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18th European Teams 2011 (4)

Germany top after beating Ukraine, Russia slump to Bulgaria defeat in Rd4 of European Teams

No team has more pressure on their performance than Russia and they buckled as they were well beaten by Bulgaria in Round 4. Photo ©

No team has more pressure on their performance than Russia and they buckled as they were well beaten by Bulgaria in Round 4. Photo © |

Five teams have scored 7/8 in the European Team Championships in Porto Carras after 4 rounds. Germany are top on tie-break after a 3.5-0.5 victory over one of the pre-event favourites Ukraine. Azerbaijan drew 2-2 with Spain in the top fixture. Bulgaria with wins from Topalov, Cheparinov and in-form Delchev beat Russia in another shock. France also joined the leaders with a narrow win over Moldova. England were defeated 2.5-1.5 by Israel. Selected Round 5 Pairings: AZE-FRA, GER-BUL, ESP-GRE, ROU-NED, RUS-UKR, DEN-ARM, ITA-ISR, ENG-LTU.

Azerbaijan against Spain was a draw

Azerbaijan against Spain was a draw. Photo © ChessDom

The 4th Round of the European Team Championships in Porto Carras saw some remarkable results. Azerbaijan and Spain split the points with a 2-2 draw. Rajdabov-Vallejo and Shirov-Gashimov were drawn very quickly. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov outrated Ivan Saldago Lopez by over 100 points and he kept things complicated until his opponent went wrong. The experienced Miguel Illescas-Cordoba broke through on the white side of a King's Indian on the run up to first time control.

Gadir Guseinov


Miguel Illescas-Cordoba

Position after 32...g4? An error but black's position was already difficult.

33. Rxf4 Rxf4 34. Nxf4 Rf7 35. Qxd6 Qd4 36. Rf1 Kg8 37. Qxh6 gxh3 38. gxh3 Rxf4 39. Qxf4 Qxd3 40. Rf3 Qd1+ 41. Kh2 Be8 42. Rg3 Kh7 43. Qg5 1-0

Veselin Topalov defeated Peter Svidler for his first win in the event

Veselin Topalov defeated Peter Svidler for his first win in the event. Photo © ChessDom

The Bulgarian team handed out a heavy 3-1 defeat to the power-house Russian team who look set for yet another disappointing performance even at this early stage. Veselin Topalov scored his first win defeating Peter Svidler in a nice positional effort where he misplaced his opponent's queen and converted this advantage into a winning Rook and Pawn ending in the final game to finish. Sergey Karjakin made a horrible mess of his position on the white side of a Sicilian Scheveningen against Ivan Cheparinov. In fact it seems to me Cheparinov might easily have won earlier as 20...e5 looks very strong.

It went surprisingly easy for us [the win against Russia]. Ivan on 2nd board immediately got a very nice position. I don't really know what happened. Karjakin misplayed his preparation? Also Delchev I think his opponent [Morozevich] played too risky. So he also played a very good game. And I was like ... complicated position, at one point I was even thinking to repeat because the match looked very good for us, also on board 4 we didn't really have big problems, but then OK I decided to continue and we were lucky to win all the games where we had winning positions but OK in my game in the end it was not so important because even with draw we would have won the match. I was better of course but he missed to play Rook ending h and f pawns which is supposed to be a draw and he missed that and then it was lost as I could keep my pawn on h6 and with three pawns it is different. So we were lucky but even though Kiril made a big mistake still it was OK.

Q: Ambitions for the Bulgarian team?

It is strange. For some reason we have a very good score against Russia. But something at the end is always wrong with us at the end of the championships. So this time I hope just to play without pressure. We don't really expect a lot but so far it's really going great, so who knows.

Video Interview with Topalov about his win against Svidler and the Bulgarian team performance produced by Vijay Kumar.

In form Aleksander Delchev and Kiril Georgiev

In-form Aleksander Delchev and Kiril Georgiev. Photo © ChessDom

Aleksander Delchev took his personal scored to 3/4 with the defeat of Alexander Morozevich with his play betraying no sign of nerves against his more famous opponent. Ian Nepomniachtchi had to work hard before eventually breaking through to defeat Kiril Georgiev.

