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Thursday, October 21, 2010

European Chess Club Cup 2010: Hammer beats Ivanchuk

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

Jon Ludvig Hammer

Hello Everyone,

The European Chess Club Cup is a big draw in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Some of the world's best players are taking part - fighting for their club.

After four rounds there are only three leaders in the Open Section. These include Socar Azerbaijan, Mika Yerevan and Economist I from Russia. The most attention went to Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer defeating Vassily Ivanchuk (even though his club lost 1:5). In the women's section AVS and Samaia Tbilisi are leading.

You can find a lot of details at the official website here. You can also find a very nice pictorial report at

Here is the nice Hammer-Ivanchuk game. You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below. Enjoy.

PGN: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Bb7 12. Qc2 Ra7 13. Rc1 Be4 14. Qb3 Bd5 15. Qe3 Nbd7 16. Ba5 Bd6 17. Nc3 Bb7 18. Ng5 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Qa8+ 20. Qf3 Qxf3+ 21. Kxf3 e5 22. e3 Be7 23. Ne2 Re8 24. Kg2 Nd5 25. Nf3 Bd6 26. dxe5 Nxe5 27. Nxe5 Rxe5 28. Nd4 Ra8 29. Nc6 Re6 30. Rc2 Nb6 31. b3 Kf8 32. Rd1 Ke8 33. Nd4 Rf6 34. e4 Rg6 35. e5 Be7 36. Rxc7 Nd5 37. Rb7 Bd8 38. Nf5 Nf4+ 39. Kf3 Bxa5 40. gxf4 Bb4 41. Rdd7 Rc8 42. Rxf7 Rc3+ 43. Ke4 1-0

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