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18th European Teams 2011 (1)

Russia struggle on first day of European Teams

EU President Silvio Danailov opens the event with the Russian Team. Photo ©

EU President Silvio Danailov opens the event with the Russian Team. Photo © | http://euro2011.chessdom.com/

The first round of the European Team Championship that started in Porto Carras in Greece on Thursday 3rd November saw many close struggles. Russia squeaked past Moldova in a strange match. Mamedyarov was Azerbaijan's only winner in beating Italy. Ukraine and Armenia were 3.5-0.5 winners. Rd2 Pairs: 1pm Fri: CZE-RUS, UKR-BUL, ARM-AZE, CRO-HUN, ENG-GRE, GER-ISR, SRB-ESP.

Things started very slowly for the Russian Team

Things started very slowly for the Russian Team. Photo © ChessDom http://euro2011.chessdom.com/

The rating favourites Russia somehow got past Moldova in a match that certainly should have been drawn and that they could easily have lost. Peter Svidler struggled for most of the game with white against Viktor Bologan who offered a draw in a position where he was substantially better. Alexander Morozevich beat Dmitry Svetushkin after the latter just dropped a rook on move 77 in a drawn position. Azerbaijan too only won narrowly, against Italy with their "enforcer" Shakhriyar Mamedyarov winning quickly against Sabino Brunello.

There were big 3.5-0.5 wins for Armenia over Austria (Interview with birthday boy Sergei Movsesian who drew easily with black against Ragger) and Ukraine over Slovenia where veteran Alexander Beliavsky held Vassily Ivanchuk.

Veselin Topalov even with an aggressive novelty couldn't get past Yannick Pelletier, the great Viktor Korchnoi drew against Ivan Cheparinov and it was left to Kiril Georgiev who beat Olivier Kurmann to see Bulgaria past Switzerland 2.5-1.5.

Hungary beat Denmark, Sweden held France as did Finland with the Netherlands.

Michael Adams

Michael Adams during Round of the European Teams where he won. Photo © ChessDom http://euro2011.chessdom.com/

England's stars Michael Adams and Nigel Short came good in their match against Latvia where David Howell lost to Arturs Neiksans.

Evgeny Sveshnikov

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Nigel Short

Position after 19.Ra7. Nigel Short simply over-powered Sveshnikov in a confusing position.

19... Qb6 20. Rxf7 Ba6 21. Qc2 Rxf7 22. Ndxf7 Qxb2 23. Qg6 Rf8 24. Rb1 c3 25. Nh6+ Kh8 26. Ngf7+ Rxf7 27. Nxf7+ Kg8 28. Rxb2 cxb2 29. Qc2 Kxf7 30. Qxb2 1-0

Serbia and Greece were the early leaders after being drawn against bottom seeds Luxembourg and Cyprus and beating them 4-0. These two teams are well adrift of the rest in terms of playing strength and are in for a very tough time indeed.

The Official website ChessDom have many, many videos of the event. A couple of early ones:

