ETCC 2007 Round 9 – Russia gets the gold, twice!

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Russia triumphed with both men and women teams taking the golden
medals at the 16 th European Team Chess Championship 2007. Men team
had an impressive run of eight consecutive wins and only one drawn,
claimed the title even before the last round, and most of their
players took medals for
individual scores as well.

ETCC 2007 Round 9 01

Russia vs. Bulgaria

Silver medals go to the 2006 Olympiad winners – Armenia. This ultra
solid team took a slow start, but broke through to the second place
with the series of narrow wins. Quite the opposite happened to the
bronze medalists, the explosive team of Azerbaijan. They started
furiously in the first few rounds until they were stopped by the
Russians. Still, the third place is a fantastic achievement for this
young team.

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Armenia and Israel are fighting for the second place in the tournament

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France and Azerbaijan…

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… made two early draws on board one and three

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Ukraine in team uniforms: GM Ivanchuk, GM Karjakin, GM Volokitin and GM Areshchenko

Russia women were having a tough race with the title defenders from
Poland. Only in the 8th round Poland succumbеd and Russia routinely
drove the ship into the safe harbor. Just like men, most of the
Russian ladies also earned individual medals.

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Russia vs. Urkaine on the top table for the women section

Poland still managed to capture the silver medals on better
tie-breaks/individual points. Armenian female team resisted famous
Georgians in the last round, and after Ukraine didn’t
win against Russia, girls from Erevan started celebrating bronze medals.

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The female teams of Armenia and Georgia are trying to get into the medals

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Georgia men play with Italy

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GM Magnus Carlsen

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GM Shirov won for Spain today

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GM Grischuk and GM Georgiev in a post-mortem of the game on board two won by the Bulgarian, GM Svidler discussing the game

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Mr. Mihailov and GM Stefanova after her draw for Bulgaria on board one against France today

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GM Andrei Volotkin (who won against GM Hebden from England) after his interview for Chessdom

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A post-morthem marathon at the Analysis hall

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GM Ivanisevic, who had just won against GM Carlsen, and the team coach of Serbia – Mihajlo Stojanovic

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Armenia managed to outplay Israel 2.5:1.5 and won the silver medals in the men section. Congratulations to Aronian and co.

Men Section

Highest rating performance

1. Svidler 2989

2. Morozevich 2855

3. Roiz 2855

4. Adams 2800

5. Mamedyarov 2798

6. Topalov 2797

7. Navara 2792

8. Vallejo Pons 2782

9. Bacrot 2781

10. Alekseev 2760

Most rating gain

1 Carlsson, Pontus +24,7

2 Keskinen, Sauli +24,0

3 Stanojoski, Zvonko +20,1

4 Svidler, Peter +20,0

5 Liiva, Riho +19,9

6 Antoniou, Antonis +19,5

7 Lenic, Luka +19,0

8 Roiz, Michael +18,2

9 Hammer, Jon Ludvig +17,7

10 Gengler, Pierre +17,3

Women Section

Highest rating performance,women

1 Peng, Zhaoqin 2597

2 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2587

3 Danielian, Elina 2573

4 Rajlich, Iweta 2573

5 Socko, Monika 2561

6 Nemcova, Katerina 2548

7 Kosintseva, Tatiana 2517

8 Lahno, Kateryna 2506

9 Kosintseva, Nadezhda 2494

10 Hoang, Thanh Trang 2490

Most rating gain, women

1 WIM Nemcova, Katerina +48,6

2 Misovic, Sanja +35,5

3 WGM Aginian, Nelly +29,9

4 WGM Srebrnic, Ana +24,9

5 WGM Borsuk, Angela +24,9

6 WIM Fakhiridou, Ekaterini +24,8

7 WGM Mamedjarova, Turka +23,6

8 WIM Heinatz, Dr Gundula +22,4

9 WIM Bashkite, Viktoria +22,1

10 GM Peng, Zhaoqin +21,7

It was a fantastic event, the motivated players gave us aesthetic
pleasure with wonderful games and our kind hosts in Creta Maris
provided excellent playing and lodging conditions.

