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

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

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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

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Peng Zhaoqin for the Netherlands with her special talisman

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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

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