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Magnus Carlsen wins his first major team event for Offerspill Sjakklubb at 38th European Club Cup 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/10/2023

Pranav Venkatesh once again scored a crucial victory in the final round. Aryan Tari redeemed himself from the penultimate round loss. Raunak Sadhwani scored another solid draw. All these ensured Offerspill Sjakklub beat Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier to win 38th European Club Cup 2023 Open. This is Magnus Carlsen's biggest team event triumph of his career so far. After winning the FIDE World Cup 2023, Carlsen has once again climbed another mountain, something that has eluded him for a long time, clinching a major team championship. Pranav's fantastic performance earned him a tweet from the world no.1 - "Pranav is buddy and buddy is Pranav". Photos: Niki Riga/ECCC 2023

Raunak and Pranav shine

In the Open section, the defending champion, Novy Bor defeated Superchess 3.5-2.5 to finish second scoring 12/14. Gokturk Chess Sport Club secured third place also scoring the same 12/14. Superchess became 27th European Club Cup 2023 Women champion with an unbeaten 12/14. Garuda Ajka BSK and SK Crvena zvezda Data Driven Lab were placed second and third with a score of 10/14 each.

38th European Club Cup 2023 Open winner - Offerspill Sjakklubb 13/14
Why did Magnus Carlsen tweet - "Pranav is Buddy and Buddy is Pranav!" | Video: ChessBase India
Raunak Sadhwani crosses 2650 and wins Gold along with Carlsen's team Offerspill at 38th European Club Cup 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - Novy Bor 12/14

Second Runner-up - Gokturk Chess Sport Club 12/14

27th European Club Women champion - Superchess 12/14

Runner-up - Garuda Ajka BSK 10/14

Second Runner-up - SK Crvena zvezda Data Driven Lab 10/14

Offerspill Sjakklubb - Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier: 3.5-2.5

GM Raunak Sadhwani (2641) had a solid draw against the Armenia no.1, GM Haik Martirosyan (2696). GM Aryan Tari (2619) and GM Pranav Venkatesh (2579) scored the key victories against GM Jules Moussard (2610) and GM Grigoriy Oparin (2681) respectively. It helped Offerspill Sjakklub win the European Chess Club Cup for the very first time.

Oparin - Pranav

Position after 23...bxc6

24.Rd8 Qxd8 25.Nf7+ Rxf7 26.Qxd8+ Rf8 27.Qxc7 fxe3 28.fxe3 would have kept the game going for Oparin. However, he made a fatal mistake 24.Ne4?? Qg6 25.f3? fxe3 26.Nxf6 Bxf6 27.Qe4 Qxe4 28.fxe4 Bh4 and Black won the game in another four moves, thanks to his deadly passed pawn at e3.

Offerspill Sjakklubb - Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier: 3.5-2.5

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored a solid 5/7, remained undefeated and crossed 2650 in the live ratings

GM Pranav Venkatesh scored two crucial wins in the last two rounds

GM Aryan Tari redeemed himself from the penultimate round loss by winning an important final round game

Replay Offerspill Sjakklubb - Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier games

Photo Gallery

Board no.1 individual Gold - Magnus Carlsen 5/6

Magnus Carlsen is overjoyed with his first major team event triumph

Pranav Venkatesh raises the trophy with Magnus Carlsen

Raunak Sadhwani lifts the team trophy

Offerspill Sjakklubb definitely has a great team spirit

Magnus Carlsen appreciated Pranav's amazing performance

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Replay European Chess Club Cup 2023 Round 7 Live Commentary by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni (LUX) and GM David Howell (ENG) | Video: European Chess Union

Every day round started at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST from 1st to 7th October 2023. The final round on 7th October started at 2 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. The seven-round Swiss system tournament had a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. The tournament took place at Grand Blue FAFA Conference Hall in Durrës, Albania.

Replay Round 7 Open games

Replay Round 7 Women games

Round 7 Open results

No.TeamTeamRes.:Res.
1
  Novy Bor
  Superchess
:
2
  Offerspill Sjakklubb *)
  Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier
:
3
  Gokturk Chess Sport Club
  Turkish Airlines Sports Club
:
4
  TAJFUN SK Ljubljana
  Sentimento Ajka BSK
:
5
  C' Chartres Echecs
  Vugar Gashimov
3:3
6
  Schachclub Viernheim 1934 e.V.
  Silla Chess Club
:½
7
  SK Rockaden
  Beer Sheva Chess Club
2:4
8
  CE Le Cavalier Differdange *)
  Schachgesellschaft Zurich
½:
9
  Rishon Lezion A
  SK Dunajska Streda
5:1
10
  SV Werder Bremen
  SK Zmaj
1:5

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Final standings in Open

Rk.SNoFED TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
14NOR
Offerspill Sjakklubb76101324729,5181,5168
22CZE
Novy Bor76011223329,5182,5153
312TUR
Gokturk Chess Sport Club76011222130167139
48HUN
Sentimento Ajka BSK760112215,529164134,5
51ROU
Superchess751111210,527188,5144,3
66TUR
Turkish Airlines Sports Club750210231,529172,5113
73FRA
Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier75021022828184,5128
87SLO
TAJFUN SK Ljubljana75021022229,5171,5114,5
95GER
Schachclub Viernheim 1934 e.V.750210221,529,5175118
1011ISR
Beer Sheva Chess Club75021019328,5170112,5

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Final standings in Women

Rk.SNoFED TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12ROU
Superchess760112137,519,510992,5
23HUN
Garuda Ajka BSK75021013117,511579
36SRB
SK Crvena zvezda Data Driven Lab742110118,517,5107,571,8
45SLO
TAJFUN SK Ljubljana74211011816,5111,577,8
51MNC
Monte Carlo74129130,51911168,8
64UKR
SP Gaz Ukraine7412912317116,571,3
712GER
Schachgesellschaft Solingen733191011710260,3
810TUR
Gokturk Chess Sport Club733199916,510460,5
99FRA
Asnieres - Le Grand Echiquier741298914,5105,563
108ENG
Wood Green740381041610553,5

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