chessbase india logo

European Online Club Cup 2021 Finals R5-9: Only Vidit remains invincible

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/04/2021

Novy Bor has seen much better days in various events. European Online Club Cup was nothing short of a disaster for them. Only Vidit remained undefeated throughout the event and in the Finals he scored 5.0/8. All his rest of the teammates had a difficult time finding harmony in the Finals. Wojtaszek scored 4.0/8, Harikrishna 2.5/4, Navara 4.0/9, Sasikiran 2.0/4 and Ragger 1.0/2. The team would definitely want to forget this event and move on to better glorious days ahead. SF Deizisau e.V. won the event with 14.0/18, Clichy Echecs 92 secured the runner-up position with 13.0/18 and Mednyi Vsadnik was placed third 11.0/18 due to better tie-break score. Photo: FIDE

Novy Bor collapses

Novy Bor would like to put this event behind them as on the last day of the European Online Club Cup 2021, the team suffered four consecutive defeat. It shattered all hopes of finishing in top half of the finals, let alone a podium position. The only win they scored was against Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo in the last round. Only Vidit remained undefeated throughout the event. Rest of the teammates could not do as well as they are all capable of.

Vidit is the only one who remained undefeated | Photo: FIDE

The tournament logo | Photo: European Chess Union

4NCL Guildford - Novy Bor: 3-1

Vidit made a marathon draw with Adams. At one point in the knight ending, it seemed like Adams might score a victory.

Adams - Vidit, Round 5

Position after 53...Nf3

The game continued with 54.Kc3. Can you find if there was a better way for white to push for a win after 53...Nf3 ?

Sasikiran lost a completely drawn opposite color bishop endgame against Gawain Jones. This would not have happened if it were an over-the-board event. He probably made a pre-move under time scramble which cost him the game in the final moments.

Poland Hussars - Novy Bor : 2.5-1.5

Vidit made another long draw with Jan-Krzysztof Duda. At some point it felt like, it was Vidit who can go for a win.

Duda - Vidit, Round 6

Position after 46.Kf5

Black is going to lose the f7-pawn as there is no way to defend it but what is the correct continuation for black here? The game went on with 46...Ra5 and white equalized the position with ease.

GM Vincent Keymer once again held Sasikiran to a short 21-move draw.

Novy Bor - Odlar Yurdu: 1-3

Vidit got a huge advantage out of the opening against Mamedyarov.

Vidit - Mamedyarov, Round 7

Position after 16...Ra7

Black needed to play 16...Qa7. After 16...Ra7, white regains the material with 17.d5. White also gets a decent advantage.

Position after 43...Ne4+

One of the last chances white had in the game was after 43...Ne4+. Where should white move the king to keep winning chances alive?

Sasikiran lost badly against GM Vasif Durarbayli.

Durarbayli - Sasikiran, Round 7

Position after 25...d5

25...d5 completely wrecks black's kingside after 26.fxe6. Instead black could have played either 25...Nc6 or e5.

Clichy Echecs 92 - Novy Bor: 2.5-1.5

Harikrishna's woes continued as he made an incorrect follow through of a sacrifice against Tata Steel 2021 winner Jorden Van Foreest.

Jorden - Harikrishna, Round 8

Position after 12...Qxe5

Black needed to play 12...c5 as 12...Qxe5 does not help black to recover the knight and there is not enough compensation either.

Vidit scored the sole victory for his team against Parham Maghsoodloo in this round.

Vidit - Parham, Round 8

Position after 22...Qe7

Find out why 22...Qe7 is a blunder.

Novy Bor - Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo: 4-0

Harikrishna scored a comfortable victory over the reigning Russia women's champion, GM Aleksandra Goryachkina.

Sasikiran checkmated Poland no.1 woman GM Monika Socko.

Four consecutive losses cost Novy Bor dearly

Replay games of Indian players at the Finals

Final Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoFED TeamGroupGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
SF Deizisau e.V.F96211420,50118
Clichy Echecs 92F96121322,50100
Mednyi VsadnikF93511122,0084
Poland HussarsF94321120,0076
Odlar YurduF9414919,0059
Hamburger Schachklub 1830F9414914,0070
4NCL GuildfordF9324818,5054
Ladya KazanF9324816,5058
Novy BorF9315718,5055
Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-CarloF900908,500


Tournament Format

Qualification phase (27th-28th of March) – Groups consisting of 8 or 10 teams each, play the Robin round event of 7 or 9 rounds. Groups will be divided according to the average rating of the four (4) basic players, with FIDE March 1st, 2021 list taken in account. Two at least teams of each group qualify for Play-offs.


Play-offs (29th of March) – The qualifiers from the 1st phase. Best ranked 9 teams proceed to the Finals.


The final group (30th-31st of March) – 10 teams play Robin round tournament of 9 rounds. The 10th team is invited by ECU, the Winner of European Women’s Online Chess Club Cup - Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo.


Time control of the event is 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment.


Saturday 27th March: 7 - 11 p.m. IST

Sunday 28th - Wednesday 31st March: 6 p.m. IST onwards

European Online Chess Club Cup 2021 schedule | Photo: European Chess Union


Total Prize fund - EUR 14000. 1st - EUR 4000, 2nd - EUR 3000, 3rd - EUR 2000, 4th - EUR 1500 and 5th - EUR 1000. Individual e-Medals are won by 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place of each board of final Group. The first winner of each Board of the final group will receive 400 euros. Reserve players are calculated on the 5th Board. The best game of the tournament will be awarded 500 euros.

The event is organized by European Chess Union and Monte-Carlo Chess Club, under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.


European Chess Union

Tournament Regulations