September 21st to October 3rd
The 39th World Chess Olympiad was held in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.
1300 players from 144 countries took part !
149 teams in the Open, 115 in the Womens section.
Wales sent a team for the Open and Women’s event.
The captain of both teams was Glyn Sinnett.
Open Team ~ Richard Jones, Tim Kett, Alan Bennett, Iolo Jones, Alan Young
Ladies team ~ Olivia Smith, Suzy Blackburn, Lynda Roberts, Julie Wilson and Julie van Kemenade.
Final Standings: All Results
21st England (39th)
65th Scotland (68th)
91st Wales (70th)
103rd Ireland (108th
Round 11 Results
Round 11 Luxembourg v Wales
55.1 W IM Wiedenkeller Michael 2431 1 - 0 FM Jones Richard S 2373
55.2 B Linster Philippe 2264 0.5 - 0.5 Kett Tim 2219
55.3 W Jeitz Christian 2235 1 - 0 Bennett Alan 2154
55.4 W IM Steil-Antoni Fiona 2152 0.5 - 0.5 CM Jones Iolo C 2294
The Open team are currently lying in 113th place
(England are in 21st, Scotland 93rd, Ireland 76th)
Round 11 Syria v Wales
42.1 W Mir Mahmod Afamya 2014 1 - 0 WFM Smith Olivia 2002
42.2 B Al-Gildah Nibal 1932 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn Suzie G 1939
42.3 W Al-Jelda Fatemah 1822 0.5 - 0.5 Roberts Lynda 1999
42.4 B Al-Mahmoud Rola 0 1 - 0 Wilson Julie 1893
The ladies are currently lying in 80th place
(England are in 32nd, Scotland 65th, Ireland 100th)
The Russian womens team have already won the golden medal of the Chess Olympiad. Russia-1 have won ten matches in a row and cannot be reached by any of the competitors with one round left to play.
Report from Glyn:
Open section WALES 1 LUXEMBOURG 3
Alan Bennett lost first losing the exchange for no real compensation, whilst Tim Kett drew on the white side of the French, having no edge whatsoever from the opening. Richard got a difficult position from his King's Indian and lost his d pawn towards the end of the time control, and with it, he lost the queen and pawn ending.
Iolo was never more than equal from his opening, and later in the middlegame, was actually worse, until his opponent dropped a pawn in the second time control. Needing a win for his FM title, his best chance was to sack the exchange and pick up the g pawn, and have B+ connected g and f pawns against the rook. Not going into this, it seemed unlikely, there were any other chances. In 7 games in Khanty Mansiysk, he averaged over 70 moves per game, which gives him the prize for fighting chess, if nothing !!
Women's section WALES 1.5 SYRIA 2.5
Liv Smith went gung ho on the kingside with her QGA, and paid the price for too many weaknesses. Suzy played a very nice controlled game and broke through on the kingside shortly before the first time control. Lynda played a Scandinavian, and a very small edge from the latter middlegame, but failed to win the knight ending. Julie Wilson was the last to finish, losing on the white side of a King's Indian, when her opponents pawns on the kingside proved too powerful.
Round 10 Results
Round 10 Malaysia (86th Seed) v Wales
51.1 W IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 2422 1 - 0 FM Jones Richard S 2373
51.2 B IM Mok Tze-Meng 2416 1 - 0 Bennett Alan 2154
51.3 W FM Long Peter 2302 0 - 1 CM Jones Iolo C 2294
51.4 B Lau Gregory 2159 0 - 1 Young Alan 2009
The Open team are currently lying in 112th place
(England are in 20th, Scotland 83rd, Ireland 71st)
Round 10 Wales v Scotland (68th seed)
40.1 W WFM Smith Olivia 2002 1 - 0 Lang Heather 2025
40.2 B WFM Blackburn Suzie 1939 0 - 1 WFM Rutherford Elaine 2080
40.3 W Roberts Lynda 1999 0.5 - 0.5 Giulian Rosemary A 1990
40.4 B Van Kemenade Julie 0 0 - 1 Durno Joy 0
The ladies are currently lying in 73rd place
(England are in 40th, Scotland 76th, Ireland 106th)
Report from Glyn:
Open secion WALES 2 MALAYSIA 2
First game to finish was Iolo having turned around an equal looking position to two pawns to the good, with strong mating possibilities. Alan Young was next to finish in a French Alekhine-Chatard, sacking a pawn for position, but getting his rook trapped. His opponent could easily have swapped off queens and won the second pawn, but before the time control, dropped a piece, followed by a rook the next move !!
Alan Bennett had a rook for bishop and two pawns, but his opponents two centralised bishops were controlling the middle of the board !!
Richard was the exchange down in the ending, with RRB+P vs RBN+P, but finished off things neatly to square the match !
Women's section WALES 1.5 SCOTLAND 2.5
Olivia played a King's Gambit vs Heather Lang and completely demolished her kingside to win easily. Lynda was held by Rosemary Giulian in a Bird's Opening. Suzie dropped a pawn, but had chances to hold on, until her opponent found a neat finish, leaving Julie Van Kemenade on bottom board pushing for the win on bottom board to win the match. She went astray just before the time control in a better position, and got mated after losing a piece on d5.
Round 9 Results
Round 9 Wales v ICSC (72nd seed) ( International Committee for Silent Chess )
50.1 W FM Jones Richard S 2373 0 - 1 GM Gruenfeld Yehuda 2464
50.2 B Kett Tim 2219 0 - 1 IM Collutiis Duilio 2447
50.3 W CM Jones Iolo C 2294 0 - 1 IM Salov Sergej 2271
50.4 W Young Alan 2009 0 - 1 Parfenov Pavel 2242
The Open team are currently lying in 101st place
(England are in 24th, Scotland 100th, Ireland 56th)
Round 9 Mexico (56th seed) v Wales
32.1 W WIM Hernandez Guerrero Yadira 2160 1 - 0 WFM Smith Olivia 2002
32.2 B WIM Guerrero Rodriguez Alejandra 2128 1 - 0 WFM Blackburn Suzie G 1939
32.3 W WIM Mendoza Velazquez Lorena Aleja 2038 1 - 0 Wilson Julie 1893
32.4 B Duran Juarez Citlali 1957 0.5 - 0.5 Van Kemenade Julie 0
The ladies are currently lying in 66th place
(England are in 31st, Scotland 69th, Ireland 98th)
Report from Glyn:
Open section WALES 0 ICSC 4
Tim was first to finish having a reasonable position in the opening, went astray and lost quickly before the time control. Iolo was next to finish, having a horribly cramped position from the opening, and with his opponent missing a few forced wins, he then won the bishop vs knight ending easily.
Richard played the rook and knight vs rook and bishop ending badly and got nothing too. Alan Young then lost queen for rook and bishop, but due to his active rooks, won the queen back with an extra pawn in the bargain. The rook and three vs rook and two should win, but with his opponent activating his king quickly, a draw should have been the outcome, but lost it
Women section WALES 0.5 MEXICO 3.5
Julie Wilson was first to finish, getting mated with a swift attack on the h7 square !
Julie Van Kemenade drew on bd4 in a knight vs bishop ending. Both Olivia and Suzy both went 60+ moves, with Olivia losing a knight ending, and Suzy losing a difficult rook ending.
Round 8 Results
Round 8 Bangladesh (82nd seed) v Wales
46.1 W FM Abu Sufian Shakil 2361 0.5 - 0.5 FM Jones Richard S 2373
46.2 B FM Hasan Mehdi 2322 0 - 1 Kett Tim 2219
46.3 C Whatterjee Debaraj 2288 1 - 0 Bennett Alan 2154
46.4 B FM Javed Mohammad 2290 0.5 - 0.5 Young Alan 2009
Round 8 Wales v Former YUG Rep of Macedonia
32.1 W WFM Smith Olivia 2002 0.5 - 0.5 WIM Koskoska Gabriela 2142
32.2 B WFM Blackburn Suzie 1939 1 - 0 Jonoska Katerina 2012
32.3 W Roberts Lynda 1999 0 - 1 Bejatovic Bojana 1891
32.4 B Van Kemenade Julie 0 0.5 - 0.5 Nikolovska Dragana 1752
Report from Glyn:
Open section WALES 2 BANGLADESH 2
Richard's game was mostly theoretical, with his opponent having 4 pawns for a peice, when perpetual was given.
