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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

European Chess Club Cup 2010: 11 teams with perfect score after 2 rounds

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Hi Everyone,

Guess you're following the chess action in the Europe Chess Club Cup at their official website already. It is interesting to note that after two rounds, 11 teams have pulled off victories in both their rounds in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Some top chess action is on with Aronian, Eljanov, Grischuk, Mamedyarov, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Shirov and Radjabov in the Open Section. In the Women's section, you can spot Koneru Humpy, Anna Muzychuk, Pia Cramling, Almira Skripchenko, Katyrna Lahno, Natalija Pogonina, Viktorija Cmilyte and others.

A total of 351 players are in the open section, with 135 GMs, 61 IMs, and 247 titled players altogether. 24 of them are rated over 2700 Elo, making it one of the strongest team events of the year. The women's section has 64 players with ten GMs, 23 IMs, and 51 titled players.

The European Club Cup for Men and Women started on October 16th 2010 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (about 130 km south-east of the capital Sofia).

Team SOCAR Azerbaijan are the rating favorites in open section (Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Shirov, Radjabov, Vachier-Lagrave, Kasimdzhanov, Mamedov, Safarli) and team Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo are the rating favorites in women section (Koneru, Hou, Muzychuk, Cramling , Skripchenko).

Here is the nice game between Vassily Ivanchuk and Dmitry Jakovenko. You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. cxd5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 exd5 11. Qb3 Rd8 12. c4 dxc4 13. Bxc4 Nc6 14. Be2 Rd6 15. O-O Be6 16. Qb2 Bd5 17. Rfc1 Re8 18. Ne1 Nxd4 19. Qxd4 Bxg2 20. Qxd6 Qxd6 21. Nxg2 Rd8 22. Rc2 c6 23. Rb1 Qg6 24. Rbb2 Rd7 25. h4 h5 26. Kh2 Qf5 27. Nf4 g6 28. Kg3 Kg7 29. Bf3 Qe5 30. Rb3 Kh6 31. Rcb2 Qe7 32. a4 a6 33. a5 Rc7 34. Rb4 Rd7 35. Nh3 Rc7 36. Kg2 Rd7 37. Ng5 Kg7 38. Be2 f6 39. Ne4 Kh6 40. Bf3 Rc7 41. Ng3 Kh7 42. R2b3 Rd7 43. Ne2 Kh6 44. Nf4 Rc7 45. Re4 Qf7 46. Rb2 Rd7 47. Be2 Qf8 48. Rb3 Qc5 49. Re6 Kg7 50. Rd3 Rf7 51. Rdd6 Qxa5 52. Bd3 Qc7 53. Bxg6 Rd7 54. Nxh5+ Kh6 55. Rxd7 Qxd7 56. Rxf6 Qg4+ 57. Ng3 Kg7 58. Rd6 Kf8 59. h5 Ke7 60. Bf5 1-0

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