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    First FIDE Online World Corporate CC

    February 12, 2021

    A full list of registered teams has been published on the official website of the 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Championship.

    This team event will be played on Chess.com in “four against four” format from February 19-21.

    The 1st FIDE Online World Corporate Championship is open to teams, representing any legally recognized company, defined as any formal business entity for profit which may be a corporation, a partnership, or individual proprietorship.

    Each team has four main players including at least one main player and at least one female player. Each team can have one invited player (not having direct relations with the company). The list of “legionnaires” includes such big names as the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, the participants of the Candidates Tournament Ian Nepomniachtchi and Anish Giri, well-known grandmasters Anton Korobov, Vladislav Artemiev, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Vladimir Malakhov, Georg Meier, and many others.

    See also:

    https://worldcorporate.fide.com/teams.php

    I count: 283 teams

    Four from Canada

    Amazon US-east
    Farber Group
    Fluidigm
    Telus

    71 from India
    31 from the United States
    27 from Russia
    10 from the Czech Republic
    11 from England etc

    Do we know anyone who is playing on a Canada team?

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    282 teams; 34 GMs. Carlsen is playing on a team with a 2000 player and two 1000 players. Teams and members are listed here: http://chess-results.com/tnr549090.aspx?lan=1

    Canadian Teams (ranking at upper left):

    56. Telus (RtgAvg:1921 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Maroun Tomb
    Bo. Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
    1 IM Krishna G V Sai 2405 5028280 0,0
    2 IM Duong Thanh nha 2193 2601079 0,0
    3 CM Tomb Maroun 2084 5300398 0,0
    4 Jureidini Gabriel 1000 0,0
    5 Thibault Genevieve 1000 0,0
    93. Farber Group (RtgAvg:1610 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Oksana Golubeva
    Bo. Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
    1 WGM Burtasova Anna 2261 4150740 0,0
    2 WFM Golubeva Oksana 2179 4170164 0,0
    3 Bali Simon 1000 0,0
    4 Todd Andrew 1000 0,0
    5 Schmidt Geanina 1000 0,0
    135. Amazon US-East (RtgAvg:1324 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Guillermo Mansilla
    Bo. Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
    1 Bucci Andrea 1815 2115921 0,0
    2 Hamirwasia Arpit 1000 0,0
    3 Mansilla Guillermo 1479 2629488 0,0
    4 Nizhegorodtsev Sergey 1000 0,0
    216. Fluidigm (RtgAvg:1000 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Saad Kazi
    Bo. Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
    1 Wei Minghong 1000 0,0
    2 Petes Carlene 1000 0,0
    3 Li Stephen 1000 0,0
    4 Kazi Saad 1000 0,0
    5 Vaidya Saket 1000 0,0
    Last edited by Hugh Brodie; Saturday, 13th February, 2021, 10:04 AM.

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    • #3

      Team-Composition without round-results
      23. Infosys Canada (RtgAvg:1172 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Shiva Chakkoli
      Bo. Name Rtg FideID Games
      1 Deva Anuj 0 0,0
      2 Chakkoli Shiva 1688 2084562 0,0
      3 Guda Phanindra 0 0,0
      4 Ray Amrita 0 0,0
      5 Muthalan Natesh 0 0,0

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      • #4
        There are CAN players on other international teams.
        The list shows all CAN sorted by rating.
        Title Name Rtg FED Team
        IM Panjwani Raja 2448 CAN Debevoise
        IM Quan Zhe 2432 CAN Goldman Sachs
        WGM Burtasova Anna 2261 CAN Farber Group
        WGM Ouellet Maili-Jade 2257 CAN Deloitte New York
        IM Duong Thanh nha 2193 CAN Telus
        WFM Golubeva Oksana 2179 CAN Farber Group
        Song Samuel 2138 CAN Deloitte New York
        WIM Demchenko Svitlana 2071 CAN Deloitte Chicago
        Zafirov Stefan 2065 CAN Autodesk
        Jureidini Gabriel 1942 CAN Telus
        WCM McDonald Liza 1894 CAN Amazon US-West
        Nizhegorodtsev Sergey 1832 CAN Amazon US-East
        Li Stephen 1785 CAN Fluidigm
        Chakkoli Shiva 1688 CAN Infosys Canada
        Bali Simon 1679 CAN Farber Group
        Hamirwasia Arpit 1606 CAN Amazon US-East
        Mansilla Guillermo 1479 CAN Amazon US-East
        Kazi Saad 1324 CAN Fluidigm
        Todd Andrew 1109 CAN Farber Group
        Thibault Genevieve 1074 CAN Telus
        Wei Minghong 1000 CAN Fluidigm
        Vaidya Saket 932 CAN Fluidigm
        Schmidt Geanina 644 CAN Farber Group
        Petes Carlene 610 CAN Fluidigm
        Deva Anuj 0 CAN Infosys Canada
        Guda Phanindra 0 CAN Infosys Canada
        Muthalan Natesh 0 CAN Infosys Canada
        Ray Amrita 0 CAN Infosys Canada

