Jon Ludvig Hammer (OSS) and Anna Muzychuk (T-Com) have earned 7-round GM norms at the recently completed European Club Cup. Moreover, Anna had the best performance on the first board in women section.
“PVK Kiev” Chess Club, seeded 5th in the Open Section before the competition, won a bronze medal on the best tiebreak among four teams with 11 match points. Ukrainian portal “Sport Online” dubbed this historic success as a main sports news of the day. Bellow are the statements of team’s officials.
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Immediately after the European Club Cup, Teimour Radjabov, the first board of the winning team URAL, gave an interview for internet portal Day.az
Q: This is the third European Club Cup trophy in your career. What is particularly significant in this achievement?
Teimour Radjabov: I played for the Russian team “Ural” earlier this year when we became champions of Russia, which is also a privilege, because the Russian league with its composition of Grandmasters is considered to be the strongest in the world. Now we have won the European Club Cup. This is my third team gold medal from this competition, the previous two were taken with Bosna Sarajevo and NAO Chess Club. I also have two team silver medals, with Russian “Kazan” and the one with “Ural” from last year.
The top seeds did not leave their leading spot in the European Clup Cup 2008 after their draw against T-Com Podgorica and won the European Club trophy for the second time in a row with 12 points. The closest teams shared 2-4.places with 10 points but Spartak Vidnoe of Russia gained the second place with 19.5 board points followed by T-Com Podgorica from Montenegro which had 19 points.Economist Saratov’s 16.5 board points was not enough for a medal. Details below.
GM Alexander Grischuk is proudly waving the first price award under the chorus “…when I ruled the world…”. His team Ural won the 24th European Club Cup.
Magnificent closing ceremony, photos, videos and interviews are on the way. We will keep updating!
Cercle d’Echecs Monte Carlo wins the European Club Cup for Women. Congratulations!
URAL Sverdlovskaya wins the European Club Cup – Open section. Congratulations!
Final crosstables are bellow…
Grandmasters Vladimir Malakhov (7 games) and Artashes Minasian (6 games) have scored 100% on their boards with rating performances of 3187 and 3002 respectively. See full board lists – open section and women section.
Interviews with WFM Fiona Steil-Antoni of Luxembourg, GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India and IM Romain Edouard of France.
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