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1st World Senior Team Chess Championship, Isle Of Man, 5-12 October 2004

1st World Senior Team Chess Championship
Isle Of Man, 5-12 October 2004

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Sponsored By Monarch Assurance, the Isle Of Man Department Of Tourism And Leisure, organised on behalf of FIDE (World Chess Federation). Forming part of the Centenary Celebrations of the British Chess Federation, with the support of The Friends of Chess, in memory of HARRY GOLOMBEK, OBE. Open to all male players born before 1 January 1944, all female players born before 1 January 1954. Venue: The Ocean Castle Hotel, Port Erin, Isle Of Man

Michael Moyle, High Bailiff of the Isle of Man, makes the first move for Neville Gill ("Chessmann", Isle of Man) Roy Heppinstall, chief executive of the British Chess Federation makes the first move for IM Bob Wade (England 2)
Photos: (left) Michael Moyle, High Bailiff of the Isle of Man, makes the first move for Neville Gill ("Chessmann", Isle of Man);
(right) Roy Heppinstall, chief executive of the British Chess Federation makes the first move for IM Bob Wade (England 2)


 

Monarch Assurance 1st World Senior Team Championship

Ocean Castle Hotel, Port Erin
Date of congress: 05/10/2004 to 12/10/2004 (8 rounds)
Tournament Director: Stewart Reuben
Arbiter: David Sedgwick
Games Input: Andrew Smith


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Final Crosstable
 
  Final Scores 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Gpts
1 Israel (gold, shared) x 2 2.5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 3.5   4     26.5
2 Germany (gold, shared) 2 x 2.5 3.5 4 3 3.5 4 4       26.5
3 Switzerland (bronze) 1.5 1.5 x 1.5 3.5 3 2   3 4     20
4 Italy 0.5 0.5 2.5 x   2   3.5 3   3.5 3.5 19
5 England 1 0.5 0 0.5   x   3.5 3   3.5 4 4 19
6 Australia 0 1 1 2   x     3.5 3 3.5 3.5 17.5
7 England 2 0.5 0.5 2   0.5   x 3   3.5 3.5 3.5 17
8 Essex 0.5 0   0.5 1   1 x 3.5   3 3 12.5
9 Britain 3   0 1 1   0.5   0.5 x 3 2 2.5 10.5
10 South Africa 0   0   0.5 1 0.5   1 x 3 3.5 9.5
11 Chessmann       0.5 0 0.5 0.5 1 2 1 x 3.5 9
12 Black & White Magazine       0.5 0 0.5 0.5 1 1.5 0.5 0.5 x 5

2004 World Senior Team Chess Championship crosstable

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1st World Senior Team Championship, Port Erin (Isle Of Man), 5-12 October 2004
Ocean Castle Hotel, Port Erin, Isle of Man
05/10/2004 to 12/10/2004

Arbiter: David Sedgwick

                              Nat Ti FIDE   R  O  U  N  D  S
PIN Player                    lty tl Rtng    1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8   A   B  C     D     E     F

  1 UHLMANN,Wolfgang......... GER g  2406  b31=  w11=  b21=   w6+  w26+  b16+  w36+  b41+  6½  6  5  2330  3.60  1.40
  2 HECHT,Hans Joachim....... GER g  2389  w32=  b12+  w22+   b7-  b27=  w17+  b37+  w42+  6   8  6  2192  6.00  0.00
  3 KLUNDT,Klaus............. GER m  2358  b33+  w13=  b23+   w8=  w28+  b18+  w38+  b43+  7   7  6  2147  5.39  0.61
  4 MALICH,Burkhard Dr....... GER g  2360  w34+  b14=  w25+   b9=  b29+  w19+  b40+  w44+  7   4  3  2192  2.88  0.12

  6 MUREY,Jacob.............. ISR g  2450  w36+  b21+  w16+   b1-  b12=  w26+  b31+  w46+  6½  5  3½ 2293  3.55 -0.05
  7 TSEITLIN,Mark............ ISR g  2406  b37=  w22+  b17+   w2+  w13+  b27+  w32+  b47+  7½  7  6½ 2203  5.32  1.18
  8 KRAIDMAN,Yair............ ISR g  2307  w38+  b23=  w18+   b3=  b14=  w28+  b33+  w49+  6½  6  4½ 2179  4.02  0.48
  9 STEPAK,Yedael............ ISR f  2302  b39+  w24+  b19=   w4=  w15=  b29=  w34+  b50+  6   4  2½ 2190  2.60 -0.10

 11 KORCHNOI,Viktor.......... SUI g  2601  b41+   b1=  w31+  b16+                          3½  3  2½ 2322  2.52 -0.02
 12 VUCENOVIC,Dragomir....... SUI f  2302  w42=   w2-  b32=  w17+   w6=  w21-  b47+  b26=  4   7  3  2231  4.20 -1.20
 13 BHEND,Edwin.............. SUI m  2246  b43=   b3=  w33+  b18=   b7-  b22=  w48+  w27=  4½  7  3½ 2192  4.06 -0.56
 14 HOHLER,Peter............. SUI f  2248  w44+   w4=  b34=         w8=  w23+  b49+  b28=  5   4  2½ 2217  2.16  0.34
 15 ILLI,Hans-Joerg.......... SUI    2173                    w19+   b9=  b24-  w50+  w29=  3   3  1½ 2177  1.47  0.03

 16 LITTLEWOOD,John.......... ENG f  2308  w46=  b26+   b6-  w11-  b36+   w1-  w56+  b51+  4½  6  3  2305  3.00  0.00
 17 JAMES,Geoffrey H......... ENG c  2224  b47+  w27=   w7-  b12-  w37=   b2-  b57+  w52+  4   5  1  2280  2.10 -1.10
 18 RICHARDSON,Keith......... ENG    2220  w48+  b28+   b8-  w13=  b39+   w3-  w58+  b54+  5½  4  1½ 2258  1.80 -0.30
 19 WHEELER,John F........... ENG    2209  b49+  w29+   w9=  b15-  w40=   b4-  b59+  w55+  5   3   ½ 2278  1.20 -0.70

 21 ROSINO,Antonio........... ITA f  2277  b51=   w6-   w1=  b31=  w56=  b12+  w41+  b36+  5   6  3½ 2254  3.18  0.32
 22 BARLOCCO,Carlo........... ITA    2108  w52+   b7-   b2-  w32+  b57+  w13=  b42+  w37+  5½  6  3½ 2203  2.22  1.28
 23 GARDI,Giuseppe........... ITA    2081  b54+   w8=   w3-        w58+  b14-        b38=  3   3   ½ 2304  0.66 -0.16
 24 PIPITONE,Antonio......... ITA    2019  w55+   b9-        b33-        w15+  w43=  w40+  3½  4  1½ 2131  1.40  0.10
 25 PROFAIZER,Gino........... ITA    1990               b4-  w34=  b59+        b44=        2   1  0  2340  0.11 -0.11