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        • #5
          Unfortunately, I missed a chance to organize a team from our hedge-fund. With me on 4th board, the average FIDE could be 2400+, including 1 GM, 2 IMs and 1 FM.

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          • #6
            I encourage players to show up early for their round time. You were probably told 30 minutes, but most Arbiters are there 60 minutes early, verifying as many players as they can as early as they can. The East Round 1 started late, as very many people arrive at the last minute (shocker!) - The problem is that if players aren't verified by their Arbiter, they might not get to start their game.

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            • #7
              First FIDE Online World Corporate CC

              February 12, 2021


              Day 1 Recap

              Day 1 in the Eastern pool of the FIDE Online World Corporate Championship is in the books.

              After three rounds of play, we have the potential candidates for first place in all six groups - only the teams taking the top spots advance play-off. Such a strict qualifying formula is applied due to an unprecedented number of teams taking part in the tournament. Indeed, 288 companies assembled squads for this competition.

              Team SBER, headed by one of the leaders of the Candidate Tournament Ian Nepominachtchi, is a heavy favourite not only in the group East A but also in the entire tournament. Although the Russian GM won all three games on the first board SBER is just second a half-point behind a “hell-raiser”, another Russian team RIVC-Pulkovo. The match between the leaders in Round 4 most likely will decide which team gets through to the next stage.

              It was easy to predict that in the group East B Grenke Bank with Georg Meier and Alina Kashlinskaya and Yandex, strengthened by Jakovenko Dmitry would be the main contenders for the top spot. However, after two rounds two different teams - Khareba (Georgia) and VOZP (Czech Republic) - were in the lead. After the leaders drew their match in Round 3 the favourites caught up with them and now four squads are sharing first place with 10 points out of 12 each. It is almost certain that the ticket to the quarterfinals will go to one of the teams from this "magnificent four".

              East C saw the toughest competition in the Eastern pool. Whitewashing 4-0 defeats, so popular in other groups were very rare here. Only two teams, Morgan Stanley (HUN) and Gazprom managed to win all three matches. Their fourth-round clash is going to be crucial, although the Optiver team led by Anish Giri (who conceded a half in his first-round encounter with Nihal Sarin) and the Rosseti Volga have not yet said their last word in this pool.

              Sberbank Trade Union has confirmed its status as a rating-favourite in East D. The team, led by Anton Korobov, played the key match in Round 2, beating the number two seed Paypal Bulgaria. Evgenij Kretov definitely deserved a bonus for the crucial victory over former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova. Although Sberbank Trade Union lost only one point in three rounds, it is way too early to relax - Israeli Slav Group with Ilya Smirin on the first board is hard on their heels. Their head-to-head match in Round 4 most likely will be decisive.

              The East E bracket favourites, BCG Gamma headed by the sixth rated female player in the world Maria Muzychuk, and CSOB faced off in Round 3. The Czech team can’t boast of big names but relies on a very balanced lineup with titled players on all the boards. In this important match, CSOB scored a very important victory: IM Jiri Jirka prevailed over IM Daniel Schlecht whereas WGM Karolina Olsarova got the best of FM Marti Mayo. The leader is facing a new challenge in Round 4 - Tata Consultancy Services Chennai, whose 15-year-old grandmaster Praggnanandhaa has crushed his opponents so far.