Alexander Morozevich


Aleksandar Delchev

Position after 22...e5. Morozevich should probably trade a set of rooks here. He is pushed off the board rather quickly from here.

23. Rd5 Bg5 24. a5 b5 25. Rad1 a6 26. Rd6 Qc8 27. Rb6+ Ka7 28. Nd6 Qc7 29. Rd5 h4 30. Rb7+ Qxb7 31. Nxb7 Kxb7 32. Qxg4 Bf6 33. Qf3 Rh6 34. Qe3 1-0

Jan Gustafsson and Peter Svidler at the start of Round 4

Jan Gustafsson and Peter Svidler at the start of Round 4. Photo © ChessDom

Ruslan Ponomariov has recently had a miserable time by his own high standards. He subsided to a loss in an ending to Arkadij Naiditsch. Georg Meier defeated Pavel Eljanov in a game where there was either a time-scramble with lots of errors or the gamescore is wrong. Alexander Moiseenko drew with Daniel Fridman. Jan Gustafsson got a very threatening looking attack against Zahar Efimenko but until 25...Nf6 black should have been able to hold.

Zahar Efimenko


Jan Gustafsson

Position after 25.Qh5


The cold blooded 25... gxh6 seems a better defence eg 26. Bxe4 Nd2 27. Bd5 Qe3+ 28. Kh1 Nxf1 29. Qxf7+ Kh8 30. Rxf1 Rf8 31. Qxf8+ Rxf8 32. Rxf8+ Kg7 and black is even better

26. Rxf6! Qxf6 27. Bh7+ Kf8 28. Bg5 Re5 29. Bf5 g6 30. Qh4 Qxg5 31. Qxg5 Bxf5 32. Qh4 1-0

Dimitrios Mastrovasilis moved to 3.5/4

Dimitrios Mastrovasilis moved to 3.5/4. Photo © ChessDom

Christian Bauer's win with the Scandinavian Defence against Serghei Vedmediuc took France to a 2.5-1.5 win against Moldova. Ivan Sokolov's win against Branko Damljanov took the Netherlands to a 2.5-1.5 win over Serbia. Dimitrios Mastrovasilis has been at the heart of Greece's fine performance and his win taking him to 3.5/4 against Levan Pantsulaia gave them a 2.5-1.5 against Georgia. Romania beat Lithuania 2.5-1.5. Levon Aronian beat Hrvoje Stevic but I'm not sure the conclusion of the game is quite correct. Gabriel Sargissian also beat Mladen Palac at Armenia won 3-1 against Croatia. The Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Hungary.

Israel against England with Adams in the foreground

Israel against England with Adams in the foreground. Photo © ChessDom

England's game against Israel was not broadcast live and they dropped further down the field with a 2.5-1.5 loss to Israel. Sutovsky-Adams, Short-Roiz and Smirin-Howell were all drawn. Gawain Jones lost to Evgeny Postny.

