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ETC: Czech Republic & France Lead, Live Games Controversy

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/11/13 23:42.

While the Anand-Carlsen match hasn't been all too exciting so far, the European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland is providing many great games which you can play through on this first rest day in Chennai. Czech Republic and France are tied for first place after three rounds; both teams won their first three matches. France beat Ukraine on Sunday and the Czechs were too strong for Turkey, who defeated top seed Russia the round before. In the women's section Armenia, Poland and Ukraine still have a with a perfect score. Meanwhile, there is a controversy about the transmission of the games.

Photos © Marek Skrzypczak courtesy of the ETC

Whereas the mighty SOCAR team lost in the penultimate round of the European Club Cup, when there was no time to recover, the top seeds in the European Team Championship stumbled as early as the second round. The match on the top boards was a wonderful team effort from the Turks, who drew on three boards.

Former World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov held a draw against Peter Svidler rather comfortably in a Philidor, Baris Esen and Dmitry Andreikin repeated moves even quicker. Turkey opened the score with a spectacular win on board 1:

Mustafa Yilmaz then held World Cup star Evgeny Tomashevsky to a draw after 86 moves, sealing Russia's fate.

The French team also won with the smallest possible margin. Romain Edouard was responsible for the only win:

Alexander Areshchenko scored a nice win in the match Ukraine-Croatia, which was another 2.5-1.5:

England suffered a painful 3-1 defeat against Greece (and as a reward they play Russia on Sunday!). Luke McShane was checkmated:

Judit Polgar won her second game in a row, in the match Hungary-Georgia. An amazing ending!

Judit Polgar

Another game that shouldn't be missed is the following. Speaking of domination, look at Black's poor queenside.

A high-level clash was the following, between the two players who qualified for the 2014 Candidates tournament from the Grand Prix. It was the top board in the match Azerbaijan-Bulgaria and an impressive win for Topalov.

The game Mamedyarov-Topalov

Levon Aronian won a good game as well. Surprisingly, the other three Armenians could only draw with their opponents from Montenegro.

World #2 Levon Aronian in action in Warsaw

On Sunday France defeated Ukraine, who are playing without e.g. Ivanchuk, Ponomariov and Eljanov. The score was 3-1 and Romain Edouard won again, with the following combination:

After their big success the other day, Turkey went down 3.5-0.5 against the Czech Republic, who also delivered many of the players for the Novy Bor team, the reigning European Club Champion, last month. David Navara won a superb strategical game, where the themes "open file", "pawn break" and "Réti's Rifle" (queen behind bishop) and "rook on the 7th" could all be seen:

The local heros from Poland lost 2.5-1.5 to Azerbaijan where Teimour Radjabov managed to beat Dariusz Swiercz in a 4 vs. 3 rook ending:

Russia vs. England ended in 2-2. Peter Svidler beat Luke McShane, but Gawain Jones managed to win against Alexander Morozevich:

The Dutch men lost the first round and then beat Wales 4-0, but in the third round it was again Jan Smeets who lost to an IM and the game decided the match:

In the Slovenia-Italy match, Fabiano Caruana suffered a rare defeat against a lower rated player:

European Team Championship 2013 | Round 3 Standings

Rk. SNo Team Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 9 CZECH REPUBLIC CZE 3 0 0 6 23 9
2 3 FRANCE FRA 3 0 0 6 22 8
3 7 HUNGARY HUN 2 1 0 5 19 8
4 14 GEORGIA GEO 2 1 0 5 17,5 7
5 15 GREECE GRE 2 1 0 5 17 7,5
6 2 ARMENIA ARM 2 1 0 5 15 7
7 6 AZERBAIJAN AZE 2 1 0 5 15 7
8 19 ROMANIA ROM 1 2 0 4 16 8
9 4 UKRAINE UKR 2 0 1 4 16 6,5
10 17 BELARUS BLR 2 0 1 4 15 7,5
11 16 CROATIA CRO 2 0 1 4 12 7
12 29 ISRAEL ISR 2 0 1 4 10,5 7
13 18 TURKEY TUR 2 0 1 4 10,5 6
14 24 POLAND GOLDIES POL 2 0 1 4 8 6
15 21 BULGARIA BUL 1 1 1 3 17,5 7
16 10 GERMANY GER 1 1 1 3 17,5 6
17 5 ENGLAND ENG 1 1 1 3 17 6
18 27 AUSTRIA AUT 1 1 1 3 15,5 6
19 22 SLOVENIA SLO 1 1 1 3 15 6,5
20 12 POLAND POL 1 1 1 3 13,5 6,5
21 30 MONTENEGRO MNE 1 1 1 3 13,5 6,5
22 1 RUSSIA RUS 1 1 1 3 13,5 6
23 13 ITALY ITA 1 1 1 3 12 6
24 11 SPAIN ESP 1 1 1 3 11 5,5
25 20 SERBIA SRB 1 1 1 3 8 7
26 34 LITHUANIA LTU 1 0 2 2 13,5 7
27 8 NETHERLANDS NED 1 0 2 2 10,5 7
28 33 BELGIUM BEL 1 0 2 2 10,5 7
29 26 DENMARK DEN 1 0 2 2 9 4,5
30 23 POLAND FUTURES POL 1 0 2 2 8 5,5
31 31 SWITZERLAND SUI 1 0 2 2 7 4,5
32 28 ICELAND ISL 0 1 2 1 15 5
33 25 SWEDEN SWE 0 1 2 1 14,5 4
34 37 SCOTLAND SCO 0 1 2 1 10 4
35 32 FINLAND FIN 0 1 2 1 4,5 3,5
36 36 NORWAY NOR 0 0 3 0 7 3,5
37 35 FYR MACEDONIA MKD 0 0 3 0 7 2
38 38 WALES WLS 0 0 3 0 0 0

In the women's section Armenia, Poland and Ukraine started with three victories. The tournament has seen quite a few upsets on individual boards:

European Team Championship 2013 | Women | Round 3 Standings

Rk. SNo Team + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 6 Armenia 3 0 0 6 23 11
2 4 Poland 3 0 0 6 19,5 9
3 1 Ukraine 3 0 0 6 19 9,5
4 15 Israel 2 1 0 5 20 8
5 3 Georgia 2 1 0 5 17 8,5
6 12 Serbia 2 1 0 5 13,5 7
7 9 Spain 2 0 1 4 16 6,5
8 2 Russia 2 0 1 4 15,5 8,5
9 16 Lithuania 2 0 1 4 14 8,5
10 7 France 2 0 1 4 13,5 7,5
11 5 Germany 2 0 1 4 11,5 8
12 25 Poland Futures 2 0 1 4 11 8
13 13 Poland III 2 0 1 4 10 6
14 10 Romania 1 1 1 3 19 7,5
15 21 Greece 1 1 1 3 16 6
16 14 Netherlands 1 1 1 3 14 7
17 8 Hungary 1 1 1 3 11,5 6,5
18 11 Bulgaria 1 0 2 2 11 5
19 17 Azerbaijan 1 0 2 2 10 4,5
20 28 Turkey 1 0 2 2 9,5 6
21 24 Belarus 0 2 1 2 9 4,5
22 18 Czech Republic 1 0 2 2 7 6,5
23 27 Slovenia 0 2 1 2 7 5,5
24 30 Belgium 1 0 2 2 3 3,5
25 22 Croatia 1 0 2 2 3 3
26 19 Austria 1 0 2 2 2,5 3
27 29 Norway 1 0 2 2 2 3,5
28 32 Iceland 0 1 2 1 7 4
29 31 Finland 0 1 2 1 6,5 4
30 26 Switzerland 0 1 2 1 4 3
31 20 Italy 0 0 3 0 6 3
32 23 England 0 0 3 0 0 0

The European Team Championship takes place Novewmber 7-18, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. Teams consist of four players and one reserve. The tournament is a 9-round Swiss. Players may only agree to a draw after the 40th move has been made by black.

Live games controversy

Before finishing this report, it cannot remain unmentioned that the organizers of the European Team Championship have taken the controversial decision not to allow online chess platforms to transmit the games live. The are only allowing Chessbase to transmit the games, but not others such as ICC or Chessbomb or Chess.com, who have recently started bringing live games as well. The reasoning behind this policy includes the following:

It is widely recognized that chess games cannot be copyrighted, but the live transmission of games is under the copyright.

However, this sentence is logically inconsistent. If chess games cannot be copyrighted (which is true), you cannot stop someone from showing them online "live". (And what is "live" in the first place? No delay? A one-second delay? Is a 30-second delay still live? Where to draw the line?)

Besides, it is certainly not "widely recognized" that "the live transmission of games is under the copyright". Chessbase won the court case against the Bulgarian Chess Federation, who tried to prevent the Hamburg company from transmitting the Anand-Topalov World Championship match.

