On Sunday, 20 March 2022, Round 4, originally scheduled for 19 December 2021, was played. Except for the flagship Europchess 1, it was a rather disappointing match day for Europchess.
Being rated roughly 200 points on average above their opponents, Europchess achieved another good 5.5-2.5 win. Frank, Slawomir, Matija and Mark won their games, and Georgi, Tom and Leonardo added draws. With Boitsfort having a bye this Sunday, and Charleroi playing 4-4 against DT Leven, all three teams are tied in the lead with 11 points now, with Europchess having the highest amount of individual points.
Europchess 1 and CREC Charleroi 1 will play on 1 May, in the (now) last round of the tournament. If both teams and Boitsfort continue tied by that time, this match will be decisive.
The second team had a toughly-fought match against a Lommel side, that was slightly favourite on most boards. Lommel took the lead on boards 5 and 6, but then all other games entered the fifth hour of play. Benjamin and Pere drew, so the hopes were on Martin and Johannes who both had queen endgames on their board. Martin’s had started with a slightly worse position, but his opponent wanted too much and even lost in the end. Johannes on the other hand had had clearly winning positions on several occasions of his game. In the endgame his exposed king meant that precise play was required to convert the advantage, but unfortunately with little time on the clock he allowed perpetual check, which sealed the team’s defeat. Europchess 2 is now in 8th rank, and needs to work a bit more to secure its place in the league.
Europchess 3 also in Mechelen did not succeed to turn around the trend, registering its 4th narrow 1.2-2.5 defeat of the season. Luis, Luis and Jorge achieved draws. With other teams of the relegation zone scoring, Europchess 3 has fallen back to rank 11 and remains in danger of relegation.
After some surprising wins in the previous rounds, the team had a rather inexperienced line-up this time and had to surrender to the CRELEL 4. Galin scored his second win of the season. Any faint hopes of promotion should have disappeared with this defeat, but Europchess 4 can already be sure now not to be relegated.
The fifth team scored another point, thanks to wins with the black pieces by Bruno and Magnus. Europchess 5 is currently in 8th place in their division.