After the end of each TL the Hall of Fame is updated: RudyRay has climbed to third place after a very fine TL!
Our team lost at the third round with the score 2.5-1.5 against the ‘italian team’ Piazza.degli.Scacchi.
On board 1 marjohn had white against Pupkin. An English opening where black replied with the English Defense (1. c4 b6) with the common motive for this opening: A closed position with no pawn exchanges until move 11 !! And then the position suddenly changed dramatically: open center with both players eyeing the opponent’s king. Unfortunately, black got the upper hand and white had to defend the tiny weaknesses and small threats by black. A lot of exhanges occured which resulted in a drawn endgame.
On board 2 cjldx played as black against Paolone . We could say that it was a classical KID by all means. Black’s fianchetto, the closed center and the crucial question to be answered: which side will succeed on each side of the board. Finally it was white we created a way through the Q-side while blocking any attacking plans by black at the K-side. The material advantage gave white an easy attack on the black King.
On board 3 chebein played against Gnam as white. An attacking game by both players ended in a miniature (only 21 moves played) for white. Black started the battle with a combination to disrupt white’s pawn formation but he lost a tempto and white with really active play managed to lure black’s king into a mating position. Surely this game is a highlight for this TL !!
On board 4 tschack, was playing against alfreale as black. A very positional game by both players which ended with a nice combination by white delivering mate at the end. The move 32…Bd7 was a terrible blunder and black’s position collapsed after that, until then the position was balanced with a slight advantage to white.
With this loss we lost any hope for a playoff spot in this TL, but nevertheless its important that we still enjoy it !!
The second round was a tough battle which we lost with the score 3-1 against the ‘canadian team’ Archbishops_ArchEnemies.
On board 1 marjohn had black against Misteraw. The game was a short draw since the outcome of the team’s match had already a winner. For the history we played a scotch opening from an Alekhine Defense !
On board 2 cjldx played (again) a very complicated game as white against milpat. White played very actively in the opening by sacrificing a pawn and puting his own dark squared bishop in jepordy just to create a king side attack against the enemy king. For more than 15 moves the bishop on g5 could be captured by black but with the fear of exposing his king he did not took the risk. After all the struggle the B was free and the battle continued at the other wing of the Q-side. Still white had ideas to attack the fragile black’s K position but black defended correctly and his central pawns decided the outcome.
On board 3 rudyray played against Henderb. A classical Grunfeld was played with a lot of exchanges. The battle of R+dark-B vs R+light-B was equal and ended even further in a classical opposite colors bishops endgame. Black had the inferior position and thus white managed to win an extra pawn which fortunately it was not enough to create any troubles to black. A draw soon was agreed by both players.
On board 4 LordTyraad, was playing against avidmate. It was a London System by white which could have given him good prospects for the rest of the game but an early blunder of the c pawn gave that away. Somehow, white misplayed the middle game and lost 2 more pawns which gave black an anormous advantage and the win.
That was a tough round but still we have good prospects for the 2nd place which will give a spot at the play-offs!
The first round ended in our favor with a critical win with the score 2.5-1.5 against the polish team Chude_Dziki. Our opposition started the “Kasparov division” as the last team in terms of average ELO, but it is my belief that they will be a tough opponent for most of the other teams.
On board 1 marjohn (that’s me) had white against MlodyBog, a very stable and positional player with a little higher ELO. The opening went smooth for both of them with concrete plans of playing on opposite sides. White started attacking the K-side while black tried to open lines at Q-side. Both of them managed to get what they wanted: white got space on the K-side and black opened lines at the Q-side. In the middle game though it seemed that white could won a pawn and thus black forced or better tried a 3-fold repetition. White could have avoided and decline the unofficial draw offer but I felt that my dark squares where too weak and his knight at d4 too good.