              Many thought that in the group East F we would see a race between the rating favourites Emphie Solutions and Alkaloid, but the Macedonian company, known for its support of chess (chess club Alkaloid was European champion!) suddenly stalled. Two points lost on the first board and one more on the fourth resulted in a 2˝-point trailing behind the leader, almost a whole match distance! Emphie Solutions conceded only two points but still fell behind an unexpected leader, State Bank of Mongolia. GM Batchuluun Tsegmid and one of the strongest female players of Asia, IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul, inspired their less experienced teammates to put in the best effort. If State Bank of Mongolia beats Emphie Solutions in the fourth round, the former will almost certainly clinch a playoff berth.

              https://www.fide.com/news/959


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              • #8
                The West groups are running very smoothly tonight.

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                • #9
                  First FIDE Online World Corporate CC

                  February 20, 2021


                  I am finding this tournament difficult to follow and impossible to report!

                  I have heard that Praggna is doing well, so a look at his games to date; he is with the Tata Consultancy Services Chennai:

                  2021 World Corporate CC, Online
                  10+2
                  Round 1, Feb. 19
                  Ramedshbabu, Praggnanandhaa – Vandenbussche, Thibault
                  C41 Philidor, Improved Hanham variation

                  1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 a6 8.a4 b6 9.Be3 Bb7 10.d5 Kh8 11.h3 Ng8 12.Ne2 g6 13.g4 f5 14.gxf5 gxf5 15.exf5 Rxf5 16.Ng3 Rf7 17.Ra3 Bc8 18.Qe2 Nf8 19.Nd2 Ng6 20.Nde4 Nh4 21.Qh5 Nf3+ 22.Kh1 Nxe1 23.Qxf7 Nxc2 24.Rc3 Nxe3 25.Rxe3 Qf8 26.Qh5 Bd7 27.Rf3 Qe8 28.Rf7 Qxf7 29.Qxf7 Rf8 30.Qh5 Bxa4 31.Bd3 Be8 32.Qg4 Bg6 33.Qe2 a5 34.Nc3 Nh6 35.Bxg6 hxg6 36.Nce4 Nf5 37.Nxf5 Rxf5 38.Kg2 Bd8 39.f3 Kg7 40.Qb5 Rf7 41.Qc6 Kf8 42.Qa8 Ke7 43.Qc8 1-0

                  Round 2, Feb. 19
                  Khatoev, Eduard – Rameshbabu, Praggnanandhaa
                  A47 Queen’s Indian Defence

                  1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.e3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6 5.O-O c5 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.exd4 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Ne5 O-O 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh3 Bf6 13.Bh6 Bg7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Be4 Na6 16.Qf3 Nac7 17.Rac1 Qe7 18.Rfe1 Rad8 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5 Rxd5 21.Nc6 Qd6 22.Nxa7 Ra8 23.Nc6 Nb5 24.a3 Rc8 25.Ne5 Rc7 26.Ng4 f5 27.Rxc7+ Qxc7 28.Ne3 Nxd4 29.Qg3 f4 30.Qg4 fxe3 31.fxe3 Qe5 32.Rf1 Qxe3+ 33.Kh1 Nf5 34.Rd1 Ng3+ 35.hxg3 Rh5+ 0-1

                  The score of this game corrected Feb. 22/21. Thank you A.B.

                  Round 3, Feb. 19
                  R. Praggna – Georgiadis, Ioannis
                  A05 Reti, King’s Indian Attack, Spassky’s variation

                  1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.d3 e6 5.e4 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.O-O a6 8.a4 Nd7 9.Ng5 c6 10.Qh5 g6 11.Qf3 Ne5 12.Qe2 Bg7 13.Ne4 Qe7 14.c4 bxc4 15.dxc4 Nf6 16.Bg5 h6 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Rd1 a5 19.f4 Nxc4 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.Qxc4 O-O 22.Nc3 Ba6 23.Qc5 Rab8 24.Rd2 Rfd8 25.Rad1 Rxd2 26.Rxd2 Kg7 27.Ne4 1-0

                  Round 4, Feb. 20
                  Cerveny, Martin – R. Praggna
                  E67 King’s Indian, Fianchetto, Classical variation

