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🏆 European Team Championship (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Zoltan Almasi, Laurent Fressinet, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Beliavsky, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ivan Sokolov, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Romain Edouard, Gabriel Sargissian, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Markus Ragger, Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov, Daniil Dubov, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, David Anton Guijarro, Christian Bauer, Martyn Kravtsiv, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, Tigran Gharamian, Gawain Jones, Vladislav Kovalev, Robert Markus, Oleg Korneev, Georg Meier, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Gadir Guseinov, Kacper Piorun, Ivan Ivanisevic, Luka Lenic, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Ioannis Papaioannou, Erwin L'Ami, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Aleksandar Indjic, Matthias Bluebaum, Hristos Banikas, Dragan Solak, Milos Perunovic, Mustafa Yilmaz, Jorden van Foreest, Benjamin Bok, Hrvoje Stevic, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Aryan Tari, Sebastien Maze, Marin Bosiocic, Jacek Tomczak, Yannick Pelletier, Dmitry Svetushkin, Hovhannes Gabuzyan, Lubomir Ftacnik, Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Sabino Brunello, Daniele Vocaturo, Dusko Pavasovic, Nikola Sedlak, Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez, Jiri Stocek, Sebastian Bogner, Emre Can plus 97 more players. Chess Event Description
European Team Championship (2017)

The 21st European Team Championship was held in Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece from October 28 to November 6, 2017 as a 9-round Swiss System tournament. Rest day: November 2. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Tournament director: Nikolaos Kalesis. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Second seeds Azerbaijan recovered from a first-round loss against Italy to win the championship with a score of 14/18 (+6 -1 =2), edging out top seeds Russia on the first tie-break criterion. Ukraine placed third and Croatia fourth, a point behind the leading teams. Rauf Mamedov scored 8/9 on Azerbaijan's fourth board for a performance rating of 2920.

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Previous: European Team Championship (2015). Next: European Team Championship (2019). Women's section: European Team Championship (Women) (2017).

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Nevednichy vs J I M Grant  1-0572017European Team ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
2. D Jojua vs D Stojanovski  1-0472017European Team ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. N Nikolovski vs L Paichadze  0-1352017European Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. J Ferreira vs M Bosiocic 0-1342017European Team ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. H Stevic vs A Fernandes  ½-½332017European Team ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Andre Ventura Sousa vs A Jankovic  1-0382017European Team ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. S Martinovic vs Luis Neves Da Silva 1-0312017European Team ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. D Anton Guijarro vs H Ziska  ½-½452017European Team ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. H E Nielsen vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½312017European Team ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. T Nedev vs L Pantsulaia  0-1452017European Team ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. M Mchedlishvili vs F Pancevski  0-1482017European Team ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. Navara vs A S Rasmussen 1-0412017European Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. J S Thybo vs Hracek  ½-½342017European Team ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. J Stocek vs B M Ochsner 1-0572017European Team ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
15. S Naoum vs H Banikas  0-1632017European Team ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. T Nyback vs R Edouard  0-1582017European Team ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. C Bauer vs M Karttunen  1-0492017European Team ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. D Ebeling vs T Gharamian  ½-½562017European Team ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
19. S Maze vs V Sipila  1-0602017European Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. J M Lopez Martinez vs R E Nielsen  1-0362017European Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. J Rodgaard vs O Korneev  0-1412017European Team ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Ermeni vs V Sanal  0-1462017European Team ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Yilmazyerli vs B Sadiku 1-0282017European Team ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
24. I Papaioannou vs P Hristodoulou  1-0392017European Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. D Mastrovasilis vs K Anagnostopoulos  1-0382017European Team ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-03-17  frogbert: <Most top players aren't doing very well.>

Yeah, if one totally disregards the opposition each player is facing, that's a fair assessment. ;)

All of Navara, Giri and Mamedyarov have solid 2800+ performances so far, and most of the other top players have high 2700-performances, more or less as expected.

On a similar note: I'm outperforming everyone in this tournament, judging from my perfect 5/5 in my local club's championship. :D

Nov-03-17  LameJokes55: Leko: I am happy to get a perfect result for the perfect man.

But I canít help but feel sorry for you. Youíre my close buddy. You missed out on Ďwild cardí.

Giri: Thatís alright. I feel sorry myself. But look at the sunny side. Itís another Ďpalí of ours, who got the same.

