Socar of Azerbaijan is the sole leader in the Open section of the European Club Cup 2014 in Bilbao, after 4 rounds. They defeated G-Team Novy Bory from Czech Republic, and took revenge for the last year's loss. The match started well for Socar, as after quiet draw on the first board between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Radek Wojtaszek, Anish Giri brought the first point, followed by wins of Teimour Radjabov and Veselin Topalov against Krishnan Sasikiran and David Navara respectively. Despite the victory of Mateusz Bartel against Wang Hao, Socar celebrated with 4-2.Another candidate for the title, Italian Obiettivo Risarcimento achieved a convincing victory against Israeli team Beer Sheva. They will face Socar in the 5th round. Very strong line-ups of both teams promise a spectatular match.Malakhite defeated Saint Petersburg in the Russian encounter with 4-2, thanks to the victories of Alexander Grischuk on the 2nd and Vladimir Malakhov on the 4th board against Leinier Dominguez Perez and Sergei Movsessian respectively.Ladya was better than SG Solingen, and Odlar Yourdu defeated Gros Xake Taldea.After 4 rounds Socar leads with 8 match points, followed by Obiettivo Risarcimento, Malakhite, Odlar Yourdu and Ladya with 7 match points, etc.Top pairings of the round 5 are: Obiettivo Risarcimento vs Socar, Ladya vs Malakhite, Odlar Yourdu vs G-Team Novy Bor, etc.In Women section Batumi Chess Club Nona continues with the winning row. Georgian ladies defeated Russian Ugra with 2.5-1.5 to secure the sole lead in the tournament. CE Monte Carlo outplayed Israeli Herzliya Chess Club, while Ladya defeated another israeli team Rishon Letzion. The match between Russian SHSM Nashe Nasledie and German SC Bad Konigshofen was tied.After 4 rounds Batumi leads with 8 match points, followed by Ladya with 6 and Nashe Nasledie with 5. CE Monte Carlo and Ugra have 4 match points, SC Bad Konigshofen has 3, and Israeli teams are in the bottom of the table.Pairings of the round 5 are: Rishon Letzion vs SHSM Nashe Nasledie, Batumi Chess Club Nona vs Ladya, CE Monte Carlo vs Ugra and SC Bad Konigshofen vs Herzliya Chess Club.Round 5 is on schedule on 18th September, 2014 at 3 pm.Follow the games live on the official websitehttp://www.europeanchessclubcup2014.com/Read more
After 3 rounds of the European Chess Club Cup 2014 in Bilbao favorites already emerged. In the Open section the first seed Socar and the last year's champions G-Team Novy Bor are in the lead with the perfect score, and will face each other in the big clash of the round 4.Socar defeated Oslo Schakselskap with 4.5-1.5, while Novy Bor outplayed Swedish team SK Rockaden with 6-0. Saint Petersburg tied with Obiettivo Risarcimento, and with the same result finished the match between Beer Sheva and Malakhite.Top pairings of the round 4 are: Socar vs G-Team, Obiettivo Risarcimento vs Beer Sheva, Malakhite vs SPB, Ladya vs SG Solingen, Gros Xake Taldea vs Odlar Yourdu, etc.In Women section Batumi Chess Club Nona is the only club with all 3 victories. In the 3rd round they outplayed Herzliya Chess Club from israel with 4-0.In the Russian clash Ladya defeated SHSM Nashe Nasledie with minimum score, while Ugra defeated another Israeli club Rishon Letzion. CE Monte Carlo celebrated against German SC Bad Konigshofen thanks to the victory of Almira Skripchenko against Maria Schoene on the 4th board.Pairings of the round 4 are: SHSM Nashe Nasledie vs SC Bad Konigshofen, Herzliya Chess Club vs Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo, Ugra vs Batumi Chess Club Nona and Ladya vs Rishon Letzion.New videos can be seen at Bilbao Chess channel on YouTutbe:https://www.youtube.com/user/bilbaochess/videos More information at the official websitehttp://www.europeanchessclubcup2014.com/ Photos by Manu de AlbaRead more
