Interclubs 2016-2017 – Round 7

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Wirtzfeld 2 – Europchess 1  :  4.5 – 3.5  +++  Dworp 1 – Europchess 2  :  2.5 – 3.5  +++  CREB 2 – Europchess 3  :  1 – 3  +++  CREB 4 – Europchess 4  :  0.5 – 3.5  +++

Round 7: A good party for all, but for the first team

In round 7, team E 2, E 3 and E 4 scored convincing wins, while E 1 suffered another narrow loss, this time against a strongly composed Wirtzfeld 2.

Reinforced Wirtzfeld 2 beats Europchess 1

Trailing at the end of the table, Wirtzfeld 2 got their act together when playing at home against our first team with an average composition of 2150 ELO. On the fourth board, Andreas Jagodzinsky (2131) defended well with Black against Frank Hoffmeister, whose slight space advantage did not bring anything tangible. Frank took an early draw given that the other boards looked pretty promising. And indeed, on the 2nd board, Georgi Tomov outplayed with White Claude Wagener (2284) with a pseudo-sacrifice. With a pawn up and a dominant position, the win was achieved rather quickly. In return, Tom Wiley on the 3rd board had to concede defeat against Christian Jeitz (2173). Tom had gained a solid position after the opening with Black, but one loosening move on the queenside allowed White to invade over the b-file, costing the game. On board 8, Martin Müller built up pressure against Waldemar Schmidt (1950), who had chosen an unusual set-up with Black. In zeitnot, Black first offered a draw, but lost a full queen only two moves later: 2.5-1.5 for E 1. Unfortunately, this turned out to be the last full point. On the first board, Tim Binham delivered a heroic defence against Jefim Rotstein (2332) with Black after having lost the exchange in the opening. In the endgame, Tim posed a lot of problems with active counter-play, but in the end 3 white passed pawns were too much for his remaining bishop. On board 7, Eduardo Semanat Planas had won a pawn in the middlegame with Black against Valeer Maes (2107). However, White kept nerves and simplified into a bishop ending, where the extra-pawn could not win: 3-3. His neighbour on board 6, Pere Moles Palleja probably delivered the most spectacular game of the day. Playing White against Roland Honhon (2116), he first got some pressure on the queenside, but ran into a fierce attack on the kingside. Courageously, Pere then sacrificed his Queen against two pieces, regaining some hope due to his strongly put rooks. And indeed, he won a third piece, but in the complications Black got a draw by repetition of moves: 3.5-3.5. The outcome of the match thus hung on Benjamin Alberola’s shoulders, who played Black against Andreas Kessler (2118). The position was equal for a long time, but then Benjamin lost the exchange due to a tactical trick. White slowly opened up the kingside and his material plus decided the match. Europchess thus suffered another unfortunate 3.5-4.5 loss, falling further behind in Division 2 A.

Europchess 2 prevails over Dworp 1

In a good move, Europchess 2 beat Dworp 1, an equally strong team of Division 3 B. First, Olafur Hannesson gained a slightly better position with Black against FM Serge Vanderwaeren (2214) and accepted a draw on the first board. On the other hand, Mattias Johansson lost on the 2nd board with White against Kjell Spaens (1937), throwing away a dominant position due to a tactical escape. But John Riksten on board 3 (against Geert Maeckelbergh, 1894) and Carlo Russian on board 4 (against Geert Verrijken, 1893) both convincingly won their endings. Moreover, Oeyvind Boe outplayed Frank Denys (1892) on the fifth board with Black. In this situation, Kristian Frederiksen’s loss on board 6 against Diederik Lot did not matter much anymore. E 2 thus solidified its position in the middle of Division 3 B.

Europchess 3 stronger than CREB 2

The third team had another good day against CREB 2, which was higher rated, but still beaten. On the third board, Thanos Gkionis showed the direction against François Fontigny (1860). Thanos launched a brilliant attack with Black on the king’s file already in the opening phase. This made his opponent using almost all his time, after which Thanos could easily cash in the first point: 1-0. Inspired by such a performance at his neighbourhood Vladymyr Dedobbeleer played a standard opening on the fourth board against Bernard Raquet (1732). With a nice set-up Vladymyr trapped Black’s queen with this bishops and a rook, winning a second point. On board 2, Hermann Ebner faced with White Ahmad Chokouhian (1882), having an equal game for a long time. However, in the ending a pawn race was decisive for Black, who first exchanged the newly promoted queens and then forced the win with the remaining pawns. In this situation, Luis Busquets Perez proved to the match winner on the first board against Didier Lemaitre (1897). Luis managed to gain one of the central pawns by tactical means and then converted this material advantage into the full point. This brought the team to a deserved 3-1 win and a comfortable position in the middle of Division 4 G.

Europchess 4 outplays CREB 4

In Division 5 F, Europchess 4 gave some sort of a lesson to CREB 4. Luis Parreira (against Thierry Lhoir 1624), Bruno Gatta (against Panagiotis Kokolakis, 1440) and Nikos Zaimis (against Michel Lefort (1437) all won their games, while Jesper Abrahamsen drew on the second board against Marc Van de Water (1600).

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