Wales in the World Chess Olympiad 2012

  


  Istanbul chess olympiad




 

Final Rankings:  
Open: 150 teams Women: 127 teams
1st Armenia .......... 1st Russia
2nd Russia 2nd China
  3rd Ukraine 3rd Ukraine
17th England 46th England
76th  Scotland 80th Ireland
     87th Ireland 82nd Wales (starting rank 86th)
  106th     Wales (starting rank 90th)   83rd Scotland

 

Welsh individual Open Results 

 

 

Welsh Women Individual Results

 Final Reports now added

 


  

Round 11: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open:

Bo. 149   Mozambique (MOZ) Rtg 1 .5 -2.5 90   Wales (WLS) Rtg
57.1 Calicoca, Wilton Inacio 0 0 - 1 IM Jones, Richard 2393
57.2 Maia, Mariano Tesoura De 0 1 - 0 Kett, Tim 2237
57.3 Abrantes, Persson Domingos 1967 0 - 1 Dineley, Richard 2259
57.4 Chunguane, Ilidio Alberto 0 1/2-1/2 CM Jones, Iolo 2243

  

Women: 

Bo. 86   Wales (WLS) Rtg 2 - 2 74   Syria (SYR) Rtg
41.1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022 1/2-1/2 Mir Mahmoud, Afamia 1970
41.2 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967 1/2-1/2 Al-Jilda, Fatma 1847
41.3 Roberts, Lynda 1914 1 - 0 Farha, Doha 0
41.4 Wang, Alyssa 1541 0 - 1 Stef, Shirin 1942

 

Womens Report

 

Open Report from Tim Kett:

 

Wales Men managed to at least end with a Match win and thereby end slightly 'on the up' - but it was a scrappy affair with my loss and Iolo's draw making it a mere 2.5-1.5 over Mozambique (ranked 130th). Fortunately the two Richards kept their cool. Rich J was always in control while Rich D's position looked superficially rather tense when White's Q broke through to h8 but he always had everything worked out.

 

The net result then is that we finished 106th out of 157 teams an improvement of 16 places on last time but likewise 16 places worse than our seeding so - pretty poor I'm afraid. The chief culprit was myself of course. I was on terrible form and will have to do a lot of hard soul-searching about how to come better prepared to events like this in future. I'm very grateful for all the support and encouragement I received but very sorry not to have provided some better chess and more encouraging results. 

 

Of the others Richard J certainly can be excused any criticism - he put in another workmanlike performance on top board, ending on +2 and gaining a few points (probably). Interestingly he seems to have made the transition now from risky Black defender of KID's and Sicilians to solid Black defender of Slavs and Petroffs. It'll be interesting to see how much further he can go now with this "hard man to beat" persona in future events.

 

The others all battled hard with some ups and down (though not as many of the latter as myself). Poor Rich D has very manfully put up with an incredible run of Blacks .... something like 16 out of his last 23 Olympiad games ! Iolo managed three consecutive wins at one stage and showed he is still very much up for the fight at this level while Tom - although not happy with his own performance - made a reasonable debut and showed his potential with no-one getting the better of him out of the opening in any game.

 

Many thanks to Glyn for dealing very efficiently and diplomatically with the role of Captain. Its never as easy a job as one might think and tends to get noticed only when things go wrong - and with FIDE always producing new rules to cope with he did well to get us through without any problems.

 

Back to Wales tomorrow - yippee!

 


 

September 8th ~ Rest day 

 

Open Report from Tim Kett:
 
Oh dear - our little burst of energy in the 2nd week with two consecutive wins has fizzled out and sadly, for the second year running, we are now resigned to a negative (less than 50%) score. All we can do now is try our best to beat Mozambique in the final round and improve by one point (and hopefully quite a few places) on last time in Khanty-Mansisk.

 

And yet, we had our chances in rounds 9 and 10.

 

Against Portugal (GM, IM, IM, IM) in 9 we lost 3.5-0.5 but Richard J made a very solid draw with Black against regular British visitor Luis Galego. I missed a chance to mate in three (!) on bd 2 before eventually losing a rook ending. Iolo was only beaten by a very impressive sacrificial effort by another young IM and Tom was fine out of the opening and for a long way into his game before losing the thread in a Q+N ending.

 

We then put up a mighty fight and almost got a result against Ireland (IM, IM, FM, FM) before going down 1.5-2.5 in Rd 10. Richard J's game with Sam Collins was always fairly even. I equalised against Alex Lopez but after a couple of small inaccuracies eventually reached an unusual Q+B vs Q+N ending with 2 pawns each which might still have been drawn right near the end. 

