European Club Cup 2008

European Club Cup 2008

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Oct 17, 2008, 12:18 PM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

The 2008 European Club Cup starts today in Halkidiki, Greece with a huge number of talented players taking part.  Think I'm exaggerating?  Well, there are more than 80 players rated over 2600 Elo and of those, more than 20 are over 2700!  The popular young star Magnus Carlsen (pictured) is among them. Truly an incredibly strong competition!

The format of the event is a 7-round Swiss, with no rest days, finishing on the 23rd October.  Games start at 2:30 pm local time (GMT+2).

Alongside this 'Open' tournament there is a women's tournament being held as well in the same format.

There are 64 teams in the men's competition and 18 teams in the women's event.

The top rated team is URAL Sverdolavskya and their squad is:


Radjabov Teimour 2751 
 AZE

Kamsky Gata 2729 
 USA

Shirov Alexei 2726 
 ESP

Grischuk Alexander 2719 
 RUS

Malakhov Vladimir 2675 
 RUS

Motylev Alexander 2672 
 RUS

Dreev Alexey 2670 
 RUS

Rashkovsky Nukhim N 2519 
 RUS


The top players taking part include:

Open Section

1 Morozevich Alexander  2788 RUS 
2 Ivanchuk Vassily  2781 UKR 
3 Carlsen Magnus  2775 NOR 
4 Radjabov Teimour  2744 AZE 
5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  2742 AZE 
6 Shirov Alexei  2741 ESP 
7 Svidler Peter  2738 RUS 
8 Aronian Levon  2737 ARM 
9 Adams Michael  2735 ENG 
10 Grischuk Alexander  2728 RUS 
11 Karjakin Sergey  2727 UKR 
12 Kamsky Gata  2723 USA 
13 Movsesian Sergei  2723 SVK 
14 Gelfand Boris  2720 ISR 
15 Ponomariov Ruslan  2718 UKR 
16 Gashimov Vugar  2717 AZE 
17 Eljanov Pavel  2716 UKR 
18 Jakovenko Dmitry  2709 RUS 
19 Alekseev Evgeny  2708 RUS 
20 Milov Vadim  2705 SUI 
21 Ni Hua  2705 CHN 
22 Wang Yue  2704 CHN 


Women's Section

1 Koneru Humpy  2622 IND
2 Xie Jun  2574 CHN
3 Hou Yifan  2557 CHN
4 Stefanova Antoaneta  2550 BUL
5 Cramling Pia  2544 SWE
6 Zhao Xue  2522 CHN
7 Kosintseva Tatiana  2511 RUS
8 Cmilyte Viktorija  2508 LTU
9 Lahno Kateryna  2507 UKR
10 Muzychuk Anna  2504 SLO
11 Danielian Elina  2495 ARM
12 Chiburdanidze Maia  2489 GEO
13 Zhukova Natalia  2489 UKR
14 Hoang Thanh Trang  2487 HUN
15 Paehtz Elisabeth  2481 GER
16 Ushenina Anna  2476 UKR
17 Socko Monika  2473 POL
18 Gaponenko Inna  2468 UKR
19 Skripchenko Almira  2463 FRA
20 Harika Dronavalli  2461 IND
21 Kosintseva Nadezhda  2460 RUS
22 Korbut Ekaterina  2459 RUS


Many first round games have now finished.  Here is a win by US star Gata Kamsky.  Full details of the event and all the games can be found at the official website.

There has also been controversy before the event even began as Fabiano Caruana was disqualified from competing because he had not met the requirement of playing at least 2 games in the national or region club competitions - see the video from the official coverage by Chessdom below.

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