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Azerbaijan Regain Lead At Euro Team Champs

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/9/11, 1:20 PM.

euro2011-logo-180x180.jpgAzerbaijan regained the lead after seven rounds of the European Team Chess Championships, thanks to a 2½-1½ win against Russia and a crushing 3½-½ win over Bulgaria.

Romania had re-taken the lead after round six by beating hosts Greece 2½-1½, but lost to Germany by the same score in round seven to slip back to 5th in the standings.

Armenia have recovered from a slow start, including losing to rivals Azerbaijan, to win their last four matches (against Croatia, Denmark, Spain and France) to lie in second place.

Favourites Russia beat Spain in round seven, but only stand 9th overall because of their match losses to Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.

Faring even worse are second seeds Ukraine who lost 3-1 to Switzerland in round seven and now languish in 26th place!

The Romanian team (right) regained the lead by beating Greece in round six...

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...but Azerbaijan (right) regained the lead once more after crushing Bulgaria 3½-½ in round seven

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Armenia (right) recorded their 4th consecutive match win by beating France in round seven

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Switzerland (left) shocked Ukraine 3-1 in round seven

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The Open standings after seven rounds:

Rk. SNo Team W D L MP BP
1 3 Azerbaijan 5 2 0 12 18.5
2 4 Armenia 5 1 1 11 18.0
3 10 Germany 5 1 1 11 17.5
4 5 Hungary 4 2 1 10 17.0
5 17 Romania 5 0 2 10 17.0
6 7 Bulgaria 4 2 1 10 15.5
7 9 Netherlands 4 2 1 10 15.5
8 6 France 3 3 1 9 16.0
9 1 Russia 4 1 2 9 16.0
10 22 Italy 4 1 2 9 15.5
11 18 Serbia 4 0 3 8 18.0
12 14 Poland 3 2 2 8 17.0
13 26 Switzerland 3 2 2 8 16.0
14 19 Greece 4 0 3 8 15.5
15 12 Czech Rep. 2 4 1 8 14.5
16 21 Slovenia 3 2 2 8 13.5
17 15 Georgia 3 1 3 7 17.0
18 20 Moldova 3 1 3 7 16.5
19 27 Latvia 3 1 3 7 15.0
20 25 Sweden 3 1 3 7 14.5
21 29 Montenegro 3 1 3 7 14.5
22 13 Spain 3 1 3 7 14.0
23 16 Croatia 2 3 2 7 13.5
24 11 Israel 2 2 3 6 14.0
25 8 England 2 2 3 6 13.5
26 2 Ukraine 2 2 3 6 13.5
27 32 Iceland 3 0 4 6 13.0
28 23 Austria 2 2 3 6 13.0
29 24 Denmark 2 2 3 6 12.5
30 28 Finland 2 1 4 5 13.0
31 33 Lithuania 2 1 4 5 12.0
32 31 Norway 2 1 4 5 11.0
33 30 FYROM 2 0 5 4 12.5
34 34 Turkey 2 0 5 4 11.0
35 35 Scotland 1 1 5 3 10.5
36 37 Luxembourg 1 1 5 3 7.0
37 36 Wales 0 2 5 2 5.0
38 38 Cyprus 0 1 6 1 4.5

 

In the women's competition, leaders Russia dropped their first match points in round six when they were held to a draw by Poland, but they won a close match with Armenia in round seven thanks to a win from Natalia Pogonina.

Russia (right) reaffirmed their lead by beating Armenia

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The women's standings after seven rounds:

Rk. SNo Team W D L MP BP
1 1 Russia 6 1 0 13 19.5
2 5 Poland 5 1 1 11 18.5
3 2 Ukraine 5 0 2 10 17.5
4 3 Georgia 5 0 2 10 17.0
5 12 France 5 0 2 10 17.0
6 8 Bulgaria 4 1 2 9 15.5
7 18 Czech Rep. 3 3 1 9 15.5
8 14 Serbia 3 2 2 8 16.5
9 11 Slovenia 3 2 2 8 15.5
10 4 Armenia 3 2 2 8 14.5
11 6 Hungary 3 2 2 8 14.0
12 7 Germany 3 1 3 7 16.0
13 17 Azerbaijan 3 1 3 7 14.5
14 15 Israel 3 1 3 7 14.0
15 21 Austria 3 1 3 7 13.5
16 19 Croatia 3 1 3 7 13.0
17 9 Romania 3 1 3 7 12.0
18 16 Greece 1 4 2 6 13.5
19 13 Netherlands 2 2 3 6 13.0
20 20 Latvia 2 1 4 5 14.0
21 10 Spain 2 1 4 5 13.5
22 22 England 2 1 4 5 13.5
23 23 Italy 2 1 4 5 13.5
24 27 Turkey 2 1 4 5 13.0
25 24 Montenegro 2 1 4 5 10.5
26 26 Lithuania 0 4 3 4 11.0
27 25 Switzerland 1 2 4 4 10.0
28 28 Norway 0 0 7 0 2.5

 

Pictures from the official website.

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The European Team Chess Championships run from 3-11 November 2011 in Halkidiki, Greece.

This is the 18th edition of the championships, with 30 players rated over 2700 Elo taking part. There are 38 national teams in the Open event, and 28 in the separate women's event. Each team consists of 4 players and a reserve.

The format for both the Open and women's competitions is a 9-round Swiss, with time controls of 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes to finish, with a 30 second increment from the start of the game. The rounds start each day at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the final round which is 2 hours earlier. Live games are available at the official website.

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  • 3 years ago

    Baku2012

    Congratulation Azerbaijan Cool Nice job everyday Smile

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Go Germany! Nice job today.

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Thanks for the compliments, guys! I will probably annotate the game for one of my future Chess.com columns. Smile

  • 3 years ago

    Aequus

    Let me jump in the bandwagon: congratulations Natalia for a model game.

  • 3 years ago

    tomlim

    I could see how almost everytime natalia exchanged her rook with the opponent minor pieces to cramp her opponents position. it's like a boa constrictor.Players would have to think twice before they play the sicillian. great game natalia. 

  • 3 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    ...

  • 3 years ago

    Dio

    I think you should do a write-up or video analysis on this game, Natalia. Think there is much people would get out of it, especially since the articles you write are so well writen! Best of luck.

  • 3 years ago

    h7-h8

    Natalia, you are the best!

  • 3 years ago

    dcremisi

    very interesting tournemant

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Sweeeeet game, Natalia!

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