Croatia holds Russia, Italy stuns Bulgaria

Netherlands and Hungary share the lead after day 1 at ETCC

GM Ivan Saric was the shining star for Croatia, as they managed to stop the Russian machine in round 1 of the European Team Chess Championship. Svidler and Tomashevsky drew their games, while Morozevich gave the lead to the top seeded team. However, Saric shocked the 2700 club member – Jakovenko, to give Croatia hopes for higher standings.

Bulgaria tried to apply team strategy, with GM Delchev making one of the shortest draws of the event. However, it turned against them, as Fabiano Caruana got a favorable position against Cheparinov, while Bojkov lost on the last board. The victory by Iotov against Rombaldoni could not save the higher rated team.

The third surprise of the day came from Switzerland. They played against Ukraine, at the ETCC without their previous stars Ivanchuk and Karjakin, but still the higher rated team. Korchnoi, Jenni, and Ekstroem did excellent job holding their higher rated opponents, while GM Gallagher did the impossible, defeating GM Kryvoruchko and giving Switzerland 2 match points.

Hungary and Holland took the lead as they destroyed Turkey and Wales respectively. In other matches there were no major surprises, although many individual scores were not expected. Scroll down for all the results from day 1. Expect later today a large photo gallery and many details about the tournament and the events around it.

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The view to the playing hall from the VIP stands

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The big banner hanging at the side of the women section

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Azerbaijan depend on themselves, as Russia was held to a draw in round 1

20 Croatia (CRO) - 1 Russia (RUS) 2 : 2

GM Stevic Hrvoje 2624 - GM Svidler Peter 2741 ½ – ½

GM Kozul Zdenko 2588 - GM Morozevich Alexander 2750 0 – 1

GM Saric Ivan 2573 - GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2742 1 – 0

GM Bosiocic Marin 2571 - GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2688 ½ – ½

2 Azerbaijan (AZE) - 21 Austria (AUT) 3 : 1

GM Radjabov Teimour 2757 - GM Ragger Markus 2561 ½ – ½

GM Gashimov Vugar 2740 - GM Shengelia David 2560 ½ – ½

GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 - GM Kindermann Stefan 2529 1 – 0

GM Mamedov Rauf 2626 - GM Stanec Nikolaus 2541 1 – 0

23 Denmark (DEN) - 3 Armenia (ARM) 1 : 3

GM Hansen Lars Bo 2574 - GM Akopian Vladimir 2698 ½ – ½

GM Hansen Sune Berg 2552 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2678 ½ – ½

GM Schandorff Lars 2501 - GM Pashikian Arman 2663 0 – 1

IM Glud Jakob Vang 2476 - GM Petrosian Tigran L 2602 0 – 1

4 Bulgaria (BUL) - 24 Italy (ITA) 1½:2½

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2667 - GM Caruana Fabiano 2662 0 – 1

GM Delchev Aleksander 2635 - GM Godena Michele 2530 ½ – ½

GM Iotov Valentin 2578 - IM Rombaldoni Denis 2469 1 – 0

GM Bojkov Dejan 2528 - IM Shytaj Luca 2481 0 – 1

25 Switzerland (SUI) - 5 Ukraine (UKR) 2½:1½

GM Korchnoi Viktor 2566 - GM Volokitin Andrei 2681 ½ – ½

GM Jenni Florian 2500 - GM Efimenko Zahar 2654 ½ – ½

IM Ekstroem Roland 2488 - GM Drozdovskij Yuri 2627 ½ – ½

GM Gallagher Joseph G 2464 - GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2612 1 – 0

6 Israel (ISR) - 26 Montenegro (MNE) 2½:1½

GM Roiz Michael 2658 - GM Blagojevic Dragisa 2546 1 – 0

GM Mikhalevski Victor 2625 - GM Djukic Nikola 2503 0 – 1

GM Postny Evgeny 2651 - GM Drasko Milan 2527 1 – 0

GM Avrukh Boris 2668 - GM Kosic Dragan 2495 ½ – ½

27 Former Yug Rep of Macedonia (MKD) - 7 Germany (GER) 1 : 3

GM Mitkov Nikola 2525 - GM Meier Georg 2664 ½ – ½

GM Nedev Trajko 2511 - GM Fridman Daniel 2661 0 – 1

GM Stanojoski Zvonko 2492 - GM Gustafsson Jan 2622 ½ – ½

IM Pancevski Filip 2432 - GM Khenkin Igor 2613 0 – 1

37 Scotland (SCO) - 17 Serbia 1 (SRB 1) ½ :3½

FM Morrison Graham 2353 - GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 ½ – ½