Nov-03-17  Marmot PFL: #2 in the world plays exchange sacrifice vs #3.
Nov-03-17  not not: Kramnik said he would try to repeat Giri's feat at Candidates by drawing all his games!
Nov-03-17  not not: Giri and Leko played an exibition game starting from bare kings and adding extra pieces until the starting chess position would appear...
Nov-03-17  not not: "I was utterly disappointed when Leko offered me a draw. I said to him: How could you? You beat me to it!" Anish Giri "Ways of drawmaster"
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  beatgiant: <not not>
With respect, I think you should stop spamming the forum with the Giri drawmaster jokes - and I'm far from the first kibitzer to suggest this.
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  Pedro Fernandez: Well <not not>, why do Peter did that? "Vejentud"? Who knows! Greetings.
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  Pedro Fernandez: Conjecturing that Caruana could be the next challenger, he there is not chance vs Carl. Who else? There is not! At less eight-ten years!
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  PhilFeeley: Short seems to be in trouble again.
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  PhilFeeley: Re: Short - I guess the eval at early stages cannot be trusted unless someone actually blunders a piece.
Nov-04-17  not not: Pedro, Carlsen invincibility is a myth like that of Capablanca. If one's psychology is right, if his opponent is not beaten before the game starts, any top 10 player has got a chance. Giri puts an enourmous resistance everytime he is lost vs Carlsen and still gets away with a draw (jokes aside). The rest of pack seemes timid and subdue just thinking about facing WCC.
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  HeMateMe: it wasn't a myth in new York last year. Karjakin was not afraid, he even briefly led, then was snuffed out by someone with superior talent.
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  PhilFeeley: <most of the other top players have high 2700-performances> However, most are losing ratings points.

But it's good to see some others doing very well. Rauf Mamedov, for instance, with a 2958 Rp. Leko (yes, Leko!) 2794 Rp, Ragger, 2709, Plat, 2718, Anton Guijarro, 2705, Banikas, 2798(!), Nevednichy, 2741, Lupulescu, 2710, Saric, 2720, Gharamian, 2716, Maze, 2745, Van Foreest, 2721, Svane, 2707, Rodshtein, 2748 (he was close anyway), Erdos, 2784, Dubov, 2704.

I know these big tournaments are great for these kinds of performances. I expect the same from the olympiad next year.

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  brankat: "Superior talent" should have materialized during Classic games. But, it didn't.
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  Pedro Fernandez: <not not> look at eg. <HMM> thread, however, obviously, I respect your conjecture, but IMO you will see how his opponent will be crushed more ease than ever, I think so my great friend. Alekhine (IMHO stronger than Fischer) said about Capablanca: too much talent lost! Though Carlsen is not better than Capa or Steinitz, say, he has the sufficient talent to defeat the current "Super-GMs". Carlsen es Bueno!
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  HeMateMe: <"Superior talent" should have materialized during Classic games. But, it didn't.>

If not, then why is Carlsen the highest rated player as well as being world champion?

Nov-05-17  Marmot PFL: Bad day for the Russians.
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  PhilFeeley: Azerbaijan is beating the Russians. Good day for chess.
Nov-06-17  cplyakap: Azerbaijan wins the ETCC 2017. Congratz!
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  HeMateMe: Little Azi beat Russia? Stalin and Botvinnik must be turning in their graves!
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  Penguincw: < "Naiditch becomes the first to win European team championship with two different countries, and not actually being born in neither!" > - Peter Heine Nielsen via. Twitter


Nov-07-17  botvinnik64: Congrats to the Azeris! A well deserved victory. Yes, the Naiditsch "situation" is quite unusual - that's even better than winning the World Series with two different teams???
Nov-09-17  joeyj: Just wondering why Russia did not field their best Team in R8 i.e. their Bd3 player Vitiugov who has the highest Rp in the team was rested despite winning his R7. They had lost the opportunity to win in the lower boards (bd3 & bd4) and a 2-2 score and possibly the championship.

Hayyyz possibly over confident since they were leading after R7 but they were facing the 2nd rank team and the 2nd placer after R7, and common sense will dictate that the more you will field the best players in the team.

Well, right from the start there was already a mistake of not sending their best team while others like Azerbaijan send their Top 5 players. Just my 2-cents.

Nov-09-17  not not: If you can not field 5 Lekos or 5 Giris, any configuration is a fail!
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