Tim played a beautiful attack on the kingside, delivering mate on the kingside when his opponent blundered with ...Bd4?
Alan Young drew a rook and pawn ending on bd 4, but Alan Bennett lost the rook and knight ending, against an opponent who is chasing an IM norm having now scored 7.5/8
Women's section WALES 2 MACEDONIA 2
Julie Van Kemenade was first to finish having two pieces for rook and pawn before the draw was agreed. Lynda Roberts' game went fine until ceding a piece for an attack which was not quite there. Olivia Smith held a pawn advantage, but nothing more could be achieved, which left Suzy to win with a nice attack from a cramped position from a French Tarrasch to level the match.
Round 7 Results
Round 7 Wales v Bahrain (111th seed)
58.1 W FM Jones Richard 2373 1 - 0 Al Sulaiti Ali 2134
58.2 B Kett Tim 2219 1 - 0 Bukhalaf Khalil 0
58.3 W Bennett Alan 2154 0.5 - 0.5 FM Ayyad Maher 2160
58.4 B Young Alan 2009 0 - 1 FM Ayyad Husain 2165
Round 7 Tunisia (89th seed) v Wales
40.1 W WFM Krifa Nejla 1794 0 - 1 WFM Smith Olivia 2002
40.2 B WCM Marzouk Amira 1745 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn Suzie G 1939
40.3 W Matoussi Amani 1545 0.5 - 0.5 Roberts Lynda 1999
40.4 B Ouechtati Mariem 0 0.5 - 0.5 Wilson Julie 1893
Report from Glyn:
Open section - WALES 2.5 BAHRAIN 1.5
Alan Bennett was the first to finish after his white side of a semi-slav petered out into a draw. Tim Kett and Richard Jones then won within seconds of each other after Tim won a rook and pawn ending ( Leighton Williams wont believe this ) and Richard won queen for rook and a pawn. Alan Young lost a terribly complicated game on bd 4, after he was better from the opening, but due to time pressure, his position got worse, and the ending lost.
Women's section - WALES 3 TUNISIA 1
First to finish was Suzy Blackburn after she won the exchange in the middlegame. Lynda Roberts' king and pawn ending was drawn, but her opponent went astray, but Lynda missed the winning try and drew. Julie Wilson drew on bd 4 with both players in desperate time trouble, and Olivia Smith won a beautiful bishop vs knight ending to secure the match.
Round 6 Results
Round 6 Jamaica (97th seed) v Wales
1. W Elliot Warren 1 - 0 Jomes Richard
2. B Pitterson Jomo 1 - 0 Kett Kim
3. W Rowe Duane 1 - 0 Bennett Alan
4. B Porter Russel 0 - 1 Young Alan
Round 6 Portugal (106th seed) v Wales
1. W Leite Catarina 1 - 0 Smith Olivia
2. B Coimbra Margarida 0.5 - 0.5 Blackburn Suzie
3. W Ferreira Ana 1 - 0 Wilson Julie
4. B Monteiro Sara 1 - 0 Van Kemenade Julie
The team had a rest day before round 6 and it sounded like this was good timing as Glyn reports the majority of the team are suffering with some sort of ailment. The bacteria and viruses seem to be winning today.
Round 5 Results
Round 5 Wales v Venezuela (64th seed)
38.1 W FM Jones Richard S 2373 0.5 - 0.5 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo 2609
38.2 B Kett Tim 2219 0 - 1 IM Alvarez Marquez Johann 2414
38.3 W Bennett Alan 2154 0.5 - 0.5 FM Semerene Dumit 2318
38.4 B CM Jones Iolo C 2294 0.5 - 0.5 IM Boada Wiston 2270
Round 5 Wales v Chinese Taipei (100th seed)
38.1 W WFM Blackburn Suzie 1939 1 - 0 Chen I-Chen 1699
38.2 B Roberts Lynda 1999 1 - 0 Lin Yu-Tong Elaine 1464
38.3 W Wilson Julie 1893 0.5 - 0.5 Wang Mi 0
38.4 B Van Kemenade Julie 0 1 - 0 Liao Jo-Yu 0
Report from Glyn:
Open Section - Wales 1.2 Venezuela 2.5
Richard drew with with white against his GM opponent in an opposite coloured bishop ending, with Alan Bennett doing the same vs his IM opponent in a Caro Kann.
