15 November 2017

Cup, Girls and Sea

The European Team Championship in Crete. Closing picture report by Maria Emelianova

The Russian national women’s team heading for the playhall already in the rank of champions with one round to go


Boris Gelfand and Maxim Rodshtein, representatives of the Israeli team

The Georgian women are aimed at available maximum: silver

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is after gold.

Sergei Rublevsky’s last-minute instructions before the game    

Rauf Mamedov is greeting Yuriy Kuzubov

Board one players of Azerbaijan and the Ukraine

Ian Nepomniachtchi’s handshakes with all members of the opponent’s team

The central matchup of the ultimate round is about to start

England - Hungary

Anish Giri is not happy about something already at the start of his game against Slovenia

Yuriy Kuzubov was the Ukraine’s board four

The last round heroic victory of Irina Bulmaga over Monika Socko snatched the match from Poland and landed the team into the fourth place

Not only was Alexandra Kosteniuk’s contribution huge for the team’s gold, but she took first on board one at that!


Elina Danielian has played all (!) 9 games for Armenia on board one

Pavel Eljanov’s final touch was a draw against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Monika Socko is Poland’s all-time leader

Azerbaijan’s board one was a young Gunay Mammadzada

Valentina Gunina is watching the games of Aleksandra Goryachkina and Olga Girya

Lilit Galojan is Armenia’s board three

Lilit Mkrtchian is Armenia’s board two

Ian Nepomniachtchi’s painful search of a victory in the rook ending against Georg Meier

...Ian’s search of a victory took really long indeed...

...Ian did manage to win the game, but 3:1 against Germany was not enough for the Russians to win the event

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sergei Rublevsky

The long-awaited closing ceremony...

... Which began, as always, with the official speeches; President of the European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili presents David Llada’s picture book to the main tournament organizer Nikos Kalesis

A time-honored tradition of dancing

Medal-winners among reserve players Kristina Novosadova (the Czech Republic) with bronze, Marina Gajcin (Serbia) with silver and Salome Melia (Georgia) with gold

Poland’s board four -  Klaudia Kulon

The Ukrainians are applauding Inna Gaponenko, who has won gold on board four.

Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia) - third, Klaudia Kulon (Poland) - second, Inna Gaponenko (the Ukraine) - first

Valentina Gunina with silver on board three!

Valya and Ana Matnadze (Spain) are greeting the gold medalist of their board...


... Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia) with a rating-performance 2608!

Natalia Zhukova (the Ukraine, silver) is congratulating the rising Greek star Stavroula Tsolakidou (bronze)

Alexandra Kosteniuk has demonstrated a record performance 2638 and took gold on board one, having overtaken Anna Muzychuk (the Ukraine) and Deimante Cornette (Lithuania)

Boris Kutin, Zoltan Almasi, Rauf Mamedov and Maxim Matlakov - the Russian grandmaster has finished second on board four

Nikita Vitiugov is golden on board three

The Ukrainian women’s team is third on the European Championship


The Georgian women are second

The Russians have again topped the pedestal!

The Ukrainian men’s team is also third

The Russians are second

From left to right: Alexander Grischuk, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Potkin, Alexander Motylev and the FIDE Vice-President Georgios Makropoulos

Happiness of the Azeri players...

...who have taken the European Cup for their third time!

Zurab Azmaiparashvili is applauding the champions

With a cup in his hands is the team’s main sponsor - Mahir Mamedov, Director General of SOCAR Energy Georgia


Journalists and fans are flocking around the champions


A mandatory selfie: Salome Melia, Bela Khotenashvili, Lela Javakhishvili, a team’s coach Baskaran Adhiban, Nino Batsiashvili and a captain Elizbar Ubilava


Prior to leaving, the Russian team organized a small photo session near the sea. Aleksandra Goryachkina...

...has challenged Olga Girya


Valentina Gunina..

...has challenged Olga as well!

Then everything got all mixed up... It turned into a four-handed game when joined by Vladimir Potkin and Maxim Matlakov

Holding the Cup are Olga Girya, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Valentina Gunina    


Maxim Matlakov, chess and sea... The tournaments should be held exclusively at the resorts, I believe!

Maxim and Danya were so absorbed in the game that they almost forgot about the bus departing in an hour ... I wish we could stay more! We well be back for more!