Belgian league – Round 7

23/01/2011
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Round 7: Great day for Europchess 1

In round 7, Europchess 1 crushed Kortrijk 1 with 5-1. Moreover, our closest contender MSV 1 drew against Caissa Europe, which gives the team a one matchpoint advance in Division 3 D. Europchess 2 lost 1.5-2.5 against Dendermonde and needs to redouble efforts in the remaining rounds to avoid relegation. Europchess 3 drew in Namur 4 in a somewhat unlucky fashion – aspirations for moving up are thus further diminished.

On board 6 of Europchess 1, Matija Suskovic played cat and mouse against Hamad Nausser (1716). Winning a piece in the opening with White, he then took more material roughly every fifth move, leading to resignation after two hours.

This convincing first board point was seconded by Jozsef Barta on board 5, who started an attack against the King of Kaan Cappon (1813) after a tame Sicilian opening of White. Jozsef kept cool when White sacrificed an exchange to get counterplay. When the queens were off the board, Black had the upper hand and Joszef even mated his opponent on the backrank.

On board 1, Timothy Binham gained space advantage with Black after an early exchange of queens. However, Pieter-Jan Bonte (2147) managed to undermine Tim’s pawn chain after which a draw was agreed.

Tom Wiley on the second board played with White a textbook example against the isolated d-pawn. At the right moment, he inflicted Black with another weak pawn on c6. When his opponent Denis-Emmanuel Philippe (2107) overlooked a strong knight manouvre, Black’s position crumbled down in a few move and Tom’s win already secured the full matchpoints.

In this comfortable position, Frank continued to press Pascal Bauwe (2011) on board 4 with White. After some tactical complications at the queenside which kept the game level, the focus shifted to Black’s King. Frank’s pieces were better coordinated and in time trouble Black first lost two pawns and later on the entire game.

Finally, Georgi Tomov conceded a draw with Black in the ending against Pieter Truwant, after he had most probably gotten a won position after the opening, but allowed White to escape with an exchange of queens. With this convincing 5-1 win, Europchess continues to lead Division 3D.

Final result:

Kortrijk – EUROPCHESS     1 – 5

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Europchess 1



Europchess 2 played against Dendermonde 1. The first game to finish was Milan Pein‘s who had to choose which pawn to give up against Franky Vereeken (1851) in a theoretic exchange-slav position (see diagram). He made a wrong decision and could not find an active plan after that.

White found a strong novelty here and Black cannot prevent losing a pawn... (solution is at the bottom of the page)*

White found a strong novelty here and Black cannot prevent losing a pawn... (solution is at the bottom of the page)*

Being under pressure he had to give up two more pawns and they reached an opposite coloured bishop ending with 3 pawns against 6 where it was impossible to set up an effective blockade.

On  board 1, Pere held a draw with Black against Dirk Buydts (2134). He played with black with an equally rated opponent who after exchanging queens played a strong pawn sacrifice, used by Benjamin to beat Chandler, that Pere was not aware of. Pere realised that he was obliged to take the pawn to get something for the pair of white bishops (in fact, Chandler did not and lose), white got clear compensation for the pawn but black managed to defend the position. However, white changed the knight for a bishop, to take advantage of the passive black bishop.

Pere is playing Black. White is to move and it looks drawish

Pere is playing Black. White is to move and it looks drawish

As white seemed to be able to increase the pressure if black played passively, Pere decided to play actively, returning the pawn. White got a dangerous far passed pawn, but the active black pieces could keep the balance, and Pere threatened to repeat positions or get clear drawish endings. So, they both decided to call it a day.

Mattias Johansson played a strong attacking game against David Molina Gomez (1889). After the opening Mattias with white got the more active play and a solid, albeit not decisive, advantage. At the first time control black was in severe time trouble (the last five moves before move 40 was made in 6 seconds) and he had to give two pawns to avoid mate. Black continued to play as it was an endgame with bishops of different colours and a rook on each side with Black having a strong passed pawn. Finally a king march into black’s camp decided the game and black gave up on move 69.

Csaba Kancz played the Catalan Opening against Augustin Vriendt (1543) and he entered the middle game with some advantage. Then a very well-positioned bishop on b4 has changed the dynamics of the game in favour of black who managed to win an exchange. Being also a pawn down White had no chance against the attack of the two rooks in the endgame. Sadly the team drove home empty-handed as regards the match points.

Final result:

Dendermonde – EUROPCHESS     2.5 – 1.5

Europchess 2

Europchess 2


Europchess 3 met Namur 4. On board 4, Vladymyr Dedobeleer beat Igor Khemelevsky (1658) in what was reported as a “complicated game”.

José Maria gained the better position against Serge Degembre (1847) and the analysis showed that he could have scored the full point with a daring King manoeuvre. However, unfortunately, he got in time trouble and his opponent started a successful mating attack.

Luis Parreira tried to overcome his opponent’s french advance variation, but to no avail and a peace agreement was signed.

His neighbour on board 3, Kristian Pade Frederiksen with Black gained a pawn after the opening against Alfred Mathieu (1740). The material advantage wasn’t easy to convert, however, and Kristian decided to force a repetition of moves when after the first time control he was beginning to run short of time trying to find a win. The match was thus drawn with 2-2.

Final result:

Namur – EUROPCHESS    2 – 2

Europchess 3

Europchess 3



Playing hall in Dendermonde

Playing hall in Dendermonde

Pere is playing on board 1

Pere is playing on board 1

Matthias is on board 2

Matthias is on board 2

Csaba on board 4

Csaba on board 4

* Solution to the diagram: after White plays Qc2 Black can only decide which pawn he wants to lose: h7, d5 or b5?

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