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27-10-2011, 05:35 AM

18th European Team Chess Championships 2011 (open & women) are taking place from 3rd November to 11th November in in Halkidiki, Greece. Each national federation affiliated to the European Chess Union (ECU) has the right to enter one team of four (4) players and one (1) reserve in the open competition and one team of four (4) female players and one (1) reserve in the women’s competition.

In addition to the 38 countries participating in the Open section, there are 28 teams in the women's tournament. As the games start on November 3rd, the FIDE ratings of November 1st 2011 will apply. Below is the first basic lists, sorted according to the average rating of the players:


LIVE Games and results (http://pakchess.org/tournament-news/18th-european-team-chess-championships-2011-live-halkidiki-greece)

05-11-2011, 05:42 PM

The first round of the European Team Championship that started in Porto Carras in Greece on Thursday 3rd November saw many close struggles. Russia squeaked past Moldova in a strange match. Mamedyarov was Azerbaijan's only winner in beating Italy. Ukraine and Armenia were 3.5-0.5 winners. Rd2 Pairs: 1pm Fri: CZE-RUS, UKR-BUL, ARM-AZE, CRO-HUN, ENG-GRE, GER-ISR, SRB-ESP.

Read the full report (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/european-team-chess-championships-r1-report)

05-11-2011, 05:44 PM

Russia were very convincing in their defeat of the Czech Republic 3.5-0.5 with wins for Svidler, Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi. Hosts Greece beat England with fine wins for Mastrovasilis over Short and Papaioannou over Howell. Romania went top after beating Turkey. The match of the day was Azerbaijan's victory over Armenia where political tensions are always reflected in nervous play. Round 3 Pairings: GRE-AZE, ROU-ESP, RUS-NED, CRO-UKR, HUN-GER, ISR-FRA, BUL-POL, ENG-ARM.

Read the full report (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/european-team-chess-championships-r2-report)

06-11-2011, 01:09 PM

Azerbaijan head the standings of the 18th European Team Chess Championships after beating Greece 3-1 in Round 3. Spain are the only other side on 6 points after beating Romania with an interesting win from Alexei Shirov. Russia had slightly the better of their match against the Netherlands but just couldn't break through. England put in a fine performance to hold Armenia 2-2. Adams-Aronian and Movsesian-Short were drawn. Gawain Jones won on board 3 and Sargissian levelled on board 4. Leading Round 4 draw: AZE-ESP, BUL-RUS, UKR-GER, FRA-MDA, NED-SRB, GRE-GEO, LIT-ROU, ARM-CRO, CZE-HUN, ISR-ENG.

Read the full report (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/european-team-chess-championships-r3-report)

07-11-2011, 04:41 PM

Five teams have scored 7/8 in the European Team Championships in Porto Carras after 4 rounds. Germany are top on tie-break after a 3.5-0.5 victory over one of the pre-event favourites Ukraine. Azerbaijan drew 2-2 with Spain in the top fixture. Bulgaria with wins from Topalov, Cheparinov and in-form Delchev beat Russia in another shock. France also joined the leaders with a narrow win over Moldova. England were defeated 2.5-1.5 by Israel. Selected Round 5 Pairings: AZE-FRA, GER-BUL, ESP-GRE, ROU-NED, RUS-UKR, DEN-ARM, ITA-ISR, ENG-LTU.

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Jesper Norgaard
08-11-2011, 12:21 PM
In the match Denmark-Armenia the Danish ace had world #3 Levon Aronian in a completely winning position:

4nr1k/5Pr1/b1p2p1p/p3pP1Q/P3N2P/2P1q3/2B2R2/6RK w - - 0 37

Both 38.Rg6 (idea 38...Qh3+ 39.Kg1) as well as as 38.Ng5 (idea prevent Qh3+ and threaten Qxh6+) would have won quite convincingly with the correct follow-up. Even Houdini points out 38.Kh2 and possibly 38.Rxg7 as winning.

Unfortunately, in time-trouble the Danish sensation fizzled out with the tragicomic 38.fxe8=Q??? Qh3+ 39.Rh2 Rxg1+ 0-1

'Cause 40.Kxg1 Qf1+ mate is forced

Eventually Denmark lost 3˝-˝ against the fearful opponent. We came down to earth with a bump.

08-11-2011, 03:12 PM
The unlucky danish ace is GM Sune Berg Hansen (Elsenore) and not Denmarks strongest player Peter Heine Nielsen who doesn't play due to some silly disagreements with the Danish Chessfederation and some of the other topplayers.

09-11-2011, 10:31 AM

Bulgaria beat Germany to go top of the European Team Championship after 5 rounds. Azerbaijan drew with France in a package deal, something which I believe should be outlawed (although I learn that this was prompted by Gashimov feeling unwell I still do not approve, his game alone could have been agreed drawn). Russia through a win from Morozevich beat Ukraine. Levon Aronian survived a lost position in what seems to have been a wild time scramble against Sune Berg Hansen. England get back to winning ways against Lithuania. Leading Round 6 Pairings: FRA-BUL, GRE-ROU, RUS-AZE, ARM-ESP, GER-ITA, NED-POL, SLO-GEO, LAT-HUN, UKR-ISR, CZE-ENG

Read the full report (http://pakchess.org/hot-stories/european-team-chess-championships-r5-report)