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No Surprises on Day 4
r 20171011_ecc_antalya_R4_3436 Alexander Grischuk GLOBUSAfter the tough struggles and surprises of yesterday today was a bit anti-climactic in Antalya, as favourites generally had crushing wins over their opponents. Tomorrow would be another tough day though with big games coming up!


There were four teams with perfect score before the round: Globus (Russia) and Odlar Yurdu (Azerbaijan) representing the favourites and two middle-seeded clubs Gambit Asseco See (Macedonia) & LSG Leiden (Netherlands) who managed to take full advantage of the pairing system to achieve 6 points. Obviously their luck with the pairings would have to run out at one point and today happened to be the day.

In the matchups of top ranked teams, Globus overpowered Gambit Asseco See 5,5-0,5 and the Azeris gave only half a point more to Dutchmen: 5-1. If Korobov could win a won game it could be a clean sweep for Globus as well but Mitkov managed to avoid a whitewash in the end, something which the Lithuanian LSK Makabi couldn’t do against fourth seeds AVE Novy Bor. Despite a setback on Zvjaginsev’s board Legacy Square Capital also beat Sk Dunejska Streda fairly easily: 4,5-1,5.
GM Sergey Karjakin "We really need to win this one!"
Day 3 Highlights
A Day of Great Chess
r 20171010_ecc_antalya_R3_3042 Aryan Tari Ding Liren VALERENGA SJAKKLUBB
Today there were many tough matches in both women and open sections, putting some of world’s best players against each other. True, sometimes when both players belong to the elite the games might tend to be dry but today was definitely not one of those days. Witnessing such games as played in this round of European Club Cup your love for chess might be rejuvenated, especially if you think the computers made the game a bit boring.  Anyway let’s have a quick look at what happened today.


The match of the day was undoubtedly AVE Novy Bor vs. Globus. It was clear that today would be a laborious day for Russians but even the most pessimist player among them probably couldn’t have imagined the shaky start to the round Globus had today. Especially not when Kramnik and Grischuk were finally playing for the first time today. But the show belonged rather to the other players as both stars made quiet draws against Wojtaszek and Navara respectively!
GM Harika Dronavalli
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