                  1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e4 Re8 9.h3 b6 10.Be3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Bb7 12.f3 c6 13.Bf2 Qc7 14.Rc1 Rad8 15.b4 Ne5 16.Nce2 Qb8 17.b5 c5 18.Nb3 a6 19.a4 axb5 20.axb5 d5 21.cxd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Bxd5 23.Nd2 Nd3 24.Ra1 Bxa1 25.Qxa1 Rxe2 26.Qc3 Nxf2 27.Rxf2 Rxf2 28.Kxf2 Qd6 29.Bf1 Be6 30.Ne4 Qd4+ 31.Qxd4 Rxd4 32.g4 Kg7 33.Ke3 Bc4 34.Bxc4 Rxc4 35.Nd6 Rb4 36.g5 Kf8 37.f4 Ke7 38.Nc8+ Ke6 39.Na7 Kd5 0-1

                  Round 5, Feb. 20
                  R. Praggna – Kachura, Denis
                  A11 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

                  1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.c4 Bg4 5.cxd5 Bxf3 6.Bxf3 cxd5 7.O-O e6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.d4 O-O 10.e3 Nc6 11.Bd2 Rc8 12.Qe2 a6 13.Rfc1 b5 14.Be1 h6 15.Bg2 Na5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Rxc8 Qxc8 18.Bxa5 Qc6 19.Be1 Rc8 20.Bh3 Qc2 21.Qxc2 Rxc2 22.Rb1 g6 23.Bf1 Ne8 24.Bd3 Rc8 25.Kf1 Nd6 26.Ke2 f5 27.Ra1 Nc4 28.Rc1 Kf7 29.b3 Nb6 30.Rxc8 Nxc8 31.a4 Nd6 32.Bb4 bxa4 33.bxa4 Nc8 34.Bxe7 Kxe7 35.Bxa6 Nd6 36.f3 Kd7 37.Kd3 Kc6 38.a5 Kc7 39.Kc3 g5 40.Bd3 Kc6 41.Kb4 g4 42.f4 h5 43.Ka4 Kb7 44.Kb3 Kc7 45.Kb4 Kb7 46.Kc5 1-0

                  Round 6, Feb. 20
                  Muzychuk, Mariya – R. Praggna
                  B41 Sicilian, Kan, Maroczy bind

                  1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.a3 b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.f3 Be7 10.Be2 O-O 11.Rc1 d6 12.O-O Nbd7 13.b4 Rac8 14.Qe1 Qb8 15.g4 Ne5 16.Na4 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Bxe4 18.Qg3 Qb7 19.Nf3 Nd7 20.Nc3 Bc6 21.b5 axb5 22.cxb5 Be4 23.Nxe4 Qxe4 24.Qf4 Qa8 25.a4 Nf6 26.Bxb6 Nd5 27.Qd4 e5 28.Qf2 Rxc1 29.Rxc1 e4 30.a5 Nxb6 31.axb6 exf3 32.Bxf3 d5 33.Qd4 Qa3 34.Qc3 Bc5+ 35.Qxc5 Qxf3 36.Qd4 h5 37.b7 Qe2 38.Rc8 Qe1+ 39.Kg2 Qe2+ 40.Kg3 Qe1+ 41.Qf2 Qe5+ 42.Qf4 Qe1+ 43.Qf2 h4+ 44.Kg2 Qe4+ 45.Qf3 h3+ 46.Kg3 Qe5+ 47.Qf4 Qe1+ 48.Kxh3 Kh7 49.Rxf8 g5 50.Qxf7+ 1-0

                  http://chess-results.com/tnr549693.a...&flag=30&snr=7
                  Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 22nd February, 2021, 01:37 PM.

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                  • #10
                    The East groups ran very smoothly today, with most games starting within a minute or so of the planned round time. Everyone's looking forward to great West group action this evening.

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                    • #11
                      Canada's Telus team has done well the first three rounds - the top 3 boards winning all their games. Unfortunately the mandatory female player lost all three of her games.

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                      • #12
                        First FIDE Online World Corporate CC 2021

                        February 21, 2021

                        Day 2 Recap

                        Those who like sensations are likely to be disappointed by the outcome in most of the Eastern pools, but the good thing about chess is that the strongest players have plenty of opportunities to prove their superiority, whereas some accidental results rarely change the course of events.