 26 WADE,Robert.............. ENG m  2174  w56=  w16-  b46=  w36=   b1-   b6-  b51=  w12=  2½  6  1½ 2277  2.16 -0.66
 27 FARRAND,Julian T......... ENG    2205  b57+  b17=  w47+  b37+   w2=   w7-  w52+  b13=  5½  5  2½ 2272  2.05  0.45
 28 EDWARDS,Raymond.......... ENG    2119  w58+  w18-  b49+  w38=   b3-   b8-  b53+  w14=  4   4   ½ 2283  1.12 -0.62
 29 WILLIAMS,Christopher C... ENG          b59+  b19-  w50+  b39+   w4-   w9=  w55+  b15=  5   4  1  2261        2068

 31 ZARIC,Srboljub........... AUS           w1=  b41+  b11-  w21=  b46+  w51+   w6-  b56=  4½  7  3½ 2300        2300
 32 VINER,Phillip............ AUS    2151   b2=  w42=  w12=  b22-  w47-  b52=   b7-  w57+  3   5  1½ 2226  2.00 -0.50
 33 KRSTIC,Slobodan.......... AUS    2049   w3-  b43+  b13-  w24+  b48+  w54+   w8-  b58+  5   5  2  2186  1.60  0.40
 34 BENSON,Lachlan........... AUS           b4-  w44+  w14=  b25=  w50+  b55+   b9-  w59+  5   4  1  2225        2032

 36 HOWSON,Jim............... ENG           b6-  w51=        b26=  w16-  b56-   b1-  w21-  1   7  1  2259        1950
 37 ELLISON,D George......... ENG    2097   w7=  b52=  w41+  w27-  b17=  w57+   w2-  b22-  3½  6  2  2250  1.80  0.20
 38 SMITH,Ivor B N........... ENG           b8-        b42+  b28=        b58+   b3-  w23=  3   5  2  2158        2086
 39 CORISH,Aiden............. ENG           w9-  w53+  w43=  w29-  w18-  w59+              2½  3   ½
 40 HEPPINSTALL,Roy.......... ENG                b55+  b44+        b19=         w4-  b24-  2½  3   ½

 41 WILSON,Peter............. ENG c  2169  w11-  w31-  b37-  b56=  w51-  w46-  b21-   w1-   ½  6   ½ 2249  2.34 -1.84
 42 FLOCKHART,Hugh S......... SCO    1926  b12=  b32=  w38-  w57-  b52=  b48+  w22-   b2-  2½  4  1  2203  0.68  0.32
 43 RETY,John................ ENG    2001  w13=  w33-  b39=  b58+  w53+  w49+  b24=   w3-  4½  4  1  2166  1.12 -0.12
 44 SMITH,David.............. ENG          b14-  b34-  w40-  w59+  b54=  b50+  w25=   b4-  3   3   ½

 46 HEYNS,Anthon............. RSA          b16=  w56+  w26=  b51-  w31-  b41+         b6-  3   6  3  2216        2216
 47 PRICE,Eddie.............. RSA          w17-  b57=  b27-  w52+  b32+        w12-   w7-  2½  5  1  2258        2018
 48 HANGELBROEK,Peter........ RSA          b18-  w58+        b53+  w33-  w42-  b13-        2   4  0
 49 FEREDAY,Andrew........... RSA          w19-  b59+  w28-  w55+        b43-  w14-   b8-  2   5  0
 50 GOLDSTEIN,Anthony........ RSA                      b29-        b34-  w44-  b15-   w9-  0   2  0

 51 GILL,Neville............. ENG    2046  w21=  b36=  b56=  w46+  b41+  b31-  w26=  w16-  4   5  2½ 2216  1.40  1.10
 52 NICOLSON,James R......... ENG          b22-  w37=  w57+  b47-  w42=  w32=  b27-  b17-  2½  6  1½ 2119        1926
 53 ROBERTSON,Alan B......... ENG                b39-  b58+  w48-  b43-        w28-        1   2  0
 54 MILNER,Edward............ ENG          w23-        w59+        w44=  b33-        w18-  1½  3  0
 55 HOOPER,Dennis............ ENG          b24-  w40-        b49-        w34-  b29-  b19-  0   2  0

 56 REUBEN,Stewart........... ENG c  2150  b26=  b46-  w51=  w41=  b21=  w36+  b16-  w31=  3½  5  2  2195  2.20 -0.20
 57 SOTTER,Gerlinde.......... GER w        w27-  w47=  b52-  b42+  w22-  b37-  w17-  b32-  1½  6  1  2119        1846
 58 MEHRA,Suman.............. IND w        b28-  b48-  w53-  w43-  b23-  w38-  b18-  w33-  0   5  0
 59 DAVID,Vidya.............. IND w        w29-  w49-  b54-  b44-  w25-  b39-  w19-  b34-  0   2  0

 Index of Columns :
      A = Points scored in the tournament.
      B = Number of rated opponents.(N)
      C = Points scored against rated opponents.(W)
      D = Average of rated opponents.(Rc). Not printed if B<4 and player is unrated.
      E = Score expectation against rated opponents only.(We)
      F = Actual game score less Expected score(rated players).(W-We). Multiply by co-efficent K to get change in rating.
          K = 25 for up to 30 FIDE rated games; then K = 15 until rating reaches 2400 when K = 10.
      F = With -- in column E. FIDE performance rating of unrated players scoring > 50% against rated opponents.
      F = FIDE performance Rating of unrated players. Not printed if B<4
      Title column: g = Grandmaster; m = International Master; f = FIDE Master; c = Candidate Master;
                    wg = Woman Grandmaster; wm = Woman International Master; wf = Woman FIDE Master;
                    w = Woman player(no title).
      Maximum difference in rating is calculated as 350 points.
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Round 1 Team Results - October 5 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)

Bd  WHITE                            Result  BLACK                              PIN
  1 AUSTRALIA                   (0)   1 - 3  GERMANY                    (0)     7   1
  2 ISRAEL                      (0)  3½ - ½  ESSEX                      (0)     2   8
  3 BRITAIN 3                   (0)   1 - 3  SWITZERLAND                (0)     9   3
  4 ENGLAND 1                   (0)  3½ - ½  SOUTH AFRICA               (0)     4  10
  5 CHESSMANN                   (0)   ½ -3½  ITALY                      (0)    11   5
  6 ENGLAND 2                   (0)  3½ - ½  BLACK & WHITE (IND)        (0)     6  12


