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July 21st - 23rd
The Glorney, Gilbert, Robinson and Stokes Cup tournament held in Cardiff.
Congratulations to the winners:
Glorney Cup - England, Wales 2nd
Faber/Gilbert Cup - England, Wales 2nd
Robinson Cup - England, Wales 2nd
Stokes Cup - Ireland , Wales 3rd
Stuart Hutchings final report added on Glorney/Gilbert Welsh teams.
|Faber Gilbert Cup|
Glorney Cup 2013
L to R -Tom, Luke, Philippe, Rhys, Nicholas
Faber\Gilbert Cup 201
L to R- Megan, Alyssa, Stephanie
Robinson Cup 2013
L to R -Daniel, Mateusz, Nyasha, Owen, Ben, Rhys
Stokes Cup 2013
L to R- Arjan, Shayanna, James, Karanvir, Ben, Imogen
Glorney 2013 Team
Faber/Gilbert 2013 Team
Robinson 2013 Team
Stokes 2013 Team
Reports from Stuart Hutchings, Coach, Glorney and Gilbert teams.
Final Report by Stuart Hutchings, Coach to the Glorney and Gilbert teams
Apologies for not being able to provide the reports for rounds 4 – 6, in what proved to be a very hectic 3 days. As Susan has provided comprehensive results and other statistics on the website already, I will just briefly summarise the last 3 rounds in one go.
Round 4 – Wales beat Scotland 3.5 – 1.5 with wins by Philippe and Nick, and may have been even more if Tom had found 27.Rf4 and if Rhys had kept a pair of rooks on towards the end.
England beat Ireland 5 – 0, so they were now 1 game point ahead of Wales.
Round 5 – Wales beat Ireland 3 – 2 with wins by Luke and Nick (the latter with a nice sacrificial attack – against the King’s Gambit!), but all 3 match results had been possible at various stages. Rhys managed to draw after his opponent missed 28... Bxf3 followed by h5 with a won K + P ending, whilst with the match poised at 2.1 – 1.5 in our favour Tom miraculously saved a lost R + P ending (45.b5 amongst others won for White), to give the team a terrific boost of another won match.
However, England beat Scotland 4.5 – 0.5 (in the drawn game the England player inadvertently allowed a perpetual in a won position), so now went into the last round 2.5 game points ahead of Wales.
Round 6 – Wales therefore needed to beat England 4 – 1 in a showdown for the title, knowing we could finish no lower than 2nd, but alas, Wales went down 0 – 5. The higher rated English team had been playing much better since they had lost to Wales in round 3, accumulating 14.5/15 in the last 3 rounds. For Wales is was sadly a match too far, Tom and Luke were in trouble early on, whilst Philippe had a nice position but allowed a tactic which won outright (24... Rxb7 followed by Qxg3+ in the final position). Rhys equalised but he also allowed a tactic with 21... Qc7 after which f4 (Bd6, e5) wins a piece, whilst Nick played a good game but missed 36.Qxf6+ winning outright (both players missed this possibility on 3 successive moves), after which the tables were turned and a lost B + P ending was reached. It was just not our day (round).
Glorney overall summary
A magnificent effort by the team, they can all hold their heads high. A first ever win in a Glorney match against England, and if the tournament had been decided on match points rather than game points (as is the case for other international team tournaments in which I have been involved) Wales would have won the tournament after 5 rounds! Wales have never won the Glorney Cup, but couldn’t have come any closer having won more matches than England, but losing out on the game point system. The future is looking good, the members of this team are all still available for next year’s Glorney, and no doubt will be pressed hard for their places by others.
They were a great group of lads, I very much enjoyed working with them, and I hope my contribution was of benefit to them during the tournament and for the future. And special mention must be made of Ian Eustis, for besides all the fantastic work he has consistently done for Welsh junior chess in general, he has been associated with the Glorney Cup for over 40 years, and the first ever win against England (on the same day the Prince of Wales first grandchild was born!) was a very proud moment.
Round 4 – Wales beat Scotland 2 – 1 with a win and 2 draws. Stephanie’s opponent inexplicably gave away a piece on move 7, whilst both White players were material up and could have played on when draws were agreed on the other 2 boards.
Round 5 – Wales beat Ireland 3 – 0 in a match in which all the games were hard fought, with the Welsh girls pressing, before all 3 Irish girls committed decisive endgame mistakes. Megan’s opponent, with 2 knights against 2 bishops, blundered both of them in successive moves, whilst Alyssa and Stephanie’s opponents allowed exchanges to reach winning K + P endings.
Wales had now reached 10 points and were certain of 2nd place whatever happened in the final round, as Scotland and Ireland could not catch Wales, and England had amassed an unassailable 15/15.
Round 6 – Wales lost 0.5 – 2.5 to England, Megan easily drawing her game to stop England finishing with a 100% game score, with Alyssa and Stephanie putting up stern resistance before succumbing.