 

Richard D set about attacking his opponent's castled King in classic Open Sicilian style - and missed a clear win with a breakthough on f6 at the key moment - before drawing the endgame. Tom's Benoni always looked a little loose but equally aggressive and the advantage fluctuated back and forth for 40 moves but Tom was never substantially worse.

 

A narrow defeat in the end - but they knew they were in a fight. If only Richard and I could have clinched those extra half-points....
 

 


  

September 7th

 

Round 10: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open: 

Bo. 90   Wales (WLS) Rtg 1.5 - 2.5 69   Ireland (IRL) Rtg
46.1 IM Jones, Richard 2393 1/2-1/2 IM Collins, Sam 2459
46.2 Kett, Tim 2237 0 - 1 IM Astaneh Lopez, Alex 2398
46.3 Dineley, Richard 2259 1/2-1/2 FM Griffiths, Ryan Rhys 2362
46.4 Brown, Thomas 2104 1/2-1/2 FM Mcmahon, Daire 2153

 

Women:  

Bo. 41   Moldova (MDA) Rtg 4 - 0 86   Wales (WLS) Rtg
30.1 IM Petrenko, Svetlana 2199 1 - 0 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
30.2 WFM Baciu, Diana 2186 1 - 0 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
30.3 WGM Smokina, Karolina 2156 1 - 0 Roberts, Lynda 1914
30.4 WGM Partac, Elena 2102 1 - 0 Blackburn, Sandra 0

  

Womens Report

 

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September 6th

 

Round 9: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open:

Bo. 64   Portugal (POR) Rtg 3 1/2-1/2 90   Wales (WLS) Rtg
38.1 GM Galego, Luis 2495 1/2-1/2 IM Jones, Richard 2393
38.2 IM Pereira, Ruben 2417 1  -0 Kett, Tim 2237
38.3 FM Ferreira, Jorge 2338 1 - 0 CM Jones, Iolo 2243
38.4 FM Padeiro, Jose 2354 1 - 0 Brown, Thomas 2104

 

Women:

 

Bo. 88   United Arab Emirates (UAE) Rtg 1 - 3 86   Wales (WLS) Rtg
39.1 WIM Mohamed, Noura 1931 0 - 1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
39.2 WIM Alzarooni, Khuloud Eisa 1876 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
39.3 WFM Al-Ali, Amna Nuaman 1829 1/2-1/2 Roberts, Lynda 1914
39.4 WFM Bukhashem, Fayeqa 1762 1/2-1/2 Wang, Alyssa 1541

  

Womens Report

 

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September 5th

 

Round 8: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open:

Bo. 111   El Salvador Rtg 0 - 4 90   Wales Rtg
54.1 IM Burgos Figueroa, Carlos 2272 0 - 1 IM Jones, Richard 2393
54.2 FM Chavez, Ricardo 2205 0 - 1 Kett, Tim 2237
54.3 Arias, Daniel 2081 0 - 1 Dineley, Richard 2259
54.4 Chavez, Hector 2153 0 - 1 CM Jones, Iolo 2243

 

Women:

Bo. 86   Wales (WLS) Rtg 1 - 3 90   Puerto Rico (PUR) Rtg
34.1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022 0 - 1 WFM Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza 1916
34.2 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967 1/2-1/2 WFM Comas Colon, Rinelly 1810
34.3 Wang, Alyssa 1541 0 - 1 WFM Alvarez, Orta Jo Ann 1753
34.4 Blackburn, Sandra 0 1/2-1/2 WFM Vega Jimenez, Keyshla 1654

  

 
Open Report from Tim Kett:
 
Today we may have been slightly fortunate to face El Salvador but at last we started clicking up the gears and won an emphatic 4-0. Not that all the games were straightforward - far from it, and our opponents will feel very hard done by - but we stuck to the task in some tricky positions and held our collective nerve better than they did.
 
Rich J played really steadily in his now familiar 1.e4 e5, equalised quickly and was always comfortable. His opponent made attempts to attack on the K-side but in reality just weakened his own King. Richard waited patiently and eventually their guy rashly sacc'ed the exchange. Rich just took it and then quickly showed its unsoundness. I had a tense game, opposite-sides-castling, game which probably looked a bit ugly to the human eye as it seemed Black was "getting in first". I just about had enough central control though to neutralise his attack and when he ran out of ideas the tables turned fairly quickly.
 