    AUSTRALIA                   (0)   1 - 3  GERMANY                    (0)
1.1 ZARIC, Srboljub      2230   (0)   ½ - ½  UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g (0)
1.2 VINER, Phillip       2151   (0)   ½ - ½  HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g (0)
1.3 KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049   (0)   0 - 1  KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m (0)
1.4 BENSON, Lachlan      1955   (0)   0 - 1  MALICH, Burkhard     2360g (0)

    ISRAEL                      (0)   3½- ½  ESSEX (ENG)                (0)
1.1 MUREY, Yacob         2450g  (0)   1 - 0  HOWSON, Jim          2000  (0)
1.2 TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g  (0)   ½ - ½  ELLISON, D George    2097  (0)
1.3 KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g  (0)   1 - 0  SMITH, Ivor BN       1928  (0)
1.4 STEPAK, Yedael       2302f  (0)   1 - 0  CORISH, Aidan        1864  (0)

    "BRITAIN 3"                 (0)   1 - 3  SWITZERLAND                (0)
1.1 WILSON, Peter        2169c  (0)   0 - 1  KORCHNOI, Viktor     2601g (0)
1.2 FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926   (0)   ½ - ½  VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f (0)
1.3 RETY, John           2001   (0)   ½ - ½  BHEND, Edwin         2250m (0)
1.4 SMITH, David         1728   (0)   0 - 1  HOHLER, Peter        2248f (0)

    ENGLAND 1                   (0)   3½- ½  SOUTH AFRICA               (0)
1.1 LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f  (0)   ½ - ½  HEYNS, Anthon        2010  (0)
1.2 JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c  (0)   1 - 0  PRICE, Eddie         1880  (0)
1.3 RICHARDSON, Keith    2220   (0)   1 - 0  HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803  (0)
1.4 WHEELER, John        2209   (0)   1 - 0  FEREDAY, Andrew      1693  (0)

    "CHESSMANN" (IOM)           (0)   ½ -3½  ITALY                      (0)
1.1 GILL, Neville        2046   (0)   ½ - ½  ROSINO, Antonio      2277f (0)
1.2 NICOLSON, Jim        1648   (0)   0 - 1  BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108  (0)
1.3 MILNER, Edward       1416   (0)   0 - 1  GARDI, Giuseppe      2108  (0)
1.4 HOOPER, Dennis       1184   (0)   0 - 1  PIPITONE, Antonio    2019  (0)

    ENGLAND 2                   (0)   3½- ½  BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)  (0)
1.1 WADE, Robert G       2174m  (0)   ½ - ½  REUBEN, Stewart      2150c (0)
1.2 FARRAND, Julian      2205   (0)   1 - 0  SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600  (0)
1.3 EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119   (0)   1 - 0  MEHRA, Suman         1000  (0)
1.4 WILLIAMS, Chris      1968   (0)   1 - 0  DAVID, Vidya          800  (0)

ROUND 1 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

As Michael Moyle, High Bailiff of the Isle of Man and a keen chessplayer said, "There are always some problems at the start."

For a Senior event these centre around whether players are going to be well enough to turn up. We lost more than a whole team's worth of British players to various ailments. There were five Indians travelling specially for the event. Both Indian women players arrived in London only to find that none of their male compatriots made it. That is why I and the German wife of one of the players in the German team come to be playing for the 'Black and White Magazine' Team. That will be an odd trivial pursuit question in future years. Why no teams from the US or Russia turned up is a mystery. They were offered excellent conditions to play. At least they didn't enter and then fail to pitch up, a not-uncommon practice.

Viktor Korchnoi (left) vs Peter Wilson, BCF Grade 125
Viktor Korchnoi (left) vs Peter Wilson, BCF Grade 125

Anyway, enough whingeing and there are 12 teams competing from most parts of the world. There are 7 GMs, including the legendary Viktor Korchnoi, although he will only take part in the first four rounds as he must prepare for the Olympiad which starts immediately after this event finishes. Peter Wilson (Britain 3) went round like a Cheshire Cat rather than a Manx one, with grin wider than his face, when he learnt he had been paired with him. He lasted 30 moves. The range of expertise in this event is enormous. Yet even so, there were some first round upsets. However, no notable scalps were claimed, only draws. Local player Nevill Gill (Chessmann) came closest. He was a pawn up in an endgame against Anthon Rosino (Italy). Australia drew the top two boards against European Champions Germany. George Ellison (Essex) held European Senior Champion Mark Tseitlin (Israel). Hugh Flockhart and John Rety (Britain 3) drew with much higher rated Swiss players. Anthon Heyns (South Africa) drew with John Littlewood. Bob Wade and I drew, but then we nearly always do. It was a bloodthirsty affair. Eyebrows were raised by the fact that we have England 1 and 2 and Great Britain 3. As it happens, all of the players in the first two teams are English and Hugh Flockhart in the third is Scottish. Thus the curious numbering. The Essex team imported one player, George Ellison, but preferred to stay separate. These oddities make our nation what it is.


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Round 2 Team Pairings - October 6 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)

Round  2

Bd  WHITE                                    BLACK                               PIN
  1 ITALY                       (3½)   ½-3½  ISRAEL                     (3½)    5   2
  2 ENGLAND 2                   (3½)   ½-3½  ENGLAND 1                  (3½)    6   4
  3 GERMANY                     (3)   2½-1½  SWITZERLAND                (3)     1   3
  4 BRITAIN 3                   (1)    ½-3½  AUSTRALIA                  (1)     9   7
  5 ESSEX (ENG)                 (½)    3-1   CHESSMANN                  (½)     8  11
  6 SOUTH AFRICA                (½)   3½-½   BLACK & WHITE (IND)        (½)    10  12

    ITALY                             ½ -3½  ISRAEL
2.1 ROSINO, Antonio      2277f        0 - 1  MUREY, Yacob         2450g
2.2 BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108         0 - 1  TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g
2.3 GARDI, Giuseppe      2108         ½ - ½  KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g
2.4 PIPITONE, Antonio    2019         0 - 1  STEPAK, Yedael       2302f

    ENGLAND 2                         ½ -3½  ENGLAND 1
2.1 WADE, Robert G       2174m        0 - 1  LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f
2.2 FARRAND, Julian      2205         ½ - ½  JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c
2.3 EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119         0 - 1  RICHARDSON, Keith    2220
2.4 WILLIAMS, Chris      1968         0 - 1  WHEELER, John        2209

