Interclubs 2015-2016 – Round 7

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Eynatten 2 – Europchess 1  :  3.5 – 4.5  +++  Wavre 1 – Europchess 2  :  5.5 – 0.5  +++  Wavre 2 – Europchess 3  :  1 – 3  +++  Geraardsbergen 3 – Europchess 4  :  1.5 – 2.5* (*original result 2.5 – 1.5)  +++

Mixed results in Round 7

+++  In Round 7, Europchess 1 and 3 scored important wins against Eynatten 2 and Wavre 2, respectively. In return, Europchess 2 and 4 had to give in against Wavre 1 and – so it seemed – Geraardsbergen 3. Somewhat curiously, the location in Wavre was also used for a female volleyball tournament which made it hard for some players to concentrate. However, obviously this situation was equal to all protagonists on the chessboards, making it an open fight for everyone.

Europchess 1 gains fight for the second rank in Eynatten

Paired against the 2nd-ranked team in Division 2 B, Europchess 1 prepared for a hard fight in Eynatten, near the German border. However, the home team was composed not so strong as usual. On board 8, John Riksten faced Marcel Singh (1913) with White. After an unusual opening he got a slight advantage in the middlegame, but when his opponent managed to chase away a rook on the 6th rank a draw was agreed.

Another peace-deal was done on the 2nd board between Tom Wiley and Jimmy Lafosse (2158). Tom had managed to push with White a pawn to d6 which hampered Black’s play. However, his opponent managed to get his pieces into the game via the queenside securing an equal rook ending.

On the top board, Timothy Binham won an exciting game with Black against Rainer Montignies (2280). Faced with a difficult position after the opening, he freed himself with a daring move on the kingside, securing some space for his knight on e5 and his queen on g5. This counter-play paid off and when Tim started picking up material. In the endgame his opponent gave a piece in hope for a perpetual check. However, Tim’s extra bishop could shelter his king, netting a full point.

Another beautiful win followed on the 3rd board. Georgi Tomov defended with Black a strategically challenging position against Valeer Maes (2155). When his opponent started playing passive moves under time pressure, Georgi took over the initiative, invaded White’s position and even delivered a mate with his queen.

On board 5, Radu Stoenescu added a draw with Black against André Krüger (2134). Having tried a new opening he equalised fairly comfortably with precise play and accepted a draw in a slightly better endgame position.

His neighbour on board 6, Martin Müller, however did not find the right plan with White against the solid set-up of Mathias Mroczek (2132) and lost on tactical grounds.

Luckily, though, Benjamin Alberola Mulet on board 7 with Black did not accept a draw offer from Claus Michael Andok (2120). Benjamin had won the exchange after encircling a White rook on c6, but White got some counter-play. However, these chances slowly petered out and Benjamin converted his material advantage with precise endgame play. With this comfortable 4.5-2.5 lead the eyes turned to Frank Hoffmeister, playing on board 4 with White against Dragos Ciornei (2136). Frank had taken an offered pawn in the opening and was holding Black’s initiative with ease. However, before the time control he allowed a Black pawn march to h3, restricting his king safety. After move 40 he avoided a repetition of moves to play for a win, but after an infiltration of Black’s queen to h1 (!) the tables turned and Frank had to resign one move before the mate. Nevertheless, with 4.5-3.5 this important match was won and Europchess 1 claimed 2nd place in Division 2 B.

Europchess 2 swept away by Wavre 1

With an average of over 2100 ELO Wavre 1 inflicted a heavy defeat on Europchess 2. On the first board, Olafur Hannesson got a stable position with Black after an uneventful opening. However, searching for tactical tricks he tried a piece sacrifice and had to resign when Etienne Bauduin (2241) showed that it was unsound. Matthias Johansson on the second board pressed with White against Marc Anciaux (2166), who stood with his back against the wall. However, with a good defensive resource Black managed to exchange most of the pieces and secured a draw. Playing Albert Verhaegen (2107) with Black, Svetlozar Andreev also stood quite well after the opening. Unfortunately, he then lost a pawn in the middlegame, which cost him the entire game. On board 4, Helge Ruotanen suffered defeat at the hands of Christian Depauw (2105) who showed stronger tactical skills. Also Kristian Frederiksen had to resign against Thierry Verspecht (2064) and Luis Parreira was outplayed by Thierry Hawia (2049). The high end result of 5.5-0.5 was probably not entirely justified, but it was clear that Wavre 1 had the stronger team on that day. Europchess 2 is now put back into the middle of the table.

Europchess 3 overcomes Wavre 2

In return, Europchess 3 outclassed Wavre 2, which had won so far one match point more in Division 4 B. Luis Busquets won with White on the second board against Stephane Thibaut (1901). He first lost a pawn, but then won a full piece, securing the first point for the team. Carlo Russian outplayed with White Alain Tossens (1755) and won a bishop early on. The game lasted, however, for quite some time. This demanded some patience from Carlo as his opponent was unwilling to resign, but accepted the inevitable outcome only at the end. On the first board, also José Maria Ramos Florido took the full point with Black from Xavier Bouchard (1963). Although a draw would have been sufficient to secure the team win, he converted his dominant position into a convincing win. Only in the last game of the day, Vladymyr Dedobbeleer had to resign against Gerard Hulet (1789) on the third board. Hulet took revenge for a loss in the last year against Vladymyr, although the game could have also turned into the opposite direction. With this 3-1 win, Europchess has further moved up to the middle of Division 4 B, gaining some breathing space vis-à-vis its direct competitors.

Europchess 4 suffers narrow defeat against Geraardsbergen 3

Travelling to Geraardsbergen 3, the fourth team lost narrowly with a win from Bruno Gatta on the second board over Roger Verbeque (1657) and a draw from Nikolay Abrahamsen on the 3rd board with Willy Lefebvre (1552). Jesper Abrahamsen on the first board lost to Dirk Flamee (1697) and Karina Gulieva (1094) won against Benjamin Musall on the fourth board.  However, after the weekend it turned out, that Geraardsbergen’s first board Dirk Flamee was only entitled to play for Geraardsbergen 2, also in Division 5. Therefore, the result of that game was changed into a win for Jesper, thereby also turning around the match result into a 2.5-1.5 for Europchess 4.

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