IM Muir Andrew J 2327 - GM Solak Dragan 2583 0 – 1

Tate Alan 2175 - GM Markus Robert 2608 0 – 1

Stevenson James 2089 - GM Vuckovic Bojan 2600 0 – 1

8 Spain (ESP) - 28 Lithuania (LTU) 3½: ½

GM Shirov Alexei 2730 - GM Sulskis Sarunas 2568 1 – 0

GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2696 - GM Malisauskas Vidmantas 2483 ½ – ½

GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel 2570 - IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2477 1 – 0

GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2555 - IM Sarakauskas Gediminas 2424 1 – 0

29 Norway (NOR) - 9 France (FRA) ½ :3½

GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2585 - GM Fressinet Laurent 2658 ½ – ½

GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 2532 - GM Edouard Romain 2620 0 – 1

IM Elsness Frode 2458 - GM Cornette Matthieu 2577 0 – 1

FM Thomassen Joachim 2332 - GM Feller Sebastien 2570 0 – 1

10 Hungary (HUN) - 30 Turkey (TUR) 4 : 0

GM Berkes Ferenc 2663 - IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc 2499 1 – 0

GM Balogh Csaba 2620 - IM Esen Baris 2494 1 – 0

GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2594 - IM Erdogdu Mert 2467 1 – 0

GM Ruck Robert 2548 - IM Atakisi Umut 2406 1 – 0

31 Finland (FIN) - 11 Georgia (GEO) 1½:2½

GM Nyback Tomi 2615 - GM Jobava Baadur 2696 1 – 0

IM Karttunen Mika 2426 - GM Pantsulaia Levan 2600 0 – 1

IM Agopov Mikael 2452 - GM Gagunashvili Merab 2580 ½ – ½

FM Luukkonen Tommi 2317 - GM Sanikidze Tornike 2600 0 – 1

12 Poland (POL) - 32 Bosnia & Herzegovina (BIH) 2 : 2

GM Socko Bartosz 2637 - GM Dizdarevic Emir 2483 ½ – ½

GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2640 - IM Stojanovic Dalibor 2469 ½ – ½

GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2618 - IM Bogut Zeljko 2442 ½ – ½

GM Bartel Mateusz 2609 - FM Galic Ivan 2378 ½ – ½

33 Iceland (ISL) - 13 Czech Republic (CZE) 1½:2½

IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor 2462 - GM Navara David 2692 0 – 1

IM Arngrimsson Dagur 2396 - GM Laznicka Viktor 2634 1 – 0

IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2395 - GM Babula Vlastimil 2569 0 – 1

IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2360 - GM Cvek Robert 2518 ½ – ½

14 Romania (ROU) - 34 Belgium (BEL) 3 : 1

GM Istratescu Andrei 2624 - IM Saiboulatov Daniyal 2395 ½ – ½

GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2664 - IM Cekro Ekrem 2380 1 – 0

GM Lupulescu Constantin 2599 - FM Docx Stefan 2384 ½ – ½

GM Nevednichy Vladislav 2601 - IM Polaczek Richard 2381 1 – 0

35 Wales (WLS) - 15 Netherlands (NED) 0 : 4

FM Jones Richard S 2321 - GM Smeets Jan 2642 0 – 1

FM Rees Ioan 2336 - GM Stellwagen Daniel 2630 0 – 1

Dineley Richard 2270 - GM L’Ami Erwin 2606 0 – 1

Kett Tim 2238 - GM Werle Jan 2563 0 – 1

16 Slovenia (SLO) - 36 Luxembourg (LUX) 3½: ½

GM Beliavsky Alexander 2656 - IM Berend Fred 2371 1 – 0

GM Pavasovic Dusko 2602 - Jeitz Christian 2253 1 – 0

GM Borisek Jure 2575 - Linster Philippe 2230 ½ – ½

IM Sebenik Matej 2489 - FM Mossong Hubert 2179 1 – 0

18 England (ENG) - 38 Monaco (MNC) 3 : 1

GM McShane Luke J 2615 - GM Efimov Igor 2433 0 – 1

GM Conquest Stuart C 2563 - FM Van Hoolandt Patrick 2229 1 – 0

GM Williams Simon K 2545 - Ribbegren Karl Johan 2158 1 – 0

GM Gordon Stephen J 2535 - Iclicki Willy 2052 1 – 0

22 Serbia 2 (SRB 2) - 19 Greece (GRE) 1 : 3

GM Miladinovic Igor 2547 - GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2628 ½ – ½

GM Sedlak Nikola 2571 - GM Banikas Hristos 2599 0 – 1

GM Pikula Dejan 2562 - GM Halkias Stelios 2570 ½ – ½

IM Roganovic Milos 2474 - GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios 2519 0 – 1