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About John Marountas

John enjoys chess and is a regular chess player in the greek team national championship. He enjoys playing TeamLeague's games since it is a good way to practice (if you dont play regularly in FIDE tournaments). Works as a web developer and located at Heraklion,Crete,Greece.

TL66 :: R3 – Tough draw !

Mysterious_Queen_Moves 2-2 LightSpartans
23383 BIONCHESS vs marjohn 1-0
23384 Troisvierges vs gubbengraa 1-0
23385 thatgirl vs cjldx – +
23386 Chebein vs LNO 0-1

What a round !! We played a very strong opposition and made a draw with almost two Grob ‘s Attacks.

Before going to the recap of the games I would like to send our condolences to the player thatgirl for the loss of her grandfather.

On board 1 marjohn played the English opening and got a nice position. Black found a nice and sound plan on the Q-size and Rc5 was the killer blow. At the end black mated with K+N&B against K!!

On board 2 Troisvierges played a very interesting game and won it! He played the Bronstein Gambit (ala Grob’s Attack) and the game soon became very tactical and complex. He managed to make exchanges which ended in a favorable position with a passed pawn and an exchange up.

On board 3 cjldx won by forfeit since his opponent,thatgirl, could not play the round for a family matter (see my note above).

On board 4 chebein after a long absence from the TL series played a very hard game and lost only at the very endgame. We saw a Grob’s Attack opening and what seemed a tactical battle soon became a game with a lot of piece maneuvers . Unfortunately at the end he misplayed the resulting endgame position.

Tough round but the fans of the Grob’s Attack should be pleased!

TL66 :: R2 – Team made of metal

TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems 1.5-2.5 LightSpartans
23303 michelleblue vs marjohn 1/2
23304 Troisvierges vs Valiantangel 1-0
23305 giswinger vs cjldx 1-0
23306 LordTyraad vs clarinetref 1-0

What a Victory !! All games were hard and interesting in this round.

On board 1 marjohn played the Exchange Variation of the Alekhine Defence and got soon a complicated position with passed pawns. Since the outcome could be anything proposed the draw and the game ended without any drama.

On board 2 Troisvierges played a Blackmar Diemer Gambit where he invaded with the Q via f7. Black’s undeveloped Q-side rook and his K in the centre where too much to hold such a position. The game ended with a smoothered mate!

On board 3 cjldx played a very long game where he could not realize his material and space advantage in the Q-side. At move 43 he overlooked a B sacrifice and the resulting endgame was not in his favor.

On board 4 LordTyraad played a very good game. He deployed his secret weapon: the London system and although the middle game was so complicated he found the correct moves. Defended when he should and attacked the black K on time ! A great victory!

After all this team is made from metal.

TL66 :: R1 – Good start !!

LightSpartans 3-1 FlamingPhoenixFightersB
23235 marjohn vs cofail 1-0
23236 Azubuike vs Troisvierges 0-1
23237 cjldx vs ascoliloko 1-0
23238 Mayors vs LordTyraad 1-0

We won the very first round convincingly !!

On board 1 a peaceful English exploded and after an inaccuracy on move 16 white got an easy game with plus material.

On board 2 Troisvierges emerged from the opening with a nice position. Soon he was positionally better and finished the game with a mating attack.

On board 3 cjldx played a very attacking game from start to finish. The game ended in only 16 moves !!

On board 4 LordTyraad after a peaceful opening got a balanced position but his backward c7 pawn proved to be the Achilles’ heel. Soon he lost critical material and the position collapsed.

A nice way to start the TL season after a long absence of our team in the TL series.

TL61 :: We tried but …

All around it was a very hard season for the team. The opposition were really good teams with strong players.

Best performance was made by Troisverges with  3.5 points out of 5 games !! The rest of the team had really a bad tournament.

Here are the best moments of our games:
marjohn 1-0 TonyKII
Chebein 1-0 BrianJB
cjldx 1-0 Aromas
TwilightShifte 0-1 Troisvierges
RobertFrost 1-0 LordTyraad

At the end we finished at the last place of the table with only one but proud victory !!

Till next time !

TL60 :: Playoffs – The Grand Finale!

LightSpartans 3-1 Poisoned_Pawns_Curare
White marjohn 1-0 Inschipupa
Black cjldx 1-0 TGV
White Troisvierges 1-0 LLIAMAH
Black LordTyraad 0-1 Galleta

We had the psycology with us since in the previous round we won them by 3-1. It proved enough to boost our performance to the limits!