Apparently there were some technical problems during the third round. This prompted Ilya Levitov, FIDE Vice President and Head of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, to post the following on Facebook:

Dear Polish chess federation! If you want to sell smth. try to make your product work. You are the first federation that suddenly blackmails other federations who want to do the usual broadcast from the tournaments, but your online doesn't even work! What does the "best chess manager" and ECU President think about that?

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  • 11 mesi fa

    MindWalk

    In Naiditsch-Socko, why can't Black take the e-pawn on move 20?

  • 11 mesi fa

    Fixing_A_Hole

    They need to name the h3/Bg5 system against the KID the "Aronian variation".  He has played it for awhile now with perfect results(as far as I can remember).  

  • 11 mesi fa

    etourneau

    Caruana's game was not a draw. The "b" pawn advance was forcing him to give up his knight, and then he had nothing left to exchange the white "e" pawn with. With an "f" pawn instead of the e7, it might have been different.

  • 11 mesi fa

    NM JMB2010

    Awesome recap, thanks.

  • 11 mesi fa

    FM CountOfMonteCristo

    What a fantastic game by Navara!

  • 11 mesi fa

    XretxeD

    I thought the international chess community was all about promoting chess in all ways possible, making it attractive to a broader audience. If "live" (however it should be defined - after all it's rethoric) transmissions of games are to be exclusive like pay-per-view soccer than this is going to be one big backfiring shot. After all, can someone explain to me how this is going to add value for sponsors, if it means much less "live" spectators will be watching? I mean, come on, seriously, should two guys sitting for many hours in front of each other at a table with a wooden board inbetween them really be compared broadcastwise to 22 (plus another 3) nutters running behind a ball in front of 40.000, 50.000 (and often more) true live spectators (and likely several million "live" viewers on the telly)?!? 

    I am pretty sure that each and every spectator watching "live" transmissions on chess.com or what ever the platform is an enrichment for chess itself, as it might just fuel one's enthusiasm enough to make others interested in this beautyful game, hence making chess more popular. 

    Elitizing transmissions will only make chess look tight up and I don't believe that's how most people who like it feel about chess. 

  • 11 mesi fa

    stupid_chess

    caruana is draw game?!

  • 11 mesi fa

    shotdown

    I hope at the end Chess will win and not money.

  • 11 mesi fa

    MSC157

    SLOVENIA! Luka! Woohooo! Laughing

    If you take a closer look, there's also GM Jure Škoberne playing for Slovenia. I was playing with this GM a month ago in a simul! :)

  • 11 mesi fa

    TomekO

    http://etcc2013.com/live-broadcast-cooperation-2/

     

    To Chess Organizers, Chess Media, Chess Activists, Players, and Fans

    It has been discovered and put to our attention that certain chess portals and internet chess services providers are transmitting games of ECU European Team Chess Championship without the agreement with the organizer. This is being done by breaking into the transmission files and illegally copying the data from live broadcast. Such actions are against the law, and against the ECU policy unanimously adopted by General Assembly of ECU during the meeting in Porto Carras in 2011.

    It is widely recognized that chess games cannot be copyrighted, but the live transmission of games is under the copyright. Similarly, it is not under the copyright how football players score goals, but television broadcast of their games is under the copyright. This approach has been acknowledged and approved by all delegates of ECU members in 2011.

    Chess viewing has almost completely moved to the internet. It is in the interests of chess organizers, chess players, and also chess fans that the chess world is properly financed. This cannot be done without the ability to commercialize chess events and show value to chess sponsors. Stealing chess broadcasts destroys that value. Therefore, ECU reserves the rights to pursue legal actions against trespassers on ECU events.

    Some chess organizers may prefer to give broadcasting right for free, perhaps in exchange for some promotional services, while others may opt for nominal contribution to costs. Either way, it has to be done according to the law and ECU members will, in agreement with the organizer.

    It has to be recognized that certain reputable chess services providers are currently broadcasting ETCC games in co-operation with the organizer. This is highly commendable as helping development of chess.

    This letter has a full support of ECU President, Mr. Silvio Danailov.

  • 11 mesi fa

    ChocolateTeapot

    Exciting stuff. Nul points for the Welsh men and the English women though. Poor Luke McShane was probably quite relieved when he got checkmated.

  • 11 mesi fa

    baccs

    Great! Im interested in national match!

  • 11 mesi fa

    Ricardoruben

    Well, this is a very good thing for Karparov (the strange Polish chess federation's decision). Go Kasparov!

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