Interclubs 2012-2013 – Round 9

Progress for Europchess 1 and 2, setback for Europchess 3

The first two teams of Europchess both drew their matches in Round 9, as the first one came from behind in Lommel in Division 2A, and the second one let victory slip away in Lasne/Waterloo in Division 3C. Europchess 3 suffered a setback by losing to Dark Knights Leuven 1 and Europchess 4 had a bye.

Europchess 1 Draws 4-4 in a Tough Match against NLS 1

Europchess 1 split the points with NLS 1 and remains in the middle of the ranking in Division 2A. Last year the encounter against the young and ambitious team from Lommel had gone terribly wrong for Europchess, so the result this time around can be considered as a partial success.

Things didn’t start well for Europchess with Boards 7 and 8 both getting under pressure from the start. On Board 8, Inaki Arevalo Millet misplayed the opening with White against Barry Swevels (1838) and found himself with an unfortunately placed Knight that was a constant cause of concern. Black advanced in the centre and decided the game with a series of tactical strikes.

Jesper Abrahamsen, playing Black on Board 7 against Wessel Van Kessel (1882), also had trouble remembering the accurate move sequence in the opening. Although he emerged from this phase with decent compensation for a pawn, he fell very short of time, and in time trouble he made mistakes that cost him more material and, ultimately, the game.

On board 6, Pere Moles Palleja got a slight static plus with White against Albert Schenning (2016) but with no obvious way to make further progress, he agreed to a draw. Eduardo Semanat Planas lost an isolated pawn in the centre in his encounter with Black against Ruud Jansen (2158), but kept cool and created sufficient counterplay to hold the game.

This still left a lot of work to be done on top boards. Jan Bednarich built a promising position on Board 4 with White in his first ever game for Europchess, but in the end could not find a way to break the resilient defence of Yordi Schaeken (2163) and the game finished with a perpetual check.

Tom Wiley on first board got a solid but slightly passive position with Black against Nils Nijs (2275). A two-rook endgame was reached, where White might still have been for choice, but he chose not to press on and offered a draw.

The last two games were decided in the time scramble before move 40 and they went both in favour of Europchess 1. On board 3, Georgi Tomov had gradually outplayed Alan Van der Heijden (2245) with Black, but fearing his advantage would not be sufficient for a win, took a gamble and launched an attack on White’s king. His opponent defended well for some time but then made just one wrong step and it was suddenly over.

On board 2, Timothy Binham got a promising position out of the opening against Roy Schoemans (2258) with a good initiative on the King side. The game remained complex with very few exchanges taking place, and in time trouble White’s attack finally bore fruit, when the temptation for material gains at the expense of weakening the King’s position proved too strong for Black.

Europchess 2 Fails to Win in Lasne/Waterloo

Europhess 2 came close to winning their match in Lasne/Waterloo, but failed to convert promising positions and had to contend themselves with a draw that means that they are not safe from relegation yet.

It started off well with Frank Hoffmeister on board 1 taking the full point within an hour after an imprecise play in the opening by Michel Wettach (2128). White lost an important pawn on the king side on move 13 and resigned straight away as this also shattered his king.

On board 2, Jozsef Barta drew with White against Christophe Callier (2071) after failing to take advantage of a tactical trick that would have netted a pawn. Still, it seemed as a good enough result, as Luis Parreira was an exchange up and held the initiative with White against Benoit Lheureux (1885) on board 4. However, Black found an interesting sacrifice to open up Luis’s king position, which resulted in a perpetual check.

The result on board 6 was even more unfortunate – Mattias Johannson gained the initiative and won a pawn against Philippe Grillmayer (1866) but then left his rook en prise on move 41 in an otherwise drawish looking rook ending: 2-2.

On board 5, Kristian Pade Frederiksen secured the lead again with a Black win over André Vausort (1884). White sacrificed a piece in the middlegame for two pawns, but this did not pay off. Kristian calmly simplified into an ending where his additional bishop on d5 dominated the board: 3-2.

The fate of the match was decided in a dramatic struggle on board 3, where Pierre Fogel with Black came under a strong attack against Alain Wettach (1927), which cost him the exchange. Pierre then managed to come back in the game in mutual time trouble and even got a winning advantage in a heavy piece ending, but in the end he allowed White to hunt down his King.

With two matches remaining, the fight for avoiding relegation rages on and Europchess 2 will have to secure more points against division leaders Boitsfort and Fontaine 2 in order to stay out of trouble.

Europchess 3 Slips Up against Dark Knights Leuven 1

Europchess 3 suffered their first defeat this season from the young and ambitious team of Dark Knights Leuven. The 3-1 loss means that Europchess 3 still keeps its leading position in Division 5F, just edging out Fleurus on board points, but any further mistakes in the last two rounds might prove costly.

On first board, Jose Maria Ramos Florido kept an equal position for a long time against the much higher rated Dimitri Allaert (2145), but was punished for some inaccuracies in a knight ending.

Luis Busquets agreed to a draw in a complicated position that arose out of a messy opening against Johannes Devos (NC) on board 4.

Vladymyr Dedobbeleer on board 3 with White got a better position against Sander Cools (1616) but miscalculated a threat in time trouble and had to give up the game.

On board 2, Serge Le Gal gained some space with White against Dean De Meirsman (1648), but could not convert this into anything tangible and accepted a draw, as the match was lost already anyway.

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