Rich D was under the cosh a bit from moves 20-30 but hung in there and the opponent lost the thread of his attack during the time-scramble. His once-threatening queen on h7 then got trapped by ....Rh8 and once material ahead Rich wrapped things up quickly. Iolo had a long and messy game which saw him reach an ending with the unusual material balance of two rooks vs B+N+3 extra pawns ! It was only ever going to be Iolo winning though and although his opponent may have missed one or two drawing chance Iolo got home in the end with his usual patience and determination.
 
So, 4-0, that's more like it !  No doubt we'll be brought down to earth with a bump tomorrow .... but for now things are all jolly in the camp for the first time in this tournament.
 

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September 4th

 

Round  7: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open:

Bo. 90   Wales Rtg 2 1/2-1/2 115   Malta Rtg
61.1 IM Jones, Richard 2393 1/2-1/2 CM Pace, Colin 2136
61.2 Dineley, Richard 2259 0 - 1 CM Gauci, Joseph 2133
61.3 CM Jones, Iolo 2243 1 - 0 Zerafa, Robert 2068
61.4 Brown, Thomas 2104 1 - 0 Psaila, Clarence 2026

 

Women:

Bo. 111   Nicaragua Rtg 0 - 4 86   Wales Rtg
41.1 WFM Madrigal, Ana Daniela 2026 0 - 1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
41.2 Leon Sandoval, Johan 0 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
41.3 Mendieta Rodriguez, Tamara 0 0 - 1 Roberts, Lynda 1914
41.4 Galan, Daniela 0 0 - 1 Blackburn, Sandra 0

 

 
Open Report from Tim Kett:
 
Well, thats perked things up a bit !  From a very lowly 4pts out of 12, we now have 8pts out of 16 - level with Ireland, ahead of Scotland - and are now confidently looking forward to challenging for a place in the Top 90.
 
Yesterday we weren't 100% convincing in beating Malta 2.5-1.5 although the result itself was never in doubt. Iolo won a nice game which always looked a bit messy but he kept on top of the tactics all the way through. Tom quickly achieved the sort of Caro-Kann ending he was looking for and converted it steadily. 
 
Not quite so good on the top boards though as Richard D, after equalising, started to drift a bit and his opponent who, having played the opening quite timidly, actually picked up the pace and played the ending very well. The match was secure but Richard J was left scratching his head as his opponent - who had been completely tied up the whole game - eventually wriggled out to a Rook ending two pawns down but still, after a further inaccuracy by Rich, drawn. 
 

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September 3rd

 

Round  6: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Livegames  -1pm GMT

 

Open: 

Bo. 92   Japan Rtg 3 - 1 90   Wales Rtg
46.1 FM Kojima, Shinya 2282 1/2-1/2 IM Jones, Richard 2393
46.2 CM Nanjo, Ryosuke 2316 1 - 0 Kett, Tim 2237
46.3 FM Watanabe, Akira 2278 1/2-1/2 Dineley, Richard 2259
46.4 Averbukh, Alexander 2211 1 - 0 Brown, Thomas 2104

  

Women: 

Bo. 86   Wales Rtg 2 - 2 78   Uruguay Rtg
45.1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022 0 - 1 WIM Colombo, Camila 2095
45.2 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967 1 - 0 Silva, Natalia 1918
45.3 Roberts, Lynda 1914 0 - 1 De Leon, Patricia 1841
45.4 Wang, Alyssa 1541 1 - 0 Costa, Anaclara 1673

 

Womens Report

 

 

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Istanbul

 


  

September 2nd - Free Day 

 

After Round 5 both teams have won 2 matches, and the Open team are lying in 115th rank, the Womens team in 88th. Lots more points to be fought for, as the teams will get more evenly matched.  

Thank you for the donations towards the Welsh Olympiad teams - they are very much appreciated as these events are expensive, but they give so much valuable experience for the players and give us a lot of enjoyment to folllow.

 

Open Report from Tim Kett: 

This is my 5th Olympiad now .... and its never seemed such a struggle !

 

So far it must look like we've been really poor, just struggling past the weakest opposition and getting mashed by everyone else - even Algeria who rated about the same. I promise we've been trying our socks off and perhaps we have been struggling to get out of low gear and find our form, but of course we'll battle till the end, and hopefully have some more good days.


One thing is absolutely for sure, while we are managing to send out a team of equal experience and strength of previous years, the rest of the world is getting better. Most of the teams in the lower half contain a number of late-teenager or early-twenty-somethings while we haven't had a new young player make the grade since Ioan Rees (sorry Tom B and Alan Y - I did say young players !). 


