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Novy Bor Wins European Club Cup

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 27/10/13 04:08.

They did it! After beating the mighty SOCAR team on Friday, Novy Bor convincingly set aside Minsk 4.5-1.5 in the last round to become the surprising winners of the 29th European Club Cup in Rhodes, Greece. Malachite of Russia won the silver medals and SOCAR took bronze on tiebreak. In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo won all their matches and finished four match point ahead of Ugra. SHSM Nashe Nasledie edged out Mika Chess Club for bronze.

Photos © Goran Urosevic & Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of the ECC

They were the fifth seeded team, but the strongest over seven rounds in Rhodes. Novy Bor (Navara, Wojtaszek, Laznicka, Sasikiran, Hracek, Bartel and Cvek, who only played the first round) beat Chess Club Velhot 4.5-1.5, S.F. Wirtzfeld 4.51.5 and then PGMB-Rostov 4-2. In round 4 the Czech/Polish team tied 3-3 with the strong Russian team of Malachite (Grischuk, Karjakin, Morozevich, Shirov, Malakhov, Riazantsev - Motylev and Bologan didn't play in that round). Another 4.5-1.5 victory followed, against SK 47 Eynatten, and then that amazing win over SOCAR.

In the last round there was no doubt that Novy Bor would finish the job and clinch gold. Three games ended in draws, but boards three, four and five were all won. 

Malachite was the only other team that remained unbeaten. Besides their match against the winners, the Russians also drew with Odlar Yurdu, another team of Azerbaijan, where six draws against six lower rated opponents was a disappointing result. Kirill Stupak "won" both of Laznicka's bishops, but then his king got under fire:

Sasikiran won a technical game against Vitaly Teterov where it seems that Black was in Zugzwang after 77.Kd2:

SOCAR's surprising loss on Friday was followed by another disappointment: their 3-3 against St Petersburg (six draws) allowed Malachite to take over the second place and win the silver medals. 

The top board in SOCAR-St Peterburg was an interesting fight at the highest level in a Taimanov Sicilian:

On board one of PGMB-Rostov-Malachite, which ended 2-4, Alexander Grischuk outplayed Baadur Jobava in what became a g3-King's Indian with reversed colors. The Georgian GM seems to be avoiding theory in almost every white game now!

Karjakin beat Cheparinov from a 3.Bb5+ Sicilian. At the end we see a pawn ending (not very common at this level) where White's outside passed pawn made the difference.

Except for PGMB-Rostov's Dmitry Kryakvin, who played just four games (and won them all), Novy Bor's Radek Wojtaszek scored the highest TPR in Rhodes: 5.0/6 and a 2876 performance.

Radek Wojtaszek

Alexander Grischuk came close with 2869 and the Russian GM is now 5th in the live rankings, just behind Hikaru Nakamura, whose 4.0/6 (a 2744 performance) was slightly below his rating.

Alexander Grischuk

Let's finish this report with the news that IM Manuel Bosboom scored a 7-game GM norm in Rhodes. The 50-year-old IM already has one norm which he scored somewhere in the 1990s, and it's hard to believe that he'll ever pass 2500 (which he never managed; he's 2390 at the moment) but it's a nice result anyway. Here's one of his wins:

 

