Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship

21. November 2021

Russia wins European Women’s Team Chess Championship 2021 with a round to spare

Russian Women’s Team convincingly won the 2021 European Team Chess Championship sparing the last round of the event.

With a Round 8 victory against Ukraine, Russia scored impeccable 16 match points to be ahead of Georgia whose players secured a silver medal. After Kateryna Lagno defeated Osmak Iulia, two draws happened on the board 1 and 3 – between Muzychuk Anna and Goryachkina Aleksandra, and Buksa Nataliya and Shuvalova Polina.

Gaponenko Inna tried to score for Ukraine against Kashlinskaya Alina on the board four, but eventually, Kashlinskaya took another point for Russia and the match ended with a final 3-1 result.

In a direct encounter for medals, Georgia overwhelmed Greece with 3.5-0.5 score and secured second place with 13 match points.

Seven teams are in a tie for third place and enter the final round fighting for bronze: Poland, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Hungary and Greece.

The last round starts tomorrow from 15:00 CEST and the top pairings are:
Russia – Poland
Georgia – France
Ukraine – Hungary
Azerbaijan – Netherlands
Serbia – Greece

Pairings, results and standings can be found here.

The two leaders of the Open section: Azerbaijan and Ukraine quickly finished the match with all four games ending with threefold repetition. With an overall 2-2 score, both teams kept the lead and entered the last round with good chances for gold.

The team of France defeated Russia with a tight 2.5-1.5 victory to score 12 match points and leap on the top. Lagarde Maxime brought the decisive point for the French team winning against Esipenko Andrey while the first three boards ended in draws.

Armenia crushed Serbia with a final 3.5-0.5 result, ensuing 12 match points. Martirosyan Haik won the game against Ivanisevic Ivan, Hovhannisyan Robert overcame Markus Robert, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel was victorious against Perunovic Milos and the first board clash between Sargissian Gabriel and Indjic Aleksandar ended in a peaceful manner.

All four teams: Armenia, France, Azerbaijan and Ukraine enter the last round sharing the lead with 12 match points.

The 9th round will be played tomorrow starting from 15:00 CEST and will decide the Medalists of the event. The top pairings are:
France – Azerbaijan
Ukraine – Armenia
Spain – Netherlands
Georgia – Poland
Russia – England

Pairings, standings and results can be found here.

Improve your life by playing a game

20. November 2021

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Anna Muzychuk came to Championship

20. November 2021

On Friday, in the late evening, one of the world's best players, Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk, also came to the championship to replace the ill player Anna Ushenina. This will give the Ukrainian team an extra boost to jump to the top places in the championship.

Ana was born in Ukraine, but she has fond memories of Slovenia, as she has represented Slovenia at international competitions since 2004. Since 2014, he has been performing for Ukraine again.
At the 36th Chess Olympiad, she competed as the first board of the Slovenian national team, where she won the title of female grandmaster (wGM) with an excellent performance (November 2004).

Selection of her greatest successes:
• 1st place at the 2010 World Youth Championships (D20)
• 2nd place at the 2004 World Junior Championships (D14)
• Champion of Ukraine in 2003 in the membership competition
• European Champion in 1996 (D8), 1998 (D10), 2000 (D10), 2002 (D12), 2003 (D14)

Standings after 7 rounds

20. November 2021

After seven played rounds at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia, the Russian Women’s team holds the sole lead, while Azerbaijan and Ukraine tie for the top of the Open section.

With a convincing 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan, Russian Women improved their lead scoring 14 match points. Valentina Gunina was the first one to take a full point for Russia, overwhelming Fataliyeva Ulviyya on the third board. Shuvalova Polina followed with another decisive result, defeating Beydullayeva Govhar on the board 4, while Goryachkina Aleksandra and Kateryna Lagno agreed for draws against Mammadzada Gunay and Balajayeva Khanim (respectively).

Russians are now 3 match points ahead of Georgia who scores 11 match points after a peaceful 2-2 match played against Ukraine.

The top pairings of the round 8 are:
Ukraine – Russia
Greece – Georgia
Netherlands – Poland
Hungary – Azerbaijan
France – Romania

All the results, pairings and standings can be found here.

The Russian team of the Open section suffered an upset losing against Ukraine. After three draws on boards 1, 2, and 4, 19 years old Shevchenko Kirill brought a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory for Ukrainians beating Alekseenko Kirill. Defeating Russians, the team of Ukraine came on the top of the crosstable with 11 match points.

In another clash of the leaders, Azerbaijan was victorious over Netherlands. With a win of Abasov Nijat over Van Den Doel Erik and three draws on the first three boards, Azerbaijanis scored 11 match points to be in a joined lead with Ukrainians.

Russia, Spain, Armenia, Poland, France, and Serbia follow and tie for the third position with 10 match points, each.

The top pairings of the penultimate 8th round are:
Azerbaijan – Ukraine
Russia – France
Poland – Spain
Armenia – Serbia
Hungary – Netherlands

All the results, standings, and pairings can be found here.

