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European Club Cup: Perfect Scores for SOCAR & Ugra

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/24/13, 2:46 AM.

The fifth round of the European Club Cup in Rhodes, Greece will see the clash between SOCAR and Ugra, the two teams that won their first four matches. SOCAR's top scorer is Gata Kamsky with 3.5/4; Ugra's Anton Korobov has the same score. In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo started with four wins, and the team is already two points ahead of CS Politechnica-Antibiotice and Ugra.

Photos © Goran Urosevic & Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of the ECC

In the third round, top favourites SOCAR faced the Italian team from Padova which happens to play with Hikaru Nakamura on top board. (The fact that Hikaru has an Italian girlfriend, and therefore spends a lot of time in Italy, might well be related!) And so we got the clash Caruana-Nakamura, an absolutely amazing game that started as a Berlin Ending. With strong play Nakamura managed to get a winning position, but it was never easy and it must be said that Caruana defended brilliantly.

With Pentala Harikrishna on board 2 and Kiril Georgiev on 3, Padova isn't weak at all. "Hari" drew with Radjabov but SOCAR's Topalov beat Georgiev:

Kamsky's win over Michele Godena on board 4 was quite spectacular:

Team mates for SOCAR: Wang Hao & Nakamura

In the same match 23-year-old Italian IM Danyyil Dvirnyy kept a draw against Wang Hao - another very interesting encounter:

In the match St Petersburg vs Peristeri, Peter Svidler won an excellent strategical game against GM Ioannis Papaioannou which was in fact the Game of the Week in ChessVibes Openings:

Georgian GM Baadur Jobava has been playing 1.b3 for a while now, and in Rhodes he felt it was good enough for his fight with GM David Navara too. What followed was a coffeehouse game where Black eventually got the upper hand.

After three round there were five teams with 6 match points. On the top boards, Malachite from Russia faced Novy Bor from the Czech Republic, who did well with a 3-3 score. An amazing game was Morozevich-Laznicka, not to be missed!

And what about the following? Both Sasikiran and Shirov had their kingside weakened and a bishop trapped, but eventually it was Black who won a pawn, and then another one.

SOCAR and Ugra are the only two teams with a perfect score, so logically they play each other on Thursday. The individual pairings are Caruana-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Leko, Topalov-Korobov, Kamsky-Rublevsky, Wang Hao-Dreev and Giri-Khismatullin.

