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European Online Club Cup 2021 R5-9: Novy Bor tops Group B

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/03/2021

Novy Bor topped Group B with a 100% score of 18.0/18 to advance to the next stage in European Online Club Cup 2021. All six players of the team remained undefeated. Harikrishna played only two games, Vidit made 3.5/4 and Sasikiran scored 2.5/3 on the second day of group stage. Gukesh, Nandhidhaa, Soham and Yashas' journey at the tournament came to an end as none of their respective teams managed to finish in top two of their respective groups to advance to the next stage. Play-offs start tonight from 6 p.m. IST onwards.

All players of Novy Bor remain undefeated

Harikrishna played two games on the second day of European Online Club Cup 2021. While he won the first game from a completely lost position, he had a prolonged draw in the second game. Vidit scored 3.5/4 and Sasikiran made 2.5/3. All six players of Novy Bor Chess Club remained undefeated in the group stage and they topped the group with a 100% score of 18.0/18, finishing four points ahead of Hamburger Schachklub 1830.

Vidit scored an unbeaten 6.5/7

The tournament logo | Photo: European Chess Union

Tsafrir Rehovot Chess Club - Novy Bor: 1-3

Vidit was in a bit of a pickle against IM David Gorodetzky in Round 5.

Gorodetzky - Vidit, Round 5

Position after 29...Qg7

29...Qg7 invited trouble as white got an opportunity to make things difficult for black. What was it? The game continued with 30.Qe1 and after few mutual errors Vidit won the game.

IM Nimrod Veinberg held Sasikiran to a draw.

Novy Bor - Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 1: 4-0

Harikrishna started his campaign with a win over GM Igor Efimov from a completely lost Queen and double bishop endgame.

Harikrishna - Efimov, Round 6

Position after 52.Bh5

From a completely lost endgame, Harikrishna managed to equalize the position. After 52.Bh5 black has numerous ways to save the position but he completely blundered with 52...Bb2. Find out why it is a blunder and how black could have saved the game.

In a seemingly equal endgame, Andre Meylan made one tiny inaccuracy which Sasikiran capitalized on to score a victory.

Meylan - Sasikiran, Round 6

Position after 34.Ra1

34.Ra1 does not add anything to the position for white, in fact it only allows black to get a breakthrough which he is looking for.

Stanislas Echecs - Novy Bor: 0.5-3.5

GM Mikhail Demidov held Harikrishna to a draw, although at one point in the middlegame, it was Harikrishna who had total control in the position.

IM Iulian Baltag pushed too hard when he should have gone for a draw.

Vidit - Baltag, Round 7

Position after 42.Be1

Black has already sacrificed a knight to get connected passed pawns on b and c-file. 42...b3 should have kept things simple as 43.Bxc3 bxc2+ and black can go for a draw easily. Instead he went for 42...Bc4 and soon arrived at a lost position.

Novy Bor - Team Pelaro Alingsas SS: 4-0

Vidit made the most out of his opponent FM Hampus Sorensen's mistakes and scored a victory in another minor piece endgame.

Vandoeuvre-Echecs - Novy Bor: 0.5-3.5

Vidit made a short draw in just 18 moves with IM Nicolas Brunner. Sasikiran beat Leopold Adrian who played a side-line in the opening to surprise his opponent. Of course it did not work against Sasikiran as he scored a win with ease.

Novy Bor continued their domination as all team members remained undefeated in the group stage

Group B Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoFED TeamGroupGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
Novy BorB99001832,000
Hamburger Schachklub 1830B97021425,000
De Pluspion WachtebekeB96121320,500
Club d'Echecs de GeneveB95221224,000
Tsafrir Rehovot Chess ClubB94321121,000
Stanislas EchecsB9234715,000
Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo 1B9144613,000
Team Pelaro Alingsas SSB9216511,500
SK Lions LeviceB902727,000


Gukesh missed an opportunity to make a draw against GM Vojtech Plat of Cesky Lev in Round 6.

Plat - Gukesh, Round 6

Position after 74.g4

Where should black move the knight to salvage a draw after 74.g4? Gukesh opted for 74...Ne3 which is not the best continuation for black and he lost the game in the next nine moves.

In the eighth round, Gukesh did a fantastic combination against Nikolas Wachinger of SV Werder Bremen.

Gukesh - Wachinger, Round 8

Position after 27...e5

Can you think like Gukesh? Find out the winning continuation for white after 27...e5.

Gukesh scored 6.0/8 for his team Gijon 64 but the team finished fourth with 12.0/18

Since only top two from each group advances to the next stage, Gijon 64 got eliminated as they finished fourth in the group stage with a score of 12.0/18.

Group C Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoFED TeamGroupGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
Mednyi VsadnikC98101728,500
SF Deizisau e.V.C97111528,000
Cesky LevC97021425,500
Gijon 64C95221224,500
ZSK Maribor PoligramC95131120,000
SV Werder BremenC9324817,000
Zeitnot ExpressC9216510,000
Echiquier GuingampaisC9207412,000
Le Cavalier DifferdangeC911738,000
Zuid LimburgC901816,500


WGM Nandhidhaa P V had a tough day as she scored only 1.5/5 in the last five games. Her sole victory of the day was against IM Benjamin Gongora Montes of Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa B in Round 6.

Nandhidhaa's team Tremblay Girls scored 9.0/18 and got eliminated.

WGM Nandhidhaa had a tough second day

Group D Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoFED TeamGroupGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
4NCL GuildfordD99001832,000
C'Chartres Echecs AD97111526,000
Bursa Buyuksehir BelediyesporD94321121,500
CSU ASE BucharestD9414918,000
Moravska Slavia Brno BD9414916,000
Tremblay GirlsD9414914,500
SG ZurichD9216514,000
Celtic TigersD9117310,500
Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa BD900904,500


In Group E, IM Soham Das of Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa A was replaced by compatriot FM Yashas D who had a pretty good debut as he scored an unbeaten 3.0/4 including a draw against GM Matthieu Cornette in Round 5.

FM Yashas D of Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa A had a good unbeaten debut 3.0/4

Group E Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoFED TeamGroupGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
Odlar YurduE99001829,000
Beer Sheva Chess ClubE97111526,500
Asnieres le grand Echiquier AE95221223,000
Anatolia WhiteE95041020,500
Club Ajedrez 64 Villalba-Miscasa AE9414920,000
SK Reval SportE9243817,500
Kavala Chess ClubE9315715,500
Stockholms SSE9306616,000
Anatolia TurquoiseE9216510,500
Club d'Echecs LexovienE900901,500


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.

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