    GERMANY                           2½-1½  SWITZERLAND
2.1 UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g        ½ - ½  KORCHNOI, Viktor     2601g
2.2 HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g        1 - 0  VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f
2.3 KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m        ½ - ½  BHEND, Edwin         2250m
2.4 MALICH, Burkhard     2360g        ½ - ½  HOHLER, Peter        2248f

    "BRITAIN 3"                       ½ -3½  AUSTRALIA
2.1 WILSON, Peter        2169c        0 - 1  ZARIC, Srboljub      2230
2.2 FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926         ½ - ½  VINER, Phillip       2151
2.3 RETY, John           2001         0 - 1  KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049
2.4 SMITH, David         1728         0 - 1  BENSON, Lachlan      1955

    ESSEX (ENG)                       3 - 1  "CHESSMANN" (IOM)
2.1 HOWSON, Jim          2000         ½ - ½  GILL, Neville        2046
2.2 ELLISON, D George    2097         ½ - ½  NICOLSON, Jim        1648
2.3 CORISH, Aidan        1864         1 - 0  ROBERTSON, Alan      1464
2.4 HEPPINSTALL, Roy     1832         1 - 0  HOOPER, Dennis       1184

    SOUTH AFRICA                      3½- ½  BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)
2.1 HEYNS, Anthon        2010         1 - 0  REUBEN, Stewart      2150c
2.2 PRICE, Eddie         1880         ½ - ½  SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600
2.3 HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803         1 - 0  MEHRA, Suman         1000
2.4 FEREDAY, Andrew      1693         1 - 0  DAVID, Vidya          800
ROUND 2 REPORT by Stewart Reuben

Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany)In Round Two there were already some clashes. Israel beat Italy 3½-½. Hecht pointed out that it could have been 4-0 had Stepak played the winning move in the king and pawn endgame. England 1 beat England 2 thus going into the joint lead. Germany v Switzerland was one of the most important matches. The 2½-1½ result did them no favours. It really doesn't matter about the current score in such a small event, what matters is whether you have played a leading team. Eventually every team plays all but three of the other teams. The other three matches demonstrated which teams will be holding up the bottom of the draw. Stewart Reuben

 

 

Photo: GM Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany)

 

 

 


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Round 3 Team Results - October 7 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
Bd  WHITE                                    BLACK
  1 ISRAEL                      (7)   3½-½   ENGLAND 1                  (7)
  2 ITALY                       (4)    ½-3½  GERMANY                    (5½)
  3 SWITZERLAND                 (4½)   3-1   AUSTRALIA                  (4½)
  4 SOUTH AFRICA                (4)    ½-3½  ENGLAND 2                  (4)
  5 ESSEX                       (3½)  3½-½   BRITAIN 3                  (1½)
  6 B&W MAGAZINE                (1)    ½-3½  CHESSMANN                  (1½)

    ISRAEL                            3½- ½  ENGLAND 1
3.1 MUREY, Yacob         2450g        1 - 0  LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f
3.2 TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g        1 - 0  JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c
3.3 KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g        1 - 0  RICHARDSON, Keith    2220
3.4 STEPAK, Yedael       2302f        ½ - ½  WHEELER, John        2209

    ITALY                             ½ -3½  GERMANY
3.1 ROSINO, Antonio      2277f        ½ - ½  UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g
3.2 BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108         0 - 1  HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g
3.3 GARDI, Giuseppe      2108         0 - 1  KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m
3.4 PROFAIZER, Gino      1990         0 - 1  MALICH, Burkhard     2360g

    SWITZERLAND                       3 - 1  AUSTRALIA
3.1 KORCHNOI, Viktor     2601g        1 - 0  ZARIC, Srboljub      2230
3.2 VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f        ½ - ½  VINER, Phillip       2151
3.3 BHEND, Edwin         2250m        1 - 0  KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049
3.4 HOHLER, Peter        2248f        ½ - ½  BENSON, Lachlan      1955

    SOUTH AFRICA                      ½ -3½  ENGLAND 2
3.1 HEYNS, Anthon        2010         ½ - ½  WADE, Robert G       2174m
3.2 PRICE, Eddie         1880         0 - 1  FARRAND, Julian      2205
3.3 FEREDAY, Andrew      1693         0 - 1  EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119
3.4 GOLDSTEIN,Anthony    1500         0 - 1  WILLIAMS, Chris      1968

    ESSEX (ENG)                       3½- ½  "BRITAIN 3"
3.1 ELLISON, D George    2097         1 - 0  WILSON, Peter        2169c
3.2 SMITH, Ivor BN       1928         1 - 0  FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926
3.3 CORISH, Aidan        1864         ½ - ½  RETY, John           2001
3.4 HEPPINSTALL, Roy     1832         1 - 0  SMITH, David         1728

    BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)         ½ -3½  "CHESSMANN" (IOM)
3.1 REUBEN, Stewart      2150c        ½ - ½  GILL, Neville        2046
3.2 SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600         0 - 1  NICOLSON, Jim        1648
3.3 MEHRA, Suman         1000         0 - 1  ROBERTSON, Alan      1464
3.4 DAVID, Vidya          800         0 - 1  MILNER, Edward       1416
ROUND 3 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

John Wheeler (England)Now the weather has turned bright and there is not a gale force wind blowing, I went for a walk after drawing my own game and forgot about the daily write-ups. Israel beat England heavily. Only John Wheeler, the hero of Dresden 2004, survived. It may seem Israel is a long way ahead, but they have yet to play Switzerland. Germany beat Italy by a similar score. In Switzerland v Australia the endgame on board four was a particularly engrossing one. England 2 had an excellent result against South Africa and have been catapulted into a high score. Essex did the business in a similar manner against Great Britain 3 and thus also improved their position. Stewart Reuben

 

 

Photo: John Wheeler (England)

 

 

 


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Round 4 Team Results - October 8 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
  Bd  WHITE                                  BLACK
    1 GERMANY                   (9)    2-2   ISRAEL                    (10½)
    2 ENGLAND 1                 (7½)   ½-3½  SWITZERLAND                (7½)
    3 ENGLAND 2                 (7½)   3-1   ESSEX                      (7)
    4 AUSTRALIA                 (5½)   2-2   ITALY                      (4½)
    5 CHESSMANN                 (5)    1-3   SOUTH AFRICA               (4½)
    6 B&W MAGAZINE              (1½)  1½-2½  BRITAIN 3                  (2)