European Club Cup 2013 | Round 4 standings

Rk. SNo FED Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 1 AZE SOCAR 4 0 0 8 74,5 19,5 51 51
2 4 RUS Ugra 4 0 0 8 71 19 55 55
3 5 CZE G-Team Novy Bor 3 1 0 7 72 16 65 54,5
4 8 AZE Odlar Yurdu 3 1 0 7 69,5 19 51 43,75
5 2 RUS Malachite 3 1 0 7 69 21 40,5 32,5
6 3 RUS Saint-Petersburg 3 0 1 6 66 19 49 30
7 10 BLR Minsk 3 0 1 6 66 18,5 40,5 28,5
8 6 RUS PGMB-Rostov 3 0 1 6 62 18,5 45 29
9 15 BEL S.F. Wirtzfeld 3 0 1 6 50,5 15,5 47,5 31,5
10 12 BEL Amay Chess Club 3 0 1 6 48,5 15 52,5 33,5
11 25 NOR Asker 3 0 1 6 46 18,5 34,5 22,5
12 7 ITA O.R. Padova 3 0 1 6 46 14 57,5 38
13 21 NED En Passant 3 0 1 6 44 14,5 49,5 30,5
14 14 BEL SK 47 Eynatten 3 0 1 6 41 15,5 33 26
15 9 FRA Clichy Echecs 92 2 1 1 5 59 14,5 62 33
16 16 HUN Haladas VSE, Szombathely 2 1 1 5 36 15 37,5 23,25
17 24 SWE Limhamns SK 2 1 1 5 33 11,5 54,5 27,5
18 13 AUT Schachclub MPO Maria Saal 2 1 1 5 30,5 12 51,5 26,5
19 11 GRE Peristeri 2 0 2 4 45 12 62,5 29
20 18 ISR Kfar Saba Chess Club 2 0 2 4 41 12 60,5 27,5
21 17 SUI Reichenstein SSB 2 0 2 4 40,5 13,5 43 17
22 27 NOR Oslo Schakselskap 2 0 2 4 34 11 57 22
23 39 LUX CE De Sprenger Echternach 1 2 1 4 30 12 41 19
24 19 ITA A.S.I. Bologna 2 0 2 4 29 11 52,5 19
25 41 MNC Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 2 0 2 4 27 11 51,5 20,5
26 20 TUR Besiktas JK 2 0 2 4 24 15 33 10,5
27 22 SUI Club d'Echecs de Geneve 2 0 2 4 22,5 9,5 55 20,5
28 43 SCO Edinburgh Chess Club 2 0 2 4 22 10 48,5 19,5
29 29 ENG Barbican 4NCL 2 0 2 4 20 8,5 62 24,5
30 28 ENG Jutes of Kent 2 0 2 4 19,5 9 63 23,5
31 35 AUT SK Advisory Invest Baden 2 0 2 4 18,5 10 44 18,5
32 26 FIN Tammer-Shakki 2 0 2 4 17,5 8,5 62,5 23
33 36 ENG White Rose 2 0 2 4 15 10,5 50 16,5
34 34 FRA Sautron 2 0 2 4 14 9,5 53,5 20
35 32 NED Accres Apeldoorn 2 0 2 4 12 9,5 59,5 22,5
36 38 LUX The Smashing Pawns Belvaux 1 1 2 3 31 12 38 9,5
37 47 ECX Istogu Chess Club 1 1 2 3 23 9 49 16,5
38 48 IRL Adare 1 1 2 3 22 10 41,5 15
39 52 WLS Cardigan 1 1 2 3 13 8 35 8
40 40 DEN Nordea Skanderborg 1 0 3 2 31 7 65 15,5
41 33 GER Schachgesellschaft Solingen 1 0 3 2 28 11 38 5
42 23 DEN Jetsmark 1 0 3 2 26,5 11,5 35,5 5
43 31 FIN Chess Club Velhot 1 0 3 2 24,5 10 43 5,5
44 37 ECX Expik Kosova 1 0 3 2 24 10,5 37,5 5
45 30 ISL Viking Chess Club 1 0 3 2 22 9,5 45,5 8
46 42 GER Chess Club Eppingen 1 0 3 2 20 10,5 40,5 6,5
47 45 SCO Edinburgh West Chess Club 1 0 3 2 20 9 35,5 5
48 44 NED SV Voerendaal / KNSB 1 0 3 2 16,5 9 37 5
49 53 GRE Ippotis Rodou 0 1 3 1 24 8 29,5 0
50 50 WLS White Knights Chess Club 0 1 3 1 13,5 6,5 32,5 0
51 51 ALB Klubi Sportiv Butrinti 0 1 3 1 13 5,5 43,5 0
52 46 IRL Gonzaga 0 0 4 0 16 5 50,5 0
53 49 GER SV Muelheim Nord 1931 0 0 4 0 10,5 5 43 0

In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo seems to be cruising to victory, which was expected. On top board, World Champion Hou Yifan beat two former World Champions in a row: Ushenina and Kosteniuk.



European Club Cup 2013 | Women | Round 4 standings

Rk. SNo   Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 4 0 0 8 46,5 13 33,5 33,5
2 4   CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi 3 0 1 6 31,5 12,5 26,5 17
3 5   Ugra 3 0 1 6 27 9,5 39 26
4 2   SHSM Nashe Nasledie 2 1 1 5 28,5 11 29,5 12,5
5 3   Mika Chess Club 2 0 2 4 30 8 39,5 17
6 8   MRU - Vilniaus Fortas 2 0 2 4 12 9 19,5 6,5
7 7   Jelica PEP 1 1 2 3 19 8 34,5 8,5
8 6   Chess Club BAS 1 1 2 3 12,5 5 33 9
9 10   Rudar Prijedor 1 1 2 3 6 5,5 25 3
10 11   ASVOE Pamhagen 0 1 3 1 11,5 3 22,5 0
11 9   Fischer Chieti 0 1 3 1 7 3,5 32,5 0

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