                        East A

                        The fight for first place ended already in Round 4 after SBER whitewashed RIVC-Pulkovo. In Rounds 5 and 6 SBER didn't concede even a half-point to their rivals either, although in the final round Maria Komyagina, playing on the fourth board was down 3 (!) pawns in a rook endgame. The main favourite finished the group stage with a record score of 22˝ out of 24. The RIVC-Pulkovo had bad luck with the draw as in any other pool this team would have been a strong candidate for first place and qualifying for playoffs.

                        Final standings

                        East B

                        It all came down to the confrontation between Grenke Bank and Yandex in this pool. The teams advanced on parallel courses and eventually clashed in Round 5. Grenke Bank won by a minimal margin - Georg Meier held Yandex's IT specialist Dmitry Jakovenko to a draw on the first board, while Alina Kashlinskaya and Hanna Marie Klek scored victories on the second and third boards secured a playoff berth for the German team. Yandex chess players were so upset by this defeat that they also lost the last round match. As a result, Samsung Electronics (POL) which stayed below the radar throughout the event finished second. A strong performance by VOZP (CZE) and Khareba (GEO) is also noteworthy.

                        Final standings

                        East C

                        The battle for the top spot in East C resembled desperate attempts of the wind to topple a mountain by attacking it from different directions. The Morgan Stanley (HUN) team acted as this mountain. Every round one of the pursuers came close to the Hungarian financiers, but they were thrown back after head-to-head matches time and again. Anish Giri and his Optiver teammates made the final attempt to rob Morgan Stanley of the quarterfinal spot - unfortunately only the Dutch team's leader managed to deliver in this battle. The Hungarian team won all their matches, claiming first place in the pool 2˝ ahead of Gazprom (second place).

                        Final standings

                        East D

                        In the East D pool, Sberbank Trade Union was unstoppable and deservedly took the qualification spot. The international squad of GM Anton Korobov (UKR), FM Evgenij Kretov (RUS), FM Fedor Myshakov (UKR), and WFM Elena Homyakova (BLR) won all the matches and dropped just 4˝ game points on the way to the quarterfinals. The pool winners started eliminating their rivals on day one, crushing Paypal (BUL) and did not stop on day two, defeating Slav Group and Dassault Systemes.

                        Final standings

                        East E

                        With just two rounds to go, it looked like CSOB (CZE) was bound to win the East E pool, given that the rating favourites BCG Gamma were not living up to expectations. CSOB topped the standings throughout the event up to the point of squaring off against ERG (KAZ) which obviously had another agenda. Originally seeded #3, the team headed by GM Anuar Ismagambetov started the tournament with a draw in the very first round but gradually gained momentum and crushed the leaders in the penultimate-round match. In Round 6, the Kazakhstani players consolidated their position by defeating Gordic 3:1, leaving CSOB 1˝ game points behind.

                        Final standings

                        East F

                        The East F pool turned into a race between the rating favourites Emphie Solutions (POL) and State Bank of Mongolia. The two teams faced off in Round 4 but did not determine the winner. GM Batchuluun Tsegmid on the first board and WFM Munkhzul Davaakhuu on board four won their games for the Mongolian team (they went on to win all their games in the tournament). The Polish team bounced back on boards two and three with the victory of rating underdog Wojciech Reza over IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul being especially valuable.

                        Entering the final round, Emphie Solutions trailed State Bank of Mongolia by one point. Poles managed to make the most of their match, whitewashing Czech National Bank 4:0. State Bank of Mongolia had an arguably tougher opponent, RFSO Lokomotiv (RUS) headed by IM Polina Shuvalova. Putting a much weaker player on board two to score points on boards three and four was a strategy that worked well for the Mongolian team as long as IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul would sweep through the field on board three, but this did not work out in the end. The Mongolians conceded 1˝ precious game points in the last round match (a defeat on board two and a draw on board three) and let Emphie Solutions leapfrog them by a mere half-point!

                        https://www.fide.com/news/960

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                        • #13
                          Quick update: Grenke Bank won, with 3/4 women.

