Interclubs 2012-2013 – Round 1

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In the first round of the new season on 23 September 2012, our third team scored a perfect 4-0 thereby taking the lead in Division 5 F. Europchess 1 and 4 drew, whereas the second team suffered a bitter 0.5-5.5 defeat.

Europchess 1 went to Hervé, a team which had promoted from 3rd division. They reinforced itself with two strong players on the two first boards and had an average of 2113 throughout their team. It was thus clear that this afternoon would become anything but an easy walk. After roughly three hours, Jozsef Barta resigned on board 5. Jozsef had gotten under some pressure with Black against Pierre Fontaine (2090) after the opening and defended well. However, just when he wanted to start becoming active, he omitted one important preparatory move. This allowed White to invade the 7th rank with his rook, spinning a mating net around Jozsef’s king. En revanche, Frank Hoffmeister took the point from Marcel Thirion (2170) on board 4. He got a slight opening advantage with the bishop pair in an otherwise balanced position. Black then overlooked that after a forced retreat of his knight to c7 his bishop on b6 would be trappend by the pawn move a4-a5. Rather than continuing with a piece down, Black resigned. On board 6 Jenö Czuczai gained space with White against Philippe Saveur (2088). Unfortunately, he then got short of time, leading to an eventual loss on the clock. On board 7, Pierre Fogel played a very unorthodox game with Black against Eric Porteman (1980). He allowed an isolated doubled c-pawn in return for White giving up his fianchettoed white bishop. In the ensuing middle game, Pierre lost one of his “sick” c-pawns, but created some good counter-threats with this bishops and rooks. This earned him eventually a piece with a nice combination and later on the full point. John Riksten on board 8 played a colourful game with White against Dimitri Giagoulis (1977). Early in the opening, he advanced his pawn majority on the queenside but lost the important d4-pawn. Black stayed, however, somewhat passive which allowed John to organise a bind on the black squares, keeping full control over the centre. He then pushed for a kingside attack, which might have led to mate. Unfortunately, John let slip this chance away, and when the opponent was able to exchange pieces a draw was agreed. With this 2.5-2.5 the attention shifted to the first three boards who continued playing after the time control. On the second board, Georgi Tomov outplayed Soel Kartsev (2198) in the opening, opened the g-file against Black’s king on g8 and won the h-pawn. With a fine combination he then even managed to chase Black’s king to b6 (!), but returned the pawn on the way. Black tried to consolidate in the ensuing Queen and double rook ending, but Georgi’s passed h-pawn proved to be stronger. This important win brought the scored to 3.5-2.5 and relieved Tom Wiley on board 1 to press for a win against Alexander Kartsev (2208). Tom had defended a blocked position throughout a strategic middlegame, but with weaknesses on both sides it was impossible to gain the upper hand. With Georgi’s win in sight, he then accepted the draw offer from his opponent. So the final fight was delivered between Slavko Duric (2196) and Matija Suskovic. Matija had built up a solid but somewhat passive position with Black and got under strain on the queenside. White snatched an exchange with a bishop from a6 taking an encircled rook on c8. However, Matija cashed in pawn in exchange and tried to build a fortress in the ending. At some point, it looked as if he could create a surprise with two remaining passed pawns and a knight vs. White’s rook and one pawn. But White finished with precise play and ensured the match draw for his team: 4-4.

Bad start in the season for Europchess 2, narrowly escaping a total whitewash against one of the presumed favorites of division 3 C, Wavre 1. Signs were not too good already before the beginning of the round, with one player not turning up in time at the agreed meeting point in Brussels. Kristian Pade Frederiksen with Black on board 3 against Mohand Brouri (2035) came out reasonably well of the opening and got an early kingside initiative in compensation for an advanced but weak pawn isolated in enemy territory on d4. When things became very concrete, though, he went wrong and decided on a speculative piece sacrifice which however turned out to be completely harmless. Serge Le Gal on board 5 got a standard position with Black against Luc Vingerhoets (2018) in a well known opening line but decided to give a piece for two pawns and a central pawn majority. However, he then overlooked a tactical move and had to give back one pawn to save a piece. Hence, the compensation turned out to be insufficient, and his opponent gained a decisive material advantage. Mattias Johansson with White on board against Stéphane Biltresse (2026) 4 got a clear positional advantage out of the opening. After active opening play, Mattias had a promising attacking position which led his opponent to sacrifice a piece for two pawns. Black sought practical chances by further complicating the position. To avoid perpetual checks, Mattias chose a dubious variation that eventually cost him the full point. Richard Burger with Black on board one against Marc Anciaux (2173) played solidly and got an optically somewhat passive, yet completely satisfying position when entering the middle game.  Slow manoeuvring ensued, when Richard for some reason suddenly forgot about a standard piece sacrifice on h6 which abruptly decided an otherwise equal game. Finally, Luis Parreira on board 2, with White against Christian Depauw (2086): Luis had a slight advantage all the time, then his opponent blundered allowing him to create a mate threat that would force him to lose the queen and the bishop but Luis didn’t see that he needed to sacrifice to avoid the mate and thought that the best he had was the simplification of the position with a pawn up. Later Luis’ opponent would blunder again giving him real chances of winning the game but he missed the winning move.

The third team delivered a neat 4-0 victory against Landen 3. On 1st board, Vladymyr’s opponent did not show up, and this ended by a forfeit. All three other boards amazingly started with a Spanish opening. On board 4, Paris with Whites, and Joachim Wellens played an ‘express game’, having done 20 moves in no more than 15 minutes each. After having to change his pieces on the g-file, Paris found his King’s column open. But he directly counter-attacked, exchanged the queens, preventing his opponent from castling, and actually took advantage of this open column to block with his rook and pawn the black King and bishop who stood in front. Blacks had to abandon the piece and the rest was just a management of the advantage. His young opponent was mated after a fight till the end. The following winner was Luis, with Whites at 2nd board against Tim Berwaerts. The beginning was a long observation round, as the players exchanged their first pieces only at the 15th move, but then the situation became quickly clear. Blacks tried an attack with their pawns on the Queen’s side but Luis replied very precisely and gained a pawn in the battle, then a second pawn, and ended in a situation of 2 passed and linked pawns on the a-b-files. He became the master in the Queen’s side and his opponent still tried to react with a few combinations but, could not find an issue and had to give up. The last game on 3rd board also finished in our advantage. Piotr, with Blacks faced Roger Hoebrechts. In a similar scenario, he also gained a first pawn, then a second one after some sound exchanges of pieces. Then he forced the exchange of the queens, causing a big lack in his opponent’s defence, who finally had to give up. 0-4

Europchess 3

Europchess 3

Our newly formed 4th team played in Fous Diogènes 2 against a team of equal strength. On the first board Jesper Abrahamsen outplayed Mia Roelaents (1460) as did Bruno Gatta on board 3 with Aubry van Bees. On the other hand, the two youngsters Kalojan Hoffmeister and Nikolaj Abrahamsen lost against Robert Jager (1350) and Francis del Pueral Quesada (1075), respectively. Kalojan won a healthy pawn in the opening, but then overlooked that a knight was hanging on g3 due to a nasty pin from a c5-bishop towards the f2-pawn (and the g1) king. Nevertheless, the team has started well with a deserved 2-2.


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