European Club Cup 2022 R1: Gukesh, Harikrishna, Vidit, Arjun and Nihal make a winning start
Vishy Anand played his first rated game since he became the FIDE Deputy President back in August. The maestro is playing for the top team CSU ASE Superbet in the European Chess Club Cup 2022. He drew his game against GM Johann Hjartarsson of Viking Chess Club. D Gukesh is also playing for the same team as Anand. Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi won their games for Novy Bor Chess Club which has won Silver for the past three editions. Harikrishna played in all three of them, while Vidit returns after three years. Arjun Erigaisi and Nihal Sarin also won their respective games for TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana who scored a 6-0 whitewash over Schachfreunde Berlin. Round 2 starts today at 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Photo: European Chess Club Cup 2022
Anand and Carlsen draw their respective games
European Chess Club Cup is certainly a very big event as the world champion is also taking part for his regular club - Offerspill Chess Club which has only Norwegian players. The world no.1 was held to a draw by GM Nikita Meshkovs of Vammalan Shakkikerho team.
Viking Chess Club - CSU ASE Superbet: 0.5-5.5
Vishy Anand (2756) was held to a draw by GM Johann Hjartarsson (2468). The rest of the Superbet team members - GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (2707), GM D Gukesh (2732), GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (2615), GM Gabriel Sargissian (2711) and IM David Gavrilescu (2523) won their respective games.
Thorfinsson - Gukesh
Black does not need to be bothered about the c6-pawn as his attack on the kingside is evidently going to be a decisive one. 36.Kf1 Qh4 37.Kg2 g5 38.Ne1 Be5 39.Rd7 g4 White has absolutely no counterplay or a defense against Black's onslaught.
Sokolov tweeted his thoughts on his team before the first round
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Novy Bor Chess Club - Amevo Apeldoorn: 5.5-0.5
Novy Bor Chess Club has only GMs in their team. Pentala Harikrishna (2717), Vidit Gujrathi (2710), David Navara (2676), Nils Grandelius (2651) and Markus Ragger (2632) won their respective games. GM Thai Dai Van Nguyen (2634) was the only player who was held to a draw by Tom Meurs (2250).
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TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana - Schachfreunde Berlin: 6-0
TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana became one of the five teams to make a 6-0 start. The all-GM team in the first round comprised - Arjun Erigaisi (2728), Nihal Sarin (2673), Andrei Volokitin (2645), Borki Predojevic (2584), Robert Markus (2615) and Matej Sebenik (2518).
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Everyday round starts at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST from 3rd to 8th October 2022. The final round on 9th October starts 11 a.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. IST. The seven-round Swiss system tournament has a time control of 90min/40moves+30min/end+30sec increment per move starting from move 1. It is organized by SK Mayrhofen Zell/Zillertal and currently taking place at Europahaus Mayrhofen - Congress Zillertal in Austria.
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Round 1 Open results
|1||Viking Chess Club||CSU ASE Superbet||½||:||5½|
|2||Novy Bor Chess club||Amevo Apeldoorn||5½||:||½|
|3||Bærum Schakselskap||Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier||0||:||6|
|4||TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana||Schachfreunde Berlin||6||:||0|
|6||Schachclub Viernheim 1934e.V.||SK Zell/Zillertal||6||:||0|
|7||Vammalan Shakkikerho||Offerspill Chess Club||½||:||5½|
|8||Silla - València Origin of Chess||SK König Tegel 1949||5½||:||½|
|9||Sharks 4NCL||Vugar Gashimov||½||:||5½|
|10||Beer Sheva Chess Club||Drejtesia||4½||:||1½|
Round 2 Open pairings
|1||CSU ASE Superbet||SK Dunajska Streda||:|
|2||LSG Leiden 1||Novy Bor Chess club||:|
|3||Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier||Schach ohne Grenzen||:|
|4||Reykjavik Chess Club||TAJFUN - SK Ljubljana||:|
|5||Clichy-Echecs-92||KSK Rochade Eupen-Kelmis||:|
|6||Paul Keres||Schachclub Viernheim 1934e.V.||:|
|7||Offerspill Chess Club||Schachgesellschaft Solingen||:|
|8||Schachklub Absam||Silla - València Origin of Chess||:|
|9||Vugar Gashimov||Stockholms SS||:|
|10||KBSK Brugge||Beer Sheva Chess Club||:|