Interclubs 6th round results

Thomas Brinkmann

Thomas Brinkmann

The new year has started with another successful round for our club. Europchess 1 and 3 won their matches (3-1 and 4-0 respectively) while Europchess 2 made a 2-2 draw.

Europchess 1 travelled to play Waregem 2.  Despite heavy snow the previous day, the journey presented no problems.  The first hour’s play produced a worrying moment for Europchess.  Jozsef, playing Black, played a temporary knight sacrifice that seemed, after a series of exchanges, to win a pawn.  However, the White player could have interrupted the sequence of exchanges with a clever queen move, thereby winning a piece.  Fortunately he overlooked this chance and Jozsef emerged with his extra pawn.  Frank, playing White, achieved a strong bind on the dark squares, and soon had a lasting and significant edge.  Tom and Serge both emerged from the opening with quiet, fairly level positions.

In the second hour, Frank steadily increased his advantage.  He removed any possible counterplay by forcing the exchange of queens.  His rooks were more active, and he retained a strong central knight against a white-squared bishop hampered by its own pawns on b5, c6, d5, f5, g6 and h5.  Jozsef’s opponent had some compensation for his pawn through pressure on the half-open f-file.  Jozsef defused this by exchanging queens, and activated his rooks to attack weak White pawns.  Serge gained pressure against a weak pawn on d5.  He perhaps captured the pawn too early, and in attempting to avoid an obviously drawn position, he had to give up the exchange.  Nevertheless, for the rook he had a strong bishop and a passed pawn, and so had good chances to defend.  Tom’s position became totally blocked, and did not seem to offer many chances for a decisive result.

In the third hour, Tom agreed a draw and a few minutes later Frank sealed his victory.  Frank’s rooks dominated the seventh rank, and his king penetrated via the weakened black squares, marching down the board to h7 to set up a mating net.  Europchess therefore led by 1.5 to 0.5 with Jozsef and Serge still to finish.  Serge succeeded in fixing his opponents king-side pawns on squares of the same colour as Serge’s bishop.  As the time control drew nearer, Serge’s position was a little easier to play than his opponent’s, but he accepted a draw offer that made the score 2 to 1 in favour of Europchess.  Jozsef combined attacks on his opponent’s weak pawns with threats against the king.  The pressure became overwhelming, and Jozsef forced the win of a bishop.  Jozsef’s opponent resigned, making the final score 3 to 1 in favour of Europchess.  By winning the match, Europchess 1 extended their lead in Division 4C, because the second-placed team CREB 2 only drew their match.

Playing on the 2nd board in Europchess 3 Thomas with White faced Quentin Padovano (1447) who chose a rather passive set-up in the King’s Indian defence which gave White the initiative on the kingside without any counterplay from Black. However, Thomas missed the right continuation and did not manage to break through. He thus opened lines on the queenside. In a rather drawish-looking position his opponent made a mistake and lost the a-pawn giving Thomas reasonable chances to win. But there would have still been a long way to go when Black relied his defense on a pin, which was actually incorrect. As soon as Black realised the mistake, he resigned.

The position after 50. … Nf4 might be interesting to show with the following comment: "Black's last move 50. ... Nf4 relied on the pin on the a-file. White could now have easily won by 51. axb6! Rxa1 52. b7 Rxf1 53. b8Q Rxf2 54. Qc7+. White played 51. Nb5 after which Black resigned

"Black's last move 50. ... Nf4 relied on the pin on the a-file. White could now have easily won by 51. axb6! Rxa1 52. b7 Rxf1 53. b8Q Rxf2 54. Qc7+. White played 51. Nb5 after which Black resigned

Kristian’s game was over practically before it had started. In an Advance French, his opponent, Patrick de Ridder (White, rated 1407), after having suffered some damage to his pawn structure due to an early, unconventional Queen sortie to b3 and a Queen swap on that same square simply overlooked a standard Knight fork on c2, which netted Black a whole rook. White promptly resigned the game. 0-1 in just nine moves after barely half an hour of play.

