Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup
Nona, the winning team in the women's section. Photo: ECU.

Obiettivo Risarcimento, Nona Win European Club Cup

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For the first time Obiettivo Risarcimento from Padova, Italy, won the gold medals at the European Club Cup. Nona (Georgia) won in the women's section for the fourth time.

The European Club Cup, a seven-round competition for European club teams, finished on Saturday in Ulcinj, Montenegro. The first four rounds of this event are covered here.

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After four rounds, four teams had won all their matches: reigning champion Mednyi Vsadnik (St. Petersburg), club Vugar Gashimov from Azerbaijan, Obiettivo Risarcimento from Padova and SK Joly Lysa nad Labem from the Czech Republic.

This year the Italian club dominated the competition as it won its remaining three matches as well—against club Vugar Gashimov, then Mednyi Vsadnik and then also against the top seeds of the competition, Alkaloid from North Macedonia and the winners in 2016.

Against a team of seasoned grandmasters, the Azerbaijanis with three IMs couldn't compete:

Bo. Fed 4 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova Rtg 4 : 2 Fed 13 Vugar Gashimov Rtg
1.1 GM Rapport, Richard 2752 ½ - ½ GM Mamedov, Rauf 2648
1.2 GM Adams, Michael 2692 ½ - ½ GM Asadli, Vugar 2513
1.3 GM Leko, Peter 2666 1 - 0 GM Sadikhov, Ulvi 2502
1.4 GM Jones, Gawain C B 2663 1 - 0 IM Buksa, Nataliya 2410
1.5 GM Saric, Ivan 2650 1 - 0 IM Suleymanli, Aydin 2429
1.6 GM Brunello, Sabino 2549 0 - 1 IM Ahmadzada, Ahmad 2406

This match saw a tremendously wild game between 2018 European Champion Ivan Saric of Croatia and 14-year-old IM Aydin Suleymanli of Azerbaijan. On move 51, the material imbalance was as follows: bishop, knight and six pawns vs. two rooks, a bishop and pawn! However, one of the black rooks was trapped on h8 and would remain so until the end of the game:

Padova Vugar Gashimov European Club Cup 2019
The start of the match with Sarkhan Gashimov (on the right), the brother of the late Vugar Gashimov. Photo: ECC.

In the final rounds the team from Padova got better opposition but emerged victoriously anyway. On Friday the reigning champions were toppled:

Bo. Fed 2 Mednyi Vsadnik Rtg 2 : 4 Fed 4 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova Rtg
1.1 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2762 ½ - ½ GM Rapport, Richard 2752
1.2 GM Matlakov, Maxim 2710 ½ - ½ GM Adams, Michael 2692
1.3 GM Alekseenko, Kirill 2715 0 - 1 GM Leko, Peter 2666
1.4 GM Fedoseev, Vladimir 2672 ½ - ½ GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2694
1.5 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2653 0 - 1 GM Jones, Gawain C B 2663
1.6 GM Ponkratov, Pavel 2619 ½ - ½ GM Saric, Ivan 2650

In this match the top three boards all had the same opening, the o-so topical Giuoco Pianissimo. Former world championship contender Peter Leko showed that, although he's less active these days, his repertoire is still top notch. He outplayed Russia's rising star Kirill Alekseenko on the kingside: 

Gawain Jones of England won the gold medal for his performance on board five, where he scored an undefeated 5/6, good for a 2809 performance. In this match playing a Gruenfeld, he defeated Israeli grandmaster Maxim Rodshtein.

It seems both players were told by their captains not to repeat moves around the time control. Later the game seemed to be heading to a draw anyway until Rodshtein erred:

It was slightly ironic that in the final round, this strong team from Italy full of foreign grandmasters beat their (also international!) opponents on the last board, where it was the only Italian player who won his game.

Bo. Fed 4 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova Rtg 3½:2½ Fed 1 Alkaloid Rtg
1.1 GM Rapport, Richard 2752 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2772
1.2 GM Adams, Michael 2692 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2733
1.3 GM Leko, Peter 2666 ½ - ½ GM Shankland, Sam 2679
1.4 GM Jones, Gawain C B 2663 ½ - ½ GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2665
1.5 GM Saric, Ivan 2650 ½ - ½ GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2683
1.6 GM Vocaturo, Daniele 2615 1 - 0 GM Kovalev, Vladislav 2674

Daniele Vocaturo beat Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus with the black pieces in a Tarrasch French. It seems the white player wasn't aware of the recent Ganguly-Peralta game, where White also got into trouble:

Rapport Mamedyarov European Club Cup 2019
Rapport vs. Mamedyarov, board one in this match. Photo: ECC.

