& ANNOUNCEMENTS of ETCC 2007 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 ACP letter...
Russia triumphed with both men and women teams
taking the golden medals at the 16th European Team
Chess Championship 2007. Men team had an impressive
run of eight consecutive wins and only one draw,
claimed the title even before the last round, and
most of their players took medals for individual
scores as well.
Silver medals go to the 2006 Olympiad winners -
Armenia. This ultra solid team took a slow start,
but broke through to the second place with the
series of narrow wins. Quite the opposite happened
to the bronze medalists, the explosive team of
Azerbaijan. They started furiously in the first few
rounds until they were stopped by the Russians.
Still, the third place is a fantastic achievement
for this young team.
Russia women were having a tough race with the title
defenders from Poland. Only in the 8th round Poland
succumbed and Russia routinely drove the ship into
the safe harbor. Just like men, most of the Russian
ladies also earned individual medals.
Poland still managed to capture the silver medals on
better tie-breaks/individual points. Armenian female
team resisted famous Georgians in the last round,
and after Ukraine didn't win against Russia, girls
from Yerevan started celebrating bronze medals.
It was a fantastic event, the motivated players gave
us aesthetic pleasure with wonderful games and our
kind hosts in Creta Maris provided excellent playing
and lodging conditions.
See you in Novi Sad 2009!
Russia's men team conquered the ETCC 2007 title one
round before the end. With 15 MP Svidler and Co
grabbed the golden medals after a draw with Spain.
However, the battle for the silver and bronze medals
will be exciting since many teams are in position to
get them. Israel's win against Slovenia, thanks to
the victory of GM Rodshtein on the last board,
catapulted them to second place with 12 MP.
3 November 2007
Russia's men team is firmly holding the lead after
storming through Israel in the sixth round. Evgeny
Alexeev finally stopped Michael Roiz's winning
streak, while Jakovenko and Svidler scored full
points for the final 3-1 win. Slovenia continues
with upsetting big guys. This time their victim was
Azerbaijan after the top three boards were drawn and
IM Borisek won against GM Guseinov.
1 November 2007
Russia heads for the title. With a two point lead GM
Svidler and co. are taking a good shot at claiming
the first place.
Slovenia was finally stopped as Russian
power-machine proved to be too strong. Full points
by Alexander Morozevich and Dmitry Jakovenko were
good enough for comfortable 3-1. Sergei Tiviakov and
Teimour Radjabov quickly drew their game, then Gadir
Guseinov beat Erik Van Den Doel and after Vugar
Gashimov held Daniel Stellwagen to a draw,
Azerbaijan celebrated 2.5-1.5 against Netherlands.
Third round of the European Team Chess Championship
was marked with narrow 2.5-1.5 wins on the top four
tables in men section. Peter Svidler beat David
Navara with the Anti-Marshall and with other games
drawn, Russia took most of against Czech Republic.
Each day, Azerbaijan has different hero, this time
it was turn to shine and blast Peter Heine Nielsen
off the board with a beautiful rook sacrifice.
The second round of the European Team Chess
Championship has started with Russia-Armenia matches
on top tables in both men and women section. Levon
Aronian steps in for the first time to face Peter
Svidler and Karen Asrian and Dmitry Jakovenko are
entertaining everyone around with the way they blitz
through their opening.
Ukraine is playing their first real match today
against Spain and probably the most interesting
encounter is Bulgaria against galloping Azerbaijan
as Topalov and Cheparinov are to play with
Mamedyarov and Radjabov on the top boards.
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
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. Link...
After all teams have settled in the beautiful 5
star Creta Maris Hotel, the captains' meeting
took place at 22:00 local in the "Aphrodita"
hall. This was the usual procedure of arbiter's
introduction, regulations reading, filling forms
with board order and Q & A session.
One of the most interesting rules will be
application of new FIDE article that says
"prearranged results are not allowed". Link...
Here in Crete is arrival day for the chess
players and their coaches, so the most common
profession that one can see in the hotel
registration form is "chess player". We already
have seen the teams from Georgia and Armenia
around the pool, the guys of Azerbaijan,
Montenegro, Finland, Israel, Sweden. The weather
is wonderful and those who were lucky enough to
arrive early on the beautiful island are already
on the beach. Link...
countries confirmed their participation
in the European Team Chess Championships 2007, including
all the chess power houses of the continent! The
participants include seven of the World Top-10 GMs:
V Ivanchuk (UKR 2787, No. 2 in the world), V Topalov
(BUL 2769, No. 4), A Morozevich (RUS 2755, No. 6),
S Mamedyarov (AZE 2752, No. 7), T Radjabov (AZE
2742, No. 8), L Aronian (ARM 2741, No. 9) and A
Shirov (ESP 2739, No. 10). View all the lists! Link...
Organising Committee is still receiving entry visa
requests from several federations. In a few days
the whole list of participating countries and players
will be published. It is already confirmed that
more than half of the World Top-10 players will
be present in Crete!
top British player and former World Championship
finalist GM Michael Adams is the big star of England for the European Team Championships in Crete! England was the winner of
the gold medal in Pula 1997 (GM Adams played for
that team too!) and of 2 bronze medals (Skara 1980,
Debrecen 1992) in the past. Link...
youthful but also powerful team was announced by
the German Chess Federation for Crete 2007, with
an average age of 23,6 years for the men's team
and 24,2 for the women's! Top stars are GM Arkadi
Naiditsch and WGM Elisabeth Paehtz. Germany has
won 3 times the bronze medal in the past (Haifa
1989, Batumi 1999, Leon 2001). Link...
very strong team has been announced by the French
Chess Federation for Crete 2007, including super-star
GMs Etienne Bacrot and Almira Skripchenko! France
won the bronze medal in 2005 and it seems to be
one of the medal favorites this year as well! Link...
report has appeared in chess media that a former
World Champion will participate this year in the
European Team Championship, although it has been
many years since his last appearance as a member
of the national team. We will soon be able to confirm
this information. It seems that the ETCC 2007 will
have lots of excitement involved..!
is the best way to reach Crete and Creta Maris hotel?
A very popular question as Crete has 3 international
nearest airport to the venue is Heraklion (25 km
west of Creta Maris) which happens to be the second
largest airport of Greece, after Athens. The IATA
code of the airport is HER and it is served by many
international airlines as Crete is a very popular
destination for visitors all over Europe! There
are also over 15 daily connections with Athens for
visitors or participants wishing to combine both
destinations by a connecting flight of Aegean
participants will be met in Heraklion airport and
transferred via bus to Creta Maris hotel. Of course,
feel free to contact the Organising Committee for any
additional advice or information you might need!
few months before this year's European Team Chess
Championships and many sport journalists think that
Russia (or the ex USSR) always wins this event!
Well, that's not absolutely correct if we see the
from 1997 and afterwards England, Armenia and the
Netherlands (twice!) have also been on the European
the women's event (it started in
1992) no country has yet to win the title twice!
The past winners:
European countries will win the titles in 2007?
A little more patience and we will see it live in
General Assembly of ECU has been announced for
November 2007 at 10 am in Creta Maris hotel, the
venue of the European Team Chess Championships!
European Chess Union (ECU) mailed to all national
federations the official invitation for the European Team
Chess Championships. We are looking forward to seeing
all of you in Crete!
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