    GERMANY                           2 - 2  ISRAEL
4.1 UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g        1 - 0  MUREY, Yacob         2450g
4.2 HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g        0 - 1  TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g
4.3 KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m        ½ - ½  KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g
4.4 MALICH, Burkhard     2360g        ½ - ½  STEPAK, Yedael       2302f

    ENGLAND 1                         ½ -3½  SWITZERLAND
4.1 LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f        0 - 1  KORCHNOI, Viktor     2601g
4.2 JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c        0 - 1  VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f
4.3 RICHARDSON, Keith    2220         ½ - ½  BHEND, Edwin         2250m
4.4 WHEELER, John        2209         0 - 1  ILLI, Hans-Joerg     2173

    ENGLAND 2                         3 - 1  ESSEX (ENG)
4.1 WADE, Robert G       2174m        ½ - ½  HOWSON, Jim          2000
4.2 FARRAND, Julian      2205         1 - 0  ELLISON, D George    2097
4.3 EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119         ½ - ½  SMITH, Ivor BN       1928
4.4 WILLIAMS, Chris      1968         1 - 0  CORISH, Aidan        1864

    AUSTRALIA                         2 - 2  ITALY
4.1 ZARIC, Srboljub      2230         ½ - ½  ROSINO, Antonio      2277f
4.2 VINER, Phillip       2151         0 - 1  BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108
4.3 KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049         1 - 0  PIPITONE, Antonio    2019
4.4 BENSON, Lachlan      1955         ½ - ½  PROFAIZER, Gino      1990

    "CHESSMANN" (IOM)                 1 - 3  SOUTH AFRICA
4.1 GILL, Neville        2046         1 - 0  HEYNS, Anthon        2010
4.2 NICOLSON, Jim        1648         0 - 1  PRICE, Eddie         1880
4.3 ROBERTSON, Alan      1464         0 - 1  HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803
4.4 HOOPER, Dennis       1184         0 - 1  FEREDAY, Andrew      1693

    BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)         1½-2½  "BRITAIN 3"
4.1 REUBEN, Stewart      2150c        ½ - ½  WILSON, Peter        2169c
4.2 SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600         1 - 0  FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926
4.3 MEHRA, Suman         1000         0 - 1  RETY, John           2001
4.4 DAVID, Vidya          800         0 - 1  SMITH, David         1728
ROUND 4 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

The big clash was of course Germany (9) vs Israel (10½). Wolfgang Uhlmann put in the type of polished display that we have come to see from him over the years. This seemed to upset Jacob Murey who made too much noise in a small tournament hall. The Mark Tseitlin v Hans Hecht was an interesting game with a heterogeneous piece imbalance of a type which I always enjoy. Yair Kraidman was able to claim a draw by repetition which Klaus Klundt overlooked because the moves were by no means consecutive. Stepak v Malich was a quick draw.

England 1 were crunched by Switzerland. John Littlewood seemed only concerned that he get some activity, not about making a sound sacrifice. John Wheeler felt his opponent had lost so much time in the opening he ought to be punished. Instead it was his impatience to win which was punished.

England 2 shot well ahead of England 1 by beating Essex 3-1. It might have been higher but Bob Wade rejected a winning rook sacrifice in his game.

I had lost interest in the board 4 game between Italy and Australia. Clearly Gino Proaizer was lost against Lachlan Benson in a standard king and pawn endgame. On my return, Black had only succeeded in drawing.

Viktor Korchnoi is now leaving in order to rest before the Olympiad. This will weaken the Swiss team. Many of the teams prefer to get a shot against the living legend, even though this means they will make a lower score. This was certainly John Littlewood's attitude. Stewart Reuben


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Round 5 Team Results - October 9 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
  Bd  WHITE                                  BLACK
    1 SWITZERLAND              (11 )  1½-2½  ISRAEL                    (12½)
    2 GERMANY                  (11 )  3½-½   ENGLAND 2                 (10½)
    3 ESSEX (ENG)              ( 8 )   1-3   ENGLAND 1                 ( 8 )
    4 SOUTH AFRICA             ( 7½)   1-3   AUSTRALIA                 ( 7½)
    5 BRITAIN 3                ( 4½)   2-2   CHESSMANN (IOM)           ( 6 )
    6 ITALY                    ( 6½)  3½-½   B&W MAGAZINE              ( 3 )


    SWITZERLAND                      1½ -2½  ISRAEL
5.1 VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f        ½ - ½  MUREY, Yacob         2450g
5.2 BHEND, Edwin         2250m        0 - 1  TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g
5.3 HOHLER, Peter        2248f        ½ - ½  KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g
5.4 ILLI, Hans-Joerg     2173         ½ - ½  STEPAK, Yedael       2302f

    GERMANY                           3½- ½  ENGLAND 2
5.1 UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g        1 - 0  WADE, Robert G       2174m
5.2 HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g        ½ - ½  FARRAND, Julian      2205
5.3 KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m        1 - 0  EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119
5.4 MALICH, Burkhard     2360g        1 - 0  WILLIAMS, Chris      1968


    ESSEX (ENG)                       1 - 3  ENGLAND 1
5.1 HOWSON, Jim          2000         0 - 1  LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f
5.2 ELLISON, D George    2097         ½ - ½  JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c
5.3 CORISH, Aidan        1864         0 - 1  RICHARDSON, Keith    2220
5.4 HEPPINSTALL, Roy     1832         ½ - ½  WHEELER, John        2209

    SOUTH AFRICA                      1 - 3  AUSTRALIA
5.1 HEYNS, Anthon        2010         0 - 1  ZARIC, Srboljub      2230
5.2 PRICE, Eddie         1880         1 - 0  VINER, Phillip       2151
5.3 HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803         0 - 1  KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049
5.4 GOLDSTEIN,Anthony    1500         0 - 1  BENSON, Lachlan      1955

    "BRITAIN 3"                       2 - 2  "CHESSMANN" (IOM)
5.1 WILSON, Peter        2169c        0 - 1  GILL, Neville        2046
5.2 FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926         ½ - ½  NICOLSON, Jim        1648
5.3 RETY, John           2001         1 - 0  ROBERTSON, Alan      1464
5.4 SMITH, David         1728         ½ - ½  MILNER, Edward       1416

    ITALY                             3½- ½  BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)
5.1 ROSINO, Antonio      2277f        ½ - ½  REUBEN, Stewart      2150c
5.2 BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108         1 - 0  SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600
5.3 GARDI, Giuseppe      2108         1 - 0  MEHRA, Suman         1000
5.4 PROFAIZER, Gino      1990         1 - 0  DAVID, Vidya          800
ROUND 5 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

