2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

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Chris Rice
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2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:02 am

We are only a week away from this event starting in Dresden and in the Open 50+ event England are very strong favourites with the Germans, not for the first time, providing the main threat of preventing us winning:

England 1 50+ average 2570

1. Nigel D Short 2664
2. John D M Nunn 2601
3. Keith C Arkell 2510
4. Jon S Speelman 2506
5. Terry P D Chapman 2262

Scotland have also shown enthusiasm for this event and have put out a team that is fourth favourites:

Scotland A 50+ average 2369

1. Colin A McNab 2432
2. Douglas M Bryson 2351
3. Roderick M McKay 2348
4. Stephen R Mannion 2345
5. Alan Minnican 2131

Its also worth noting that even the England second team comes in at seventh strongest:

England 2 50+ 2282 (these are four board matches and some teams haven't got reserves)

1. Glenn Flear 2463
2. H James Plaskett 2445
3. Shawn Tavares 2140
4. Chris Fegan 2081

http://www.schachfestival.de/world-seni ... pants.html

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Tim Harding » Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:29 pm

Here is the link for the participants in the 65+ team event which is separate from the one for the 50+ men and women:

http://www.schachfestival.de/world-seni ... ft&tngid=3

Russia 65+ are clear favourites with a rating average of 2412, more than 100 more than the second seeds, Germany.

The four players plus reserve all played in the 65+ individual last year.
There are 44 teams in the 65+ section, mostly German and Scandinavian. The 50+ tournament also has 44 teams.

England 65+ are 22nd in the last with Elo average 2068:
1. Geoffrey James 2174
2. Kenneth Norman 2112
3. Ian Reynolds 2075 (he played in the individual last year)
4. Roger Scowen 1909

Unfortunately, according a posting a while back at the ECF forum, one of the team has to leave three rounds before the end so they appealed for a reserve to avoid defaulting a game in each of the last three rounds, but it seems from the posted list that nobody has taken up the offer.
I think if they had posted the request on this forum also, maybe somebody might have seen it.
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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:54 am

Is there a website which will give the pairings and results ? After much searching I've drawn a blank.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:08 am

Barry Sandercock wrote:Is there a website which will give the pairings and results ?
This appears to be the official site, as mentioned by other posters.
http://www.schachfestival.de/world-seni ... pants.html

No pairings though.

Nigel Short is scathing about round times on twitter
https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/sta ... 6682274817

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:05 pm

"Nigel Short is scathing about round times on twitter
https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/sta ... 6682274817"

I'm not surprised!

That is ridiculously early.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Michael Yeo » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:22 pm

So for the only round starting in the afternoon, Nigel has been rested.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:57 pm

Michael Yeo wrote:So for the only round starting in the afternoon, Nigel has been rested.
The standard of the opposition in this round does not appear high. The opening in the board 4 game would be embarrassing in a local evening league, never mind being broadcast to the world.


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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:04 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:The standard of the opposition in this round does not appear high. The opening in the board 4 game would be embarrassing in a local evening league, never mind being broadcast to the world.
Our former Insurance Chess Club team mate, Dieter Kurka, is a perfectly respectable player. However, I have to agree that this is not his finest hour.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:48 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:"Nigel Short is scathing about round times on twitter
https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/sta ... 6682274817"

I'm not surprised!

That is ridiculously early.
It is not every day that I find myself in total support of Nigel, but here I do. I didn't even try to raise a Bermuda team, which would not have been particularly weak, because I knew that their reaction to having to get up early to play chess would be the same as mine.

When I pressed the organisers on this point I was told that 9.30am was already a compromise - German players apparently like to start at 9!

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Carl Hibbard » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:51 pm

They put towels on their seats at 7.
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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Keith Arkell » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:47 pm

Live games here:

http://www.schachfestival.de/world-seni ... games.html

I decided, just for a change, to open my account with a Rook ending (and, by the way, the clock times are back to front).

Our opponents were not so weak. About what you'd expect for round 1. They averaged 2117.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:56 pm

Well done Keith, good start, good luck in the rest of the games
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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Keith Arkell » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:11 pm

Cheers Mick! 4:0, so helpful for any (typically unnecessarily convoluted) tiebreak.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:41 pm

Keith Arkell wrote: Our opponents were not so weak. About what you'd expect for round 1.
The engine at the chessbomb site didn't have a high opinion of Jon Speelman's position out of the opening. Perhaps like most of us, it didn't really know what was going on. But it did point out a moment where by cutting off the Bishop on b4 with an advance of the pawn to c5, it was claiming a serious White advantage.

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Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:49 pm

It was saying that White could win a piece, but presumably it was a typically obscure Speelman sacrifice. I'm sure I would have accepted it to see what happened.

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