Tim Kett lost a complicated middlegame in a Saemisch Nimzo, and once again Iolo had a tough battle - this time 65 moves before a draw was agreed. Up to that point, and possible outcome was possible.
Women's Section - Wales 3.5 Chinese Taipei 0.5
Suzy was first to finish, winning a pawn from the opening, and outplaying her opponent. Julie Wilson was next to finish, being the exchange up and a chance to simplify to a won Q vs R and B ending, she allowed her opponent a perpetual.
Julie Van Kemenade won her third game, by storming her young opponent's kingside and forcing mate. Lynda won her first game in the 5th hour, forcing a second queen and the game.
Round 4 Results
Round 4 Wales v Jersey (109th seeds)
62.1 W FM Jones Richard 2373 1 - 0 Belzo Krzysztof 2007
62.2 B Bennett Alan 2154 1 - 0 Wojciechowski Paul 2101
62.3 W CM Jones Iolo C 2294 1 - 0 Kahn Tito 2181
62.4 B Young Alan 0 - 1 Mazurkiewicz Marcin
Round 4 Wales v Jordan (79th seeds)
32.1 W WFM Smith Olivia 2002 0.5 - 0.5 WFM Alattar FGhayda 1891
32.2 B Roberts Lynda 1999 0.5 - 0.5 Dahdal Lougain 1885
32.3 W Wilson Julie 1893 1 - 0 Boshra Alshaeby 1798
32.4 B Van Kemenade Julie 0 0 - 1 Nuimat Rayah 0
Report from Glyn:
Open - Wales 3 Jersey 1
Richard pulverised his opponent with a neat pawn sacrifice from the opening exchanges. Alan Young was outplayed on bd 4 in a King's Indian Attack ( suffering from a slight cold )
Alan Bennett put us back in front winning the white squared bishop in the tactics, to practically win the match, as Iolo's game on bd 3 was dead drawn. However, after drawing in 100 moves yesterday, Iolo then won his game in rook and opposite coloured bishop ending in 92 moves ! Pure stamina from our elderly staesman !!
Women - Wales 2 Jordan 2
First to finish was Lynda Roberts who drew in a Dutch Irregular in approximately 20 moves. Julie Van Kemenade went wrong, and lost a piece on d7, to spoil her 100% start. Julie Wilson levelled matters with a precise attack on her opponents king in a Modern Benoni. The last to finish was Olivia Smith, whose game fluctuated many times, from winning quite comfortably, to losing the ending, and then drawn through the king and pawn ending.
The most disappointing aspect from this Olympiad, is the issuing of a "Red Card", which players must wear at all times. Once their games have ended, they have to give the cards back to the arbiters, and leave the playing area to a special bordered off "pen area", where you cannot see anything of the games in progress. The other choices players have is to go back to the hotel.
Round 3 Results
Round 3 Finland (60th seed) v Wales
31.1 W GM Nyback Tomi 2635 1 - 0 FM Jones Richard S 2373
31.2 B IM Karttunen Mika 2440 1 - 0 Kett Tim 2219
31.3 W IM Agopov Mikael 2419 0.5 - 0.5 CM Jones Iolo C 2294
31.4 B Sipila Vilka 2231 1 - 0 Young Alan 2009
Round 3 Mozambique (106th seed) v Wales
46.1 W Vilhete Vania Fausto Da T 1723 0 - 1 WFM Smith Olivia 2002
46.2 B Silva Jesse Mitchel 0 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn Suzie G 1939
46.3 W Mahota Josefa Mendes Lucas 0 0 - 1 Wilson Julie 1893
46.4 B Tivane Graca da Felecidade 0 0 - 1 Van Kemenade Julie 0
Report from Glyn:
Open Section - Wales 0.5 Finland 3.5
Iolo Jones saved our bacon today with a 100 move draw - N and d pawn vs Bishop. All the other boards were lost, but chances were aplenty. Alan Young on bd4 looked to be winning at one point, but was outplayed in the latter middlegame.