Professor Julian FarrandThere were few surprises today. Israel just beat Switzerland by the score of 2½-1½, which is not so hot considering Korchnoi has now gone off to Majorca. Germany beat England 2 by 3½-½ but this leaves the Israelis holding a slender lead with three rounds to play. Professor Julian Farrand is the team hero. He had a grandmaster draw with Hecht, and has won the remainder of his games. England 1 beat the Essex team 3-1. now they have risen to the dizzy heights of the same score as the second team. The only win by South Africa featured a nice rook sacrifice on board two. Britain 3 had a close fought daw with Chessmann. I continued my drawing ways and thus Italy won only 3½-½. The leading teams are going to have to delve deeper and deeper into the pack, having played their rivals. Thus the destination of the gold medals may be settled by a weaker team's result against a strong one. This is one disadvantage of a Swiss. Arguably, in retrospect, it may prove to be that the tournament would have been better with only seven rounds instead of eight. Stewart Reuben

 

Photo: Professor Julian Farrand

 

 


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Round 6 Team Results - October 10 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
  Bd  WHITE                                  BLACK
    1 ISRAEL                   (15 )  3½-½   ENGLAND 2                 (11 )
    2 ENGLAND 1                (11 )   0-4   GERMANY                   (14½)
    3 SWITZERLAND              (12½)  1½-2½  ITALY                     (10 )
    4 AUSTRALIA                (10½)  3½-½   CHESSMANN (IOM)           ( 8 )
    5 BRITAIN 3                ( 6½)   3-1   SOUTH AFRICA              ( 8½)
    6 B&W MAGAZINE             ( 3½)   1-3   ESSEX (ENG)               ( 9 )

    ISRAEL                           3½ - ½  ENGLAND 2
6.1 MUREY, Yacob         2450g        1 - 0  WADE, Robert G       2174m
6.2 TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g        1 - 0  FARRAND, Julian      2205
6.3 KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g        1 - 0  EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119
6.4 STEPAK, Yedael       2302f        ½ - ½  WILLIAMS, Chris      1968

    ENGLAND 1                         0 - 4  GERMANY
6.1 LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f        0 - 1  UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g
6.2 JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c        0 - 1  HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g
6.3 RICHARDSON, Keith    2220         0 - 1  KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m
6.4 WHEELER, John        2209         0 - 1  MALICH, Burkhard     2360g

    SWITZERLAND                       1½-2½  ITALY
6.1 VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f        0 - 1  ROSINO, Antonio      2277f
6.2 BHEND, Edwin         2250m        ½ - ½  BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108
6.3 HOHLER, Peter        2248f        1 - 0  GARDI, Giuseppe      2108
6.4 ILLI, Hans-Joerg     2173         0 - 1  PIPITONE, Antonio    2019

    AUSTRALIA                         3½- ½  "CHESSMANN" (IOM)
6.1 ZARIC, Srboljub      2230         1 - 0  GILL, Neville        2046
6.2 VINER, Phillip       2151         ½ - ½  NICOLSON, Jim        1648
6.3 KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049         1 - 0  ROBERTSON, Alan      1464
6.4 BENSON, Lachlan      1955         1 - 0  HOOPER, Dennis       1184

    "BRITAIN 3"                       3 - 1  SOUTH AFRICA
6.1 WILSON, Peter       2169c         0 - 1  HEYNS, Anthon        2010
6.2 FLOCKHART, Hugh     1926          1 - 0  HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803
6.3 RETY, John          2001          1 - 0  FEREDAY, Andrew      1693
6.4 SMITH, David        1728          1 - 0  GOLDSTEIN,Anthony    1500

    BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)         1 - 3  ESSEX (ENG)
6.1 REUBEN, Stewart     2150c         1 - 0  HOWSON, Jim          2000
6.2 SOTTER, Gerlinde    1600          0 - 1  ELLISON, D George    2097
6.3 MEHRA, Suman        1000          0 - 1  SMITH, Ivor BN       1928
6.4 DAVID, Vidya         800          0 - 1  CORISH, Aidan        1864
    
ROUND 6 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

Forget about the chess, think about the social aspect of a World Team Chess Championship for players over 60. English player Keith Richardson met up with a university friend whom he hasn't seen for 40 years. Andrew Fereday emigrated to South Africa 15 years ago. His sister has come over specially from England to see him after all those years. The other brother should be arriving tomorrow. Roy Heppinstall has used the Manx telephone directory to make contact with members of his mother's family to whom he had not spoken for 35 years. "Hello, Uncle Roy," was the immediate response.

Now to the more mundane matter of the chess. Israel beat England 2 by 3½-½ while England 1 lost 0-4 against Germany. This was the first whitewash of the tournament and now Israel and Germany are neck and neck with 18½. Italy pulled off the surprise of the whole event, beating Switzerland 2½-1½. Australia beat the Chessmann team 3½-½ but Neville Gill still has an excellent score for the locals. Britain 3 did the business on South Africa winning 3-1. The Black and White Magazine of India is a scratch team with only two Indians, one German and myself. At least I find myself surrounded by three women. I managed to win today and thus have 3/6 while the rest of my team has amassed 1½.

The event will be decided by how well the leaders Germany and Israel perform against the lower ranking teams. This was inevitably going to be the case with only 12 teams for eight rounds. The Isle of Man team is placed 11th with three rounds to go. The truth is that Neville Gill is much the strongest player for that team. He is a past British Senior Champion. Stewart Reuben


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Round 7 Team Results - October 11 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
  Bd  WHITE                                  BLACK
    1 AUSTRALIA                (14 )   0-4   ISRAEL                    (18½)
    2 GERMANY                  (18½)   4-0   ESSEX (ENG)               (12 )
    3 SOUTH AFRICA             ( 9½)   0-4   SWITZERLAND               (14 )
    4 ITALY                    (12½)   3-1   BRITAIN 3                 ( 9½)
    5 CHESSMANN (IOM)          ( 8½)   ½-3½  ENGLAND 2                 (11½)
    6 ENGLAND 1                (11 )   4-0   B&W MAGAZINE              ( 4½)

    AUSTRALIA                         0 - 4  ISRAEL
7.1 ZARIC, Srboljub      2230         0 - 1  MUREY, Yacob         2450g
7.2 VINER, Phillip       2151         0 - 1  TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g
7.3 KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049         0 - 1  KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g
7.4 BENSON, Lachlan      1955         0 - 1  STEPAK, Yedael       2302f

