 Robatsch
7. M Costachi vs T Kantans  1-0372017European Club CupD90 Grunfeld
8. A Kveinys vs E Valeanu 0-1302017European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. A Fox vs L Rogule  0-1432017European Club CupA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Anna Kantane vs J Heinrich 1-0422017European Club CupB33 Sicilian
11. B Thee vs E Lavendelis  0-1282017European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. R Reimanis vs C Egan  1-0512017European Club CupA43 Old Benoni
13. J Sprenger vs S Jessel  1-0282017European Club CupC11 French
14. A Csonka vs A Mahmuti 1-0672017European Club CupC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Endrit Uruci vs Z Varga 0-1252017European Club CupC41 Philidor Defense
16. N Sulava vs D Draskovic  1-0282017European Club CupA05 Reti Opening
17. D Vocaturo vs N Mamedov  ½-½442017European Club CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. V Asadli vs A David  0-1462017European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Brunello vs Ugur Doga Yazici  ½-½462017European Club CupD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
20. Mahmut Yuksel vs D Dvirnyy  0-1522017European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. A Valsecchi vs A Oksuz  1-0552017European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
22. Ibrahim Yuksel vs R Mogranzini  0-1272017European Club CupB32 Sicilian
23. A Budima vs T Petenyi  0-11072017European Club CupB06 Robatsch
24. M Nemeth vs G Hamiti  1-0332017European Club CupC55 Two Knights Defense
25. S Salihu vs A Bokros  0-1472017European Club CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Oct-13-17  PhilFeeley: Globus should have won at least one of their games, but they were all draws. Are they starting to fade? Losing their enthusiasm for this event? Their 6th round pairing should be even more difficult.
Oct-13-17  PhilFeeley: More draws on the top boards today.
Oct-13-17  PhilFeeley: I take that back. Not looking good for white on board 6.
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  Sokrates: Thanks for the response, <AK>. Appreciated!
Oct-13-17  ajile: Seems to be an increase in Black openings featuring the Pirc-Robatsch-Modern complexes. With decent results for Black which is interesting.

Alternatively other secondary favorites (mine) like Benoni-Dutch and QID seem to be less popular and less effective.

: /

Oct-13-17  BOSTER: < Sokrates>:<whether MVL will become a participant or not>. If we look at a GP series of four chess tour as a game, I'd say that MVL and Radjabov have a good pos, because they are still in the game.
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  nok: even Naka has a chance, provided Carlsen doesn't play and his rivals bomb.
Oct-14-17  PhilFeeley: Final round: Kramnik gets Inarkiev. Globus will have a hard time winning this overall, especially if Odlar Yurdu does well against AVE Novı Bor. If Globus wins and Odlar Yurdu loses, then Globus wins the event. But if Odlar Yurdu ties, then they tie Globus for the overall ranking. I don't know who wins then.
Oct-14-17  PhilFeeley: BTW, they haven't met frequently, but still:

<Classical games: Vladimir Kramnik beat Ernesto Inarkiev 3 to 0. Including rapid/exhibition games: Vladimir Kramnik beat Ernesto Inarkiev 4 to 0, with 1 draw. Only rapid/exhibition games: Vladimir Kramnik beat Ernesto Inarkiev 1 to 0, with 1 draw.>

Oct-14-17  PhilFeeley: Drawish opening, the English. Maybe Kramnik is tired of the whole thing.
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  Sokrates: Thanks, <BOSTER>. I'd say a candidate without MVL wouldn't be right. He is one of the very VERY few who could muster a tough challenge for the Norwegian, perhaps even THE one with the best prospects. In comparison with his competitors I am not sure he is the best - Aronian, Caruana, So, Mamedyarov etc. are equally strong on a good day, but relatively to Carlsen, I think he may be the fittest.

Gentlemen, what is your opinion?

Oct-14-17  Schwartz: Aronian or Caruana looks like a fun match. MVL, Kramnik, Ivanchuk also could be good matches.
Oct-14-17  jphamlore: Where did Karjakin go wrong as Black defending a Nimzo-Indian versus Grachev? Is he already in big trouble once the rooks get exchanged off and he's left with bishop and knight versus the two bishops?
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  whiteshark: <jphamlore> check COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME B Grachev vs Karjakin, 2017 ;)
Oct-15-17  LameJokes55: <Sokrates:Gentlemen, what is your opinion?>

I agree with you about MVL. He is a player with all-round capabilities. He has risen and stayed into top 5. He is one of those, who can give Carlsen a run for his money.

The trouble is, his qualification is not certain for the candidates.

Among Shak, Grischuk, MVL and Radjabov; only two can qualify. The first three are my favorite players. I don't mind any two of them getting through.

However, no one would begrudge Radjabov his place if gets through on merit.

Candidates is one hell of a tough tournament. I hope, whoever gets through makes World Championship a riveting and captivating spectacle.

Oct-15-17  sonia91: Podium:

1. Globus, RUS
2. Alkaloid, MKD (2016 champions)
3. Odlar Yurdu, AZE

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  HeMateMe: I love this photo


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  Sokrates: Thanks, <sonia91> for the result. Which, I am sorry to say, cannot ignite my enthusiasm, since neither of these club names form an identity in my mind. My bad but am I the only one who cannot get exited by club chess tournaments?
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  WorstPlayerEver: Mercenaries.
Oct-18-17  SandyJames: Hi friends, can anyone link me to a recent game by Aronian where he played Rh4 early in the opening and won. Thank you!
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  moronovich: <SandyJames: Hi friends, can anyone link me to a recent game by Aronian where he played Rh4 early in the opening and won. Thank you!>

It was Aronian-Nepomniachtchi,St Louis 2017.

Oct-18-17  SandyJames: Thank you,
Oct-18-17  BOSTER: Aronian with Rh4 in game Aronian vs Navara.2017.
Oct-20-17  Weeping Warrior: Who Is Globus, And where's His Games Located? I'm Either Blind Or I'm Missing Something, Like My Brain Lol.
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  beatgiant: <Weeping Warrior> <Who Is Globus; And where's His Games Located?> In case you weren't kidding, Globus is the name of one of the teams. For more details, follow the link
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