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European Club Cup

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

Round 7 Report 9th October 2007

Kemer mountains

Above is a photograph taken by Jovanka a few days ago when led by Chris Briscoe, the team went for a rejuvenating early morning mountain climb, Keith included!

Onto the final day (Round 7) and the weather is absolutely glorious, pity we’re going home. We are one match point ahead of the total achieved in the European Club Cup in Fuegen, Austria last year.

Anyway, onto the action:
Hilsmark Kingfisher are facing a formidable Icelandic team (Rekjavik Chess Club) with 3 GMs. Although party animals and heavy drinkers can actually play some good chess.

 Christin Andersson

Christin Andersson (above) - not married to Ulf despite earlier reports to the contrary which produced great mirth in the camp, is taking a rest day today so the captain is stepping into the breach and playing on board 4.

We are out-rated on all boards so we will be doing very well to get something out of this match…

7.1319Reykjavik Chess Club -32Hilsmark Kingfisher 
1GMStefansson Hannes2574:GMArkell Keith C2479
2GMNataf Igor-Alexandre2546:IMGreet Andrew N2441
3GMThorhallsson Throstur2448:IMHouska Jovanka2404
4IMKristjansson Stefan2458:IMCooper Lawrence2305
5IMGunnarsson Jon Viktor2427: Tavoularis Nicholas2246
6FMBergsson Snorri2298: Briscoe Chris2273
Keith is playing a Bogo-Indian, an interesting psychological choice as his opponent lost playing the same defence two rounds earlier. This seems to have gained Keith quite a time advantage which may prove useful later on in the game.

Jovanka had a quick draw after only 45 minutes. Her GM opponent surprised her with his first move (1. d4) but Jovanka returned the compliment by a changing her choice of opening to the Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD). Thorhallsson went into deep thought and played the Exchange Variation steering into an equal position and promptly offered a draw. Off to pool now for some R & R and maybe a little bit of last minute sight-seeing. Although I suspect she won’t be able to keep herself from looking at the other games….

Andrew played the London System (1.d4 2. Nf3 3. Bf4) against his GM opponent seems to have gained a slight edge.

Lawrence is facing a Nimzovitch Defence (1…Nc6) and has obviously prepared well for his opponent (ha ha!.).

Nick is defending a Sicilian Richter-Rauser against his 2427-rated IM opponent Jon Viktor Gunnarsson and seems comfortable out of the opening and a complicated battle ensues.

Chris is facing the Arkell(!) -Khenkin variation of the Caro-Kann defence where black sacrifices a pawn for quick development. His opponent FM Snorri Bergsson has regained the pawn quickly and the position is level. Pity Chris didn’t discuss this with Keith beforehand as they have been doing some preparation together.

After two hours play…… Lawrence has a slight space advantage and has just sacrificed a pawn for to counter his opponent’s well-timed 13…e6. We shall see later if he gets anything for the pawn.

After three hours play….. Lawrence regained the pawn and his opponent liquidated and offered a draw which was accepted. Match situation 1-1.

Keith is worse but is usually revels in playing these sort of positions. We shall see if he enjoys it today. Andrew has managed to get his rook trapped on b3 with no obvious way of extricating it so is currently playing a effectively a piece down so already looks lost.

Nick looks positionally lost so we shall have to see if he can perform another of his Houdini acts to get out of this one.

Chris has a strong knight outpost on d6 but his opponent has two centrally placed hanging pawns on e4 and d4 breathing down Chris’s position giving him a clear advantage. We shall see if Chris can hold this.

After four hours play it is virtually all over. Keith, Andrew and Chris have just lost so the team are 4-1 down with one to play and Nick is worse in a rook and pawn ending.

After 4 ½ hours play Nick has lost and the team lost 5-1.

7.1319Reykjavik Chess Club -32Hilsmark Kingfisher 
1GMStefansson Hannes25741-0GMArkell Keith C2479
2GMNataf Igor-Alexandre25461-0IMGreet Andrew N2441
3GMThorhallsson Throstur2448½ -½IMHouska Jovanka2404
4IMKristjansson Stefan2458½-½IMCooper Lawrence2305
5IMGunnarsson Jon Viktor24271-0 Tavoularis Nicholas2246
6FMBergsson Snorri22981-0 Briscoe Chris2273
Detailed report from IM Lawrence Cooper to will follow plus my interview with Swedish Hilsmark Kingfisher player WIM Christin Andersson on her thoughts of this tournament and IM Andrew Greet world exclusive interview with the newly installed 15th World Champion and world number one Vishy Anand. Worth seeing!

We’re off or dinner now and to enjoy what is left of or last evening in Kemer.

Mark Hogarth
Hilsmark Kingfisher

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs