Nidum in the European Club Cup 2011

24th - 2nd October

                     

2011 EUROPEAN CLUB CUP , Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia


A number of players were unavailable to participate in this competition for various reasons, but Nidum Chess Club managed to take 7 players, who all shared the duties by playing six games each. The players who took part in board order were Richard S Jones, Jason Garcia, Gareth Harley-Yeo, Matthew Davies, Andrew Gibbons, Robert Moore and Vaness Reid.

It was a tough tournament, with one high and many lows !

Round 1

 

1.27 58 Nidum Chess Club ½ - 5½ 27 KSK Rochade Eupen-Kelmis
1 FM Jones Richard S 2388 ½:½ GM Berelowitsch Alexander 2563
2   Garcia Jason 2019 0 : 1 GM Glek Igor 2408
3   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006 0 : 1   Fiebig Thomas 2417
4   Davies Matthew 1973 0 : 1 FM Ahn Martin 2290
5   Gibbons Andrew 1835 0 : 1 FM Meessen Rudolf 2278
6   Moore Robert 0 0 : 1   Foerster Sven 2208

 

Richard managed to draw with his grandmaster opponent in a complicated endgame. Bob managed to lose a completely won game by first being an exchange to the good, then missing a win of a rook.

 

Round 2

 

2.24 39 Voerendaal 4½ - 1½ 59 Nidum Chess Club
1 IM Bitalzadeh Ali 2409 0 : 1 FM Jones Richard S 2388
2 FM Sielecki Christof 2391 1 : 0   Garcia Jason 2019
3 IM Lemmers Oscar 2382 1 : 0   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006
4 FM Driessens Patrick 2311 1 : 0   Davies Matthew 1973
5   Bus Tom 2186 ½:½   Gibbons Andrew 1835
6   Merx Bob 2093 1 : 0 WFM Reid Vaness 1832

 

 Richard again showed good form, completely outplaying his IM opponent in a King’s Indian. Andrew comfortably held his opponent on board 5.

 

Round 3


 

3.31 59 Nidum Chess Club 2 - 4 56 Butrinti Saranda
1 FM Jones Richard S 2388 ½:½ IM Seitaj Ilir 2388
2   Garcia Jason 2019 ½:½   Dhame Petraq 1979
3   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006 0 : 1   Mihasi Erald 1805
4   Gibbons Andrew 1835 ½:½   Mejdini Murat 2076
5   Moore Robert 0 ½:½   Mihasi Lime 2021
6 WFM Reid Vaness 1832 0 : 1 FM Karkanaqe Ilir 23

 

 

Richard’s live grade was now an agonising 2399.4, so playing an identical graded player meant he needed a win to go over 2400. A draw ensued so there was no movement in grades. Jason’s game was dead, but Gareth had a won position from the opening but went astray quickly and lost. Boards four and five were drawn, but Vaness was unfortunate to lose her game which she could so easily have won.

 

Round 4


 

4.30 51 Slavoj Ostrava Poruba 4 - 2 59 Nidum Chess Club
1 IM Klima Lukas 2370 1 : 0   Garcia Jason 2019
2 FM Malik Jan 2352 1 : 0   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006
3   Bolacky Jiri 2269 1 : 0   Davies Matthew 1973
4   Kufa Pavel 2224 ½:½   Gibbons Andrew 1835
5   Vasiliadis Grigorios 2004 ½:½   Moore Robert 0
6   Dostal Petr 1921 0 : 1 WFM Reid Vaness 1832

 

 

Richard decided to take the bye now, as it was probably a better chance of him getting his IM title with the white pieces. The top three had a tough time, with boards four and five involved with short draws. Vaness played a nice solid game, and mated her opponent by trapping it on the f6 square.

 

Round 5


5.31 59 Nidum Chess Club 2½ - 3½ 54 Gonzaga Chess Club
1 FM Jones Richard S 2388 ½:½ IM Collins Sam E 2436
2   Garcia Jason 2019 0 : 1   Freeman Gordon 2161
3   Davies Matthew 1973 1 : 0   Mc Morrow John 2040
4   Gibbons Andrew 1835 0 : 1   Hayes Peter J 2054
5   Moore Robert 0 0 : 1   Byrne Ray 2054
6 WFM Reid Vaness 1832 1 : 0   Jackson Carl 0

 

Richard drew in 10 moves to secure his IM title awaiting ratification with FIDE. Jason, Andrew and Bob were outplayed, Matthew made hard work of a won position and Vaness having a nice position was helped by her opponent who self mated himself.

 

Round 6


 

6.31 59 Nidum Chess Club 2 - 4 61 Veleciku
1 FM Jones Richard S 2388 ½:½   Shabanaj Saimir 2120
2   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006 0 : 1 CM Paci Aleksander 2150
3   Davies Matthew 1973 0 : 1   Guxho Clirim 2044
4   Gibbons Andrew 1835 0 : 1   Zekaj Dritan 2068
5   Moore Robert 0 1 : 0   Salihaj Ferit 0
6 WFM Reid Vaness 1832 ½:½   Duli Mehdi 0

 

 

Richard was fortunate to draw this game, having gone into a worst endgame. Matthew was better, but then inexplicably dropped a rook. Bob was worst, but created a little confusion in his opponent’s camp with a passed g pawn to bring home the point.

 

Round 7


7.31 58 Chess Club Expik 3½ - 2½ 59 Nidum Chess Club
1   Ajvazi Ramadan 2207 ½:½ FM Jones Richard S 2388
2   Budima Armend 2247 ½:½   Garcia Jason 2019
3   Zymberi Astrit 2154 ½:½   Harley-Yeo Gareth 2006
4   Hamiti Gani 2152 0 : 1   Davies Matthew 1973
5   Bislimi Mentor 0 1 : 0   Moore Robert 0
6   Ardian Jashari 0 1 : 0 WFM Reid Vaness 1832

 

Jason played his best game of the tournament and was very unfortunate in missing a few wins in his own time trouble. Matthew had an edge which his opponent allowed him to steer into a won king and pawn endgame. Bob was a few pawns up, but then played a few weak moves and lost – a game we should have won.

 

Team

P 7       W 0     D 0      L 7       MP 0   GP 13  Position 62nd

 

Personal scores

 

FM Richard S Jones    6          1          5          0          3.5/6

Jason Garcia             6          0          2          4          1/6

Gareth Harley-Yeo     6          0          1          5          0.5/6

Matthew Davies         6          2          0          4          2/6

Andrew Gibbons        6          0          3          3          1.5/6

Robert Moore            6          1          2          3          2/6

WFM Vaness Reid      6          2          1          3          2.5/6

 

Summary from Glyn Sinnett