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🏆 European Club Cup (2018)

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Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Wang Hao, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Krishnan Sasikiran, Kirill Alekseenko, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, David Howell, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Ivan Sokolov, Viktor Laznicka, Alexander Khalifman, Romain Edouard, Markus Ragger, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Eltaj Safarli, Vladimir Potkin, Christian Bauer, Nils Grandelius, Michael Roiz, Mateusz Bartel, Evgeny Postny, Gadir Guseinov, Ivan Ivanisevic, Evgeny Romanov, Sandipan Chanda, Nijat Abasov, Borki Predojevic, Alexander Donchenko, Eduardas Leovich Rozentalis, Aleksandar Indjic, Jonathan Speelman, Alexey Goganov, David Paravyan, Vasif Durarbayli, Victor Markovich Mikhalevski, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Bojan Vuckovic, Aryan Tari, Mikhail Antipov, Maksim Chigaev, Alberto David, Dmitry Svetushkin, Sabino Brunello, Daniele Vocaturo, Evgenij Romanovich Agrest, Vlastimil Babula, Jan Werle, Alexander Huzman, Mads Andersen, Mihajlo Stojanovic, Zoltan Varga, Alon Greenfeld, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Daniil Yuffa, Danyyil Dvirnyy, Jesper Sondergaard Thybo, Erik Blomqvist, Alexander Naumann, Kjetil A Lie, Adrien Demuth, Roeland Pruijssers, Florian Handke, Athanasios Mastrovasilis, Margeir Petursson, Daniel Alsina Leal, Semyon Lomasov, Bragi Thorfinnsson, Artur Jakubiec, Ottomar Ladva, Gudmundur Kjartansson, Miroljub Lazic, Dragan Kosic, Marijan Georgiev Petrov, Jan Michael Sprenger, Trajce Nedev, Twan Burg, Robin Swinkels, Nico Georgiadis, Christopher Noe, Velimir Ivic, Lucas Brunner, Lothar Vogt plus 323 more players. Chess Event Description
European Club Cup (2018)

The 34th European Club Cup took place from 12-18 October 2018 at the Porto Carras Grand Resort in Chalkidiki, Greece. The tournament was a 7-round Swiss team event, played with the standard time-control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 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), and individual performance prizes were on offer for each board. The Open section was played on 6 boards (with up to 2 reserves) and consisted of 63 teams and 434 players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and several other members of the world's elite. Tournament director: Petr Pisk. Chief arbiter: Tomasz Delega.

Mednyi Vsadnik of St. Petersburg (Svidler, Vitiugov, Fedoseev, Matlakov, Rodshtein, Alekseenko and Goganov) edged out AVE Novy Bor on tiebreak, both with 12 match points.

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Previous: European Club Cup (2017). Next: European Club Cup (2019). Women's section: European Club Cup (Women) (2018)

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,177  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yu Yangyi vs T Beerdsen  1-0322018European Club CupE01 Catalan, Closed
2. Max Warmerdam vs D Andreikin  0-1302018European Club CupB06 Robatsch
3. Jakovenko vs M van Delft 1-0222018European Club CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. T Lammens vs Eljanov  0-1402018European Club CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. T Nedev vs M Boel  1-0422018European Club CupC50 Giuoco Piano
6. F van der Elburg vs F Pancevski  0-1462018European Club CupA02 Bird's Opening
7. M Admiraal vs Navara  0-1312018European Club CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. V S Gujrathi vs J Lopez 1-0442018European Club CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. I van der Lende vs Sasikiran  0-1372018European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. M Ragger vs L Dek  1-0252018European Club CupB33 Sicilian
11. Daan in 't Veld vs V Laznicka  0-1462018European Club CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. M Bartel vs Rob Duijn 1-0472018European Club CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Mamedyarov vs T Sammalvuo  1-0412018European Club CupE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
14. T Lampen vs R Mamedov  0-1342018European Club CupA04 Reti Opening
15. E Safarli vs Harry Mansner  1-0382018European Club CupB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
16. T Verkasalo vs G Guseinov  0-1412018European Club CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. V Durarbayli vs S Kosmo  1-0512018European Club CupA65 Benoni, 6.e4
18. Kauko Kelo vs N Abasov 0-1182018European Club CupA51 Budapest Gambit
19. R Bates vs Vitiugov  0-1332018European Club CupE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. V Fedoseev vs A Ledger  1-0242018European Club CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. L Webb vs M Matlakov  0-1472018European Club CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. M Rodshtein vs C Duncan  1-0452018European Club CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. D J Ledger vs K Alekseenko  0-1452018European Club CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. A Goganov vs S Ledger  1-0392018European Club CupA59 Benko Gambit
25. D Howell vs T Burg  ½-½572018European Club CupA20 English
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  Sargon: Response to:

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  rogge: Thanks :) A Norwegian team in 1st place, unbelievable...
Oct-17-18  Boomie: <Sargon>

Traditionally, tournaments have had an introduction that includes a link to the official site. See, for example, 43rd Chess Olympiad (2018). This is especially important for team events. We can't have team results here without a lot of effort. So a link to team results is necessary as a courtesy to the members.

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  Annie K.: <Boomie> Yeah, but that's my job (or any other editor's), not Sargon's. Will be up soon. :)
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  Count Wedgemore: Magnus is playing the Korchnoi Variation (5...exf6) of the Caro-Kann against Svidler in what may be a crucial game for the team result between Vålerenga (Oslo) and Mednyi (St.Petersburg). It is considered to be a tad passive, but very solid. I boldly predict a draw in their game today.
Oct-18-18  bondll: Caruana less than 3 points behind Carlsen.
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  Count Wedgemore: Vålerenga had a golden chance of being historic by becoming the first Norwegian club ever to become European Club Champions. But they went down 2-4 in their last match, so their dreams shattered. Life can be so cruel.

Borki Predojevic blundered a whole piece rather early into his game against Maxim Rodshtein and had no other choice than to resign immediately. Grandelius, who has been playing really well in this tournament, also lost his game against Fedoseev.

Oct-19-18  sonia91: Podium:

1. Medniy Vsadnik St Petersburg (RUS)
2. AVE Novy Bor (CZE)
3. Molodezhka (RUS)

This is St Petersburg's second European Club Cup victory, the first one was in 2011. All team members are from St Petersburg.

It's worth noting that both Russian teams on the podium finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Russian Team Championship 2018 as well.

Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova drew with Molodezhka in the last round to tie for 3rd place, but finished 4th on tiebreak...Padova didn't lose any match.

Oct-28-18  1d410: What happened to Kasparovian dominance in chess? Ouch! I want another Botvinnik!
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