18th European Team Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Standings:
RkSNoTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
2112Czech Rep.412148.031.0
18th European Team Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Results:
Round 4 on 2011/11/06 at 15:00
Bo.3AzerbaijanRtg-13SpainRtg2 : 2
1.1GMRadjabov Teimour2781-GMVallejo Pons Francisco2705½ - ½
1.2GMGashimov Vugar2757-GMShirov Alexei2705½ - ½
1.3GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2733-GMSalgado Lopez Ivan26211 - 0
1.4GMGuseinov Gadir2636-GMIllescas Cordoba Miguel26090 - 1
Bo.7BulgariaRtg-1RussiaRtg3 : 1
2.1GMTopalov Veselin2768-GMSvidler Peter27551 - 0
2.2GMCheparinov Ivan2650-GMKarjakin Sergey27631 - 0
2.3GMDelchev Aleksander2629-GMMorozevich Alexander27621 - 0
2.4GMGeorgiev Kiril2666-GMNepomniachtchi Ian27300 - 1
Bo.2UkraineRtg-10GermanyRtg½ :3½
3.1GMPonomariov Ruslan2723-GMNaiditsch Arkadij27120 - 1
3.2GMEljanov Pavel2691-GMMeier Georg26590 - 1
3.3GMMoiseenko Alexander2715-GMFridman Daniel2661½ - ½
3.4GMEfimenko Zahar2702-GMGustafsson Jan26330 - 1
4.1GMBacrot Etienne2714-GMBologan Viktor2665½ - ½
4.2GMVachier-Lagrave Maxime2710-GMIordachescu Viorel2648½ - ½
4.3GMIstratescu Andrei2627-GMSvetushkin Dmitry2621½ - ½
4.4GMBauer Christian2641-IMVedmediuc Serghei24651 - 0
5.1GMGiri Anish2714-GMIvanisevic Ivan2636½ - ½
5.2GMVan Wely Loek2686-GMSolak Dragan2629½ - ½
5.3GMSokolov Ivan2646-GMDamljanovic Branko25971 - 0
5.4GMSmeets Jan2615-GMPerunovic Milos2576½ - ½
6.1GMBanikas Hristos2620-GMJobava Baadur2678½ - ½
6.2GMMastrovasilis Dimitrios2621-GMPantsulaia Levan25881 - 0
6.3GMPapaioannou Ioannis2600-GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2636½ - ½
6.4GMHalkias Stelios2593-GMGagunashvili Merab2577½ - ½
7.1GMSulskis Sarunas2577-GMLupulescu Constantin26571 - 0
7.2IMZagorskis Darius2497-GMParligras Mircea-Emilian26500 - 1
7.3IMLabeckas Kestutis2410-GMMarin Mihail2534½ - ½
7.4Klabis Rokas2100-GMSzabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula25530 - 1
Bo.4ArmeniaRtg-16CroatiaRtg3 : 1
8.1GMAronian Levon2802-GMStevic Hrvoje26121 - 0
8.2GMMovsesian Sergei2710-GMSaric Ivan2648½ - ½
8.3GMSargissian Gabriel2671-GMPalac Mladen25801 - 0
8.4GMHovhannisyan Robert2586-GMBrkic Ante2605½ - ½
Bo.12Czech Rep.Rtg-5HungaryRtg2 : 2
9.1GMLaznicka Viktor2703-GMLeko Peter2720½ - ½
9.2GMHracek Zbynek2628-GMAlmasi Zoltan2707½ - ½
9.3GMStocek Jiri2600-GMBerkes Ferenc2705½ - ½
9.4GMBabula Vlastimil2565-GMBalogh Csaba2662½ - ½
10.1GMSutovsky Emil2696-GMAdams Michael2734½ - ½
10.2GMRoiz Michael2651-GMShort Nigel D2698½ - ½
10.3GMSmirin Ilia2670-GMHowell David W L2633½ - ½
10.4GMPostny Evgeny2640-GMJones Gawain C B26351 - 0
Bo.14PolandRtg-21SloveniaRtg2 : 2
11.1GMWojtaszek Radoslaw2705-GMBeliavsky Alexander G2617½ - ½
11.2GMSocko Bartosz2635-GMLenic Luka2634½ - ½
