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European Club Cup

Mark Hogarth reports on Hilsmark Kingfisher at the European Club Cup in Kemer, Turkey

After the disappointment of losing yesterday's match against the higher-rated Swiss team, Hilsmark are hoping for a morale-boosting victory today against lower-rated opposition, Spanish team Cuna de Dragones who we out-rate on every board bar the top two.

Breaking news from Round 6: Arkell has just drawn with the black pieces with super-GM Ibragim Khamrakulov (2604) in the Hilsmark Kingfisher clash against lower rated team.

After nearly 3 hours play the situation is not looking good. Andrew Greet is struggling a pawn down is in a bishop v knight ending which he is unlikely to hold. Jovanka meanwhile has a promising mating attack going and looks likely to win her game. Nick Tavoularis looks about equal on board 4 Chris Briscoe has a clear advantage advantage on board 5 in a promising Queens Indian.

After 3 ½ hours play Nick appears to blundered a knight to back-rank mating with his opponent exploiting back-rank mating threat from what appeared to be a good position. It is difficult to see how he can save this game.

Excellent news - Jovanka has just won after playing g5 to finally crack open her opponent after weaving a mating net with Queen and Rook. Chris has also just won. His opponent gave up the exchange for a pawn to avoid a passive position after Chris had maintained the tension in the centre. He failed to gain sufficient compensation and Chris wrapped up the game quickly.

Andrew has just lost so we are leading 2 ½ - 1 ½ with just Nick’s and Christin’s games to finish.

Unbelievable!! Nick has managed to regain the piece and is now a pawn up a rook and 5v4 pawn ending. Both have an a-pawn but Nick has 4v3 on the kingside with good winning chances. Christin is a pawn down but has an active position.

4 ½ hours play. Nick has managed to gain his first win at these championships and we have won the match. Only Christin’s game to go. Earlier on she was the exchange down but is now two pawns down in a bishop v knight ending. It is unlikely she can save his.

Later….Christin has just lost. Nevertheless a good team effort with the team winning 3 ½ -2 ½

Champagne tonight!

6.1840Cuna de Dragones - Ajoblanco -32Hilsmark Kingfisher 
1GMKhamrakulov Ibragim S26041/2-1/2GMArkell Keith C2479
2IMLlanes Hurtado Miguel24591-0IMGreet Andrew N2441
3 Delgado Palomeque Marco A22210-1IMHouska Jovanka2404
4 Escobar Felix Eduardo21530-1 Tavoularis Nicholas2246
5 Garcia-Ortega Jose M21900-1 Briscoe Chris2273
6 Sanchez Silva Luis Agapito21071-0WIMAndersson Christin2209

Lawrence will follow up with a full report of this round tomorrow.

Mark Hogarth
Hilsmark Kingfisher

Vishy Anand and Chris Briscoe

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Pride and Prejudice
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Division 2

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e2e4.org.uk 2
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e2e4.org.uk 3
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Celtic Tigers 2
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AMCA Cheetahs