18 October 2010, Plovdiv – The top favorite team, SOCAR from Azerbaijan won easily the first round match against Gambit Asseco-See Skopje of Macedonia 5.5-0.5 during the start of the European Chess Club Cup 2010 at Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Similarly, St. Petersburg Chess Club, the second seeded, won easily against Evry Gran Roque of France by a similar margin.
The strongest team and top seeded team is the newly formed SOCAR Azerbaijan with average ELO of 2732. Five of their top boards are in the 2700 club - GM Mamedyarov, GM Grischuk, GM Shirov, GM Radjabov and GM Vachier-Lagrave. The team is completed by the ex world champion GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov and the Azeibarjan stars GM Mamedov and GM Safarli.
Second seeded team in the European Club Cup is ShSM-64 Moscow with average ELO of 2713. The team features GM Gelfand, GM Karjakin, GM Wang Hao, GM Caruana, GM Grachev, GM Riazantsev, GM Najer, and GM Savchenko.
Meanwhile ShSM-64 Moscow won against Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova of Italy, with a 5-1 scoreline. Meanwhile team Mika Yerevan of Armenia won their match against LugPokerChess-Lugansk. GM Aronian, GM Akopian, GM Sargissian, GM Pashikian, GM Petrosian, GM Andriasian, GM Melkumyan, GM Anastasian are playing for team Mika Yerevan as the seventh seeded team.
Here are the rest of the first round results of the ECC2010.
Women’s first round results of the ECC 2010 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
For the women’s teams first round, all the seeded teams won their first round matches.