Milan played with the white pieces against Michel Heynsmans (1422). Black has invited white to play the Benko/Volga gambit which was rejected by the solid 3. e3  and a quiet King’s Indian like position arose with some tension in the center. Black was defending passively his weak pawn on d6 and with not much space to develop his pieces his Queen got trapped and he resigned on move 25.

The position after 25. Re7. After the possible 25... Ba6 Black could have a played on with a Knight and a Rook for the Queen but he considered that insufficient compensation and resigned

The position after 25. Re7. After the possible 25... Ba6 Black could have a played on with a Knight and a Rook for the Queen but he considered that insufficient compensation and resigned

Pere and Thomas

Pere and Thomas

Colin Gilbert and Nicolas Rauta playing for Europchess 2. Kristian is kibitzing in the background

Colin Gilbert and Nicolas Rauta playing for Europchess 2. Kristian is kibitzing in the background

Jens Frederiksen and Philippe Mariamé

Jens Frederiksen and Philippe Mariamé

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Europchess players seize 1st and 3rd price in the Damnés tournament

Frank has won the strong Damnés tournament ahead of higher rated players like Alain Minnebo, Tom Wiley and Yves Duhayon. Frank has scored 7.5 points out of 9 games, an amazing result. Congratulations!

Hoffmeister 2192 Caufriez 1925 1-0
Guisset 1943 Hoffmeister 2192 0-1
Hoffmeister 2192 Atanasiu 2060 1-0
Hoffmeister 2192 Duhayon 2259 1/2-1/2
Ackaert 2114 Hoffmeister 2192 0-1
Hoffmeister 2192 Wiley 2287 1/2-1/2
Minnebo 2255 Hoffmeister 2192 1/2-1/2
Hoffmeister 2192 Giadrosic 1937 1-0
Hennico 1718 Hoffmeister 2192 0-1

Total : 7.5/9

Tom also had a good tournament and clinched the 3rd place with 6.5 points out of 9! Congratulations!

Wiley 2287 De Mérode 1810 1-0
Rauta 1973 Wiley 2287 1/2-1/2
Wiley 2287 Chevry 1824 1-0
Hoffmeister 2192 Wiley 2287 1/2-1/2
Wiley 2287 Atanasiu 2054 1/2-1/2
Ackaert 2114 Wiley 2287 0-1
Minnebo 2255 Wiley 2287 1/2-1/2
Wiley 2287 Duhayon 2259 1/2-1/2
Frank 1947 Wiley 2287 0-1

Total 6.5/9

The tournament was organised by the Caissa Chess Club between 19-27 Decembre 2009. For more information on this event please visit the Caissa Chess Club website.



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Frank Hoffmeister is the new champion!

Victory!

Victory!

Congratulations to Frank, who won the 8th Europchess rapid tournament in the final playoff against József Barta and Christophe Keller!

The players used a unique format to decide the winner which can be described as a 6 boards parallel clock-simultaneous game. Each player played on four boards (two blacks and two whites) against two opponents all at the same time. The time control was 20’+10″ and of course all six clocks have started at the same time. There was lot of fun for the spectators and for the players as well. The final results are as follows:

1. Frank 3.0 / 4

2. Christophe 2.5 / 4

3. Jozsef 0.5 / 4

Frank – Jozsef 1 – 0

Jozsef – Frank 0 – 1

Frank – Christophe 1 – 0

Christophe – Frank 1 – 0

Jozsef – Christophe 0 – 1

Christophe – Jozsef 1/2 – 1/2

Three players, six boards parallel clock-simultan
Three players, six boards parallel clock-simultan

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(For more details on the final results of the tournament see our previous post: http://europchess.eu/?p=415)