Somehow, too, 20-year-old 2200's usually come out ahead of 50-year-old 2200's ! The way chess is played these days with faster, and incremental, time-limits it suits heavy preparation, no long thinks and intense focus/concentration. FIDE say they want to make the game more like physical sports and so far it seems they're succeeding.

 

The first two round were pretty 'obvious' 4-0's either way and then we got down to proper business with Iceland in rd 3. The lads all put up monumental struggles but - apart from Rich J - eventually cracked under the pressure. A level position at move 30 or 40 is just the start of the interesting bit for most international players these days and bleating that "Rybka says I was +0.2 at move 30" just counts for absolutely nothing.

 

The Algeria game in Rd 4 was pivotal, we said beforehand, a real benchmark that we have to win to set our stall out for a good tournament. We lost 3.5-0.5. Richard (who otherwise has been by far our best performer) chose the Petroff and slowly subsided in a fashion most of his Welsh fans would think was unrecognisable. I played a hopelessly naive and optimistic 4 Pawns Attack vs the Kings Indian (that'll be the last time I do that in a game at this level) while Tom saw his promising opening turn to dust as he slowly lost the thread. Only Iolo salvaged some honour with a dogged defence.

 

Heads bowed in embarrassment we did manage to turn over the mighty Honduras in round 5 - but even that was quite a struggle with Rich D and myself failing to beat lower-rated opponents. Next up is Japan, hardly a team to strike fear into the hearts of any 20th Century Welsh teams - but one we'll be treating with the utmost respect and some trepidation tomorrow.

 

Today's the rest day and after a boat cruise round the Bosphorus this morning some of us have some 10-pin bowling lined up this evening. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this amazing city on the 2nd rest day.

We will all be back to work tomorrow with the routine of: prep - bus - play - bus - dinner - bed. That is what modern sport is all about and we will make the most of the opportunity and do our best for Wales.

  

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Palace Mosque

 

  Womens Report

 


  

September 1st

 

Round  5: All Pairings    Open     Women

 

Open: 

Bo. 90   Wales Rtg 3 - 1 139   Honduras Rtg
69.1 IM Jones, Richard 2393 1 - 0 Meza Martinez, Alcides Ivan 2187
69.2 Kett, Tim 2237 1/2 - 1/2 FM Huguet Mainar, Sergio 2094
69.3 Dineley, Richard 2259 1/2 - 1/2 Bobadilla, Yelso 1874
69.4 CM Jones, Iolo 2243 1 - 0 Hernandez Reyes, Elvis 0

  

Women: 

Bo. 31   Italy Rtg 3 1/2-1/2 86   Wales Rtg
28.1 IM Sedina, Elena 2338 1/2 - 1/2 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
28.2 IM Zimina, Olga 2327 1 - 0 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
28.3 WIM Brunello, Marina 2239 1 - 0 Roberts, Lynda 1914
28.4 WFM De Rosa, Mariagrazia 2087 1 - 0 Blackburn, Sandra 0

 

Womens Report

 

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 Iolo and Richard in foreground v Honduras (Official site photo)

  


  

August 31st

 

Round 4:  All Pairings -  Open  - Women 

 

Livegames  -1pm GMT (click on top board and the it will go to the live-boards, use pull down team list to select Wales - top open and down the list, women)

 

Open Pairings: 

Bo. 101   Algeria Rtg 3 1/2-1/2 90   Wales Rtg
63.1 c IM Haddouche, Mohamed 2429 1 - 0 IM Jones, Richard 2393
63.2 g CM Oussedik, Mahfoud 2242 1 - 0 Kett, Tim 2237
63.3 c FM Nassr, Ali 2030 1/2 -1/2 CM Jones, Iolo 2243
63.4 g Medjkouh, Said 2081 1 - 0 Brown, Thomas 2104

 

Womens Pairings: 

Bo. 114   Malta Rtg 0 - 4 86   Wales Rtg
44.1 c WFM Caruana Pulpan, Oana 1821 0 - 1 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
44.2 g Psaila, Uranchimeg 0 0 - 1 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
44.3 c Klotz, Jutta 0 0 - 1 Roberts, Lynda 1914
44.4 g Farrugia, Jamie 0 0 - 1 Wang, Alyssa 1541

 

Womens Report

  

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Blue Mosque - Istanbul

 


 

August 30th

 

Round  3:  All Pairings -  Open  - Women 

 

Livegames  -1pm GMT (click on top board and the it will go to the live-boards, use pull down team list to select Wales - top open and down the list, women)

