Baku and Hoogeveen Will Compete for the Strongest City Title

Время публикации: 28.12.2012 02:07 | Последнее обновление: 28.12.2012 02:13

A "mysterious" team championship is under way in Al Ain  

Al Ain located in UAE may be hosting the most mysterious championship in chess history. The tournament named World Cities Team Championship has appeared in FIDE calendar a month before its start and as the dates of the competition coincided with the dates of other tournaments (they've been announced much earlier) a lot of famous GMs didn't arrive to Al Ain. 

Judging by the playing hall (that is obvious if you look at the photos), the organizers of the championship had no financing problems; so, it's even more surprising that the official website of the championship works just below the level: results are updated late the next day, the knockout phase was added recently, while the teams are alrady preparing for fighting in the final.

Let us remind you, the championship started on December 21st: 32 teams were divided in eight groups - 4 teams in each, the top two teams in each group qualified for the knockout phase.   

The Ukrainian team, with Alexander Moiseenko on the first board, eliminated after 1/8 final being defeated by the Chinese team headed by Wang Yue. Russians dropped out the competition after 1/4 final after losing against Hoogeveen. Russia was represented by Saratov city.

Noteworthy is performance of Azerbaijani team. Baku is represented by Eltaj Safarli, Gadir Guseinov, Rauf Mamedov, Nidjat Mamedov and Vasif Durarbeyli. Azerbaijani players beat French team in 1/8 final: Fressinet took an upper hand on Guseinov, however, Rauf Mamedov and Durarbeyli took points against Edouard and Hamdouchi respectively.

Thus, Baku and Hoogeveen will compete in the final on December 28, 14:00 MSK time. Dutch team: Anish Giri, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Tiviakov, Jan Smeets. You can follow the games live, but remember that in order to know if any of the games has finished you should click next to the game each time you decide to check the result.   

"The audience gets quiet." The playing hall is "full" of spectators. photo -


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