After 2 rounds at the European Club Cup, big favorites Socar (Azerbaijan), Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy), and Malakhite (Russia) won again by a bigger or smaller margin, pending the competition system's "natural selection" which will pair the strongest teams on one side and the weakest on the other.The current Champion G-Team Novy Bor (Czech Republic) also won their match with a high score (5-1) against SK Dunajska Streda.Some of the top pairings of the round 3 are: Socar vs Oslo Schakselskap, SPB vs Obiettivo Risarcimento, Beer Sheva vs Malakhite, G-Team Novy Bor vs SK Rockaden.In Women's group we saw another big encounter between Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo and SHSM Nashe Nasledie, which finished in favour of Russian team 2.5-1.5. Big surprise in the ladies' section is that multiple champion CE Monte Carlo started the competition with two losses, and since the ladies are playing a Round Robin tournament, it will be very interesting until the very end.Pairings of the round 3 are: Ladya vs SHSM Nashe Nasledie, Rishon Letzion vs Ugra, Batumi Chess Club Nona vs Herzliya Chess Club and CE Monte Carlo vs SC Baden Konigshofen.Round 3 is scheduled tomorrow, 16th September at 3 pm (local time).Games are broadcast live at the official website http://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/Read more
The first round of the European Club Cup took place today at the Euskalduna Jauregia in Bilbao.The favorites easily won their matches against inferior clubs thanks to the pairing system of the first round, according to which the strongest teams face the weakest. The main favorites Socar (Azerbaijan), Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy) and Malakhite (Russia) won theire spective matches with high scores. It was to be expected, and in fact they even saved some of their best players, such as Caruana, playing for Obiettivo Risarcimento, and Topalov, playing for Socar.The Basque teams weren\'t both as lucky. Gros from San Sebastian beat White Rose (England) 4.5 - 1.5, whereas Sestao drew 3-3 against a theoretically inferior rival, Cercle d\'Echecs Fontainois (Belgium).In the Women section Batumi Chess Club Nona defeated current champion CE Monte Carlo with minimum score, thanks to the victory of Salome Melia against Kateryna Lagno on the third board.We saw another ancounter between two Russian teams: Ugra vs SHSM, where Ugra celebrated minimum but valuable victory. Bilbao Mayor, Mr. Ibon Areso executed the first move of Day 1 at the European Club Cup and Chess Masters Final., almong with Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union. This joint chess event brings together nine of the ten best players in the world, it will be held during the whole week at the Euskalduna Barria Congress Centre, and it has more than 400 participants coming from 30 different European countries.Participating in these two events in Bilbao will be Caruana (world #2), Aronian (#3), Grischuk (#4), Topalov (#5), Anand (#6), Karjakin (#7), Nakamura (#8), Vachier-Lagrave (#9), and Mamedyarov (#10). The only Top 10 player missing will be world #1 and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (also twice winner of the Masters Final), who refused to play this year in order to prepare well for the World Championship rematch against Anand.More information at http://europeanchessclubcup2014.com/Photos by Manu de AlbaRead more
Socar of Azerbaijan is the sole leader in the Open section of the European Club Cup 2014 in Bilbao, after 4 rounds.
The first round of the European Club Cup took place today at the Euskalduna Jauregia in Bilbao.
The ECU President Silvio Danailov officially opened the first school chess year in the town of Slivnitsa, Bulgaria. The official ceremony was held on 26th October at the school “St.st. Cyril and Methodius”. Slivnitsa became the first municipality in the European Union to introduce chess as a subject in its schools according to the ECU program - "Chess in Schools".
Besides Silvio Danailov, the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Slivnitsa Vasko Stoilkov, the Deputy Governor of Sofia district, Rositsa Todorova, the Vice President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Prof. Nikolay Nedkov, Hristo Andreev, Head of the Regional Educational Inspectorate Sofia district and others.
Eighty children out of 240 students of the school "St.st. Cyril and Methodius" chose to study chess as a subject during the school year 2012-2013, which means that they will be the first students from the European Union to receive assessments in chess.
The Bulgarian Chess Federation presented the young students with professional chess sets "Staunton" and the President Silvio Danailov expressed his hopes that one day the new Veselin Topalov will be born in Slivnitsa.
The President of the European Chess Union gave the first professional chess lesson to the students, giving a session of simultaneous chess game for the most avid players.