ETCC Round 8 Photo Highlights

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GM Shirov

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GM Morozevich

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GM Lahno

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GM Ivanchuk

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GM Beliavsky and GM Pavasovic for Slovenia

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IM Skripchenko, GM Lahno and WGM Zhukova after the early draw on board one for France vs. Ukraine

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GM Cheparinov

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GM Almasi

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WIM Seps on board one for Switzerland

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GM Nielsen on board one for Denmark

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GM Stefanova leading Bulgaria

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GM Jobava on board one for Georgia

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Team Norway

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IM Javakhishvili and IM Khurtsidze on board one and two for Georgia

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GM Nyback and IM Karttunen on one and two for Finland

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WGM Bella Igla on board three for Israel

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Poland showing team spirit against Armenia

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WGM Turkan Mamedjarova on board three for Azerbaidjan

Excursion to Knossos

Photo report

Rest day at the European Team Chess Championship was used for excursion to Knossos, one of the largest Bronze Age archaeological sites on the world. Some 120 players and coaches got on the buses to eventually spend 40 minutes in Knossos, under guidance by professional tourist agency.

Knossos 1

Main western plateau in Knossos

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Ritual west wall (original)

Knossos 4

Western gate (reconstructed)

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Tour guide in action

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Crowd listening carefully

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Southern chambers

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Huge pots used for storage. Most of them were higher than Minoans who built them and it is still a mystery how they moved them around.

Knossos 12

Tronning room (original)

Knossos 13

Peacock in the improvised zoo

Next stop was nearby city of Heraklion, the capitol of Creta. Heart of the town, located within the old Venice fortress, is still preserving original narrow streets.

Knossos 14

Cafes all over the walking area

Knossos 15

You always get plenty of cookies when ordering coffee on Creta

Knossos 16

Tournament secretary Maria Petsetidi with Chessdom team

Upon the return to Creta Maris, most of us hit the restaurant and then the beach.

Knossos 17

Maybe you can’t recognize them, but those are GM Pavel Tregubov, captain of the French team, and Mikhail Kobalija, coach of the Russian team. They were swimming more than 500 meters to reach the lonely rock, and only powerful zoom helped us take the picture.

ETCC Round 7 Photo Highlights

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GM Ivanchuk and GM Karjakin

ETCC Round 7 02

GM Cheparinov

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Slovenia’s WIM Rozic, WGM Srebrnic and WIM Krivec

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GM Tkachiev

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WFM Raeva

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GM Gashimov, GM Radjabov and GM Mamedyarov

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GM Lahno

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GM Berg

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Star Team Russia: GM Kosteniuk, IM Tatiana Kosintseva , IM Nadezhda Kosintseva and IM Korbut

ETCC Round 6 Photo Highlights

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ETCC 2007 Round 6 01

GM Svidler leading strong Russia towards the title

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GM Antoaneta Stefanova

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GM Navarra with a great performance the last three rounds

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IM Skripchenko

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GM Shirov

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Team Germany prepared for battle

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WFM Mijovic on board 3`for Montenegro

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Green Team – Poland is currently ranked 1st from the female teams

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GM Bauer on for France on board four

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GM Bacrot and GM Tkachiev

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GM Delchev, the highest standing player for the Bulgarian team (11th place)

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WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova against IM Houska

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Hungarian Team Spirit

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Bulgaria’s female team against Spain this round

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GM Ivanchuk and GM Karjakin for Ukraine

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GM Mamedyarov is overlooking GM Kiril Georgiev’s game (they are teammates for Alkaloid)

ETCC 2007 – The beginning of Round 5 illustrated

A quick glimpse on Round 5

ETCC 2007 Round 5 01

GM Ivan Cheparinov leading Bulgarian’s team against the strong squad of the Czech Republic

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Team Russia: GM Kosteniuk, the Kosintseva sisters and IM Korbut, determined to win this game

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Team Ukraine: GM Ivanchuk, GM Karjakin, GM Volokitin and GM Areshchenko

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GM Michael Adams in an obvious good mood just before the game with GM Alexei Shirov

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GM Antoaneta Stefanova back on board one for Bulgaria

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Estonia’s 1,2 and 3 – GM Kulaots, IM Sepp and FM Lauk joking

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France vs. Germany with IM Skripchenko and IM Paehtz on board one with a quick draw

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WIM Drljevic from Montenegro has a very hard task against WGM Bojkovic from Serbia

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WIM Hernandez and WIM Trujillo Delgado for Spain on board 3 and 4

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Slovenia in a tough match against Poland

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WIM Golubenko and WGM Medic for Croatia

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GM Karjakin analyzing the game from a distance

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GM Navara and GM Laznicka leading the Czech Rebuplic against Bulgaria

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Georgia looking strong with GM Jobava and GM Gelashvili on board one and two

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GM Stefanova one board one for Bulgaria