Novy Bor and ASVÖ Pamhagen win European Club Cup

Novy Bor (Czech Republic) emerged as the winner of the European Club Cup, a seven-round team event held in Mayrhofen, Austria, from October 3-9, 2022. The open and women’s competitions ran concurrently.

After beating Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier 3½:2½ in the final round, the Czech team secured the long-awaited second title after a nine-year break. Novy Bor put in a dominating performance winning all seven matches.

The team leader Pentala Harikrishna laid the foundation for success by defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with white pieces in a popular line of Gruenfeld Defence. On the second board, Vidit stumbled and lost to Esipenko after scoring phenomenal six wins in a row in the previous rounds; boards three to five ended in draws. David Anton Guijarro playing on the sixth board, secured the match victory and title for Novy Bor by beating Matthieu Cornette.

Silver and bronze go to Clichy-Echecs-92 (12/14) and Schachclub Viernheim 1934e.V. (11/14). Ironically, the champions and the runner-up team did not face each other in the competition.

As many as nine teams tied for third place. Somewhat surprisingly, the rating favourite Romanian team CSU ASE Superbet with Anand and Rapport in the roaster, came only sixth behind Asnieres Le Grand Echiquier and Beer Sheva Chess Club due to inferior Sonneborn-Berger. For this very reason, Offerspill Chess Club, headed by Magnus Carlsen, finished behind them.

Final standings:

1CZENovy Bor Chess club14
3GERSchachclub Viernheim 1934e.V.11
4FRAAsnieres Le Grand Echiquier10
5ISRBeer Sheva Chess Club10
6ROUCSU ASE Superbet10
7NOROfferspill Chess Club10
8SLOTAJFUN – SK Ljubljana10
9ISRKfar Saba Chess Club10
10AZEVugar Gashimov10

Heading into the final round of the European Women’s Club Cup, the local team ASVÖ Pamhagen was two points ahead of CSU ASE Superbet and Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo. The team from Burgenland made a 2:2 draw against the Polish team BGK KS Gwiazda Bydgoszcz and secured the title (first ever for an Austrian club), scoring 12/14.

On the top board, Elina Danielian suffered defeat at the hands of Alina Kashlinskaya, but Yuliia Osmak retaliated on the third board and equalized for Pamhagen. The game on boards two and four were drawn. The Austrian team owes its success to a very strong showing by Anna Ushenina, Yuliia Osmak (contributing 5/5 each) and Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (5.5/7).

CSU ASE Superbet and  Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo won their last-round matches and tied for second place, with the Romanian team taking silver by dint of better tiebreaks.

Final standings:

1AUTASVOe Pamhagen12
2ROUCSU ASE Superbet11
3MNCCercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo11
4POLBGK KS Gwiazda Bydgoszcz8
5AUTSK Erste Bank Baden8
6AZEOdlar Yurdu8
7SLOTAJFUN – SK Ljubljana7
8ENGWood Green7
9UKRBlue & Yellow7
10FRAPhilidor Mulhouse7

Photo: Walter Kastner and Fiona Steil-Antoni

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