 

Open Pairings:  

Bo. 90   Wales Rtg 1/2 - 3 1/2 51   Iceland Rtg
37.1 c IM Jones, Richard 2393 1/2-1/2 GM Stefansson, Hannes 2515
37.2 g Dineley, Richard 2259 0 - 1 IM Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn 2506
37.3 c CM Jones, Iolo 2243 0 - 1 GM Thorhallsson, Throstur 2426
37.4 g Brown, Thomas 2104 0 - 1 IM Arngrimsson, Dagur 2375

 

 

Womens Pairings:   

Bo. 86   Wales Rtg 1 - 3 62   Iceland Rtg
36.1 c WFM Smith, Olivia 2022 0 - 1 WGM Ptacnikova, Lenka 2281
36.2 g WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967 0 - 1 Thorsteinsdottir, Hallgerdur H 1957
36.3 c Roberts, Lynda 1914 1 - 0 Johannsdottir, Johanna B 1886
36.4 g Wang, Alyssa 1541 0 - 1 Kristinardottir, Elsa M 1737

 

Womens Report

 

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August 29th

 

Round  2:  All Pairings -  Open  - Women

 

Livegames  -1pm GMT (click on top board and the it will go to the live-boards, use pull down team list to select Wales - top open and down the list, women)

 

Open Pairing:  

 

Bo. 149   Rwanda Rtg 0 - 4 90   Wales Rtg
74.1 c Rutaremara, Theotime 1760 0 - 1 IM Jones, Richard 2393
74.2 g Hakizimana, Jean Baptiste 0 0 - 1 Kett, Tim 2237
74.3 c Murara, Maxence 1712 0 - 1 Dineley, Richard 2259
74.4 g Kagabo Mugema, Eugene 0 0 - 1 Brown, Thomas 2104

  

Womens Pairing: 

 

Bo. 86   Wales Rtg 3.5  -  0.5 124   Kenya Rtg
58.1 c WFM Smith, Olivia 2022 1 - 0 WCM Wambugu, Jane 0
58.2 g WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967 1 - 0 Khimuli, Rehema 0
58.3 c Roberts, Lynda 1914 1 - 0 Asiema, Isabelle 0
58.4 g Blackburn, Sandra 0 1/2 - 1/2 Iyengar, Sharanya 0

 

Womens Report 

 

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August 28th

 

Round 1:  All Pairings -  Open  - Women

 

Livegames (click on top board and the it will go to the boards, use pull down list to select Wales - top open and down the list women, although Olivia's board is not showing anything)

 

Open:     

Bo. 90   Wales Rtg 0 - 4 13   India Rtg
11.1 c IM Jones, Richard  2393 0 - 1 GM Harikrishna, Pentala 2685
11.2 g
Kett, Tim 2237 0 - 1 GM Negi, Parimarjan 2664
11.3 c Dineley, Richard 2259 0 - 1 GM Gupta, Abhijeet 2637
11.4 g CM Jones, Iolo 2243 0 - 1 GM Gopal, Geetha Narayanan 2550


Women:

Bo. 23   Czech Republic Rtg 4 - 0 86   Wales Rtg
21.1 c WGM Kulovana, Eva          2259 1 - 0 WFM Smith, Olivia 2022
21.2 g WGM Nemcova, Katerina 2276 1 - 0 WFM Blackburn, Susan 1967
21.3 c WIM Olsarova, Tereza 2241 1 - 0 Roberts, Lynda 1914
21.4 g WIM Olsarova, Karolina 2267 1 - 0 Wang, Alyssa 1541

   

 

Womens Report

 

 

  WomensTeam

  Sandra, Alyssa, Lynda,Olivia, Suzy - Captain Tom Rendle

 

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Good luck to the Olympiad chess teams.

  

Wales Open Team Rank    90th/150 teams

 

Wales Womens Team Rank    86th /128 teams

 

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Schedule: 

 28 August 2012  1. Round  (15.00)
 29 August 2012  2. Round  (15.00)
 30 August 2012  3. Round  (15.00)
 31 August 2012  4. Round  (15.00)
 1 September 2012  5. Round  (15.00)
 2 September 2012  Free Day  
 3 September 2012  6. Round  (15.00)
 4 September 2012  7. Round  (15.00)
 5 September 2012  8. Round  (15.00)
 6 September 2012  9. Round  (15.00)
 7 September 2012  10. Round  (15.00)
 8 September 2012  Free Day  
 9 September 2012  11. Round  (11.00)