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Monday, October 21, 2013

European Chess Club Cup 2013 begins in Rhodes

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

The first round of the 2013 European Chess Club Cup was held on October 20 at the Rodos Palace Hotel on Rhodes, Greece. There were no major surprises in the Open section as the top seeded teams were paired against the lower rated opposition.

Nordea Skanderborg (seeded 40th) beat SK 47 Eynatten (14) by 3,5:2,5. Edinburgh West Chess Club (45) and CE De Sprenger Echternach (39) have held A.S.I. Bologna (19) and Schachclub MPO Maria Saal (13) respectively.

David Navara from G-Team Novy Bor won his game relatively quickly and shared the impressions with the press. He said that the opening was a bit unusual, because he doesn’t play it often, but this was a favorite line of his trainer GM V.Jansa. Navara felt a bit uncertain about the whole system, but he outplayed the opponent in the middlegame.

Navara also added that Novy Bor doesn’t have a concrete objective in the Club Cup, they just want to play well. He pointed, however, that he would like a better finish than last year when the team placed 10th. In 2011 Novy Bor won the bronze medal.

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