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🏆 European Team Championship (2019)

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Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Alexander Moiseenko, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Kirill Alekseenko, Ivan Cheparinov, Luke McShane, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, David Anton Guijarro, Ilia Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Romain Edouard, Markus Ragger, Daniil Dubov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Kiril Georgiev, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, Jorden van Foreest, Christian Bauer, Nils Grandelius, Hrant Melkumyan, Gawain Jones, Tigran Gharamian, Evgeny Postny, Vladislav Kovalev, Georg Meier, Daniel Fridman, Vladimir Onischuk, Gadir Guseinov, Kacper Piorun, Arman Pashikian, Luka Lenic, Viktor Erdos, Constantin Lupulescu, Maxime Lagarde, Tomi Nyback, Ioannis Papaioannou, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Benjamin Gledura, Matthias Bluebaum, Aleksandar Indjic, Hristos Banikas, Dragan Solak, Tamas Banusz, Mustafa Yilmaz, Hrvoje Stevic, Aryan Tari, Victor Mikhalevski, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Marin Bosiocic, Kamil Dragun, Jacek Tomczak, Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Yannick Pelletier, Manuel Perez Candelario, Dmitry Svetushkin, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Lubomir Ftacnik, Haik M Martirosyan, Daniele Vocaturo, Peter Prohaszka, Rasmus Svane, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Erik van den Doel, Kaido Kulaots, Nikola Sedlak, Ante Brkic, Mads Andersen, Jiri Stocek, Emre Can, Sebastian Bogner, Sasa Martinovic, Sune Berg Hansen, Stelios Halkias, Hannes Hlifar Stefansson plus 98 more players. Chess Event Description
European Team Championship (2019)

The 22nd European Team Championship was contested between 40 national teams in Batumi, Georgia, 24 October to 2 November 2019, as a 9-round Swiss System tournament. Rest day: 29 October. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Chief arbiter: Omar Salama.

Russia won with 15/18 match points (+6 =3 -0), ahead of Ukraine (2nd on tiebreak with 14/18) and England (3rd with 14/18).

Official site:
Batumi: Wikipedia article: Batumi

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

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Meier vs F Pancevski  1-0602019European Team ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
2. T Seeman vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen  0-1672019European Team ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. P Michalik vs O Sepp  ½-½442019European Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
4. R Edouard vs Stefansson 1-0212019European Team ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. G Kjartansson vs M A Maurizzi  0-1492019European Team ChampionshipA15 English
6. C Bauer vs B Thorfinnsson  ½-½362019European Team ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
7. H A Gretarsson vs T Gharamian 0-1402019European Team ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Nyback vs I Cheparinov ½-½302019European Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
9. L Pantsulaia vs T Keinanen  ½-½502019European Team ChampionshipA14 English
10. V Sipila vs L Paichadze  1-0492019European Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. V Laznicka vs Kanep 1-0442019European Team ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Kulaots vs Navara  ½-½372019European Team ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. N Nikolovski vs R Svane 1-0862019European Team ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
14. Jergus Pechac vs B Gledura  ½-½342019European Team ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. F Berkes vs Ftacnik  1-0342019European Team ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
16. M Jurcik vs T Banusz  0-1672019European Team ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
17. P Prohaszka vs Martin Nayhebaver  0-1412019European Team ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. M Rodshtein vs N Djukic  ½-½362019European Team ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
19. D Blagojevic vs E Postny  ½-½312019European Team ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
20. T Nabaty vs L Draskovic  1-0362019European Team ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. B Kalezic vs Mikhalevski  1-0572019European Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. G Quparadze vs P Koykka  1-0562019European Team ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
23. M Bosiocic vs D Mehmeti  ½-½462019European Team ChampionshipC11 French
24. F Ashiku vs H Stevic 0-1462019European Team ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
25. H Banikas vs D Dardha  1-0562019European Team ChampionshipE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
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  moronovich: <is the variety of openings we are treated to.>

# Me too !

Oct-26-19  rokko: You can also discover Anish Giri the attacking player.

And, by the way, it is Batumi not Bitumi (@CG).

