SIMPLECHESS

Greek Team Championship

The 2011 Greek Team Championship took place in Eretria from the 3rd to the 8th of July. Several top players took part in the seven round event which mixed elite, female and junior players from 34 teams. The favourites Peristeri (with Ivanchuk on board 1) finished in first place.

The Greek team championship differs from those in Western Europe as there are several categories that need to be represented. Each 8-player team list needs to have 1 adult woman, 2 male juniors and 2 female juniors (and thus three men). Of the eight players, a maximum of two non-Greeks are allowed.

Thirty-four teams competed in this seven round swiss (3rd-8th of July).

The favourites Peristeri obtained the services of Vassily Ivanchuk 2768 and Judit Polgar 2699, as well as having some of the leading Greek players: Stelios Halkias 2600, Vasilios Kotronias 2588 and Hristos Banikas 2593.

The leading teams finished as follows:

Rank Seed Team

Matches

won 

Matches

drawn   

Matches

lost

 Points   TB1   TB2  Top board
1 1 SS Peristeri 6 1 0 13 323.5 42.0 Vassily Ivanchuk (2768)
2 2 CC Kavala 4 3 0 11 286.0 34.0 Ioannis Papaioannou (2592)
3 8 HRC Korydallos 5 1 1 11 237.5 32.0 Markus Ragger (2651)
4 7 EOAO Fysiolatis Nikaia 5 1 1 11 215.0 31.0 Robert Kempinski (2600)
5 6 ES Thessaloniki 5 0 2 10 234.5 33.5 Dimitrios Mastrovasilis (2604) 
6 5 Chess Academy Thes. Galaxias 4 1 2 9 217.0 32.0

Suat Atalik

(2619)

7 13 Heraklion CC 4 1 2 9 195.5 31.0 Leonid Kritz (2615)
8 12 Chess Union Amfissa 4 1 2 9 192.0 30.5  Viktor Bologan (2678)
9 10 Panionios GSS 2210 4 1 2 9 170.0 30.0 Richard Rapport (2545)

Other teams also included players from the present World Top 100:

Triandria had David Navara (2722) as top board.

Chalkidos Palamidis featured Arkadij Naiditsch (2706).

AEK board one was Peter Heine Nielsen (2681).

Chania Chess Academy included Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2652).

HRC Korydallos had the leading Austrian player Markus Ragger (2651).

The strongest women present, as well as Judit Polgar, were Viktorija Cmilyte (2528, AEK) and Antoaneta Stefanova (2524, Chalkidos Palamidis).

Because the junior boards are such an important part of the team, employing a couple of stars, even if they perform well, doesn't necessarily guarentee success. Which explains why so many of the top names were in teams that didn't finish amongst the leading nine.

The official site (in Greek) gives more details:

http://www.skakistikiakadimia.gr/39o-omadiko-a-ethnikis.html


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