Interclubs 5th round results

Pere is playing a nice position

Pere is playing a nice position

Round 5: Europchess keeps the pace

In the last round before Christmas, Europchess 1 had to travel to Tournai, near the French border. Weakened by the absence of their first three players, the host team could not put up much resistance. On board 4, as usual, József Barta won the first game, this time with White. His opponent Lorant Liennard (1393) chose the Pirc defence, a risky choice against József in attacking mood. When White castled longside and advanced his kingside pawns with f3-g4-h4, Black surprisingly sacrificed a knight on g4 for two pawns. This did not help much however. Black tried in vain to activate his pieces and József also won another exchange. With a full rook up, the resignation came soon. Frank Hoffmeister on board 2 had White against Jean-Pierre Ghislain (1435). Frank took a pawn in the opening and controlled the board. With a nice pin, he then also conquered Black’s two remaining centre pawns, after which the game ended without further ado. On board 3, Igor Ishkhanov (1432) tried to simplify with White against Jenö Czuczai with the exchange French. However, Jenö was able to complicate the game prevented White from castling. Exercising pressure over the opened d-file, Jenö then first won a pawn, followed by an exchange, after which the game was effectively over. Finally, Tom Wiley on board 1 won against Enguerran Meurisse (1616). Starting from a closed position and some opening exchanges, Tom could create a weakness on White’s queenside. He then forced his opponent to defend with rook a1 and queen b1, while Black had space advantage and more mobile pieces. After the creation of a second weakness on the kingside, Black’s flexible rooks could be easily switched to that side of the board, which decided the game nicely.

With this 4-0 win, Europchess 1 has established itself firmly in the lead in division 4C , while the strongest competitor, Creb 2, has fallen two match points behind.

Europchess 2 faced with Wavre 4 a motivated opponent fighting against relegation. While Nicolas Rauta and Jens Frederiksen won their games, Colin Gilbert and Philippe Mariamé had to cede the point. With a 2-2, Europchess 2 won another important match point.

Going to Opwijk, Europchess 3 met one of the strongest contenders of the title in Division 5J. However, facing Eduardo Semanat Planas on board 1, Sam van Zeebrook (1584) did not see the day. Eduardo played strong Sicilian, inflicting a backward pawn on the c-file for White. Using only 10 minutes of the clock, Eduardo finished off the game in a straight forward fashion. Milan Pein (with White) on board 4 played a Queen’s Gambit Declined Bg5 line against Valere Van den Eede (1321) and after some (questionable) exchanges he gave the Bishop pair for Bishop and Knight and forced a c4-d4-e3 central pawn structure against Black’s e6-f5-e4 pawns. After a failed attack against the e6 weakness Black has won a pawn but lost some tempi to coordinate his pieces and finally White won back the pawn. An endgame with N+R vs. B+R and 4 pawns on each side was reached when the players agreed to a draw. Our board 3, Kristian Pade Frederiksen tried to get an advantage against Jan Van Cauwenbergh (1481), but with the exchange French that was not an easy task. White played with no ambition, delaying castling until Black had decided where to put his king, shuffling the rooks about on the first rank and toying with active pawn moves but then refraining from them again, redoubling rooks on the only open file and so forth. Black, too, was reluctant to go all out with weakening pawn thrusts, and so basically a battle of nerves ensued where each player waited for the other to commit himself. Since neither White nor Black made any obvious mistakes, Kristian accepted a draw offer in a completely dry position, but in a situation where this would most probably secure match victory. Pere Moles Palleja on board 2 played a hypermodern Reti with White against Koen Michiels (1531). While Pere got the better game, no decisive breakthrough was in sight. In view of the overall team win, Pere therefore conceded his first draw in the Interclubs.

In Division 5J Europchess 3 therefore remains on the top. However, with Anderlecht 4 there is another team in the running which equally scored all match points.

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Europchess 1

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Europchess 2

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Europchess 3

Kristian is playing an unusual French structure

Kristian is playing an unusual French structure

In deep thinking mode

In deep thinking mode

Our opponents have tried their best

Our opponents have tried their best

The playing hall in Opwijk (with other teams are also playing)

The playing hall in Opwijk (with other teams are also playing)

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Kristian (with Black) has accepted the draw offer

Milan's final position when they agreed on a draw

Milan's final position when they agreed on a draw

Interclubs 4th round results

Jenő and Frank are playing for victory...

Europchess defends lead in Round 4:


In Round 4, Europchess 1 and 3 defended its respective leads in groups 4 C and 5 J. Europchess 2 lost.

