With so many hired guns in the competition, it’s little wonder the annual European Club Cup team championship features some of the strongest firepower of any club tournament in the world. This year’s championship, played in the Israeli city of Eilat, was won by the SOCAR Azerbaijan team, whose all-2700-plus lineup included former U.S. chess champion Gata Kamsky, Russian chess star Alexander Grischuk and Azerbaijani GMs Shahkriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov. SOCAR had to overcome a Round 1 upset by the ninth-seeded Israeli chess squad Ashdod, anchored by Ukrainian super GM Vassily Ivanhcuk, trouncing the Russian club team Tomsk-400 5-1 in the seventh and final round to win the chess event on …

Source: GameKnot online chess news