    GERMANY                           4 - 0  ESSEX (ENG)
7.1 UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g        1 - 0  HOWSON, Jim          2000
7.2 HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g        1 - 0  ELLISON, D George    2097
7.3 KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m        1 - 0  SMITH, Ivor BN       1928
7.4 MALICH, Burkhard     2360g        1 - 0  HEPPINSTALL, Roy     1832

    SOUTH AFRICA                      0 - 4  SWITZERLAND
7.1 PRICE, Eddie         1880         0 - 1  VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f
7.2 HANGELBROEK, Pieter  1803         0 - 1  BHEND, Edwin         2250m
7.3 FEREDAY, Andrew      1693         0 - 1  HOHLER, Peter        2248f
7.4 GOLDSTEIN,Anthony    1500         0 - 1  ILLI, Hans-Joerg     2173

    ITALY                             3 - 1  "BRITAIN 3"
7.1 ROSINO, Antonio      2277f        1 - 0  WILSON, Peter        2169c
7.2 BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108         1 - 0  FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926
7.3 PIPITONE, Antonio    2019         ½ - ½  RETY, John           2001
7.4 PROFAIZER, Gino      1990         ½ - ½  SMITH, David         1728

    "CHESSMANN" (IOM)                 ½ -3½  ENGLAND 2
7.1 GILL, Neville        2046         ½ - ½  WADE, Robert G       2174m
7.2 NICOLSON, Jim        1648         0 - 1  FARRAND, Julian      2205
7.3 ROBERTSON, Alan      1464         0 - 1  EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119
7.4 HOOPER, Dennis       1184         0 - 1  WILLIAMS, Chris      1968

    ENGLAND 1                         4 - 0  BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)
7.1 LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f        1 - 0  REUBEN, Stewart      2150c
7.2 JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c        1 - 0  SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600
7.3 RICHARDSON, Keith    2220         1 - 0  MEHRA, Suman         1000
7.4 WHEELER, John        2209         1 - 0  DAVID, Vidya          800
ROUND 7 REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

Tomorrow is the last round and now the teams are looking for medals and thus turning on the heat. Germany and Israel each had 18½ points after six rounds. Their technical tie-breaks of having drawn against each other and matches won are identical. So it comes down to their Buchholz, that is the score their opponents have achieved. But after round six they had played identical opponents. Anyway, all very technical. What mattered is that no less than four of the six matches were 4-0 whitewashes. Murey of Israel had a nasty scare against Australia on board one. Had the Australian played 25 Bd4 instead of 25 Ne7+ he would have had the advantage in a most complex position. The Chief Executive of the British Chess Federation nearly fought his German opponent to a standstill. Sweat was dripping from the German's brow. Had the game been drawn, Israel would have been red hot favourites to win the gold medals. Switzerland more or less assured themselves of the bronze medals by beating South Africa 4-0. I succumbed on board one against England 1 so that the Black and White Magazine of India lost 4-0. We note England 1 and England 2 both have 15 points. Naturally there will be considerable interest in which team finishes ahead.

Play in the last round starts at the normal time of 2pm. Peter Wilson of Britain 3 played Korchnoi in round one and is finishing off his tournament against German GM Uhlmann. Not a bad line up for a player whose English grade is 125. Stewart Reuben


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Round 8 (Last Round) Team Results - October 12 (Team on left has White on boards 1 and 3)
  Bd  WHITE                                  BLACK
    1 BRITAIN 3                (10½)   0-4   GERMANY                   (22½)
    2 ISRAEL                   (22½)   4-0   SOUTH AFRICA              ( 9½)
    3 ENGLAND 2                (15 )   2-2   SWITZERLAND               (18 )
    4 ESSEX                    (12 )   ½-3½  ITALY                     (15½)
    5 CHESSMANN (IOM)          ( 9 )   0-4   ENGLAND 1                 (15 )
    6 B&W MAGAZINE             ( 4½)   ½-3½  AUSTRALIA                 (14 )


    "BRITAIN 3"                       0 - 4  GERMANY
8.1 WILSON, Peter        2169c        0 - 1  UHLMANN, Wolfgang    2406g
8.2 FLOCKHART, Hugh      1926         0 - 1  HECHT, Hans-Joachim  2389g
8.3 RETY, John           2001         0 - 1  KLUNDT, Klaus        2358m
8.4 SMITH, David         1728         0 - 1  MALICH, Burkhard     2360g

    ISRAEL                            4 - 0  SOUTH AFRICA
8.1 MUREY, Yacob         2450g        1 - 0  HEYNS, Anthon        2010
8.2 TSEITLIN, Mark       2406g        1 - 0  PRICE, Eddie         1880
8.3 KRAIDMAN, Yair       2307g        1 - 0  FEREDAY, Andrew      1693
8.4 STEPAK, Yedael       2302f        1 - 0  GOLDSTEIN,Anthony    1500

    ENGLAND 2                         2 - 2  SWITZERLAND
8.1 WADE, Robert G       2174m        ½ - ½  VUCENOVIC, Dragomir  2302f
8.2 FARRAND, Julian      2205         ½ - ½  BHEND, Edwin         2250m
8.3 EDWARDS, Raymond B   2119         ½ - ½  HOHLER, Peter        2248f
8.4 WILLIAMS, Chris      1968         ½ - ½  ILLI, Hans-Joerg     2173

    ESSEX (ENG)                       ½ -3½  ITALY
8.1 HOWSON, Jim          2000         0 - 1  ROSINO, Antonio      2277f
8.2 ELLISON, D George    2097         0 - 1  BARLOCCO, Carlo      2108
8.3 SMITH, Ivor BN       1928         ½ - ½  GARDI, Giuseppe      2108
8.4 HEPPINSTALL, Roy     1832         0 - 1  PIPITONE, Antonio    2019

    "CHESSMANN" (IOM)                 0 - 4  ENGLAND 1
8.1 GILL, Neville        2046         0 - 1  LITTLEWOOD, John     2308f
8.2 NICOLSON, Jim        1648         0 - 1  JAMES, Geoffrey      2224c
8.3 MILNER, Edward       1416         0 - 1  RICHARDSON, Keith    2220
8.4 HOOPER, Dennis       1184         0 - 1  WHEELER, John        2209

    BLACK AND WHITE MAG (IND)         ½ -3½  AUSTRALIA
8.1 REUBEN, Stewart      2150c        ½ - ½  ZARIC, Srboljub      2230
8.2 SOTTER, Gerlinde     1600         0 - 1  VINER, Phillip       2151
8.3 MEHRA, Suman         1000         0 - 1  KRSTIC, Slobodan     2049
8.4 DAVID, Vidya          800         0 - 1  BENSON, Lachlan      1955

FINAL ROUND REPORT - by Stewart Reuben

Germany and Israel led going into the last round and still led coming out. They both won their matches 4-0. They each scored 26½ points. They drew with each other and won all their other matches. They also had met virtually the same opponents. Seeing this in advance, an agreement was reached that, if by the end of Round 7, it was all equal, then Buchholz tie-break would not be used. In this tie-break system you add together the scores that your opponents achieved. It is totally ridiculous. In 1980 we had the spectacle of Greece playing Scotland to determine which of Hungary and the USSR should get the gold medals. Here it was agreed that both teams would split the prize money and both would get gold medals. A very much more sensible solution. I was even able to get the extra medals at one day's notice. Thus Germany and Israel took the gold and Switzerland the bronze. Italy were fourth on tie break from England 1.