The first team played CCZ 1 in its strongest composition. On board four, József Barta played his fourth game with black, this time an orthodox Queen’s gambit against Constant Clerquin (1582). His opponent started to open up the queen side. However, this created a weak a4 pawn, which József grabbed for nothing. A few moves later, his pieces invaded White’s position with huge material wins. The opponent had to give up rather around move 25. 1-0 for Europchess 1! Tom Wiley on board one transposed into the French defence against Pierre Parys (2028). Although Tom enjoyed space advantage and had the better White bishop, the opponent organised clever counter-play on the Queenside. After the exchange of all heavy pieces, the players agreed on a draw: 1,5 – 0,5 after 3 hours. On board three, Jenő Czuczai played a fianchetto opening, which Jean-Michel Delfosse (1620) tried to copy. While Black could exchange the white-squared bishop on g2, this cost him a lot of time and Jenö dominated the centre with a solid pawn wall. After having brough all his pieces into attacking positions, the f-pawn marched to f6, forcing the g7-bishop to h8. That was the beginning of the end for Black, as White decisively opened the h-file: 2,5- 0,5 for Europchess before the time control!  Playing against Patrick Decellier (1909) on board two, Frank Hoffmeister gained an advantage with the two bishops with Black. Strengthening his position calmly, he won two pawns before the time control and even an exchange shortly thereafter. However, Frank unnecessarily left with his rook the 7th rank, allowing White to threaten a perpetual check. He declined a draw offer and decided to march with his King to e4 – however, White found a nice combination, which cost Black’s rook and – bitterly – later the entire game. Nevertheless, as the final result was 2,5-1,5, Europchess is still unbeaten in group 4 C.

With Brussels Chess Club 3 the second team again faced a strong opponent with an average of around 1850 ELO. Nicolas Rauta on board one secured a draw against Stephane Tannemaat (2004). Colin Gilbert on board two, however, ran into a strong attack against h7 and had to surrender early on against Ahmad Choukohian (1940). Philippe Mariamé on board 4 defended well in the middlegame against Stephane Lefevre (1630), but finally lost a bit unluckily. In return, Jens Frederiksen was able to draw on board three in an ending that did not look very promising. Europechess 2 hence lost 1-3.

The third team played Brussels Chess Club 5 with players between 1650-1400 ELO. On board one, Eduardo Semanat Planas played a standard variation in the open Ruy Lopez until Michel Boelen decided to sacrifice two pieces against a rook on f2. This idea was not correct, and Eduardo soon had the better play. However, in a somewhat careless manoeuvre, he gave a Queen check on h7 and had to give back material to free it again. Luckily, Eduardo kept two strong bishops and was able to win the endgame. On board two, Pere Moles Palleja played a strong Sicilian defence against David de Maeyer. Black forced an unclear simple position where white’s pair of bishops and the weakness of black dark squares compensate their poor queenside structure of pawns.White probably took a wrong decision exchanging the light bishops to improve his pawn structure. Black managed to block a passed pawn at c5 and forced d4, leaving white with a bad bishop and an impresive kept-alone Knight at d6 as black Knights at c6 and d5 behind the blocked pawns at d4 and c5 proved to be stronger. Black manoeveured to tie white pieces to the defense of d4 and proceeded to advance his passed pawn at a7, which reached a2 in only five movements! A nice but easy final blow put an end to the game. 2-0 for Europchess! Serge Le Gal on board 4 faced Issam Wahibi with Black. Serge played a solid opening and got a favourable ending. He won the opponent’s isolated pawn on d4 and pressed for a win. When he got a draw offer, he agreed to it with a view of securing the two match points for the team. Hence, José Maria on board 3 with White against Michel Cercone was not bound to win anymore. While making pressure over the f-file, Black secured e5 for his knight. Unfortunately, José-Maria then stretched his position too far and had to give up later on. Thus, as in the first team, we had to face the first losses on the board, but still won all match points for Europchess 1 and 3!

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Text: FH

Pictures: MP

Interclubs 3rd Round Results

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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