Interclubs 2015-2016 – Round 2

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Europchess 1 – Fontaine 2 : 5 – 3  +++  Europchess 2 – Temse 3 : 3.5 – 2.5  +++  Europchess 3 – 2 Fous du Diogène 1 : 1.5 – 2.5  +++  Europchess 4 – 2 Fous du Diogène 2 : 1.5 – 2.5

+++  Good weekend for the first two teams  +++

Europchess 1 lands a safe win over Fontaine 2

With Fontaine 2 the first team met a solid opponent in Division 2 B, but was nevertheless the favourite due to an ELO advantage on every board. On the 1st board, Tim Binham sacrificed a pawn with White in the opening against Jean Herman (2214). Black’s king soon got stuck in the centre of the board, and Tim got the pawn back with attacking chances. After having parried Black’s counter-play on the kingside, he crashed through his opponent’s defences by sacrificing first a knight and then the exchange. Black had to give back the material with interest to fend off mate.

Tim Binham & Georgi Tomov provided a 2:0 lead

Equally, Georgi Tomov on board 3 prevailed with White over Vincent van Steenkiste (2112). After a sharp opening, Georgi had some hopes due to his bishop pair and Black’s cornered king. And indeed, making use of a cross-pin on e5, he nicely won material and the game: 2-0.

Less successful though were Jozsef Barta and Frank Hoffmeister. Jozsef had achieved a promising position with White against Florian Pierard (2054), but due to some complications he first lost a piece and then the full point. Equally, Frank had easily equalised with Black against Frederick Flament (2077). However, rather than shattering White’s queenside, he allowed a bind with a strong knight on c5. This powerful animal later on won a full rook through a nasty fork which Frank overlooked: 2-2.

Luckily though, these were the only defeats of the day. On board 2, Tom Wiley took a pawn in the opening with Black from Dimitri Allaert (2186) who got compensation through free piece play and the domination of the open d-file. Tom survived the pressure, got a winning position, but let it slip into a drawn ending of opposite bishops.

Europchess 1 (Moles, Stoenescu, Mueller, Wiley)

The other Black game saw Pere Moles Palleja getting good play against Julien Russo (2045). However, in the latter’s zeitnot, tactical complications arose, leading to unequal material. The players agreed on a draw when the smoke settled and neither of them could advance: 3-3.

This left the match results in the hands of Radu Stoenescu and Martin Müller. Radu played a clean attacking game with White against Martin Jimenez (2000). Profiting from space advantage and better development, he first parried some threats against the long-castled king, but then took revenge by opening the kingside. Black’s position collapsed, which provided the full point: 4-3. Martin then added the 5-3 match point. He had a somewhat cramped position with Black throughout the fight with Jonathan Di Cosmo (1998). However, around the time control he took advantage of a tactical oversight of his opponent, sealing E 1’s first victory of the season and gaining some ground in the rankings.

Europchess 2 narrowly beats Temse 3

2 draws: José Maria Ramos Florido, Kristian Pade Frederiksen

In Division 3 B, Europchess 2 continued its good start into the season with another win, this time over Temse 3. On board 6, Kristian made a quick draw with Black against August Van der Meiren (1654). Having gotten into a passive position after the opening, he managed to trade queens and take away attacking potential for White, who was content with sharing the points.

A more colourful draw was seen at the neighbouring board, though. José Maria Ramos Florido first sacrificed a pawn on the queenside and then a bishop on h7, to pull out Marcel Wynants’ king into the open. The board was full of surprises, but in the end there was no mate and José Maria had to take the draw: 1-1.

Things then turned wrong, as Jozsef Molnar on the first board had to resign against Rudy van Laeken (2125). The two players had engaged in a long strategic battle on both sides of the board. After time control, Jozsef gave an exchange for a pawn, but the compensation proved to be too thin: 1-2.

Luckily, John Riksten on board 4 compensated with a win against Marc Vandermeiren (1698). In a symmetric position with great drawish tendencies, he somehow won a pawn with a tactical trick. His opponent exchanged all heavy pieces, but the ensuing knight vs. bishop ending could not be saved: 2-2.

Playing on board 3, Mattias Johansson then added another full point. His position looked better after the opening against Thomas Barbier (1976); however, he pushed too hard which instead gave Black a significant advantage. The position remained tactical which allowed Mattias to equalise in the time scramble. With better piece play in the endgame Mattias could start taking off his opponent’s pawn and eventually win the game: 3-2.

Thus, eyes turned to Olafur Hannesson, who faced Bert Boons (2023) with Black. Oli had created a good attack out of a dull opening and remained two pawns up in a difficult rook ending. However, being short of time he could not convert this into a full point, missing a skewer which might have earned him the otherwise deserved point. But as the draw was good enough to clinch the match points, the disappointment remained in limits: A nice 3.5-2.5 win brought E 2 among the top three of the division.

Europchess 3 unfortunate against 2 Fous du Diogène 1

on the way to a draw: Luis Carlos Busquets

Playing against a Brussels-based rival, Europchess 3 had good chances against Fous Diogène 1. The match started with a win from Carlo Russian with Black on the 4th board against Luciano Aguilar (1575). Carlo got a strong attack for an exchange over the open f-file which decided the game early on: 1-0.

On the 1st board, Luis Carlos Busquets faced the experienced Valeriu Nedelcu (1954) with White. He gained a pawn, but his kingside was shattered. After some exchanges, a draw was the just outcome: 1.5-0.5.

Unfortunately, the other two games were lost. Vladymyr Dedobbeleer got a strained position against Cristian Vasile-Bonciog (1935) which could not be defended, while Øyvind Bø was better against Adriano Aguilar (1580) for quite some time, but overstretched his tactical possibilities. With this 1.5-2.5 loss, E 3 has to put up more forces in the coming rounds.

Europchess 4 loses to 2 Fous du Diogène 2

Europchess 4 (J. Abrahamsen, Rapacz, Gatta, N. Abrahamsen)

Equally, E 4 had to give in against the 2nd side of 2 Fous du Diogène. While Jesper Abrahamsen scored a good draw against Wezou Dongo (1880) on the first board, Nikolaj Abrahamsen got the shorter end of the game against Robert Jager (1534). On the 3rd board, Bruno Gatta outplayed Julien Castiau (1573) with White, but Piotr Rapacz with Black got into troubles against Meruzhan Arshakyan (1656), losing first a pawn and later on the game. E 4 is thus occupying a middle-place in Division 5 J.

One Response to Interclubs 2015-2016 – Round 2

  1. Francesco Jackson on 27/10/2015 at 16:38

    j’aimerais avoir des informations à propos de votre club d’échecs: 1) est-ce que il faut être inscrit quelque part pour pouvoir participer à vos tournois; 2) est ce que il faut payer une côtisation 3) est-il possible de jouer gratuitement dans votre club et donc de participer par exemple aux tournois blitz.
    Merci d’avance et bonne soirée.

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