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Summary Day 1
A Happy Day for Goliaths
r 20171008_ecc_antalya_R1_2494 FJOLNIR CHESS CLUB - GLOBUSThe first round of 2017 European Club Cup and 2017 European Club Cup for Women is over. It was mainly a day of David vs Goliath battles with the giants not having too much trouble with lesser mortals.


The first round in such an uneven field promised many high scores and that was exactly what happened. The rating favourites, Globus from Russia, rested Kramnik today to the disappointment of chess fans who want to see the ex-champion to struggle for desperately needed rating points for qualification to Candidates, but with a line-up such as Russians it was still not a very fair battle for Icelandic warriors from Fjölnir Chess Club. The first win for the Russian club was a 13-moves miniature, soon to be followed by five other wins resulting in a complete whitewash:
Opening Day
European Club Cup Has Officially Started

The European Club Cup
and FIDE Congress have officially started today with a common opening ceremony as both events are simultaneously held in Antalya/Turkey.

The opening ceremony began with a minute of silence in the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkish Republic and the hearing of Turkish national anthem followed immediately by FIDE and ECU anthems.
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