Overshadowed by the Chess World Championship 2013 between Visvanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, the European Team Chess Championship took place during the past days. In the men’s category, Azerbaijan came off winner in Warsaw, while the Ukraine prevailed at the women’s competition.
Azerbaijan stops France
In the men’s category, it looked like France was going to secure the victory of the European Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw, as Etienne Bacrot (Elo 2749) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2742) performed remarkably for the team that was seeded 3rd. Still, the French had to comply with draws in rounds 7 and 8, and over and above that, were defeated by Russia in the final round at 1.5:2.5 points. Azerbaijan, on the contrary, achieved two draws and beat Greece. Thus, the Azerbaijani team won the European Championship 2013 and became successor of Germany, the surprise winner of 2011. In the end, Azerbaijan, at 14.0 points, was ahead off France and the two other top-favorite teams from Russia and Armenia, who all ended the championship in Warsaw with 13.0 points. Members of the Azerbaijani team are amongst others Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2757) and Teimour Radjabov (Elo 2715), for Russia played Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), Peter Svidler (Elo 2752) and Dmitry Andreikin (Elo 2710), and for Armenia the world’s number 2 Levon Aronian (Elo 2801).
German men with disappointing results, German women with solid performance
From all members of the German team, the only strong player was top-class player Arkadij Naiditsch (Elo 2727) with an outstanding result of 5.5 points out of 7 duels. The other German competitors ended the tournament with rather disappointing results. Despite the 10th place on the seeding list, the German team scored only 9.0 points and therefore took a weak 20th place. Strong performances, on the other hand, were delivered by Georgia and Greece, who came off 6th and 7th at 12.0 and 11.0 points. Other than the German men, the German women played a satisfying tournament in Warsaw. The team was seeded 7th and at 11.0 points actually came off 7th in overall standings. The team’s most successful contributer of points was top-rated player Elisabeth Paehtz (Elo 2449) with 5.0 points out of 8 duels.
Ukraine dominates women’s category of European Chess Championship 2013
The women’s competition was clearly dominated by the top-favorite team from the Ukraine. This Eastern European team was cast with Kateryna Lagno, former Individual Chess World Champion Anna Ushenina, and Mariya Muzychuk, and prevailed with 12.0 points. The silver medal was obtained by the Russian team, seeded 2nd, which was led by the two grandmasters Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk. Poland, playing on home turf, won the bronze medal (both at 14.0 points).
Pictures: wikipedia / Andreas Kontokanis & Stefan64
written by Michael, translated by Birthe