18th European Team Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 1 (of 9) Results:
Round 1 on 2011/11/03 at 15:00
Bo.1RussiaRtg-20MoldovaRtg2½:1½
1.1GMSvidler Peter2755-GMBologan Viktor2665½ - ½
1.2GMGrischuk Alexander2752-GMIordachescu Viorel2648½ - ½
1.3GMMorozevich Alexander2762-GMSvetushkin Dmitry26211 - 0
1.4GMNepomniachtchi Ian2730-IMVedmediuc Serghei2465½ - ½
Bo.21SloveniaRtg-2UkraineRtg½ :3½
2.1GMBeliavsky Alexander G2617-GMIvanchuk Vassily2775½ - ½
2.2GMLenic Luka2634-GMEljanov Pavel26910 - 1
2.3GMBorisek Jure2541-GMMoiseenko Alexander27150 - 1
2.4IMSebenik Matej2518-GMEfimenko Zahar27020 - 1
Bo.3AzerbaijanRtg-22ItalyRtg2½:1½
3.1GMRadjabov Teimour2781-GMCaruana Fabiano2727½ - ½
3.2GMGashimov Vugar2757-GMGodena Michele2548½ - ½
3.3GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2733-GMBrunello Sabino25751 - 0
3.4GMGuseinov Gadir2636-IMRombaldoni Axel2459½ - ½
Bo.23AustriaRtg-4ArmeniaRtg½ :3½
4.1GMRagger Markus2662-GMMovsesian Sergei2710½ - ½
4.2GMKindermann Stefan2519-GMAkopian Vladimir26810 - 1
4.3GMShengelia David2551-GMSargissian Gabriel26710 - 1
4.4IMKreisl Robert2415-GMHovhannisyan Robert25860 - 1
Bo.5HungaryRtg-24DenmarkRtg3 : 1
5.1GMLeko Peter2720-GMHansen Sune Berg2566½ - ½
5.2GMAlmasi Zoltan2707-GMRasmussen Allan Stig25411 - 0
5.3GMBerkes Ferenc2705-GMAagaard Jacob2522½ - ½
5.4GMGyimesi Zoltan2652-IMGlud Jakob Vang24971 - 0
Bo.25SwedenRtg-6FranceRtg2 : 2
6.1GMTikkanen Hans2586-GMVachier-Lagrave Maxime2710½ - ½
6.2GMGrandelius Nils2543-GMFressinet Laurent2700½ - ½
6.3GMCarlsson Pontus2502-GMIstratescu Andrei26271 - 0
6.4IMSemcesen Daniel2490-GMBauer Christian26410 - 1
Bo.7BulgariaRtg-26SwitzerlandRtg2½:1½
7.1GMTopalov Veselin2768-GMPelletier Yannick2581½ - ½
7.2GMCheparinov Ivan2650-GMKorchnoi Viktor2567½ - ½
7.3GMDelchev Aleksander2629-GMGallagher Joseph G2500½ - ½
7.4GMGeorgiev Kiril2666-IMKurmann Oliver24511 - 0
Bo.27LatviaRtg-8EnglandRtg1½:2½
8.1GMMiezis Normunds2547-GMAdams Michael27340 - 1
8.2GMSveshnikov Evgeny2514-GMShort Nigel D26980 - 1
8.3IMNeiksans Arturs2502-GMHowell David W L26331 - 0
8.4GMStarostits Ilmars2456-GMJones Gawain C B2635½ - ½
Bo.9NetherlandsRtg-28FinlandRtg2 : 2
9.1GMGiri Anish2714-GMNyback Tomi2631½ - ½
9.2GMSokolov Ivan2646-IMSammalvuo Tapani24921 - 0
9.3GMSmeets Jan2615-IMAgopov Mikael2450½ - ½
9.4GMStellwagen Daniel2627-IMKarttunen Mika24340 - 1
Bo.29MontenegroRtg-10GermanyRtg1 : 3
10.1GMDjukic Nikola2493-GMNaiditsch Arkadij27120 - 1
10.2GMBlagojevic Dragisa2514-GMMeier Georg2659½ - ½
10.3GMKosic Dragan2502-GMGustafsson Jan2633½ - ½
10.4IMKalezic Blazo2461-GMBuhmann Rainer26120 - 1
Bo.11IsraelRtg-30FYROMRtg3 : 1
11.1GMRodshtein Maxim2645-GMGeorgiev Vladimir25530 - 1
11.2GMSutovsky Emil2696-GMNedev Trajko24931 - 0
11.3GMRoiz Michael2651-IMPancevski Filip24421 - 0
11.4GMPostny Evgeny2640-GMStanojoski Zvonko24701 - 0
