ETCC – Highlights of the beginning of round four

A quick photo report

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IM Dembo preparing for the match with Bulgaria’s first board – WGM Voiska in the place of

the resting GM Stefanova

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GM Ivanchuk in deep contemplation

ETCC 2007 Round 4 03

The unstopable Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosintsevi

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GM Topalov’s last game with Bulgaria’s team for ETCC 2007

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GM Aronian analyzing his next move against GM Nielsen

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IM Houska at the start of round four on board one for England

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Even without GM Stefanova, Bulgaria looks strong with WGM Voiska and WGM Velcheva at the top

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GM Morozevich in a very good mood on the lead for Russia, table one

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IM Ragger not having it easy against GM Socko

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Germany’s lead board, IM Elizabeth Paehtz anticipating the game with WFM Kulovana from the

Czech Republic

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Slovenia’s lovely ladies on board one and two – WGM Muzychuk and WIM Krivec

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Team Netherlands having a tough job against strong Ukraine

ETCC – Photos from the beginning of Round 3

ETCC 2007 Round 3 01

The Kosintseva sisters preparing for the match with Bulgaria

ETCC 2007 Round 3 02

Ukraine’s new lineup with GM Ivanchuk on board one

ETCC 2007 Round 3 03

GM Svidler concentrating before the game with GM Navara

ETCC 2007 Round 3 04

GM Shirov playing on board one for Spain

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IM Valery Atlas played a fantastic game and drew 2713 ELO Vladimir Akopian

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Bulgaria vs. Montenegro

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IM Ragger and GM Aronian made a rather quick draw today

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WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova

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IM Skripchenko playing for France on board one

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Team Austria concentrated to get the most of their match with Netherlands

ETCC – The first round has started

Some of the top players are resting during round one

The first round of the European Team Chess Championship launched off today at 15:30 local time. Some of the teams are playing with the strongest lineup, others are resting top boards and some, like Bosnia and Herzegowina, didn’t appear at all. The introductory speeches were given by Mr.George Mastrokoukos, CEO of the organizing committee, and Mr.Boris Kutin, ECU president.

The round started with the empty seats across the Ukranian team as
Bosnia and Herzegowina failed to show up. Their teams will be
forfeited from both competitions. Russia, top seeded in men group, had
a long match against Sweden but eventually pulled the 3.5-0.5 win,
while Azerbaijan neutralised Turkish national team with 4-0 on the
third table. Powerful Bulgaria faced tough resistance from Lithuania
and scored 2.5-1.5, while motivated Montenegro, playing at the
international scene for the first time, demolished Poland 3.5-0.5.

Much more surprising results can be found at the women section.
Georgia went down 1.5-2.5 against Lithuania and the young team of
Azerbaijan beat Ukraine with the same result. Top seeded Russia
achieved a comfortable 3.5-0.5 in their match with Israel and Hungary
beat Turkey 3-1.

Levon Aronian, Michael Adams, Etienne Bacrot and Peter Heine Nielsen are skipping the first round. Vassily Ivanchuk has to arrive after his rapid match with Peter Leko. The weather is still warm, but with the exception of Michael and Tara Adams, no one of the chess players tried to swim in the sea.

Bosnia and Herzegovina forfeited

As Bosnia and Herzegovina didn’t show up for the first round, Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Areshchenko went to the press room to watch the live games. Sergey told us that Ukranian team is hoping for much better performance than in Goteborg 2005 and added that Vassily Ivanchuk is expected to arrive in few days.

The tournament director IA Sotiris Logothetis explained that Bosnian team gave no notice about missing the first round and they also can’t be reached on the phone. Even if they do show up, they won’t be allowed to continue the Championship.

Results ETCC round 1 men section

RUSSIA RUS 3½ : ½ SWEDEN

BOSNIA I HERCEGOVINA BIH 0 : 4 UKRAINE

AZERBAIDJAN 4 : 0 TURKEY

ROMANIA 1 : 3 ARMENIA

BULGARIA 2½ : 1½ LITHUANIA

FYROM 1 : 3 FRANCE

SPAIN 2½ : 1½ NORWAY

SWITZERLAND ½ : 3½ ISRAEL

NETHERLANDS 3 : 1 ITALY

MONTENEGRO 3½ : ½ POLAND

GEORGIA 3½ : ½ ICELAND

AUSTRIA 1 : 3 HUNGARY

CZECH REPUBLIC 3½ : ½ ESTONIA

FINLAND FIN 1 : 3 SERBIA

GERMANY 4 : 0 BELGIUM

SCOTLAND ½ : 3½ ENGLAND

GREECE 4 : 0 LUXEMBOURG

WALES 0 : 4 CROATIA

SLOVENIA 4 : 0 MONACO

CYPRUS ½ : 3½ DENMARK

Results ETCC round 1 women section

RUSSIA 3½ : ½ ISRAEL

LITHUANIA 2½ : 1½ GEORGIA

UKRAINE 1½ : 2½ AZERBAIDJAN

CZECH REPUBLIC 1½ : 2½ FRANCE

HUNGARY 3 : 1 TURKEY

ENGLAND 0 : 4 POLAND

GERMANY 2½ : 1½ CROATIA

SWITZERLAND 1½ : 2½ NETHERLANDS

SERBIA 3 : 1 AUSTRIA

SWEDEN SWE 1 : 3 ARMENIA

SLOVENIA SLO 4 : 0 ESTONIA

MONTENEGRO ½ : 3½ ROMANIA

GREECE 1 4 : 0 BOSNIA I HERCEGOVINA

FINLAND 0 : 4 0 BULGARIA

SPAIN 4 : 0 0 GREECE 2

ETCC 2007 Playing Day 1 01

Boris Kutin, President of the ECU, greeting the players at the opening ceremony

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The top seeded Russian team with WCC 2007 participants Svidler and Morozevich