Gilbert overall summary
An excellent performance by all the girls to finish clear 2nd losing only 1 individual game against Scotland or Ireland, that being very much against the run of play. Megan is now of an age where she will be no longer eligible for the Gilbert, her contribution, and that of her mother Susan, to Welsh chess over the years has been immense. But the future for girls’ chess still looks rosy with Alyssa and Stephanie having many years in front of them, and a number of even younger girls making great strides behind them.
Glorney Round 3
A 3 – 2 win against England, what a result!
According to Ian Eustis, who knows all about these things, he cannot remember Wales EVER having defeated England in a Glorney match before. And the match was even more convincing than the score suggests, it was the Welsh players who were pressing for the extra half points against their higher rated players. It is churlish of me to remark upon the individual games, the players were all heroes, but for completeness:
Tom – after an equal opening White dropped a pawn to a back rank trick, but held his position together thereafter
Luke – had prepared well in a sharp opening, but something went amiss and suddenly he was 3 pawns down. Kept his composure and did very well to reduce the game to an equal Q + P ending.
Philippe – after 2 losses, Philippe responded with an excellent attacking win with Black
Rhys – had also prepared well, he had a good extra passed d pawn, perhaps 23.Bg3 would have maintained some advantage, as it went, it fizzled out to a drawn R + P ending
Nick – equalised and had slightly the better of a drawn ending
Gilbert Round 3
Lost 0 – 3 to England
Megan – slipped up in the opening and was given no chance to recover as the life was slowly squeezed out of her position
Alyssa – was a bit worse out of the opening and lost a pawn. Her opponent played well to win a 2nd then a 3rd pawn and the game
Stephanie – won a pawn with a typical Nxe4, B takes loose piece on h4 trick. She played some thematic central play against White’s kingside initiative, but the game swung on a couple of moves. 25... Rd5 wins for Black, and after the sequence played 25... Bd5 26.Nf6+ then 26... gxf6 is no more than a perpetual. As it went the 2 white pieces were much superior to the Black rook.
So, in the Glorney today history was made, it would be great to go on and win the tournament, but England lurk just 0.5 game points behind.
In the Gilbert, England just too powerful on the day, and nearly out of sight already with 9/9, but still no reason why Wales should not comfortably finish 2nd.
Glorney Round 2
Tom – equalised early against his female opponent, and comfortably held the balance.
Luke – played an enterprising pawn sac and broke through neatly.
Philippe – had a steady position before his opponent found the resourceful Nxe6 which proved to be decisive despite Philippe’s best efforts to complicate matters.
Rhys – after playing a good opening just kept winning pawns for an easy win.
Nick – slowly and surely forced White back and successfully fended off any tricks at the end.
Gilbert Round 2
Megan – got a nice position early on, won a pawn and took over the position.
Alyssa – won a piece by simultaneously attacking the queen and an undefended bishop, after which she was winning easily, though I didn’t understand 33.Bg2 (Kh1) which should have been answered by Nf4 regaining the piece, albeit still better for White.
Stephanie – after a sound opening, her opponent then committed some mistakes costing material, and although White tried to generate some play, Stephanie had everything under control.
So an excellent first day, with both teams winning both their matches. In the Glorney, England, despite only drawing with Ireland, are still ahead on game points (time to change it to match points as per the Olympiad ?), but in both competitions it is clearly going to be a straight fight between Wales and England. The Welsh teams are ready and primed for their first clash with England in round 3.
Glorney Round 1
Tom – played an enterprising exchange sacrifice followed by a queen sac, but Black was able to work his way through the complications to refute the attack.
Luke – White played rather passively and Luke was soon material ahead.
Philippe – played steadily but then loosened his kingside, which Black was able to capitalise upon.
Rhys – was endeavouring to win an ending a pawn up (3 sets of double pawns !) when his opponent blundered a rook.
Nick – had a better ending before his opponent fatally transposed into a lost K + P ending.
A good start in which Wales were 3 – 0 at one stage.
Gilbert Round 1
Megan – got a solid position, jettisoned a pawn for some play, but later blundered a 2nd pawn. However her opponent got dominated by Megan's play forcing her backwards and then allowed a snap mate.
Alyssa – was under a bit of pressure for a while, equalised, then outplayed her opponent in an ending.
Stephanie – got a commanding position but lost some advantage by exchanging queens (15. Bg5 is better although not winning the queen as might appear). She was still always winning the ending right up until 38.Re8 (dxc4 !), and still might have had chances of holding thereafter, but it was very complex. Very unlucky.
Play is all moves in 2 hours each, 2 rounds a day over 3 days, playing each other country twice (with the same board order, but colours reversed for the 2nd match).
There was I thinking that both teams had got off to a 100% start, when I was told the tournament is decided by game points rather than match points. England won both their matches convincingly, so Wales are behind them, nevertheless a very encouraging start for both Welsh teams.