White Rose at the European Club Cup 2015 Preview

White Rose at the European Club Cup 2015 Preview

The European Club Cup brings together the strongest teams in Europe for seven days of intense competition in Skopje, Macedonia between October 18th-24th. Many of the best players in the world including seven of the world’s top 10 are present including Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana. In all there are 33 players rated over 2700 and England’s David Howell who is no. 40 on the September FIDE rating list is only the 30th best player in Skopje!

White Rose are now veterans of the European Club Cup having qualified for it on many occasions through their excellent performances in the 4NCL. This year’s squad consists of GM Peter Wells, IM James Adair, IM Jan van de Griendt, Paul Townsend, Stephen Barrett and Kieran O’Driscoll. They had a tough first round against the Azeri team Odlar Yurdu who contained six Grandmasters and they performed very well only losing 4-2 courtesy of wins by James Adair and Stephen Barrett who scored a huge scalp over his GM opponent rated 376 points higher (see this in the game viewer below). In Round 2 they face local team Karpos whose highest rated player is 2150.

There are several other British teams at the event. Cheddleton are headed by David Howell but had a shock draw against Austrian team SV Raika Rapid Feffernitz who they vastly out-rated. Blackthorne Russia’s IM Adam Hunt scored a fantastic draw against chess legend Vasily Ivanchuk while the rest of the squad including Sheffield’s IM Andrew Ledger and his brothers all lost against the third seeds from Macedonia, Alkaloid. Abergavenny and Cardigan from Wales are also competing while Midland Monarchs have entered a team in the Women’s section.

Play starts each day at 14:00 BST and you can follow the live action at the Official Website

Harrogate Chess Club are hosting a simultaneous exhibition with IM James Adair on November 29th. Click for more details


Official Website
White Rose at the European Club Cup 2013 Part 1
White Rose at the European Club Cup 2013 Part 2

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