European Club Cup teams and information

July 22, 2008

ECC 200885 teams from 37 European Federations (64 men & 21 women) have registered for ECC2008! According to the team compositions many famous chess players will be in Halkidiki supporting their teams. Among them, Morozevich, Alexander 2788, Ivanchuk, Vassily 2781, Carlsen Magnus 2775, Radjabov, Teimour 2744, Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2742, Shirov, Alexei 2741, Svidler Peter 2738, Aronian Levon 2737 Adams Michael 2735, Grischuk, Alexander 2728, Karjakin Sergey 2727, Kamsky Gata 2726, Movsesian Sergei 2723, Gelfand Boris 2720 , Vugar Gashimov 2717, Ponomariov Ruslan 2712, Jakovenko Dmitry 2709, Alekseev, Evgeny 2708, Milov Vadim 2705 Koneru Humpy 2622, Xie Jun 2574, Stefanova, Antoaneta 2550, Kosintseva, Tatiana 2511 and many more.

All the teams and their compositions are updating officially daily from the ECU Tournament Directors, Dirk De Ridder and Werner Stubenvoll at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr14480.aspx?lan=0

Very soon there will be individual page for each team on the official site. For the pages to be complete, we ask you for your cooperation. Feel free to send us photos, history, players, views, etc at our contact form

EUROPEAN CHESS UNION HONORS GM KAREN ASRIAN

ECU made a very sensitive decision after a letter and request of the Armenian Chess Federation. The young Armenian Player and Olympic Champion GM Karen Asrian passed away suddenly before the start of the Armenian Chess League. His Team Bank King could not replace him and playing without him tied in the positions 1-3 taking finally the third position in the tiebreak. ECU, after consultation and with the O.C. of ECC2008, decided to give a wild card of participation to Bank King honoring the memory of the young Grandmaster and the rest of the Olympic Armenian Champions.

TEAMS’ DRESS CODE

The Organizing Committee of ECC2008 has already signed agreements for daily video reports for TV and Internet Channels worldwide. For that reason a special team preparing the TV material will be present in Halkidiki. ECU and the Organizing Committee of ECC 2008 encourage all the teams to have the same sports appearance during the games. For the participating teams which have not prepared sports appearance, the Organizing Committee will send soon a proposal for special designed T-Shirts with a player’s number and player’s name. The T-Shirts will be offered in a special dressing package on a reasonable price on request.

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