Oct-29-19  PhilFeeley: I see England's not doing as well as they should. 2nd and 3rd boards are underperforming.
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  Dionysius1: Not horribly so, I wouldn't say
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  Dionysius1: Although if I'm reading right, England started 2nd seed and after 5 rounds are lying 7th so hummm.
Oct-29-19  paavoh: Next round Ukraine vs Russia, both at 9 points so far.
Oct-31-19  PhilFeeley: England back where they should be, just 2 points behind Russia.
Oct-31-19  paavoh: Fine finish in Dubov-Svane. Could be a puzzle at move 36 or a bit earlier?

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  Messiah: Dubov - Svane was an extremely interesting game.
Oct-31-19  PhilFeeley: Nice to see Germany doing well.

These guys are all over the place, changing teams. Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu is from Romania, now playing for Germany. He got the important win against Vitiugov last round, a good game.

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  Dionysius1: England's great 2.5 - 1.5 win against Armenia brings them to 3rd place after 7 rounds and within 1 point of leaders, Russia.
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  saffuna: That was one traveling king in Dubov-Svane. Chased from g8 to getting mated on a3.
Nov-02-19  botvinnik64: Did Russia double Gold here? I know in the Open section they won with Ukraine second; was that the same fate in the Women's section? (The Muzycuk sisters didn't play, I guess.)
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  alexmagnus: Open: 1. Russia 2. Ukraine 3. England

Women: 1. Russia 2. Georgia 3. Azerbaijan

Nov-03-19  PhilFeeley: Good to see England rebound to 3rd. Also, nice to see Ukraine in 2nd.
Nov-04-19  bishopone: Ukraine get silver medal, without Ponomariov, Eljanov or Korobov. How impresive! Chucky is from other planet. Congrats, Ukraine!
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  Messiah: In Hungary there is a scandal regarding the result, Almasi and Erdos are debating publicly, in a rather uncultured way, on Facebook.
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  Annie K.: <Messiah> oh? Sounds interesting. Link please? :)
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  Messiah: <Annie K.>

GM Almasi has a gigantic meltdown: (this one is more or less cultured)

Upon request I am ready to help figuring out anything you can't understand by using online translators. Sometimes Hungarian is very difficult for the AI.

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  Annie K.: <Messiah> thanks! :) Hungarian is my first language, so I expect I will manage ok. ;)

So far I've discovered one interesting tidbit: Leko is Vincent Keymer's trainer these days.

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  Annie K.: OK, that was entertaining. :) Almasi seems to have been slightly unaware of just how public Facebook is - but I expect everything he said was probably correct.

He belongs to an earlier generation than Erdos, with a stronger work ethic and team spirit, and that shows in his value judgments.

There's apparently also some tension related to the management of the Hungarian Chess Federation, that they were not mentioning. Oh well, better luck next time!

Nov-06-19  siggemannen: Looked like the first board just didn't perform. Why wasn't Rapport on the Hungarian team?
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  WorstPlayerEver: <siggemannen>

Because Rapport is having a classical break since July (Dortmund Sparkassen 2019).

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  Messiah: <Annie K.>

It is surprising for me how tragic is the current situation. I don't follow Hungarian chess too closely, in this year my (almost) only relation to it was having some beers specifically with GM Erdos. I met him the very first time ever, by chance, and he was a really nice guy: we had a little chit-chat about Keymer and Leko, about the then-recently concluded V Erdos vs V Keymer, 2019 draw, and about the upcoming Isle of Man tourney.

Without any commitment taken, let me say 'nem zörög a haraszt, ha nem fújja a szél'. I really don't know what happened... maybe every words of Almasi are true, maybe he simply had a blind rage.

<siggemannen and WorstPlayerEver>

in the past 1 or 2 decades Hungarian top players systematically refused to play in team-based events, without public explanation. The management is questionable, and Hungary's Soviet-like government's tentacles are already embedded in it. It is not really surprising that everything began to rot in a country like this, it is just sad that not even chess can survive in a post-commie inferno, called Absurdistan.

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  Annie K.: <Messiah> thanks for the personal anecdote. :)

Hmm, yes, I don't believe Almasi would have dared to make such sharp allegations about Erdos if he weren't certain of ample backup. At the same time, it's clear that these two also have a long-standing personal animosity issue going, what with Almasi calling Erdos "the most insolent player he ever worked with" (presumably as the former team captain), and no doubt the resentment anyone would feel against a person who fills his place when he stays away from an event as a means of protest (think strikebreakers) doesn't help either.

It's a complex situation with tempers running high. Let's hope they'll find a resolution eventually.

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