On board 1 marjohn choose a very quiet line and neverthe less won a pawn out of the opening. A couple of tactics then helped to win a piece and the game.

On board 2 cjldx played excellently with his Q, put pressure on the white K and then moved to the Q-side winning a pawn. White tried to attack the black K but the center pawns fell apart and soon found himself in a lost position. A great positional victory for Cj with black.

On board 3 Troisvierges played a very attacking and romantic line. At first he sacrificed his castling right then a rook ! Soon his initiative was converted to a winning attack against the  enemy K .

On board 4 LordTyraad played the opening with great success and soon won a pawn. Alas, he lost some crucial tempi with his light squared B and white found a tactic to win the pawn back. A few more inaccuracies made him to lose the point.

Its our very first trophy in the TL series ! Hurra !!!! Great team work !

TL60 :: R7 – Best round ever!

Poisoned_Pawns_Curare 1-3 LightSpartans
White Inschipupa 0-1 marjohn
Black TGV 0-1 cjldx
White LLIAMAH 0-1 Troisvierges
Black aditinitya 1-0 LordTyraad

We won a very crucial round and most importantly both leaders in the standings lost respectively ! That gave us the first place in the final standings in the final round. How awesome is that !!

On board 1 a very specific line of the Vienna Opening has been played or you can say from the Alekhine Declined line. Marjohn sacrificed the exchange for the initiative and soon  white’s Q had trouble in the board. Another sacrifice of the N for two pawns and 3 passers were enough to bring home the victory.

On board 2 cjldx played a very cleaned game. Firstly he took control of the open file and then he put a strong N on d5.  The endgame was easily won after putting his K on d5 and capturing black’s Q-side pawns.

On board 3 troisvierges emerged from the opening with a big plus. Soon he won the exchange and after a few trades of the light pieces his 2 Bs and the R dominated the board. the endgame was easily won.

On board 4 LordTyraad after a very complex opening decided to go for the pawn exchanges in the center but lost a pawn. Shortly after he blundered a piece and soon he found himself in the defensive. He tried hard for the half point but a piece is a piece.

We go to the Playoffs with the spirit of the winner !

TL60 :: R6 – Another draw!

LightSpartans 2-2 Chude_Dziki_B
White marjohn 1/2-1/2 cytrus
Black cjldx 1/2-1/2 ziomeksee
White Troisvierges 1-0 hajdzik
Black LordTyraad 0-1 paulonioSL

Round 6 was a good one with fighting games. With a win we could overpass the team Chude_Dziki_B and would easily gain a ticket for the playoff, now with the draw still there are some chances left for that aim.

On board 1 marjohn outplayed his opponent and won a pawn on the middle game. Unfortunately he misjudged a plan in the endgame which practically locked his rook out of play and a theoretical draw soon reached.

On board 2 cjldx had some real chances to finish his opponent but missed some important moves, at the end the draw was a good result since he was down the exchange.

On board 3 Troisvierges outplayed tactically his opponent and was a piece up since move 11 ! He technically won the position by exchanging more pieces, his opponent resigned on move 25.

On board 4 LordTyraad made some positional mistakes out of the opening and got a very difficult position to defend. He tried sacrificing his Q for an escape from the pressure but in vain.

After 6 rounds LightSpartans are in 3rd place in the standing with only half point behind the leaders!

TL60 :: R5 – Draw by equalizing

TrickyMove 2-2 LightSpartans
White josecapablanca 0-1 marjohn
Black Knoeier 0-1 cjldx
White LightKnight 1-0 Troisvierges
Black Introspection 1-0 LordTyraad

The round started with a quick 2-0 for the team of TrickyMove but hopefully at the end we equalized to 2-2 !!

On board 1 marjohn got a passive position from an Alekhine against the legendary josecapablanca (!!), but the timetrouble at the endgame made josecapablanca to commit the crucial mistake and thus black won.

On board 2 cjldx played a very interesting and aggresive opening line and he tied down Knoeier, 19 moves were enough to get the full point easily.

On board 3 Troisvierges done pretty well at the opening stage even if he had the black pieces, alas a blunder at move 26 gave the opportunity to his opponent to mate via the back rank.

On Board 4 LordTyraad’s bad choice not to fiancheto the white bishop gave him a hard time. He managed to get the exchange but blacks two bishops were far stronger than his R and B.

We now dropped at 3rd position but there is still time to get a playoff ticket !