2019 European Club Cup | Final Standings (Top 10)

Rk. SNo Fed Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 4 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova 7 0 0 14 237,0 30,5 174,5 174,5
2 3 AVE Novy Bor 6 0 1 12 214,5 28,5 176,0 149,0
3 2 Mednyi Vsadnik 5 1 1 11 225,5 27,0 182,5 140,3
4 1 Alkaloid 5 0 2 10 237,5 30,5 161,5 104,0
5 7 Moscow Chess Team 5 0 2 10 221,5 29,5 165,5 113,5
6 8 Valerenga 5 0 2 10 218,0 28,0 170,0 112,0
7 6 Molodezka 5 0 2 10 204,0 26,5 172,0 119,0
8 13 Vugar Gashimov 5 0 2 10 194,0 26,0 169,5 110,5
9 10 Koge SK 5 0 2 10 184,0 28,0 164,0 107,0
10 5 Primorsky District 5 0 2 10 182,5 27,0 161,5 108,5

(Full final standings here.)


Women

In the women's group, the two top seeds—Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo and the Kyiv Chess Federation—were leading after four rounds with seven match points. They had already played each other (and tied 2-2).

Chess club Nona from Georgia was one point behind, having started its first two rounds with 2-2 as well. Then Nona was warmed up and defeated both Monte Carlo and Kiev, after which another 2-2, with the team from St. Petersburg, was enough to stay ahead of their rivals.

Bo. Fed 2 Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo Rtg 1 : 3 Fed 3 Nona Rtg
1.1 GM Koneru, Humpy 2577 1 - 0 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2502
1.2 GM Cramling, Pia 2443 0 - 1 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2457
1.3 GM Socko, Monika 2417 0 - 1 GM Batsiashvili, Nino 2422
1.4 IM Daulyte-Cornette, Deimante 2405 0 - 1 GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2446

Nino Batsiashvili played a lovely attacking game in this match:

The next day the two Muzychuk sisters were held to draws, and on boards three and four the two GMs beat the two IMs.

Bo. Fed 3 Nona Rtg 3 : 1 Fed 1 Kyiv Chess Federation Rtg
1.1 GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2502 ½ - ½ GM Muzychuk, Mariya 2552
1.2 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2457 ½ - ½ GM Muzychuk, Anna 2543
1.3 GM Batsiashvili, Nino 2422 1 - 0 IM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2472
1.4 GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2446 1 - 0 IM Osmak, Iulija 2401

Nona won for the fourth time, and it surely helped that it was once again playing with basically the national team of Georgia. However, at the recent European Team Championship in Batumi, Batsiashvili wasn't on the team as she had decided to play in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss earlier.

As her brother pointed out in a tweet, Batsiashvili took revenge over the board, scoring a gold medal on board three with 4.5/6 and a 2603 performance.

 

2019 European Club Cup (Women) | Final Standings

Rk. SNo Fed Team x x - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 3 Nona 4 3 0 11 130,0 17,5 113,0 88,0
2 1 Kyiv Chess Federation 4 2 1 10 118,0 16,5 117,0 82,8
3 2 Cercle d`Echecs Monte Carlo 4 2 1 10 110,5 16,0 113,5 79,0
4 6 Odlar Yurdu 3 3 1 9 114,0 17,5 105,0 63,0
5 4 Ugra 4 0 3 8 97,5 16,0 105,5 55,5
6 7 AVE Novy Bor 3 2 2 8 92,0 17,5 90,5 41,5
7 8 SPB Chess and Draughts Sport School 3 2 2 8 87,0 18,0 82,5 35,3
8 10 ZSK Maribor 3 2 2 8 75,5 14,5 95,0 44,0
9 5 Caissa Pentole Agnelli 3 1 3 7 82,0 14,5 98,0 40,8
10 9 Jelica PEP 3 0 4 6 67,5 14,0 93,5 29,5
11 11 Gambit Asseco SEE 2 2 3 6 61,5 15,0 81,5 23,5
12 13 Rishon Lezion 2 1 4 5 27,0 9,0 90,5 17,5
13 14 Hertzeliya Chess Club 1 0 6 2 19,5 5,5 92,5 4,5
14 12 Woman Chess 0 0 7 0 19,0 4,5 94,0 0,0

Games via TWIC.


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