Results & Games in PGN
Standings & Statistics
Russian National Team - European
Russian Women's Team - European
Topalov & Ivanchuk among the other super stars in Crete
Congratulatory letter from ACP
9 November 2007
The Association of Professional Chessplayers (ACP) has sent a congratulatory letter for the organisation of the European Team Chess Championships 2007. We would like to thank all the participants of the ETCC 2007 for their positive remarks and we hope to see all of you soon again in Greece!
The letter by ACP...
Final Round 9 Highlights
6 November 2007
Double triumph for Russia! Both men's and women's
Russian national super teams were crowned European
In the men's teams tournament, Russia conquered the
title after showing excellent performance scoring 8
wins and one draw. In the last round, Russia beat
Bulgaria 2.5-1.5 after tough combat (Svidler -
Cheparinov 1-0, Georgiev - Grischuk 1-0, Alekseev -
Delchev 1-0, Chatalbashev - Jakovenko 1/2). The
victory against Israel in the last round's match was
crucial for Armenia who finished second, while the
Azeri team after beating France in the last round
won the bronze medal.
In the women's teams event, Russia is the absolute
winner scoring 6 wins and 3 draws. All three top
derby matches of the final round (Ukraine - Russia,
Armenia - Georgia, Romania - Poland) were tied. The
teams of Poland and Armenia are winners of the
silver and bronze medal respectively.
Round 8 Highlights
5 November 2007
Scores were tied in both top matches of the 8th
round. Spain broke the series of Russia's victories
(Shirov - Morozevich 1-0) and Azerbaidjan drew with
Armenia (Akopian - Radjabov 0-1, Gashimov -
Sargissian 0-1). Israel beat Slovenia 2.5-1.5 (Rodshtein
- Borisek 1-0) and Bulgaria won the match against
Hungary 3.0-1.0 (Almasi - Cheparinov 0-1, Georgiev -
Balogh 1-0), while Ukraine drew with Poland (Ivanchuk
- Socko 1-0, Volokitin - Wojtaszek 0-1).
Russia has certainly ensured the champion's title,
while the teams of Israel and Armenia follow in
The Russian women's team beat the Netherlands very
convincingly 3.5-0.5 ensuring its place at the top
and probably the title as well, while Poland was
defeated by Armenia 2.5-1.5 (Mkrtchian - Rajlich
1-0). Georgia beat Hungary 2.5-1.5 and Ukraine won
comfortably the match against France 3.0-1.0
Round 7 Highlights
4 November 2007
Results in the top matches of the round: France -
Russia 1.5-2.5 (Morozevich - Tkachiev 1-0), Armenia
- Slovenia 2.5-1.5 (Sargissian - Tratar 1-0),
Ukraine - Azerbaidjan 1.5-2.5 (Ivanchuk - Mamedyarov
0-1), Poland - Spain 2.0-2.0, Israel - Norway
Russia is firmly leading the tournament with 7/7,
while Armenia and Slovenia follow.
Results in the women's top matches: Russia - Georgia
2.5-1.5 (Lomineishvili - Korbut 0-1), Ukraine -
Poland 1.0-3.0 (Rajlich - Zhukova 1-0, Dworakowska -
Gaponenko 1-0), Netherlands - Slovenia 2.5-1.5,
Armenia - Bulgaria 3.0-1.0
Poland and Russia have 5 wins and 2 draws and they
are leading the tournament, with Poland being
slightly better in tie-break criteria, while the
Netherlands and Armenia follow.
Round 6 Highlights
3 November 2007
the conclusion of the 6th round, Russia is once
again victorious, leading the tournament with 6/6
and seems to be marching steadily towards winning
the European Champion's title.
The wins of Svidler and Jakovenko against Sutovsky
and Rodshtein respectively determined the result of
the match in favour of Russia (Russia - Israel
Azerbaidjan was defeated by Slovenia (Borisek -
Guseinov 1-0) which is now second in ranking, while
Ukraine, Armenia and France beat the Czech Republic,
Hungary and Bulgaria respectively with 2.5-1.5 (Areshchenko
- Polak 1-0, Akopian - Gyimesi 1-0, Chatalbashev -
In the women's event, Russia leads as well after
winning the match against Slovenia 3.5-0.5, while
the top match between Poland and Georgia was drawn
(all four games were tied).
Free day in Crete!
2 November 2007
Today is a rest day for all the players. The Organising Committee offered to the participants a free excursion with guides to the ancient city of Knossos, the capital of the legendary Minoan civilization! Other players preferred to relax and enjoy the beach, as summer is still around in Crete. Meanwhile, you can follow the action of the first 5 rounds in the accumulated reports of
Round 5 Highlights
1 November 2007
Russia goes on unstoppable after achieving an
impressive victory over the Azeri team in the derby
match of the day (Mamedyarov - Svidler 0-1,
Morozevich - Radjabov 1-0, Alekseev - Guseinov 1-0,
and a draw between Gashimov and Grischuk) and leads
the tournament alone.
In the matches Ukraine - France and Bulgaria - Czech
Republic, scores were tied (Ivanchuk - Bacrot 0-1,
Cheparinov - Navara 0-1), while Israel beat the
Netherlands and Sweden was defeated by Slovenia.
In the women's event, Poland holds on to the top
after a dramatic match against Russia which was
finally drawn (Socko - Kosteniuk 1/2, Rajlich -
Kosintseva T. 1-0, Kosintseva N. - Zawadzka 1/2,
Przezdziecka - Korbut 0-1).
As for the other top matches, Ukraine and Georgia
prevailed (Ukraine - Lithuania 3.0-1.0, Georgia -
Greece 1 3.0-1.0), and so did Slovenia (Hungary -
V. Topalov: I am pleased with the organisation of the ETCC!
Former World Champion Veselin Topalov finished his games in the ETCC with a convincing win against GM Zdenko Kozul of Croatia and a total score of 3/4. After the game, the "Topster" gave an interesting video interview to Chessdom in which he expresses his wish that fellow compatriot GM Ivan Cheparinov wins the forthcoming World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Topalov also spoke highly of the organisation of this year's ETCC in Crete and about his next tournament in Vitoria, Spain which is organised for charity.
from the Organising Committee|
Dear chess friends,
It is our
greatest honour that ECU, the European Chess Union, has
appointed Greece to host the prestigious European Team Chess
Championships 2007 in Crete.
country has a long tradition of organising successful
chess events and every new challenge
is always accepted with pleasure. With the generous support
of our main sponsor, the luxurious Maris Hotels, we are
ready to offer another 5-star quality event, in line with
the high standards already established since the World
Youth Championships of 2002 & 2004!
has been on track ever since it joined the EU in 1980.
With one of the fastest growing economies of the Eurozone
(+ 4,2% GDP growth 2007),
it has now become a strategic outpost for international
corporations willing to expand in the developing markets
of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The new financial
reality and the successful holding of the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens have contributed to the further development
of sports in Greece. A number of important achievements
such as the winning of the European Championships in football
(2004) and basketball (2005) brought Greece at the center
of worldwide sport coverage while the 4th(!) place in
the European Team Chess Championship 2005 was also a notable
This year, Europe's finest
grandmasters will gather in Crete to perform for their
national teams. An all-year round sunny island, famous
for its hospitality, the natural beauties and its history
which runs five thousand years back to the Minoan civilization.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all and making
your stay in Crete the most pleasant one!
Gens Una Sumus,
IM George Mastrokoukos
Chief Executive Officer
Organising Committee "ETCC 2007"