Interclubs 2018-2019 – Round 6

05/02/2019
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Europchess 1 – Rochade Eupen 2  :  5 – 3  +++  Europchess 2 – Caissa Europe 1  :  5.5 – 0.5  +++  Europchess 3 – Oudenaarde 1  :  3.5 – 0.5  +++  Brussels 6 – Europchess 4  :  1 – 3  +++  Europchess 5 – Kapelle op den Bos 3 :  3 – 1  +++

Round 6: Europchess scores 20 board points!

The sixth round could have been hardly better: all five teams won, even with significant margins. This sends a clear message: we are set for 2019!

Europchess 1 beats Rochade Eupen 2

The first team met a strong team from Rochade 2, composed of many experienced players, but finally overcame resistance with a deserved 5-3 win. On the seventh board, Pere Moles Palleja with White and his opponent François Van Lishout (2091) castled on opposite wings, but then exchanged most of their pieces so that an early peace treaty was signed.

Similarly, Matija Šušković made a draw with Black on board 6 against Norbert Bergmans (2102) after a repetition of moves in the early middlegame after a standard opening.

The game on board 4 between Norbert Müller (2121) and Tom Wiley was very lively. Tom gained control over the position and some pressure over the half-open c-file with Black, while White was attempting to breakthrough on the kingside. When his queen was able to snatch Black’s important d5-pawn, it seemed that he would get the upper hand. However, Tom kept his nerves and White took the draw with a perpetual check on the first occasion.

On the second board, Georgi Tomov gained a slight edge with Black after the opening against Eckhard Roessler (2195) in an early endgame with the heavy pieces – however, as both sides had pawn weaknesses, no one gained a decisive advantage: draw.

Also Timothy Binham, playing White on board 3, shared the point with Norbert Esser (2126) after a sharp fight, where both sides took risks.

The next in line to draw was Rossen Roussev on the first board, facing FM Thomas Huesmann (2198). Rossen exercised positional pressure with White and won a pawn. However, in the bishop-ending his material was very difficult to convert. Hence, the match stood at 3:3 shortly after the time control.

But here is the happy end: on board 5, Frank Hoffmeister overcame with White Heiko Kesseler (2116), whose two hanging pawns dropped in the middlegame without compensation.

Moreover, Paula Gitu won with Black against Dieter Plumanns (2066). After a bumpy opening Paula slowly gained ground, first winning an exchange and then converting her advantage with good endgame technique. With this 5-3 win Europchess defended the lead in division 2 A.

Europchess 2 dominates Caissa Europe 1

The second team was an excellent form against the guests from Caissa Europe 1. While John Riksten conceded a draw with White against Clément Godry (2007) in a calm positional game, all other team mates won. On the second board Martin Müller outplayed Santino Vivone (1938) with Black and Mattias Johansson delivered a strong come-back with White against Geoffrey Lhost (1893). Daniel De Noose (1872) succumbed to Szymon Pozimski’s superior middlegame treatment with Black and Johannes Bertram won with a nice White attacking game against Laurent Marchal (1871). On the sixth board, Kristian Frederiksen completed the 5.5-0.5 win with Black after a harmless opening choice from the White player Lucas De Le Court (1768), gaining first the initiative and then the full point to Kristian. The team is now in the upper half of the division 3 D.

Europchess 3 outclasses Oudenaarde 1

Europchess 3 catapulted itself to the second rank in Division 4 E with straight 3.5-0.5 win. Luis Busquets accepted a draw offer from Sander De Vrieze (1666) being a pawn down. In return, Luis Parreira on the second board pocketed two pawns from Jan Laleman (1780), defended well against potential attacks and converted the material gain without further ado. Similarly, José Maria Ramos Florido beat Michel Standaert (1664) with superior technique on board 3. Finally, on the top board, Benjamin Alberola Mulet overcame Gunther Vandendriessche (1781). After a relatively equal opening, Benjamin put Black under continuous pressure and won the full point, when Black committed a mistake.

Europchess 4 beats Brussels 6

The fourth team continued its good performance against Brussels 6. Marcello Ranucci (against Samuel Yoro, 1636), Helge Schröder (against Ahmed Lengliz, 1296) and Nikos Zaimis  (against Mohamed Lengliz, 1149) all won their games. Only team captain Jesper Abrahamsen fell into a trap in an otherwise winning position that cost him the game. Nevertheless, with this 3-1 win, Europchess 4 is back in business to contend for the crown in Division 5 L.

Europchess 5 wins against Kapelle/od Bos 3

Europchess 5 rounded up this excellent Sunday with a safe 3-1 win against Kapelle op den Bos 3. Mark Ouaki on the top board won the exchange in the middlegame, which was enough to score the full point against Roger Buelens (1421), and Sergio Serrano Samper overplayed Gabor Borbas (1306). Bruno Gatta and Roberto Teichner on boards 2 and 4 added two draws against Arno Van Roy (1410) and Dirk Verschueren (1226) after hard fights with ups and downs for both sides.

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