11.3GMBartel Mateusz2653-GMBorisek Jure2541½ - ½
11.4GMMacieja Bartlomiej2616-GMSkoberne Jure2533½ - ½
12.1GMCaruana Fabiano2727-GMGrandelius Nils25431 - 0
12.2GMGodena Michele2548-GMCarlsson Pontus2502½ - ½
12.3IMDvirnyy Daniyyl2475-IMSemcesen Daniel24901 - 0
12.4IMRombaldoni Axel2459-GMBrynell Stellan24860 - 1
13.1GMHansen Sune Berg2566-GMMiezis Normunds25471 - 0
13.2GMRasmussen Allan Stig2541-GMSveshnikov Evgeny2514½ - ½
13.3GMAagaard Jacob2522-IMNeiksans Arturs25021 - 0
13.4IMGlud Jakob Vang2497-GMStarostits Ilmars24560 - 1
14.1GMDanielsen Henrik2542-GMDjukic Nikola24930 - 1
14.2FMGretarsson Hjorvar Steinn2452-GMBlagojevic Dragisa2514½ - ½
14.3IMThorfinnsson Bragi2421-GMDrasko Milan24781 - 0
14.4GMOlafsson Helgi2531-GMKosic Dragan25021 - 0
15.1GMGeorgiev Vladimir2553-IMYilmaz Mustafa25150 - 1
15.2GMNedev Trajko2493-GMCan Emre24651 - 0
15.3IMColovic Aleksandar2451-IMFirat Burak2393½ - ½
15.4GMStanojoski Zvonko2470-CMSanal Vahap22751 - 0
16.1GMNyback Tomi2631-GMRagger Markus26620 - 1
16.2IMSammalvuo Tapani2492-GMKindermann Stefan2519½ - ½
16.3IMAgopov Mikael2450-GMShengelia David25510 - 1
16.4IMKarttunen Mika2434-IMKreisl Robert24151 - 0
17.1FMTate Alan2334-GMLie Kjetil A25601 - 0
17.2FMMorrison Graham2339-IMElsness Frode25060 - 1
17.3CMRoberts Paul2222-GMJohannessen Leif Erlend2515½ - ½
17.4Mitchell Martin2215-IMGetz Nicolai23690 - 1
Bo.26SwitzerlandRtg-36WalesRtg4 : 0
18.1GMPelletier Yannick2581-FMWilliams A Howard23531 - 0
18.2GMKorchnoi Viktor2567-Kett Tim21841 - 0
18.3GMGallagher Joseph G2500-Pleasants Allan J20891 - 0
18.4IMKurmann Oliver2451-Young Alan20421 - 0
19.1IMBerend Fred2381-Bryan-Vissi Mark18081 - 0
19.2Jeitz Christian2171-Aristotelous Vassilis1921½ - ½
19.3Schartz Alain2160-Boulos Vrachimis01 - 0
19.4FMMossong Hubert2119-Constantinou Pavlos20680 - 1
18th European Team w Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Standings:
RkSNoTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
918Czech Rep.413058.535.0
18th European Team w Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Results:
Round 4 on 2011/11/06 at 15:00
1.1GMLahno Kateryna2549-GMKosintseva Nadezhda25461 - 0
1.2GMZhukova Natalia2427-GMKosintseva Tatiana25260 - 1
1.3IMGaponenko Inna2435-IMGunina Valentina25140 - 1
1.4IMMuzychuk Mariya2460-GMKosteniuk Alexandra2439½ - ½
Bo.4ArmeniaRtg-3GeorgiaRtg1 : 3
2.1GMDanielian Elina2507-GMDzagnidze Nana2516½ - ½
2.2IMMkrtchian Lilit2469-WGMPaikidze Nazi2422½ - ½
2.3IMGalojan Lilit2383-IMKhurtsidze Nino24400 - 1
2.4WGMAginian Nelly2263-IMMelia Salome23920 - 1
Bo.5PolandRtg-8BulgariaRtg3 : 1
3.1GMSocko Monika2479-GMStefanova Antoaneta2531½ - ½
3.2WGMZawadzka Jolanta2326-WGMVidenova Iva2297½ - ½
3.3WGMSzczepkowska-H. Karina2379-WGMVoiska Margarita23281 - 0
3.4WIMToma Katarzyna2297-WGMNikolova Adriana22861 - 0