Bo.31NorwayRtg-12Czech RepublicRtg½ :3½
12.1GMLie Kjetil A2560-GMNavara David27240 - 1
12.2IMElsness Frode2506-GMHracek Zbynek26280 - 1
12.3GMJohannessen Leif Erlend2515-GMStocek Jiri26000 - 1
12.4IMGetz Nicolai2369-GMBabula Vlastimil2565½ - ½
Bo.13SpainRtg-32IcelandRtg2½:1½
13.1GMVallejo Pons Francisco2705-GMDanielsen Henrik25421 - 0
13.2GMShirov Alexei2705-FMGretarsson Hjorvar Steinn24520 - 1
13.3GMSalgado Lopez Ivan2621-IMThorfinnsson Bragi24211 - 0
13.4GMIllescas Cordoba Miguel2609-IMThorfinnsson Bjorn2402½ - ½
Bo.33LithuaniaRtg-14PolandRtg2 : 2
14.1GMSulskis Sarunas2577-GMSocko Bartosz26351 - 0
14.2IMZagorskis Darius2497-GMBartel Mateusz26530 - 1
14.3IMLabeckas Kestutis2410-GMMiton Kamil2622½ - ½
14.4Klabis Rokas2100-GMMacieja Bartlomiej2616½ - ½
Bo.15GeorgiaRtg-34TurkeyRtg1½:2½
15.1GMPantsulaia Levan2588-IMYilmaz Mustafa25151 - 0
15.2GMMchedlishvili Mikheil2636-GMCan Emre24650 - 1
15.3GMGagunashvili Merab2577-FMAli Marandi Cemil Can2275½ - ½
15.4Zarkua Davit2443-CMSanal Vahap22750 - 1
Bo.35ScotlandRtg-16CroatiaRtg1 : 3
16.1FMTate Alan2334-GMStevic Hrvoje26120 - 1
16.2FMMorrison Graham2339-GMSaric Ivan2648½ - ½
16.3IMMuir Andrew J2311-GMPalac Mladen2580½ - ½
16.4CMRoberts Paul2222-GMBrkic Ante26050 - 1
Bo.17RomaniaRtg-36WalesRtg4 : 0
17.1GMParligras Mircea-Emilian2650-FMWilliams A Howard23531 - 0
17.2GMVajda Levente2584-CMJones Iolo C22821 - 0
17.3GMMarin Mihail2534-Pleasants Allan J20891 - 0
17.4GMSzabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula2553-Young Alan20421 - 0
Bo.37LuxembourgRtg-18SerbiaRtg0 : 4
18.1Jeitz Christian2171-GMIvanisevic Ivan26360 - 1
18.2Schartz Alain2160-GMSolak Dragan26290 - 1
18.3FMMossong Hubert2119-GMDamljanovic Branko25970 - 1
18.4WIMSteil-Antoni Fiona2104-GMKovacevic Aleksandar25630 - 1
Bo.19GreeceRtg-38CyprusRtg4 : 0
19.1GMBanikas Hristos2620-Bryan-Vissi Mark18081 - 0
19.2GMMastrovasilis Dimitrios2621-Aristotelous Vassilis19211 - 0
19.3GMPapaioannou Ioannis2600-Boulos Vrachimis01 - 0
19.4GMHalkias Stelios2593-Constantinou Pavlos20681 - 0
18th European Team w Porto Carras GRE Thu 3rd Nov 2011 - Fri 11th Nov 2011
Leading Round 1 (of 9) Results:
Round 1 on 2011/11/03 at 15:00
Bo.1RussiaRtg-15IsraelRtg3 : 1
1.1GMKosintseva Nadezhda2546-WIMPorat Maya22991 - 0
1.2GMKosintseva Tatiana2526-WIMEfroimski Marsel22301 - 0
1.3IMGunina Valentina2514-IMBorsuk Angela2257½ - ½
1.4WGMPogonina Natalija2451-WIMVasiliev Olga2305½ - ½
Bo.16GreeceRtg-2UkraineRtg1½:2½
2.1IMDembo Yelena2468-GMZhukova Natalia2427½ - ½
2.2WGMBotsari Anna-Maria2313-IMUshenina Anna2463½ - ½
2.3WGMMakropoulou Marina2201-IMGaponenko Inna2435½ - ½
2.4WIMFakhiridou Ekaterini2180-IMMuzychuk Mariya24600 - 1
Bo.3GeorgiaRtg-17AzerbaijanRtg2½:1½
3.1IMJavakhishvili Lela2475-WGMMamedjarova Zeinab23140 - 1
3.2WGMPaikidze Nazi2422-WIMKazimova Narmin22411 - 0
3.3IMKhurtsidze Nino2440-WIMMammadova Gulnar22901 - 0