Manuel Bosboom

European Club Cup 2013 | Final standings

Rk. SNo FED Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 5 CZE G-Team Novy Bor 6 1 0 13 236 28,5 181 165
2 2 RUS Malachite 5 2 0 12 211 32 152 125
3 1 AZE SOCAR 5 1 1 11 244 29 180 137
4 9 FRA Clichy Echecs 92 5 1 1 11 206 29 168,5 126,75
5 3 RUS Saint-Petersburg 5 1 1 11 199,5 29 166 123
6 4 RUS Ugra 5 0 2 10 204 28,5 175 118
7 6 RUS PGMB-Rostov 5 0 2 10 195,5 28 168,5 108
8 10 BLR Minsk 5 0 2 10 187 27,5 150,5 96,5
9 17 SUI Reichenstein SSB 5 0 2 10 174,5 29 134,5 84
10 7 ITA O.R. Padova 5 0 2 10 168 23,5 183 125
11 12 BEL Amay Chess Club 4 1 2 9 155,5 24 156,5 92,5
12 24 SWE Limhamns SK 4 1 2 9 138 21,5 171 100,5
13 19 ITA A.S.I. Bologna 4 1 2 9 133 23 145 83,75
14 8 AZE Odlar Yurdu 3 2 2 8 185,5 25,5 177,5 89,5
15 25 NOR Asker 4 0 3 8 156 28 128 62,5
16 11 GRE Peristeri 4 0 3 8 153,5 25,5 150,5 76
17 20 TUR Besiktas JK 4 0 3 8 133,5 26 129,5 61
18 15 BEL S.F. Wirtzfeld 4 0 2 8 126,5 21 143 82,5
19 16 HUN Haladas VSE, Szombathely 3 2 2 8 126 25 122 66,75
20 14 BEL SK 47 Eynatten 4 0 3 8 124 22,5 131 70
21 18 ISR Kfar Saba Chess Club 4 0 3 8 114,5 21 166 85
22 21 NED En Passant 3 1 3 7 140,5 22 157 67
23 33 GER Schachgesellschaft Solingen 3 1 3 7 113,5 24,5 121 54,25
24 13 AUT Schachclub MPO Maria Saal 3 1 3 7 113,5 19,5 164,5 72,5
25 32 NED Accres Apeldoorn 3 1 3 7 113,5 18,5 173 82
26 23 DEN Jetsmark 3 1 3 7 102,5 23,5 116 51
27 27 NOR Oslo Schakselskap 3 1 3 7 101,5 20 144 62
28 29 ENG Barbican 4NCL 3 1 3 7 97,5 16 176,5 79,25
29 30 ISL Viking Chess Club 3 1 3 7 91 20,5 124,5 55,5
30 36 ENG White Rose 3 1 3 7 86 18,5 158,5 66,75
31 38 LUX The Smashing Pawns Belvaux 2 2 3 6 104,5 21,5 122,5 43
32 22 SUI Club d'Echecs de Geneve 2 2 3 6 99,5 18 152,5 57,5
33 43 SCO Edinburgh Chess Club 3 0 4 6 94 18 144,5 51,5
34 28 ENG Jutes of Kent 3 0 4 6 92 19 161 61
35 39 LUX CE De Sprenger Echternach 2 2 3 6 89,5 20 119 45,25
36 37 ECX Expik Kosova 3 0 4 6 87,5 19 134 53
37 35 AUT SK Advisory Invest Baden 3 0 4 6 82 16,5 155,5 52,5
38 26 FIN Tammer-Shakki 2 2 3 6 79 16 166 59
39 34 FRA Sautron 3 0 4 6 66 15,5 159 60
40 31 FIN Chess Club Velhot 2 1 4 5 105 21 127 33
41 41 MNC Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 2 1 4 5 70,5 16,5 134 44,5
42 44 NED SV Voerendaal / KNSB 2 1 4 5 68,5 19 121 38,75
43 47 ECX Istogu Chess Club 2 1 4 5 60,5 14 144 42,75
44 46 IRL Gonzaga 2 1 4 5 56,5 17,5 111,5 23
45 52 WLS Cardigan 2 1 4 5 43 13 112,5 26
46 48 IRL Adare 1 2 4 4 82,5 16 131,5 39,5
47 45 SCO Edinburgh West Chess Club 2 0 5 4 73,5 15,5 125 31,5
48 42 GER Chess Club Eppingen 2 0 5 4 64 16,5 127 29,5
49 49 GER SV Muelheim Nord 1931 1 1 5 3 50,5 15 107 11
50 50 WLS White Knights Chess Club 1 1 5 3 50 15,5 98,5 11
51 51 ALB Klubi Sportiv Butrinti 1 1 5 3 46,5 12 132,5 15,5
52 40 DEN Nordea Skanderborg 1 0 6 2 83 14 164 22,5
53 53 GRE Ippotis Rodou 0 1 6 1 60 11 101,5 0

You could almost say that Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo was "cheating" in Rhodes. They played this tournament with the world's number 2, 3, 5, 10 and 38 (Hou, Koneru, A.Muzychuk, Cramling and Skripchenko) and did what was expected: they won all their matches. In the final round another 4-0 sweep against Fischer Chieti got them to 23.5 out of a possible 28 board points!

This tournament was not about who would win gold, but about who would win silver. That was Ugra, who played with Ushenina, Pogonina, Kovanova, Romanko and Shadrina. SHSM Nashe Nasledie (Kosteniuk, Gunina, Kovalevskaya, Girya and Savina) won bronze after tying for third place with Mika Chess Club (Harika, Mkrtchian, Danielian and Javakhishvili).

European Club Cup 2013 | Women | Final standings

Rk. SNo FED Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 1 MNC Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 7 0 0 14 154,5 23,5 104 104
2 5 RUS Ugra 4 2 1 10 89,5 16 109,5 70,5
3 2 RUS SHSM Nashe Nasledie 3 3 1 9 108 19 98 50,5
4 3 ARM Mika Chess Club 4 1 2 9 104 15,5 97,5 58
5 4 ROU CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi 3 1 3 7 101,5 17 107 42,5
6 8 LTU MRU - Vilniaus Fortas 3 1 3 7 56 14 73 22
7 7 SRB Jelica PEP 2 2 3 6 72,5 15 79 21
8 6 SRB Chess Club BAS 2 2 3 6 67,5 12 92 26
9 9 ITA Fischer Chieti 2 1 4 5 31 10,5 85 11,5
10 10 BIH Rudar Prijedor 1 1 5 3 24,5 7,5 76,5 4
11 11 AUT ASVOE Pamhagen 0 1 6 1 23 4 78 0

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  • hace 14 meses

    Pythonas

    Please take look at the variant I noticed at this game, and tell me your opinion.

  • hace 14 meses

    RS_Coulter

    Congrats to Natalia's team, and to Natalia too!! (She pipped 2500 in the live ratings again during the tournament.)

  • hace 14 meses

    shotdown

    Congrats !! Well done !! 

  • hace 14 meses

    mr-strong

    Smilef

  • hace 14 meses

    Fixing_A_Hole

    What is up with that game played by Baadur against Grischuk?  The opening played by Baadur is probably the worst opening I've ever seen a GM play.  

  • hace 14 meses

    czerwony111

    Again congrats for Radosław Wojtaszek... and other from G-Team Novy Bor.

  • hace 14 meses

    gregdocot

    Congrats to Team Novy Bor, The Management and The Payers.

  • hace 14 meses

    mattisks

    Congrats to Czech Republic (-and Poland).. Just saying bc Novy Bor are Czech Team :P

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