Bo.9RomaniaRtg-14SerbiaRtg2 : 2
4.1IMFoisor Cristina-Adela2418-IMBojkovic Natasa2396½ - ½
4.2WGML'ami Alina2364-WGMChelushkina Irina22760 - 1
4.3WIMBulmaga Irina2334-WGMStojanovic Andjelija22801 - 0
4.4WGMVoicu Jagodzinsky Carmen2300-WIMDrljevic Ljilja2273½ - ½
Bo.10SpainRtg-12FranceRtg½ :3½
5.1IMAlexandrova Olga2423-IMMilliet Sophie2386½ - ½
5.2WGMVega Gutierrez Sabrina2327-WGMMaisuradze Nino23150 - 1
5.3WIMHernandez Estevez Yudania2284-WGMGuichard Pauline23050 - 1
5.4WFMPascual Palomo Lucia2104-WGMLeconte Maria22820 - 1
Bo.18Czech Rep.Rtg-11SloveniaRtg2 : 2
6.1WGMKulovana Eva2297-IMMuzychuk Anna25570 - 1
6.2WGMNemcova Katerina2276-WGMKrivec Jana2291½ - ½
6.3WIMHavlikova Kristyna2285-WGMSrebrnic Ana22191 - 0
6.4WIMOlsarova Karolina2167-WIMRozic Vesna2263½ - ½
7.1WIMYildiz Betul Cemre2301-GMHoang Thanh Trang2446½ - ½
7.2WIMOzturk Kubra2239-IMMadl Ildiko23990 - 1
7.3Cemhan Kardelen1881-WGMGara Ticia23751 - 0
7.4Menzi Nezihe Ezgi1911-IMGara Anita23400 - 1
Bo.13NetherlandsRtg-16GreeceRtg2 : 2
8.1GMPeng Zhaoqin2379-IMDembo Yelena2468½ - ½
8.2WIMSchut Lisa2284-WGMMakropoulou Marina22011 - 0
8.3IMLanchava Tea2320-WIMFakhiridou Ekaterini2180½ - ½
8.4WIMBensdorp Marlies2242-WIMPavlidou Ekaterini21760 - 1
Bo.22EnglandRtg-7GermanyRtg1 : 3
9.1IMHouska Jovanka2415-IMPaehtz Elisabeth2457½ - ½
9.2IMCiuksyte Dagne2327-WGMMichna Marta2382½ - ½
9.3WFMYurenok Maria S2106-WIMOhme Melanie23610 - 1
9.4WFMHegarty Sarah N2060-WIMHoolt Sarah22860 - 1
Bo.24MontenegroRtg-15IsraelRtg2 : 2
10.1WGMVojinovic Jovana2346-IMKlinova Masha2316½ - ½
10.2WFMMilovic Aleksandra2171-WIMPorat Maya22991 - 0
10.3WFMStojanovic Marija R2095-IMBorsuk Angela22570 - 1
10.4Blagojevic Tijana1925-WIMVasiliev Olga2305½ - ½
Bo.25SwitzerlandRtg-20LatviaRtg2 : 2
11.1WIMSeps Monika2198-WGMReizniece-Ozola Dana22810 - 1
11.2WIMHeinatz Dr Gundula2205-WGMBerzina Ilze2320½ - ½
11.3De Seroux Camille2056-WGMErneste Inguna22181 - 0
11.4Thuerig Catherine2049-WFMUngure Liga2066½ - ½
Bo.19CroatiaRtg-17AzerbaijanRtg½ :3½
12.1WGMGolubenko Valentina2293-WGMMamedjarova Zeinab23140 - 1
12.2WIMFranciskovic Borka2280-WIMKazimova Narmin2241½ - ½
12.3WGMMedic Mirjana2236-WIMMammadova Gulnar22900 - 1
12.4WIMSaric Kristina2255-WIMUmudova Nargiz22100 - 1
Bo.26LithuaniaRtg-21AustriaRtg2 : 2
13.1WGMDaulyte Deimante2238-IMMoser Eva24480 - 1
13.2WIMZaksaite Salomeja2200-WIMKopinits Anna-Christina22761 - 0
13.3Batkovskyte Dominyka2102-WFMNewrkla Katharina21310 - 1
13.4Vanagaite Giedre1958-WFMNovkovic Julia20891 - 0
Bo.23ItalyRtg-28NorwayRtg4 : 0
14.1IMSedina Elena2343-WFMJohnsen Sylvia20281 - 0
14.2IMZimina Olga2338-Reppen Ellisiv19491 - 0
14.3WIMBrunello Marina2221-Carlsen Ellen Oen19311 - 0
14.4Messina Roberta1964-Hansen Erle Andrea Marki17621 - 0

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