Belgian league – Round 1

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chess_piecesGood start into the season for Europchess

On 26 September, we played for the first time in our location in Van Maerlaent 2. Thanks to a number of helping hands, the room was well prepared when the opponents from Artevelde, Lokeren and Eupen 3 arrived. Unfortunately, Eduardo Semanat Planas had to cancel his participation because of a family emergency. Hence, Europchess 2 was handicapped by the absence of its top board. On the other hand, Europchess 1 and 3 disposed of quite strong teams.


In division 3D, the three strongest players from Artevelde were not amongst their team – moreover, board 1 was missing entirely. Hence, Timothy Binham cashed in the point without fight after an hour.

Frank Hoffmeister on board 4 played a calm variation in the Slav Defence. After the exchange of queens, his opponent Chris Willems (1889) first lost a pawn and later on gave two pieces for a rook and a pawn. This was, however, insufficient compensation against the two powerful black bishops and White resigned on move 25.

Jozsef Barta on board 6 got a strong attacking position against the Grand Prix Attack of Bert Decamps (1732). White was grounded down by Jozsef’s complete domination of the centre. He took control of the long diagonal and opened up the g file. The attack against the white king resulted in material gains and after a desperate attempt of white to find a perpetual check with a knight sacrifice Jozsef simply checkmated. 3-0 for E1 after three hours!

Georgi Tomov on board three also got a clear opening advantage with White against S. Descamps (1888). Black was able to gain back two sacrificed pawns, but this converted into a lost ending. Georgi’s past pawns on the queenside and the better King position decided the game easily.

The fifth point was then scored by Jenö Czuzcai who outplayed Y. de Vliegher (1735) with White in a Grünfeld Defence position with g3. When Black started to transfer his fianchetto bishop from g7 to c7 in order to win a white pawn on a5, Jenö struck back with a deadly pin against Black’s Nf6. Black’s position fell apart and he finally gave up when Jenö won his queen.

This left a pleasant choice for Tom Wiley playing black on board two. While he pressured P. Moens (2004) longtime with Black, he conceded a draw as White’s passive position was nevertheless rather stable. 5.5 – 0.5 was certainly not a bad start to move on rank 1 in the division!

Final result:



In Division 4D, Europchess played Lokeren 1. On board two José-Maria Ramos Florido faced a closed Sicilian with Black against Kurt Van Wiele (1757). White managed to plant an annoying bishop on d6, supported by a pawn on e5. José-Maria tried to organise counterplay against White’s king over the long-diagonal, but White’s pressure on the kingside was stronger. Unfortunately, this meant 0-2 for E2.

In return, Edit Kollo started a promising attack with Black against Gery Rotthier’s (1525) castled king. Although only left with a few minutes for 10 moves, Edit played very precisely and mated her opponent on move 28.

Hence, all eyes were then directed on Luis Parreira, playing on board 3. His pressure play in the middle game with White against Ferry Zatyko (1793) had won him a pawn in a complicated ending with rook and knight each. Unfortunately, Luis allowed Black’s king to come earlier to the centre, losing his pawn advantage. The ensuing knight’s ending was a clear draw. Altogether, E2 thus lost 1.5-2.5 with a bit of bad luck.

Final result:



Europchess 3 hosted the third team of Eupen in Division 4G. Mattias Johansson scored the first point on board four with Black against Sandro Bejdic (1365). White tried in vain to organise some attack in a queen’s pawn game. Mattias opened the central lines to the advantage of his rooks, winning material and mating his opponent on move 33.

On board 2, Vladymyr Dedobbeleer was less lucky in his opening choice against Ralf Vogel (1821) and lost a full piece. After that, the game was practically over.

In return, Paavo Palk played an offensive set-up with White against Rafie Ahmed (1781) on board three. He won the exchange and a passed pawn – Black tried to build up a mating threat with his queen and the h-pawn, but Paavo forced the exchange of queens. The ending was a clear win for White.

Hence, the match hung on the fate of Kristian Pade Frederiksen’s game on board 1 against Detlef Roefe (1998). Kristian chose a safe line against the Leningrad Dutch Defence and accepted a pawn sacrifice, taking back with the g3-pawn on f4, somewhat opening his King’s position. However, Black’s attempts to initiate an attack did not bear any fruit, and Kristian found a few excellent moves during time trouble. This won him two pawns in a rook and knight ending (again!). Unfortunately, though, his idea to create connected passed pawns at the expense of a black passed pawn on a3, gave Black enough counterplay. Running short of time, Kristian conceded a draw, which nevertheless secured the full matchpoint (2.5-1.5). This brought Europchess 3 into the first half of Division 4G.

Final result:





2 Responses to Belgian league – Round 1

  1. Timothy De Rycke on 30/09/2010 at 23:33


    I just would like to point out that in Europchess 2 ,the players on 2nd and 3th board were not allowed to play in that team.

    Please consult the website of the belgian federation, they awarded 2 forfait points to us (Lokeren) on these 2 boards.

    Reason for this is the fact that you can not switch your fix players ( the 4 players you had to assign when you subscriped to the interclubs (listdeforce)). As your 2nd and 3th team are playing in the same division (4th) you can’t switch the fixed players between both teams.

    I hoped my mail explained a bit on how the process works and has the purpose to avoid any more forfaits in the coming rounds.

    Wish you best luck for your future games !

    Best Regards,

    Timothy De Rycke
    Interclub responsable Lokeren

  2. admin on 12/10/2010 at 12:09

    Dear Timothy,

    Thanks for your comment. Indeed it was a mistake which we realised only after the games.

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