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Gold For Novy Bor, Pamhagen At European Club Cup
Novy Bor repeated their success from 2013. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

Gold For Novy Bor, Pamhagen At European Club Cup

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Novy Bor won the 2022 European Club Cup on Sunday after beating Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier in the final round. The Czech team won the tournament nine years after their first European gold in 2013. Third-seeded ASVOe Pamhagen became the surprise winners of the women's tournament as the only team to finish the competition undefeated.

GM Magnus Carlsen scored an excellent 5/6 on board one of Offerspill, the seventh-seeded team that also finished in seventh place. GM Viswanathan Anand ended on a decent 3.5/6 but his team CSU ASE Superbet, the top seed in the tournament, missed out on the medals.

How to review? The games of the European Chess Club Cup can be found here while the European Women's Chess Club Cup can be found here

Open tournament

As we're covering the final three rounds of the event in this report, we pick up the action after round four. At that point, Novy Bor was the only team to have started with four victories.

The key match was played in round five, when the Czech team faced the powerhouse from Romania sponsored by the sports betting and gambling company Superbet. Playing with Anand and GM Richard Rapport on top boards, the favorites couldn't score a single win in this match, which ended in a resounding victory for Novy Bor: 4.5-1.5.

GM Pentala Harikrishna won a fine game against his legendary compatriot:

Pentala Harikrishna chess
Pentala Harikrishna. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

The other wins for Novy Bor were scored by GM Vidit Gujrathi vs. Rapport and GM Nils Grandelius vs. GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. All in all, quite disappointing for Superbet.

In this round, Carlsen improved his score to 3.5/4, thanks to an impressive win with the black pieces against GM Anton Korobov. Remarkably, the game already left theory on move five.

Magnus Carlsen European Club Cup 2022
Carlsen scored an undefeated 5/6 and gained 2.8 rating points. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

The game was part of Offerspill's 3.5-2.5 victory against Silla (Valencia), which meant that the Norwegians could still hope for a medal—especially after their 4.5-1.5 win vs. Schach ohne Grenzen ("Chess Without Borders," from Austria) in the next round.

Perhaps inspired by Korobov, it was Carlsen's turn to try out a Colle System with the white pieces—a setup with d4, Nf3, b3, and Bb2 named after the Belgian master Edgar Colle. The world champion won another game where he made it look so easy:

Novy Bor defeated the Viernheim Chess Club (Germany) and with one round to go, the Czech team was already two match points ahead of Offerspill (Norway) Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan), Clichy-Echecs-92, and Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier (both France).

Needing just 3-3 for the gold medals, Novy Bor finished in style with a 3.5-2.5 victory vs. Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier. A key game was Harikrishna's win vs. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who was tricked late in the endgame after some very deep theory in the Grunfeld.

Novy Bor Asnieres European Club Cup
The top match in the final round: Novy Bor (on the right) vs. Asnieres. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

It was Clichy that won the silver medal by beating Offerspill. Carlsen couldn't complain after getting away with a draw with GM Parham Maghsoodloo, but Clichy decided matters as GMs Bassem Amin and Daniele Vocaturo won their games vs. GMs Eric Hansen and Johan-Sebastian Christiansen, respectively.

Offerspill Carlsen
Offerspill with, from left to right, Carlsen, Tari, Hansen, and Christiansen. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

The Superbet team finished in a disappointing sixth place after failing to beat Ljubljana Chess Club (Slovenia) in the final round. The match, which ended in 3-3, saw Anand playing another compatriot and winning this time:

Superbet's GM Gukesh D., however, lost his game to GM Andrei Volokitin, who had a fantastic tournament. The Ukrainian grandmaster scored 6.5/7 or a 2931 performance and won 18 rating points. It's somewhat comforting to know Volokitin could forget about the war for a few hours each day and concentrate on chess, but now it's back to the sad reality that the Ukrainians have to deal with, already for more than seven months.

Meanwhile, Asnieres's board-two GM Andrey Esipenko (who plays under the FIDE flag, like some of Russia's grandmasters who don't want to represent their country since the start of the war) had a great week as well, scoring 6/7, a 2897 performance and a 17.8 Elo gain.

Rapport probably expected something else from his first tournament under the Romanian flag. He scored only 2.5/6, which cost him 14.2 rating points.

