World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by John Moore » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:46 pm

Keith's position is really awful even given his legendary powers of recovery. He is a pawn down with a worse King and a worse minor piece but still we shall see.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:07 pm

Two pawns down now but on the bright side, White's attack may have burned out for the time being.

Likewise John has got to an ending with some hopes of saving it whereas the online Stockfish was saying White had a much bigger advantage had he kept queens on.

Khalifman's time shortage may help if Nigel can find some tricks in the next few moves.

EDIT: I don't think the times chess24 are showing in Keith's game can possibly be right.
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2017/6/1/4
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:29 pm

Keith has now lost to make it 1-1 and Ivanov is playing very confidently against John. Nigel will have to keep trying for a long while yet but we shall be lucky to make it a drawn match. If that doesn't happen, it will be a matter of fighting with the Israeli teams for a chance of bronze.

It looks like Scotland are going to beat Sweden 2.

LATER: John has lost now.
Big development is that it looks like Ashdod CC may beat Armenia (although Gruenfeld missed the strongest continuation a few moves ago).
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:01 pm

Nigel came up with an ingenious temporary rook sac to create some chances of winning. See move 43.

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2017/6/1/1

Ashdod v Armenia is 1.5 all with Maryasin having an extra pawn for Ashdod in an opposite colour B ending, but it will probably be drawn.
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:08 pm

Nigel slightly better now, so match could be drawn, hopefully.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by John Moore » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:14 pm

Even before Nigel's d6, the position was surely drawn - Black has a blockade and White's extra pawn is useless.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:18 pm

Yes. The game looks a draw now.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:24 pm

John Moore wrote:Even before Nigel's d6, the position was surely drawn - Black has a blockade and White's extra pawn is useless.
Online engine wanted Nigel to march his K to f3 and play g4 but I guess Nigel judged this would not work.

A shame, and in one of the last two rounds England will have to play Ashdod so not even the bronze is assured.
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by NickFaulks » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:20 pm

Bermuda play Russia Women, seeded 8th. What the heck??

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:31 pm

NickFaulks wrote:Bermuda play Russia Women, seeded 8th. What the heck??
So you will probably play Tatiana Bogumil, the current 50+ world champion. What an honour for you!
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Brian Towers » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:40 pm

NickFaulks wrote:Bermuda play Russia Women, seeded 8th. What the heck??
I don't really understand why your team has taken on the handicap of defaulting a board in every match. A last minute thing, no doubt, but couldn't you have advertised for a 50+ player in the forum? Or poached one of the other team's reserves? I bet not all the St Petersburg players are from St Petersburg, Ditto Ashdod, Offenback, Bielefeld, etc., etc.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:37 am

Brian Towers wrote:
NickFaulks wrote:Bermuda play Russia Women, seeded 8th. What the heck??
I don't really understand why your team has taken on the handicap of defaulting a board in every match. A last minute thing, no doubt, but couldn't you have advertised for a 50+ player in the forum? Or poached one of the other team's reserves? I bet not all the St Petersburg players are from St Petersburg, Ditto Ashdod, Offenback, Bielefeld, etc., etc.
It was indeed a last minute problem, on the Friday before the start. All our players must be BER, and if I had known of another one they would already have been in the team.

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:08 am

Hugely disappointing result for England yesterday in the 50+ so it looks like bronze is the best that we'll be able to do plus some individual medals. I think Nigel for example is doing well on Board 1.

Round 7 pairings:
1 Saint Petersburg 12 7 Athens/Crete
2 Armenia 9 8 Heart of Finland
3 Israel 8 8 England I
4 Austria 7 7 Ashdod Chess Club
5 Scotland 7 7 England II
6 Sweden I 6 6 VSG 1880 Offenbach
7 Oslo 5 5 Latvia Women
8 Sweden II 5 5 Wales
9 England III 5 5 Germany Women
10 Russia Women 4 2 Bermuda
11 Rochade Bielefeld Revival 3 1 SCCU 125

65+

1 Israel 8 12 Russia
2 France 10 8 Austria
3 Germany 8 7 Steiermark
4 Sweden II 7 7 England I
5 Switzerland 7 6 Wales
6 Koninklijke DD 6 6 Sweden I
7 England II 5 5 Sweden IV
8 Scotland 5 5 Stiftung BSW/DBAG
9 Norway I 4 5 Sweden III
10 England III 4 4 Sweden V
11 SK 2012 2 1 Norway II

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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:31 am

Huzman - Short
Greenfeld - Nunn
Soffer - Speelman
Zilberman - Chapman
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Re: World Senior Teams 23 April to 3 May, Crete

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:34 am

NickFaulks wrote:Bermuda play Russia Women, seeded 8th. What the heck??
Tim Harding wrote:So you will probably play Tatiana Bogumil, the current 50+ world champion. What an honour for you!
Sadly for Nick, the Russians have rested her.

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