Team 'Alkaloid' Wins European Club Cup

Team 'Alkaloid' Wins European Club Cup

The European Club Cup was loaded with 2700s, and in the end, the team most packed with 2700s claimed clear first. Team "Alkaloid" (Ding Liren, Dmitry Andreikin, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Yu Yangyi, and Yury Kryvoruchko all over 2700) entered the last round with the lead. They split their match with "SHSM 'Legacy Square' Moscow" (Ernesto Inarkiev being their only 2700) which was good enough for clear first.

Photos courtesy Lennart Ootes.

In round five, Alkaloid lost on board one as Ding Liren was defeated by Peter Svidler, but both Andreikin and Kryvoruchko won nice games. Here's Andreikin's game. Can you find the blow and Andreikin's follow-ups?

Anish Giri represented "Siberia" and was proud to get his first win as a new dad.

Round six saw the big showdown between Alkaloid and Sibera. Alkaloid held the lead so Siberia was in more desparate need of a match win. Doubtless they hoped that one of their big guns, Vladimir Kramnik or Giri would come through, but in the end, all the games were drawn. Most of the fireworks were on board one where Kramnik tried, but could not quite break Ding Liren's resistance.

Kramnik (pictured in round seven) gave his best, but couldn't get enough going. | Photo Lennart Ootes.

That meant that with a final match draw (and 12 out of 12 draws in their final two matches), Alkaloid claimed an extremely solid victory with five match wins and two draws.

Although, Alkaloid did not deliver too much over the board excitement in the final rounds, that did mean that aggression was missing in the tournament. Let's finish with two pretty pieces: Here's a nice tactic from FM Faizrakhmanov against GM Victor Mikhalevski. Can you find the finish?

And here's a lovely game and finish from GM Gabor Papp.

2016 European Club Cup | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 2 Alkaloid 5 2 0 12 227,5 29 173,5 145,75
2 4 Mednyi Vsadnik 5 1 1 11 229,5 30 170 128,5
3 8 SHSM Legacy Square Moscow 5 1 1 11 217 30,5 164 124,5
4 7 Ashdod 5 1 1 11 214 28,5 174,5 135,5
5 9 Odlar Yurdu 4 3 0 11 207 28,5 164 126
6 1 Syberia 4 3 0 11 207 25 186 142,25
7 10 Zhiguli 5 0 2 10 221 27,5 181 121,5
8 5 AVE Novy Bor 5 0 2 10 216,5 31,5 160 107
9 6 VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski 5 0 2 10 187 25,5 188 129,5
10 15 Schachgesellschaft Zurich 4 2 1 10 178 28 154,5 107
11 11 Ladya Kazan 5 0 2 10 166,5 27,5 151 98
12 3 OR Padova 4 1 2 9 214 29 170,5 102,25
13 16 AEM Luxten Timisoara 4 1 2 9 153 25,5 157 87,75
14 19 SV Werder Bremen 4 1 2 9 150 23,5 171,5 97,25
15 21 SK Dunajska Streda 4 1 2 9 139,5 22,5 162,5 95,25
16 45 LugPokerChess 4 1 2 9 131,5 23 132,5 84,5
17 27 Crvena Zvezda 4 1 2 9 100 22,5 147,5 80
18 12 Beer Sheva Chess Club 3 2 2 8 150 22 173 89,75
19 23 LSG IntelliMagic 4 0 3 8 145,5 24 152 76,5
20 20 Schachgesellschaft Riehen 3 2 2 8 138 22,5 161,5 83

(Full final standings here.)

The European Club Cup for women will be covered in a separate news post.


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