“Ymosodiad Dewr; Amddyffyniad Sicr”


European Club Cup 2008

Cwmbran and Nidum finished 62nd and 63rd respectively out of 64 teams at the European Club Cup in Kallithea Greece from 16-24 October.
This tournament is arguably the strongest in the whole World Chess calendar with almost half of the nearly 400 competitors being Grandmasters. Playing in such company is both an inspiration and motivation for Welsh Clubs and provides an annual experience for a dozen or so Welsh players that is hugely beneficial.

The detailed results were as follows:

Board

Cwmbran

Score

Nidum

Score

1

Dave Perrett

0/7

Richard Jones

2.5/7

2

John Thornton

1.5/7

Alan Bennett

1.5/7

3

Jon Gilbert

3/7

Alan Young

2.5/7

4

Colin Gilbert

3.5/7

Andrew Gibbons

1/6

5

Paul Tew

2.5/7

Jason Garcia

2/7

6

Alun Howell

2/7

Bob Moore

1.5/5

Total

 

12.5/42

 

11/42

Only Alan Young and Colin Gilbert managed to outperform their current ratings and, as can be seen only Colin managed a 50% score. As the oldest participant in the whole event he was also interviewed by the press corps at the tournament and this and all the other results can be seen at the official website: