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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, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Zoltan Almasi, Laurent Fressinet, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander G Beliavsky, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Ivan Sokolov, Viktor Laznicka, Markus Ragger, Emil Sutovsky, David Anton Guijarro, Ilia Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Romain Edouard, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Daniil Dubov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, Martyn Kravtsiv, Jorden van Foreest, Christian Bauer, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Tigran Gharamian, Vladislav Kovalev, Robert Markus, Georg Meier, Oleg Korneev, Daniel Fridman, Gadir Guseinov, Kacper Piorun, Ivan Ivanisevic, Luka Lenic, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Alexei Fedorov, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Ioannis Papaioannou, Erwin L'Ami, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Matthias Bluebaum, Aleksandar Indjic, Hristos Banikas, Dragan Solak, Milos Perunovic, Benjamin Bok, Mustafa Yilmaz, Hrvoje Stevic, Aryan Tari, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Sebastien Maze, Marin Bosiocic, Jacek Tomczak, Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Yannick Pelletier, Dmitry Svetushkin, Hovhannes Gabuzyan, Lubomir Ftacnik, Daniele Vocaturo, Sabino Brunello, Dusko Pavasovic, Rasmus Svane, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Nikola Sedlak, Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez, Jiri Stocek 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. Number of games played: 720.

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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 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nepomniachtchi vs L Lenic  ½-½322017European Team ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
2. Beliavsky vs Vitiugov  0-1472017European Team ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
3. M Matlakov vs M Sebenik  ½-½452017European Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. J Skoberne vs Dubov  ½-½662017European Team ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Vocaturo vs Radjabov  ½-½572017European Team ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
6. Naiditsch vs Brunello  0-1562017European Team ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
7. D Dvirnyy vs R Mamedov  0-1812017European Team ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
8. G Guseinov vs L Moroni Jr  0-1982017European Team ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Kryvoruchko vs M Ragger  ½-½312017European Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. Shengelia vs Ponomariov  0-1592017European Team ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. Kuzubov vs P Schreiner  1-0252017European Team ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
12. V Dragnev vs M Kravtsiv  0-1382017European Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Bologan vs Short 1-0702017European Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
14. D Howell vs D Svetushkin  ½-½432017European Team ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. V Hamitevici vs G Jones  ½-½152017European Team ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
16. McShane vs N Morozov  1-0642017European Team ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. Gelfand vs J L Hammer  ½-½312017European Team ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. J Salomon vs M Rodshtein 0-1362017European Team ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Sutovsky vs J Christiansen  0-1482017European Team ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. B Arvola Notkevich vs Smirin  ½-½522017European Team ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. Pelletier vs Movsesian  ½-½312017European Team ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
22. G Sargissian vs S Bogner  1-0302017European Team ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. N Georgiadis vs H Melkumyan  ½-½302017European Team ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
24. H Gabuzyan vs O Kurmann  1-0422017European Team ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
25. V Erdos vs H Steingrimsson 1-0242017European Team ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
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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 can’t help but feel sorry for you. You’re my close buddy. You missed out on ‘wild card’.

Giri: That’s alright. I feel sorry myself. But look at the sunny side. It’s another ‘pal’ 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.
Nov-04-17  Pedro Fernandez: Well <not not>, why do Peter did that? "Vejentud"? Who knows! Greetings.
Nov-04-17  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!
Nov-04-17  PhilFeeley: Short seems to be in trouble again.
Nov-04-17  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.
Nov-04-17  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.

Nov-04-17  brankat: "Superior talent" should have materialized during Classic games. But, it didn't.
Nov-04-17  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.
Nov-05-17  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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