2022 European Club Cup | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Fed Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 2 Novy Bor Chess club 14 244.5 30.5 174.5 174.5
2 5 Clichy-Echecs-92 12 233.5 31.5 169 142.5
3 6 Schachclub Viernheim 1934e.V. 11 206 27 176 132.8
4 3 Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier 10 214 27 179 120
5 10 Beer Sheva Chess Club 10 206 27 159 101.5
6 1 CSU ASE Superbet 10 205.5 25.5 186.5 128
7 7 Offerspill Chess Club 10 202.5 27.5 174.5 112.5
8 4 TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana 10 200.5 29 169.5 115.3
9 14 Kfar Saba Chess Club 10 190 26.5 153 105
10 9 Vugar Gashimov 10 188 27 162 109.5
11 13 Gokturk Satranc Spor Kulubu 10 178 26 161.5 107.8
12 19 SK Dunajska Streda 10 138 22.5 158 105.5
13 8 Silla - València Origin of Chess 9 194.5 29 158.5 91
14 16 Moravská Slavia Brno 9 183 27.5 157.5 97.3
15 11 Sentimento Ajka BSK 9 171 25.5 167.5 98.3
16 18 Perfect 9 140 24.5 135.5 86
17 17 Schachgesellschaft Zürich 8 151 24 146 79
18 12 FC Bayern München 8 149 22.5 168.5 85.5
19 22 SK Rockaden 8 136.5 21 160.5 81.8
20 21 Schach ohne Grenzen 8 136 21 164 83.5

Women's tournament

ASVOe Pamhagen's victory in round three against top seed Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo proved to be the sign on the wall that this was going to be their week. The winners are a local team (with international players, but that's the case for most top teams): Pamhagen is an Austrian town about 60 km southwest of Vienna, close to the Hungarian border.

After that excellent third round, Pamhagen held the Superbet women's team to 2-2 in round four before beating SK Erste Bank Baden (also Austria) and Odlar Yurdu (Azerbaijan), both with 2.5-1.5. Leading with two match points, another 2-2 in the final round vs. BGK KS Gwiazda Bydgoszcz secured the gold medals for Pamhagen.

Pamhagen chess team
Gold for Pamhagen. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

An interesting detail is that the same four players played in all seven rounds. GM Elina Danielian's tournament (3/7) was not outstanding, but the other three players did well: both Ukrainians GM Anna Ushenina and IM Yuliia Osmak scored 5/7, and IM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya of Poland made 5.5/7.

Osmak scored a good win in the final round with the black pieces:

Although Danielian scored minus one overall, her quick win in the penultimate round was an important one. The players followed 54-year-old theory, but when they deviated from a GM Miguel Najdorf game, Black was lost:

Danielian vs. Mammadzada
Danielian vs. Mammadzada. Photo: Fiona Steil-Antoni/ECU.

2022 European Women's Club Cup | Final Standings

Rk. SNo Fed Team TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 3 ASVOe Pamhagen 12 135.5 18.5 111 94.5
2 2 CSU ASE Superbet 11 121.5 17.5 109.5 83.8
3 1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 11 118 16.5 112.5 86.3
4 5 BGK KS Gwiazda Bydgoszcz 8 110.5 15.5 110.5 60.3
5 6 SK Erste Bank Baden 8 109 15.5 104.5 52
6 4 Odlar Yurdu 8 105 16.5 104.5 53
7 9 TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana 7 93.5 16.5 97.5 42.8
8 7 Wood Green 7 88.5 14 107.5 47.3
9 8 Blue & Yellow 7 84.5 15 98 45.5
10 12 Philidor Mulhouse 7 55.5 14 73,5 30
11 11 Gambit Asseco See 7 52.5 15,5 79 28.5
12 10 Sirmium 6 67.5 13 95 33.5
13 13 Haifa-Nesher 6 56.5 11 88.5 33.5
14 16 Rishon Lezion Chess Club 5 48.5 13 71 15.5
15 15 Garðabaer Chessclub 5 24.5 10.5 71.5 15.5
16 14 SK Zell/Zillertal 3 31 9 74 6.5
17 17 Schachzentrum Seeblick e.V. 1 21.5 6.5 78.5 0

The 37th European Club Cup and the 26th European Women’s Chess Club Cup took place October 3-9, 2022 in Mayrhofen, Austria. Both events were a seven-round Swiss with teams of six players in the open section and teams of four in the women's section. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.


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