ETCC 2007 Playing Day 1 02

Veselin Topalov with Ivan Cheparinov and Boris Chatalbashev all happy before the start of the round

ETCC 2007 Playing Day 1 03

GM Antoaneta Stefanova, ex women World Champion

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Romania vs Montenegro, one of the exciting matches of the day

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Azeibardzhan vs Turkey, the derby match of the day
with Radjabov and Mamedyarov on the first boards for the Azeri team

ETCC 2007 D1PG 02

Waiting to begin

ETCC 2007 D1PG 03

Peng Zhaoqin for the Netherlands with her special talisman

ETCC 2007 D1PG 04

Estonian team preparing for the games

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Topalov and Cheparinov in a good mood

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Mamedyarov preparing

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Svidler preparing

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Azerbaijan vs. Turkey (4:0)

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Teimour Radjabov concentrating

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FYROM vs. France

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Netherlands vs. Italy

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Serbia vs. Austria

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Hungary vs. Turkey

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Finland vs. Bulgaria

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Slovenia vs. Monaco, the firsttimers

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Ukraine vs. Azerbaijan

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Montenegro vs. Romania

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Russia vs. Israel

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England vs. Poland

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Germany vs. Croatia

More coverage in Russian by Boris Yeshan on ruschess.com

Profession Chess Player

European Team Chess Championship is ready to start

Here in Crete is arrival day for the chess players and their coaches, so the most common profession that one can see in the hotel registration form is “chess player”. We already have seen the teams from Georgia and Armenia around the pool, the guys of Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Finland, Israel, Sweden. The weather is wonderful and those who were lucky enough to arrive early on the beautiful island are already on the beach.

Tonight at 22:00 is the captains meeting and tomorrow is the opening ceremony. We will be there and give you all the details, as well as photos.

More on ETCC 2007

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ETCC 2007 Arrival Day 06

GM Mamedyarov happy to see us again
(our previous meeting was at the MTel 2007)

ETCC 2007 Arrival Day 02

Valjevo 2007 winner GM Michael Roiz talking to the Chessdom editor-in-chief Goran Urosevic

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Jovana Vojinovic and Anna Ushenina

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GM Baadur Jobava with the Chessdom CEO Anton Mihailov

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The magic of Linex, Ivan Cheparinov

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GM Csaba Balogh is here as he promissed

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Ukranian team on the way to the beach

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The playing hall is ready…

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…tonight at 22:00 is the captains meetings

ETCC 2007 Arrival Day 01

The 5 star Creta Maris, the arena of ETCC 2007

ETCC 2007, we are here!

everything is ready for the ETCC

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Leaving in the extremely early hours of the morning, in pitch dark, we faced a nine hour drive to Athens and half a day on a ship. Starting the day optimistic, Athens’ horrific traffic jam was threatening to seriously remove the tired smiles off our faces and we were still to catch the ferry to the mythical island of Crete. As unpleasant as it might seem the idea of spending a total of 12 hours on ship, Minoan Lines gave us an enjoyable and luxury trip.

ETCC 2007 arrival 01

The view from the 8th deck

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The Chessdom junior manager in the ship

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One of the restaurants inside the ship

Finding our way to Creta Maris, the venue of the European Team Chess Championship, we devoted some time to Heraklion, the islands’ biggest city and main harbor. It offers splendid atmosphere and authentic Greek hospitality, and without any doubt carries genuine chess spirit. One can see senior citizens playing chess and drinking coffee in the early hours of the morning. Even the local fruit market had chess sets on sale!

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Trying to make use of the map

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El Greco work in Crete

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A stylish chess set on the local market

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Chess art work can be found all around the city

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Nice coffee houses are at every corner

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The church of Heraklion

25km west of the big city we found our final destination – the wonderful Creta Maris. The marvelous hotel complex that is hosting the European Team Championship is on the very seaside and has unique views and atmosphere. The organizers of the competition could not have picked a better environment – calm and serene on one hand, entertaining and typically Greek on the other. The warm sun brushes the ground where Europe’s chess stars will lead their team battle and Crete welcomes with pleasant white and blue scenery.

The Chessdom team was welcomed by the CEO of ETCC 2007, Mr. George Mastrokoukos, the very person we owe the great opportunity to watch and comment live for you on Chessdom. We really have to stipulate that he has organized the event into deep detail, made sure that every need of the players and coaches is fulfilled to its very best, and yet he can seem professional and breezy at the same time.

Teams are planned to arrive tomorrow, although we noticed that some of the delegations are already here enjoying their early dive into Creta Maris’ surroundings. We have seen the delegations from Austria and Cyprus and the strong Armenian team was completed just one hour ago with the arrival of Levon Aronian and Gabriel Sargassian. The first to have arrived at Creta Maris are, of course, the Greek team – Halkias, Papaioannou, Kotronias, Mastrovasilis, and Banikas. Later on today we expect the Ukranian delegation.

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The monument in front of the ETCC playing hall

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The way to the conference room, which will host the event

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The playing hall of the ETCC

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Chill out zone for the players

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The flags are up and everything is ready

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The playing hall is prepared. It also has a nice view to the sea

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Beautiful and warm Crete island with authentic atmosphere

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One of the swimming pools of the 5 star Creta Maris and rooms of delegations

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More on ETCC 2007

ETCC general page

Regulations

Men teams

Women teams

Official website