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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo and Economist-SGSEU-1 win Europe Chess Club Cup

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Koneru Humpy and Hou Yifan (Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo)

GM Dmitry Andreikin (Economist-SGSEU-1)

Hi Everyone,

As expected by most people the European Chess Club Cup winners are Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo in the women's section and Economist-SGSEU-1 in the open.

Economist-SGSEU-1 were the defending champions and took the title by drawing with Yugra 3-3 in a well-fought match. Top-seeded SOCAR Azerbaijan and ShSM-64 Moscow also settled for a draw with Mamedyarov beating Gelfand on the first board and Riazantsev equalizing by defeating Shirov.

German champion Baden-Baden OSG and A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv moved up with the other teams on the shared second place by winning their final matches.

Economist-SGSEU-1 is convincingly first with 13 match points, full two points ahead of the rest of the field. But further bellow was a cluster of four teams who shared the second place by collecting 11 points each. Yugra and A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv had the best sum of individual scores and entered into medal distribution. Ultimately, Yugra counted on better third tiebreak to grab the silver, while the 10th-seeded Chernigiv will be satisfied with bronze.

Meanwhile, the 15th European Club Cup for Women saw a dramatic finish as three teams were tied for the top slot in the penultimate round. But matches on both the top two tables were draws.

Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo played AVS, who appeared to be without chances for the first place because of the low sum of individual scores. Nevertheless, the Russian team tried their best to defeat the defending champions. WGM Anastasia Savina scored against IM Almira Skripchenko, but Yifan Hou struck back and won against Natalia Pogonina. The other two games were drawn and the match finished 2-2.

St.Petersburg Chess Club and Giprorechtrans also notched up a victory each, and the other two games were drawn. Finally, Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo and St.Petersburg Chess Club shared the first place with 10 match points each, but Monte Carlo had a slightly better individual set of scores and won the title.

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