“Ymosodiad Dewr; Amddyffyniad Sicr”


2008 Olympiad Dresden

Round 1 Report

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

Sensation at the Olympiad (!)

Games

A brilliant day in Welsh chess with both the Open (in future I may well refer to this as the Men's) and Ladies teams winning 4 - 0. Whilst these results have to be in put in perspective by the fact that the draw was accelerated, it is still a remarkable achievement.

Open

Round 1 on 2008/11/13 at 15:00

Bo.

142

  Chinese Taipei (TPE)

Rtg

-

100

  Wales (WLS)

Rtg

0 : 4

62.1

 

Lin Chung-Yu Lee

1674

-

FM

Jones Richard S

2307

0 - 1

62.2

 

Yueh Wei Po

1920

-

CM

Rees Ioan

2297

0 - 1

62.3

 

Chen Yan Fong

0

-

 

Kett Tim

2272

0 - 1

62.4

 

Ho Hou-Meng Herman

1926

-

 

Blackburn Jonathan Lb

2175

0 - 1



A brief summary of the games in the order in which they finished:
Richard played a King's Indian, with his opponent coming up with a highly unusual b4 gambit. This backfired, soon leaving Richard with an extra protected passed pawn on b3, and W's Queen embarrassingly placed on a1. B soon was the exchange up as well, and W could have resigned well before he did, in a game which was over in just 1.5 hours.

Jon's opponent played a Stonewall Dutch, but was ill -prepared for Jon's e4 break and temporary piece sac, which when W recaptured on e4 with his Queen, threatened mate on h7 and the undefended rook on a8, to net the exchange. Jon consolidated comfortably to notch up a win on his Olympiad debut.

Ioan was White in a QGD, and achieved an aggressive setup, forcing his opponent to be left with an isolated e pawn. B's position proved difficult to breakdown, but W eventually won B's e-pawn, by a fork Ng5, threatening, as Jon, mate on h7. Ioan then netted the exchange, and cruised to victory.

Tim's opponent was both youthful and useful (beware of unrated players at Olympiads!); in fact he was only 10 years old and looked even younger. It was 2 Knight's defence where W played 4.Nc3 allowing the equalising 4... Nxe4, and in the resultant position B had the 2 bishops but a weak pawn structure. B won a pawn, and turned the screw with his 2 bishops and rook, finally winning a R + P ending comfortably.

Ladies

Round 1 on 2008/11/13 at 15:00

Bo.

107

  Barbados (BAR)

Rtg

-

77

  Wales (WLS)

Rtg

0 : 4

49.1

 

Howard Corinne

0

-

 

Blackburn Suzie G

1883

0 - 1

49.2

 

Corbin Rashida

0

-

WFM

Smith Olivia

1961

0 - 1

49.3

 

Parris Cheri-Ann

0

-

 

Wilson Julie

1935

0 - 1

49.4

 

Garnett Juanita

0

-

 

Owens Megan R

1783

0 - 1



Unfortunately I can't tell you much about the Ladies match as it's a bit late to get a repost from Susan Owens, and the playing hall was the size of a rugby/football pitch, so I only had brief glances of their match against Barbados. Suffice it to say the Megan and Suzy won well and fairly quickly while Julie W had to battle rather longer before winning a minor piece ending. The talking point of the match was an original tactic by Olivia's opponent who - struggling for a move in severe time trouble - solved the problem by pressing the clock without making one! Olivia called the arbiter who then had to re-adjust the (digital) clocks because they were "counting" to move 40 when the players get an extra half-hour. This all took about 10 minutes during which time the opponent feverishly studied the position and was then ready with her plan when the game restarted. Olivia quite validly pointed this out to the arbiter who, far from showing sympathy, told her off for complaining too aggressively!  No harm was done though and the opponent lost on time a little later anyway.

Stuart Hutchings