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🏆 European Team Championship (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Alexey Shirov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Nikita Vitiugov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Alexander Moiseenko, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Kirill Alekseenko, Luke McShane, Ivan Cheparinov, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Viktor Laznicka, David Anton Guijarro, Markus Ragger, Gabriel Sargissian, Romain Edouard, Ilia Smirin, Yuriy Kuzubov, Daniil Dubov, Kiril Georgiev, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, Jorden van Foreest, Christian Bauer, Nils Grandelius, Hrant Melkumyan, Gawain Jones, Tigran Gharamian, Vladislav Kovalev, Evgeny Postny, Georg Meier, Daniel Fridman, Volodymyr Onyshchuk, Gadir Guseinov, Kacper Piorun, Arman Pashikian, Luka Lenic, Viktor Erdos, Maxime Lagarde, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Ioannis Papaioannou, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Erwin L'Ami, Viorel Iordachescu, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Benjamin Gledura, Matthias Bluebaum, Aleksandar Indjic, Hristos Banikas, Dragan Solak, Tamas Banusz, Mustafa Yilmaz, Hrvoje Stevic, Aryan Tari, Victor Mikhalevski, Daniel Dardha, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Levan Pantsulaia, Marin Bosiocic, Jacek Tomczak, Kamil Dragun, Bogdan-Daniel Deac, Yannick Pelletier, Manuel Perez Candelario, Dmitry Svetushkin, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Haik M Martirosyan, Daniele Vocaturo, Erik van den Doel, Peter Prohaszka, Rasmus Svane, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, Kaido Kulaots, Nikola Sedlak, Ante Brkic, Mads Andersen, Jiri Stocek, Sebastian Bogner, Emre Can, Sasa Martinovic, Sune Berg Hansen, Stelios Halkias 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 organizer: Akaki Iashvili. Chief arbiter: Omar Salama. Number of games played: 720.

Russia (Andreikin, Vitiugov, Alekseenko, Matlakov, Dubov) 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). Next: European Team Championship (2021). Women's section: European Team Championship (Women) (2019)

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 720  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Andreikin vs M Andersen 1-0502019European Team ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
2. S B Hansen vs K Alekseenko  1-0362019European Team ChampionshipE01 Catalan, Closed
3. M Matlakov vs J S Thybo  0-1472019European Team ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
4. J B Bjerre vs Dubov 0-1232019European Team ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. V Dragnev vs Adams  ½-½312019European Team ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. D Howell vs F Blohberger  ½-½422019European Team ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
7. Shengelia vs G Jones  1-0692019European Team ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
8. N Pert vs P Schreiner  1-0792019European Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
9. Duda vs V Kovalev  1-0502019European Team ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
10. S Zhigalko vs K Piorun  ½-½452019European Team ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. J Tomczak vs K Stupak  ½-½562019European Team ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
12. M Nikitenko vs K Dragun  0-1442019European Team ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
13. Indjic vs Mamedyarov  ½-½432019European Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
14. Naiditsch vs Sedlak  1-0682019European Team ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
15. M Zajic vs R Mamedov 0-1292019European Team ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
16. G Guseinov vs V Ivic  1-0352019European Team ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. G Sargissian vs A Tari 1-0592019European Team ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
18. J Salomon vs H Melkumyan  ½-½802019European Team ChampionshipA28 English
19. Martirosyan vs B Arvola Notkevich  1-0462019European Team ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. B Haldorsen vs A Pashikian  0-1372019European Team ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Vocaturo vs D Anton Guijarro  0-1452019European Team ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Shirov vs L Moroni Jr 1-0352019European Team ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
23. A Valsecchi vs M Perez Candelario  0-1382019European Team ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
24. I Salgado Lopez vs F Sonis  1-0532019European Team ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Giri vs A Macovei ½-½512019European Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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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.
Oct-29-19  Dionysius1: Not horribly so, I wouldn't say
Oct-29-19  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.

Oct-31-19  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?
Nov-06-19  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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