Tim Kett had a very double edged French Winawer, but allowed his opponent to break through on the king, whilst Richard Jones was outplayed on the queenside against his GM opponent.
Women’s section - Wales 4 Mozambique 0
All the women won convincingly today. Liv won on bd 1 with a neat tactic to force a win of a piece. Suzy won her opponents d pawn, which became a piece later on and the game. Julie van Kemenade won the exchange early on, and won the ending easily, whilst Julie Wilson won a piece, surrounding a little bit of controversy, with her opponent claiming she had lost on time, one move short of 40. After checking with the arbiter, who spoke no words of English, and an interpreter who knew nothing about chess, 40 moves had been reached, and a few moves later the game was won.
Round 2 Results
Open - Wales (WLS) v U.S. Virgin Islands (148th seed)
73.1 W FM Jones Richard 2373 1 - 0 Massana Jorge
73.2 B Kett Tim 2219 1 - 0 Creswell Reece
73.3 W Bennett Alan 2154 1 - 0 Mongiello Anthony
73.4 B Young Alan 2009 1 - 0 Smith Michael
Women - Surinam (91st seed) v Wales (WLS)
38.1 W WFM Naipal Victoria 1845 0.5 - 0.5 WFM Smith Olivia 2002
38.2 B Naipal Ekaterina 1766 1 - 0 WFM Blackburn Suzie G 1939
38.3 W WCM Ooft Tesora 0 1 - 0 Roberts Lynda 1999
38.4 B Frijde Reyna 0 0 - 1 Van Kemenade Julie 0
Report from Glyn:
Open Section - Wales 4 US Virgin Islands 0
Tim Kett won convincingly with a Leningrad Dutch, winning a piece early on. Alan Bennett was second to finish, converting his two pawn advantage in a Catalan. On his debut for Wales, Alan Young won with a precise attack on his opponents king, with both sides castling queenside.
Richard Jones was the final player to finish, after converting his two pawn advantage in a rook and opposite coloured bishop ending.
Women's Section - Wales 1.5 Suriname 2.5
Disappointingly, the Women lost their match narrowly to a very young and fast improving Suriname side. Julie van Kemenade was first to finish, overcoming a piece deficit, to first win back two pieces and then deliver mate. Suzy Blackburn overpressed her position, and lost. Linda Roberts had an equal position, but her opponent found a neat temporary rook sac to win the queen and rook ending. Olivia Smith had a small edge from her Budapest Gambit, but nothing more than a draw was achieved.
Round 1 Results
Round 1 India (IND) (19th seed) v Wales (WLS) (93rd seed)
19.1 W GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2681 1 - 0 FM Jones Richard 2373
19.2 B GM Harikrishna Pentala 2645 1 - 0 Kett Tim 2219
19.3 W GM Gopal Geetha 2603 1 - 0 Bennett Alan 2154
19.4 B IM Adhiban Baskaran 2516 1 - 0 CM Jones Iolo 2294
Round 1 Wales (WLS) 70th seed v France (FRA) 11th seed
10.1 W WFM Smith Olivia 2002 0.5 - 0.5 IM Milliet Sophie 2388
10.2 B WFM Blackburn Suzie 1939 0 - 1 WIM Guichard Pauline 2293
10.3 W Roberts Lynda 1999 0 - 1 IM Collas Silvia 2320
10.4 B Wilson Julie 1893 0 - 1 WGM Maisuradze Nino 2273
Report from Glyn:
In the Open section we were paired against 19th seeds India and lost unfortunately 4-0, with all games going beyond 4 hrs. Richard was first to lose, from an equal position vs GM Sasikiran.
Alan Bennett and Iolo Jones' games went into the 5th hour, before both succumbed. Tim Kett's game was the last to finish in the hall and went 6 hrs, before he lost a drawn bishop and pawn vs bishop, knight and pawn ending.
In the Women's section, we were paired against 10th seeds France and lost 3.5-0.5. Olivia Smith had an excellent draw with IM Sophie Milliet. Suzy Blackburn was gradually ground down on bd2, Linda Roberts lost an equal position on bd3, and Julie Wilson lost on bd4.
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