All the games are broadcasted live and can be followed through the Official webpage of the event together with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic. Jan-Krzysztof Duda today joined the live studio and shared his insights about the upcoming World Championship match.

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Statement by the Organizing Committee

18. November 2021

During the regular tests of the Championship one player went through all the necessary tests and was declared by the doctors as a positive case. The player is isolated according the Slovenian protocols and will not continue the tournament.

Even all the rest regular tests were negative, everyone who was in contact was examined and had already 2 additional tests. All the tests including Rapid and PCR tests were negative.

We note that according the official instructions of National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia for persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, quarantine due to contact is not required if less than 9 months have elapsed since the establishment of COVID-19 protection.

The player who tested positive may be replaced. The Chief Arbiter may apply additional safety measures to any player or captain as foreseen in the tournament protocol.

We wish everyone a safe rest of tournament and the affected player best and fast recovery. Players and Captains and tournament officials shall continue follow strictly the sanitary rules and the Organising Committee will continue to monitor the situation and ask for additional tests according the health protocols and Slovenia law. 

After five rounds resting day ahead

17. November 2021

After five played rounds at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia, six teams of the Open section and the Russian team of Women’s event go to the resting day heading the crosstables.

The top two matches of the European Team Chess Championship 2021 ended in a draw 2-2 result. All four games of the Azerbaijan – Russia match ended in a peaceful manner, while two decisive results happened in the match between Spain and Hungary.

Armenia took a narrow victory against France, the Netherlands was victorious against Serbia with the same 2.5-1.5 score and Ukraine won the match against Georgia to be in a joined lead with 5 mentioned teams: Russia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Armenia, and Netherlands.

Today is the resting day, and the fights for the throne will continue with the sixth round, on Thursday, 18th of November, starting from 15:00 CEST.

The top pairings of the round 6 are:

  • Russia – Hungary
  • Azerbaijan – Armenia
  • Ukraine – Netherlands
  • Romania – Spain
  • France – Greece

All the results, standings and pairings can be found here.

Russian Women’s team emerged as the sole winner of the Women’s Championship after overcoming Italy. Shuvalova Polina was a hero of Russia, defeating Sedina Elena to bring a thin 2.5-1.5 victory for Russians.

With a score of 2.5-1.5, Georgia won the match against Armenia, scoring 8 match points. Greece has beaten the team of France to tie for second place with Georgia, having the same number of match points.

The top pairings of the 6th round are:

  • Russia – Greece
  • Poland – Georgia
  • Italy – Azerbaijan
  • Ukraine – Armenia
  • Germany – Hungary

All the results, pairings, and rank tables can be found here.

Despite the top boards, all the eyes were on the Open section match between Scotland and Ireland, where 11 years old Frederik Gordon outplayed 16 years old Kanyamarala Trisha.

All the games of the event are broadcasted live together with commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic. ECU President Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili yesterday joined the LIVE studio and commented on the games.

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Three rounds already played

15. November 2021

Three rounds have been already played at the European Team Chess Championship 2021 in Terme Catez, Slovenia.

Only two teams emerged on the top of the Open section with perfect 6 match points: Hungary and Azerbaijan. With a narrow 2.5-1.5 victory in the 3rd round, Hungary defeated better-rated players of France, while Azerbaijan was victorious against the German team with the same 2.5-1.5 result.

Teams of Russia, Spain, Poland, Armenia and Ukraine are the followers with 5 match points, each

Pairings, results, and standings of the Open Championship can be found here.

The top matches of the 4th round are:

  • Hungary – Azerbaijan
  • Russia – Poland
  • Ukraine – Spain
  • Armenia – Germany
  • France – Turkey

Russia, Georgia, and Armenia scored all three wins to tie for the top in the Women’s tournament. Russians convincingly defeated the team of Germany with the final result of 3.5 – 0.5, Georgia defeated Azerbaijan with a 3-1 score and Armenia won the match against the team of Poland with a final 3-1 result.

With two victories and one draw, Italy is just behind the leaders, scoring 5 match points.

Pairings, results, and standings of the Open Championship can be found here.

The top matches of the 4th round are:

  • Georgia – Russia
  • Armenia – Italy
  • Slovakia – Poland
  • Ukraine – Spain
  • Germany – Azerbaijan

Before the entrance in the playing venue, all the players need to pass the Fair-play control center. Specialized fair-play arbiters check the belongings of players and do random checks after their games.

The battles for the crown of European Team Open and Women Chess Champions continue today with the 4th round, starting from 15:00 CEST.

All the games can be followed LIVE through the Official website of the event, together with live commentaries by GM Alojzije Jankovic and special guests of the live studio.

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Official website of the event

ECU Trainers Seminar CANCELLED

5. November 2021

The Trainers seminar as part of the European Team Chess Championship at Terme Čatež, which was scheduled to take place on 14 November, has been cancelled due to lack of applications.