World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

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World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Ian Thompson » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:08 am

I received an e-mail today with a link to this event - http://wstcc2020.net/.

It's being played at the same two venues as now is, and previously was, used for the Prague Open in January, and being organised by the same people who run that tournament.

The venues are 4 or 5 stops from the centre of Prague on the metro.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:29 pm

And indeed the Summer Prague Open, for people who've played that.
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:37 am

This event looks like its definitely going ahead with an article on the FIDE site with 61 teams in the 65+ and 57 teams in the 50+ sections. Good news for all the veterans is that there are no entry fees and bigger prizes. Clearly there is the issue of whether the coronavirus will put people off from coming to Prague and we should know the answer to that over the next 24 hours.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:19 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:37 am
This event looks like its definitely going ahead with an article on the FIDE site with 61 teams in the 65+ and 57 teams in the 50+ sections. Good news for all the veterans is that there are no entry fees and bigger prizes. Clearly there is the issue of whether the coronavirus will put people off from coming to Prague and we should know the answer to that over the next 24 hours.
Yes, I believe so. A number of the England U65s have dropped out though.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:39 am

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:19 pm

Yes, I believe so. A number of the England U65s have dropped out though.
I've just exchanged emails with Mark Page, who is en route to Prague. He tells me that four of the five England 65+ first team have withdrawn and that he is now board two for that team. He also mentioned that he would be providing regular reports via the Kenilworth CC website (by which I think he means this one).
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:14 pm

Chess-Results for 50+ and 65+

Live games are on chessbomb and no doubt elsewhere including on the official site link to chess24live

Good luck to all the England players
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:36 pm

"Good luck to all the England players"

Maybe we can extend that to the other UK players!

I note in the 50+ event a team called "USA Four Brothers", comprising four players called Jhunjhnuwala. There has been discussion of multiple players from one family in a team elsewhere, but I don't think we have had four before.

I also note that Keith Arkell had a rather interesting Q+ opposite coloured bishop ending today.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Keith Arkell » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:32 pm

One phenomenon stands out above all others here: Unusually for a chess event hardly anybody is coughing!

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:37 pm

Good luck tomorrow Keith

1 7 RUS1 YAMAL 8 4 : 4 6 SCOTLAND 1 SCO 14
2 1 USA1 USA 7½ 4 : 4 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 2 CZE 8
3 11 USA2 USA TOO 6 4 : 4 7 ENGLAND 1 ENG 4
4 3 CZE1 CZECH REPUBLIC 1 7 4 : 4 6½ 1960-61 CZE 10
5 5 SVK SLOVAKIA 6½ 4 : 4 6½ MOSCOW RUS 12
6 13 CAN CANADA 6½ 4 : 4 6½ ISLAND ISL 6
7 9 GER1 GERMANY 1 6 4 : 4 6½ LASKER SCHACHSTIFTUNG GK GER 2
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Andrew Zigmond » Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:59 pm

Not for the first time Harrogate CC not only have dual representation but also across two countries (Mick Stokes for England, Douglas McKerracher for Scotland). I wonder if any other club can claim that.
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:34 pm

USA have four of the eight 2500+ players there. I hope some other team can make it interesting, England look as good a bet as any.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:31 pm

Hebden rested, so Plaskett comes into the team

The German Lasker team look strong too (Graf, Jussupow, Levin, Meister) and more than capable of giving USA a game
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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:49 pm

In case this hasn't been noticed, next year's event will be back in Italy. There was a bid from Sochi that looked excellent and would probably have won had there been a vote in Abu Dhabi, but a backroom deal was done. Pity, I seem to remember that last time Acqui Terme didn't get great reviews.

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Nick Grey » Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:01 pm

Cavendish, Wimbledon and Guildford and CSC have at least dual.
I like Unusually for a chess event hardly anybody is coughing! thanks Keith

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Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:52 pm

Not so great at the moment against USA 2, the No11 seeds. Arkell lost, Plaskett won, McDonald drew, Flear a small edge with 2Bs v B+N, six balanced pawns each. Doesn't look winning, but we'll see.

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