3.4IMMelia Salome2392-WGMMamedjarova Turkan2277½ - ½
Bo.18Czech RepublicRtg-4ArmeniaRtg2 : 2
4.1WGMKulovana Eva2297-GMDanielian Elina25070 - 1
4.2WGMNemcova Katerina2276-IMMkrtchian Lilit2469½ - ½
4.3WIMHavlikova Kristyna2285-IMGalojan Lilit23831 - 0
4.4WIMOlsarova Tereza2232-WGMKursova Maria2315½ - ½
Bo.5PolandRtg-19CroatiaRtg3 : 1
5.1GMSocko Monika2479-WGMGolubenko Valentina22931 - 0
5.2WGMZawadzka Jolanta2326-WIMFranciskovic Borka22801 - 0
5.3WGMMajdan-Gajewska Joanna2386-WGMMedic Mirjana22360 - 1
5.4WGMSzczepkowska-Horowska Karina2379-WIMSaric Kristina22551 - 0
Bo.20LatviaRtg-6HungaryRtg1½:2½
6.1WGMReizniece-Ozola Dana2281-IMMadl Ildiko23991 - 0
6.2WGMBerzina Ilze2320-WGMRudolf Anna23470 - 1
6.3WGMErneste Inguna2218-WGMGara Ticia2375½ - ½
6.4WFMUngure Liga2066-IMGara Anita23400 - 1
Bo.7GermanyRtg-21AustriaRtg3½: ½
7.1IMPaehtz Elisabeth2457-IMMoser Eva24481 - 0
7.2WGMMichna Marta2382-WFMExler Veronika21241 - 0
7.3WIMOhme Melanie2361-WIMKopinits Anna-Christina2276½ - ½
7.4WIMHoolt Sarah2286-WFMNewrkla Katharina21311 - 0
Bo.22EnglandRtg-8BulgariaRtg1 : 3
8.1IMHouska Jovanka2415-WGMVidenova Iva22970 - 1
8.2IMCiuksyte Dagne2327-WGMVoiska Margarita2328½ - ½
8.3WFMYurenok Maria S2106-WGMDjingarova Emilia2309½ - ½
8.4WFMBhatia Kanwal K2087-WGMNikolova Adriana22860 - 1
Bo.9RomaniaRtg-23ItalyRtg3 : 1
9.1IMFoisor Cristina-Adela2418-IMSedina Elena2343½ - ½
9.2WGML'ami Alina2364-IMZimina Olga23381 - 0
9.3WGMCosma Elena-Luminita2335-WIMBrunello Marina2221½ - ½
9.4WIMBulmaga Irina2334-Messina Roberta19641 - 0
Bo.24MontenegroRtg-10SpainRtg1 : 3
10.1WGMVojinovic Jovana2346-IMAlexandrova Olga24230 - 1
10.2WFMMilovic Aleksandra2171-WGMVega Gutierrez Sabrina2327½ - ½
10.3WFMStojanovic Marija R2095-WGMCalzetta Ruiz Monica2301½ - ½
10.4Blagojevic Tijana1925-WFMPascual Palomo Lucia21040 - 1
Bo.11SloveniaRtg-25SwitzerlandRtg1½:2½
11.1IMMuzychuk Anna2557-WIMSeps Monika21981 - 0
11.2WGMKrivec Jana2291-WIMHeinatz Dr Gundula22050 - 1
11.3WGMSrebrnic Ana2219-De Seroux Camille20560 - 1
11.4WIMRozic Vesna2263-Stoeri Laura1939½ - ½
Bo.26LithuaniaRtg-12FranceRtg1 : 3
12.1WGMDaulyte Deimante2238-IMMilliet Sophie23860 - 1
12.2WIMZaksaite Salomeja2200-WGMMaisuradze Nino23151 - 0
12.3Batkovskyte Dominyka2102-WGMGuichard Pauline23050 - 1
12.4Vanagaite Giedre1958-IMCollas Silvia22870 - 1
Bo.13NetherlandsRtg-27TurkeyRtg2½:1½
13.1GMPeng Zhaoqin2379-WIMYildiz Betul Cemre23011 - 0
13.2IMLanchava Tea2320-WIMOzturk Kubra22390 - 1
13.3WIMBensdorp Marlies2242-WCMKaya Emel2005½ - ½
13.4WIMHaast Anne2268-Menzi Nezihe Ezgi19111 - 0
Bo.28NorwayRtg-14SerbiaRtg0 : 4
14.1WFMJohnsen Sylvia2028-IMBojkovic Natasa23960 - 1
14.2Reppen Ellisiv1949-WGMChelushkina Irina22760 - 1
14.3Carlsen Ellen Oen1931-WIMDrljevic Ljilja22730 - 1
14.4Hansen Erle Andrea Marki1762-WIMEric Jovana22360 - 1

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