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                          • #14
                            First FIDE Online World Corporate CC 2021

                            February 21, 2021

                            GRENKE Bank, crowned World Corporate Chess Champion


                            GRENKE Bank became the winner of the inaugural FIDE Online World Corporate Championship. In the final, the German team defeated Russian SBER, headed by the world's #4 Ian Nepomniachtchi. It is noteworthy that the leader of the winners, one of the top German grandmasters Georg Meier is a current employee of GRENKE Bank. "I am no 'legionary', just an employee of GRENKE Bank who likes to play chess in his spare time!" tweeted Meier correcting an inaccuracy in our introductory article. Another distinguishing feature of the champions is the 75% female roster. Quoting Meier again: "Lucky me to play alongside three fabulous women - Alina Kashlinskaya, Hanna Marie Klek, and Inna Agrest! Deep down I was convinced that we will win if I survive one game!"

                            Indeed, Meier held his ground in the key match whereas WIM Inna Agrest scored a decisive point by defeating Maria Komiagina with all other boards tied.

                            On the final day of the event, with eight teams vying for the main title, lady luck favoured GRENKE Bank slightly than other squads. After convincingly winning their East B group, the eventual champions faced off against West A's Anahuac (MEX) in the quarterfinals. The German team did not make their fans sweat, although scored a victory by a minimal margin.

                            Another team from the Western pool PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok (INA) beat Morgan Stanley (HUN) in the only blitz-match tiebreak of the final day. The Indonesians could have avoided this tiebreaker and advanced straight into semis hadn’t Chelsie Sihite blundered a checkmate in one in an equal rook ending with only two pawns left on the board.

                            In the other two quarterfinals, SBER (RUS) crushed ERG (KAZ) 3:1 whereas Sberbank Trade Union (RUS) beat Emphie Solutions (POL) by a minimal score thanks to another victory by Anton Korobov (#5 in the rapid rating list) on the first board.

                            Two Russian teams, the divisions of the same banking and financial services company, were pitted against one another in the semifinals. SBER turned in a dominating performance routing their compatriots 3˝:˝. Anton Korobov, who had previously scored 5˝ out of 7, suffered his first defeat at hands of Ian Nepomniachtchi.

                            GRENKE Bank played a much closer semifinal against PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok and pulled out a victory by minimal score thanks to a small help from the opponents: Farid Firmansyah had a great chance to beat Alina Kashlinskaya, but hesitated at the key moment and the game ended in a draw.

                            Ironically, after three days of almost twenty-four-hour battles among 288 teams, full of mutual mistakes, lucky escapes, and unexpected outcomes, two rating-favorites - SBER (RUS) and Grenke Bank (GER) – locked horns in the two-set final. Both sets were close and hard-fought battles. The first one ended in a draw after the rivals exchanged blows on the first and third boards. Ian Nepomniachtchi who got the best of Georg Meier and scored his eighth victory in the championship has every right to be called the best player of the tournament.

                            The second match was just as tense. IM Maxim Lavrov quickly took revenge on WGM Hanna Marie Klek and put SBER on board. IM Alina Kashlinskaya defeated FM Alexander Kadatsky who had not lost a single game before and levelled the match. After a draw on the first board, all eyes were on the last board game between WIM Inna Agrest and WIM Maria Komiagina. The engines showed Black’s substantial advantage, although in a practical game with time running out, the outcome was not so clear. In the heat of the battle, Inna Agrest was more cool-headed out of two. A terrible mistake made by Maria Komiagina cost her and her team the game, and, as it turned out, the title.

                            Founded in 1978 in Baden-Baden, Grenke is not only successful in chess, but also in three different business areas: leasing, banking, and factoring. The bank operates now in 32 countries, with 1,700 employees worldwide.

                            There are many reasons to celebrate this victory: the first one is that @Grenke_AG has been a loyal supporter of chess, and every year since 2013 they have sponsored the "Grenke Chess Classic", an elite tournament held in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. In parallel with the "Classic", @Grenke_AG also organizes the largest chess open in Europe, with approximately 2,000 participants. Unfortunately, both events had to be canceled in 2020, for obvious reasons. But we can't wait to have them back!

                            Besides, Grenke was the only team competing with three women players: Alina Kashlinskaya (invited player), Hanna Marie Klek (Deputy team leader operational banking), and Inna Agrest (Project manager), along with Georg Meier (Risk Controller) and Sven Noppes (Member of the board).

                            The victory of @Grenke_AG is also a nice tribute to Wolfgang Grenke, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday. In 2014, Mr. Grenke established the GRENKE Foundation for the promotion of sport, art, architecture, and cultural heritage management.

                            https://www.fide.com/news/961


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