Interclubs 3rd Round Results

08/11/2009
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Europchess 1:

Tom played the black side of a Sicilian Defence. Both sides castled king-side, and White threw forward his f and g pawns. After playing f4, g4 and g5, however, he refrained from pursuing his attack further with f5 and f6. Instead he tried simply to hold the position (he offered a draw after his 19th move). Tom was able to exchange off an important defensive bishop, and then to create targets on the queen-side. After the first time control, an ending had been reached with two extra pawns for Black. White might still have put up lengthy resistance, but on move 49 he left a piece en prise and the game was over.

Jozsef (black) was the first to finish his game after an opening mistake of his opponent. The moves 1.c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. d3 d5 4.Bg5 d4 5. Ne4? were played. The tactical Nxe4! lead immediately to a winning position. Tho opponent continued on playing for 20 more moves and he resigned when further material losses were imminent.

Can you find the winning move for Black?

Can you find the winning move for Black?

Jenö (white) played a calm opening and tried to increase his small positional advantage. Then he tried to conduct a mating attack against the black king, but his opponent defended well. He sacrificed a pawn for having more attacking chances, but after exchanges the endgame was drawn.

Pere (white) played a calm opening but the game was soon strategically decided after the exchange of queens with a couple of isolated doubled black pawns in the queenside and a passive dark black bishop. Black tried to play activelly but that eased the positional task of white who pocketed a couple of pawns and set a passed protected pawn at seventh rank. After exchanging the only active black piece, the game was over.

Pere's position when Black resigned

Pere's position when Black resigned

Europchess 2:

Kristian on the white side of a Colle-Zukertort set-up tried hard to build up an attack on the black king. He spent an enormous amount of time in the process, however, and his opponent (rated around 1900) defended patiently, trusting his position which was indeed very solid, albeit a bit passive. Just before entering an acute timetrouble phase, White finally succeeded in gaining concessions, offering an exchange sacrifice with clear compensation in form of two dominating central pawns, one of them passed, well coordinated pieces and attacking chances. Black refused the offer and should have lost, but in timetrouble White was unable to find the winning continuation. Black, with plenty of time on the clock, made the mistake of speculating on White’s timetrouble and blitzed out moves. Thus, he failed to benefit from several outright blunders by White, who, with his flag about to fall, reached the safe haven of perpetual check.

This kept the score in the match even, Raymond van Melsen having lost to one of the big talents in Belgian chess, Nicola Capone (10 years old! Who was just recently choosen to play in a simul against Kasparov in Antwerp…), and Jens Frederiksen having won a completely lost position against Marchiano (1875). This left Nicolas Rauta on the first board with a clearly better endgame (good knight vs. bad bishop) fighting for an overall win in the match in which he succeeded. Thus, Europchess 2 gained its first matchpoints and was able to crawl up a few places in the table away from the bottom.

Europchess 3:

Thomas (Black) faced a calm opening from his opponent 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. Nf3 c6 4. c3 Bf5 thus having soon equalised. After some more moves and the exchange of all bishops, he even had a slight advantage due to his control of the centre, but because of the reduced material, any winning attempt seemed to be difficult. However, his opponent was too much focused on exchanging material and after the queens had left the board, White found himself with a knight awkwardly placed on e5 allowing Thomas to occupy the second rank with his rook. After a further exchange of knights, Thomas had a comfortable rook ending with some good winning chances. His task was largely alleviated when White decided to give a pawn and exchange rooks to end up in a pawn ending which was easily won for Thomas given his two passed pawns on the kingside and queenside.

Due to opening mistake of his opponent Paavo (white) needed less than 10 minutes from his thinking time before his opponent surrendered. After eating a poisoned pawn the opponent lost a knight on move 11 and surrendered dozen moves later when he had a knight and four pawns against a rook, knight and six pawns.

On the 3rd board Milan with the Black pieces played a Scheveningen style Sicilian against a closed Sicilian position after White played e4-Bc4-Nc3-d3 setup. In the opening Black has equalized easily and had some initiative on the half-open d-file attacking the weak backward pawn but the breakthrough was not possible. In a long middlegame pieces were shuffled and finally regrouped to the kingside.

After Black's last move Qe7 the position is equal

After Black's last move Qe7 the position is equal. Agreeing a draw would have been an option but Black started an attack with the g-pawn instead

In the end Black attempted an attack with the g-pawn but after some complications White was somewhat better but being short on time he had to be careful finding the best moves. Unfortunately for him he failed to do so and lost on time on move 38.

Mattias (white) came out of the opening with a very strong bishop pair. Based on a strong grip on the black squares, he systematically improved his position forcing black to resign on move 29.

KGSRL 6 – Europchess 1  0.5 – 3.5

1 WATTEEUW LAURENT 1866 0-1 WILEY TOM 2287

2 VAN HOECKE ELENA 1821 ½-½  CZUCZAI JENO 2151

3 VANDAELE VIKTOR 1724 0-1 BARTA JOZSEF 2130

4 DE BRUYCKER RENE 1655 0-1 MOLES PALLEJA PERE 2126

Fontaine 3 – Europchess 2  1.5 – 2.5

1 WATTIN JOFFREY 1976 0-1  RAUTA NICOLAS 1973

2 CAPONE NICOLA 1893 1-0 VAN MELSEN RAYMOND 1918

3 MARCHIANO MARCO 1892 0-1 FREDERIKSEN JENS 1858

4 BARREAU RENAUD 1891 ½-½  FREDERIKSEN KRISTIAN PADE 1800

KGSRL 15 – Europchess 3  0 – 4

1 BAETEN YVES 1635 0-1 BRINKMANN THOMAS 1824

2 CORNELIS WERNER 1418 0-1 PALK PAAVO 1600

3 DE VISSER STEFAAN 1378 0-1 PEIN MILAN 1598

4 BURGDORFFER ANTON 1222 0-1 JOHANSSON MATTIAS 1540

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The playing hall at the beginning of the games

The playing hall at the beginning of the games

On the right: Pere and Thomas winning their games

On the right: Pere and Thomas winning their games

The playing hall at the end

The playing hall at the end

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