Belgian league – Round 2

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chess_p2Round 2: Mixed results in golden October

On a lovely October Sunday, Europchess scored reasonably well. While Europchess 1 defended the lead in Division 3 D with a 4-2 victory, Europchess 2 suffered defeat with a bit of bad luck (1,5-2,5). Europchess 3 drew against a stronger team, keeping good chances in the first third of Division 4 G.

In Mons, Europchess 1 played for a win from the beginning. Jozsef Barta played black on board 5 against L. Charlier (1914). The opponent played a tricky variation with a pawn sacrifice against the Sicilian defence. Jozsef reacted well and after a wrong move of white he reached a winning position. But instead of converting he made a mistake and white could have gained some material with a temporary queen sacrifice. Fortunately he didn’t notice this possiblity and the game continued. The position was quite complex and there were many tactical possibilities for both sides. The decisive moment came when white couldn’t resist a tempting rook sacrifice that proved to be incorrect. With some strong moves Jozsef forced the transition to a rook endgame where he had an extra knight and then he converted it without further problems. 1-0.

Inspired by his name-brother, Jozsef Molnar on board 6 played a nice attacking game with White against the passive set-up of Quentin Parys (1786). In with the usual battery Bc2 and Qd3, Bg5 and Re1, d1 he exercised huge pressure against Black’s king and the centre. Black was unable to defend and gave up after the loss of material in a hopeless position. Congratulations to Jozsef for his first win in his first game for Europchess! 2-0.

On board 2, Georgi Tomov faced the old Indian defence of Hassan Semlali (2038). Georgi used his space advantage at the queenside and the open d-file to play for an advantage. Black sacrificed the exchange for some counterplay, but Georgi effectively outplayed him in his zeitnot, due to a far-advanced c-pawn. 3-0.

Tom Wiley on board 1 got into unchartered waters of the French defense early on. His opponent Julien Barj (2235) took on c5 and kept the pawn with a b4-c3 setup. However, Tom effectively undermined White’s position and a breakthrough knight-sacrifice on c3 allowed him to snatch the a1-rook with his bishop. White then organised some counterplay on the kingside by opening the g-file. However, Tom gave back the exchange, arriving at a won ending due to his two connected passed pawn who made the day irrespective of bishops of opposite colour. 4-0.

On board 3, Frank was less lucky against Lubo Blagojevic (1981). The latter chose the exchange variation of the French, which allowed Frank to equalise easily with Black. He then played for a win by opening lines for his two bishops and exercising some pressure on the king side. However, White defended accurately, and when Frank overlooked a strong continuation to open the file against White’s king, the opponent used the already open e-file to his advantage. By eliminating Frank’s defence bishop on f7 with the unusual manoeuvre Bb5-e8, his pieces intruded Frank’s king position and White scored the full point. 4-1.

Finally, Jenö Czuczai on board 4 played White against Igor Avilov (2030). Jenö chose a close double flanking system, whereas Black relied on a d5/e5 pawn structure. White developed his position step by step in the centre and was able to gain a strong e5-pawn and space advantage. In Zeitnot, however, Black could have eliminated the threats of white and come down with a pawn up in a rook and two bishops each ending, but with a weakened black king’s position. Finally, even at this stage in the fifth hour, Jeno had good chance at least for a draw, however he wanted to win and thus took risks. Unfortunately at the end, Jenö could not give a mate in a fifth-steps combination,  while black in his contra-attack created a similarly threating situation, thus Jeno had to give a bishop to avoid a mating threat, which effectively cost him after six hours game the point. 4-2. Jeno was clearly unlucky, because he could have won easily at least twice during the party, but he lost the chances.

Final result:


Europchess 2 lost in Machelen with a bit of bad luck,  but has the clear potential to move from the bottom of Division 4C.  On board 1, Eduardo Semanat Planas with black faced an usual opening leading to a rather static game  but  offering a better position for him. He made several attempts to transform this advantage into a win but white always managed to keep the balance. The game lasted the longest and concluded in a draw at the end with three pawns for each side blocking each other. On board 3, Serge Le Gal with  black responded to c4 by c6 and a rather passive but solid defense. In the middlegame , black took the initiative but was threatened to loose a Knight. They finally found the appropriate response and get out of danger by giving away a pawn, soon regained it and emerged with a better position. Under time pressure white gave a quality to launch an attack on the black king but without sufficient means and with great weakness in defense. A final mistake, led to a counter-attack and an unavoidable mate. On Board 4, Jeremy Rand started the game with a variation of the French defense. The position was equal if not better for us, when unfortunately Jeremy’s gsm beeped. With some confusion, our opponent claimed the win. It’s a pity since the rule was applied rather toughly while the game – continued as a friendly- was won by E2.

Final result:


Europchess 3 played in Marche and made a 2-2 against a stronger team and is in the first third of Division 4 G. Kristian Pade Frederiksen (1790) played the white pieces on board 2 against Antonius Schuurmans (1861). The game started 1. d4, e6, but White decided to go for the French Defence to reduce the options available for Black. It ended up as a French Tarrasch 3. -, c5. At move 14 Black misjudged an exchange and was forced to make the weakening move f5 after which White might already be winning due to a bad hole in Black’s position on e6. There followed a bishop sacrifice on h6 which Black, probably rightly so, declined. Thus White had gained a pawn but remained with a giant attacking position. Black resigned the game somewhat prematurely at move 20 already, on the verge of being forced into a very bleak endgame. 1-0

White to move and winning

White to move and winning! (*See the solution at the end of the page)

Vladimir Dedobbeleer (1628) on board 3 played the black pieces in the Four Knights against Fabrice Martin, rated 1806. Vladimir ended up in a passive position with his dark squared bishop locked up on e7 inside the pawn chain and the light squared colleague somewhat out of the game, too, on g6. White was able to put a giant knight on d5 which couldn’t really be challenged because of a nasty white pressure down the c-file. Vladimir tried his best to untangle, but lost the game anyway. 1-1

Luis Parreira (1968) with the black pieces on board 1 faced Wilfried Geerts (1855). In a French Exchange, Luis forgot/overlooked a small standard combination allowing White to get bishop and knight for rook. White returned the bishop for an attack, after which Black missed the opportunity to return the exchange and get into a position with queen, rook and knight, only one pawn down. Instead, Luis unfortunately overlooked a double attack and ended up in a clearly lost position with one knight less. A few moves later, he resigned the game. 1-2

Milan Pein (1570) on board 4 (white) chose a somewhat irregular opening to confuse his opponent. The queens were exchanged early in the game and in the arising middlegame white seemed to have more space and better co-ordination of pieces at the expense of an exposed king and some weaknesses along the f-file. After an inaccuracy by white black had the chance to take the initiative but instead he sacrificed a knight for two pawns and a weak attack which died off very soon and he was left with playing and endgame a piece down. At the end white had some difficulties in promoting doubled a-pawns with bishop and knight against a bishop but this technical part was shortened by a blunder of black which allowed a knight fork to exchange his only defending piece. 2-2

Final result:


May God bless the Europchess team

May God bless the Europchess team


*solution to the diagrammed position: Bxh6! followed by … Nc6 and Re6! and White has a very strong attack

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