On board 2 cjldx played a very complicated game as black against paulonioSL. It was a Kings Indian Defense from the old stories against the Saemisch variation (with f3). The middlegame position was so complicated and so double edge that none could predict the outcome at that point. Eventually, the opening of the center via a tactical shot to win a pawn on the Q-side gave black the initiative and an inacuraccy by white gave him the better odds overall. Moreover, white’s Kind was stuck at the center and that made things easier for the attack. A nice win by Cj!
On board 3 rudyray played a classical Spanish variation against ArturPL. Both players made the usuall “Spanish” manouvres at the opening but at the end of it Rudy managed to create a permanent weakness of the pawn structure at the K-side of black. At first sight it seemed tiny but since all of white’s pieces where targeting the black King within 5-6 moves Rudy created a dangerous attack on the K-side. Black tried to defend the position but the tactics favored white almost in every variation and his position was collapsing, thus he resigned.
On board 4 the newest member of our team, tschack, was playing against hajdzik. This was the longest game for our team and a very complex one. White sacrificed too minor pieces for a rook and a pawn at f7 and also managed to weaken the position of black’s King. Both players played good moves during the middle game but the fragile position of black’s Kind decided the fate of the game. The critical mistake was the sacrifice of the bishop by Black at g3. This move unfortunately did not had a winning continuation and also helped white to open lines against his king which was stuck at the center. After the final exchanges the endgame was lost for black.
That was the best way to start this TL!
After Chris’s (aka chebein) suggestion to regroup the old gang and play another TL, it was just a matter of time to happen.So, we are preparing for another TeamLeague tourney at FICS. Most of the team members will be the same but we will have two new members!
TL73, we are coming! Keep tuned !
After the end of each TL the Hall of Fame is updated: Troisvierges has climbed to first place after a successful TL66 with 8 points out 8 games!
TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems 2-2 LightSpartans
23703 michelleblue vs marjohn 1/2-1/2
23704 Troisvierges vs Valiantangel 1-0
23705 giswinger vs cjldx 1/2-1/2
23706 Chebein vs clarinetref 0-1
John had black on board one and played the Alekhine defence in which he prepared a subvariation.The game soon came in drawish waters and a draw was then agreed upon.
Mart played 1.Nc3 which he prepared just in case his opponent had found improvements on their first game.He consolidated on the king side and then advanced his b pawn opening up lines.His opponent soon blunderd a bishop and resigned.
Christophe played an open game and soon got a good position and came up in material.A struggle in the middle game led to a pawn up in the ending, but he couldnt convert his material advatange into a full point.
With 2-1 in our favour Chris played the last game with white.He started attacking fiercely but forgot the bisop on f6 and lost his rook.He then started an all out attack which led to even more material losses and soon resigned.The final 2-2 result gives our oppponents the play off championship as they were higher ranked and only needed a drawn match.
During T66 we never lost a match and the champion never beat us so let that be a consolation
On the last round nothing seemed at stake anymore.
Board 1 John agreed with his opponent to an unplayed draw since the outcome of the match was already known and also to secure the half point in case of a tie for the second place.
Board 2 Mart had prepared a kings gambit where white played Bc5. With the correct strategy white developed pressure and black spent ages of time thinking.When he tried to combine his pieces were misplaced and black had to accept heavy material losses.He then decided to throw the towel in and resigned.
Board 3 Christophe encountered a fierce middle gambit and defended carefully.He came a pawn up and played a knight vs knight ending until move 74 before accepting a draw.
Board 4 Chris played d4 and an early h4 attacking black’s g6/Bg7 structure. After trading the rooks on the h-files his attack shifted towards the queen wing where black had weakened the white squares. A vicious attack emerged where white won a piece in the complications. When black countered with his queen he forgot the white bishop on a6 that kicked the black queen of the board by capturing backwards.
Meanwhile our competitors were not doing as well as expected so we gained a play off seat unexpectedly.We will now face TheRejoicingTeam_PerspicaciousStratagems in the same line up as round 2 with the same colors.