The top two matches were hard fought but Switzerland agreed a package draw with England 2 so as to ensure the bronze medals. England 1 managed to powerhouse their way to a 4-0 victory against Chessmann, but it was too late even to reach their seeding position. Neville Gill on board 1 for the local team was particularly upset that he had managed to lose a piece in 20 moves. "How could I do that," he cried. In my personal experience, only too easily. There comes the time and there comes the man. In this case, the man was me. I drew with the strong but unrated Australian board one. He offered me a draw, but another game was finishing. I played on a few more moves and got to play the last move of the competition. Every player got at least a participation medal. Many did better than that. The event at The Ocean Castle Hotel in Port Erin, Isle of Man, was generously supported by Monarch Assurance, The Isle of Man Special Events Department, The Friends of Chess and the British Chess Federation. It was played under the auspices of the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Stewart Reuben


List of Squads and Players
 PIN Name                         Fide Nation Code
   1 UHLMANN,Wolfgang......... g  2406 GER    4611284 >>> Germany
   2 HECHT,Hans Joachim....... g  2389 GER    4600320
   3 KLUNDT,Klaus............. m  2358 GER    4600436
   4 MALICH,Burkhard Dr....... g  2360 GER    4611330

   6 MUREY,Jacob.............. g  2450 ISR    2803585 >>> Israel
   7 TSEITLIN,Mark............ g  2406 ISR    2800128
   8 KRAIDMAN,Yair............ g  2307 ISR    2800187
   9 STEPAK,Yedael............ f  2302 ISR    2800454

  11 KORCHNOI,Viktor.......... g  2601 SUI    1300016 >>> Switzerland
  12 VUCENOVIC,Dragomir....... f  2302 SUI    1300393
  13 BHEND,Edwin.............. m  2246 SUI    1300288
  14 HOHLER,Peter............. f  2248 SUI    1300296
  15 ILLI,Hans-Joerg..........    2173 SUI    1300431

  16 LITTLEWOOD,John.......... f  2308 ENG    400904  >>> England 1
  17 JAMES,Geoffrey H......... c  2224 ENG    402346
  18 RICHARDSON,Keith.........    2220 ENG    410152
  19 WHEELER,John F...........    2209 ENG    408417

  21 ROSINO,Antonio........... f  2277 ITA    800376  >>> Italy
  22 BARLOCCO,Carlo...........    2108 ITA    802450
  23 GARDI,Giuseppe...........    2081 ITA    811211
  24 PIPITONE,Antonio.........    2019 ITA    804541
  25 PROFAIZER,Gino...........    1990 ITA    813010

  26 WADE,Robert.............. m  2174 ENG    401129  >>> England 2
  27 FARRAND,Julian T.........    2205 ENG    24602469
  28 EDWARDS,Raymond..........    2119 ENG    406473
  29 WILLIAMS,Christopher C...         ENG

  31 ZARIC,Srboljub...........         AUS            >>> Australia
  32 VINER,Phillip............    2151 AUS    3201740
  33 KRSTIC,Slobodan..........    2049 AUS    3203379
  34 BENSON,Lachlan...........         AUS

  36 HOWSON,Jim...............         ENG            >>> Essex (ENG)
  37 ELLISON,D George.........    2097 ENG    404365
  38 SMITH,Ivor B N...........         ENG
  39 CORISH,Aidan.............         ENG
  40 HEPPINSTALL,Roy..........         ENG

  41 WILSON,Peter............. c  2169 ENG    10700102 >> Britain 3
  42 FLOCKHART,Hugh S.........    1926 SCO    2401789
  43 RETY,John................    2001 ENG    410500
  44 SMITH,David..............         ENG

  46 HEYNS,Anthon.............    2010 RSA            >>> South Africa
  47 PRICE,Eddie..............    1880 RSA
  48 HANGELBROEK,Peter........    1803 RSA
  49 FEREDAY,Andrew...........    1693 RSA
  50 GOLDSTEIN,Anthony........    1500 RSA

  51 GILL,Neville.............    2046 ENG    404012  >>> Chessmann (IOM)
  52 NICOLSON,James R.........         ENG
  53 ROBERTSON,Alan B.........         ENG
  54 MILNER,Edward............         ENG
  55 HOOPER,Dennis............         ENG

  56 REUBEN,Stewart........... c  2150 ENG    405256  >>> Black and White Magazine (IND)
  57 SOTTER,Gerlinde.......... w       GER
  58 MEHRA,Suman.............. w       IND
  59 DAVID,Vidya.............. w       IND

Prize List

(text by David Sedgwick, chief arbiter)

The official prize list is as follows:

1st equal              Gold Medals +  £1025 each        Germany  )        26.5/32
                                                        Israel     )

3rd                    Bronze Medals +  £500            Switzerland       20

4th (on tie-break)     £300                             Italy             19

Best Improvements over seeding Number:

2nd third              Medals + £250                    Australia         1 place outright

3rd third              £62.50 each                      Britain 3
                                                        South Africa
                                                        Chessmann (Isle of Man)
                                                        Black & White Magazine

                       Medals awarded to South Africa at the Arbiter's discretion

Individual Medals - Best Percentage Score:

Board 1                £50 each                         Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany)         6.5/8
                                                        Jacob Murey (Israel)

                            Medal awarded to Uhlmann as the winner of the individual game.

Board 2                 Medal + £100                    Mark Tseitlin (Israel)             7.5/8

Board 3                 Medal + £100                    Klaus Klundt (Germany)             7/8

Board 4                 Medal + £100                    Burkhard Malich (Germany)          7/8

Board 5                 Medal + £100                    Hans-Joerg Illi (Switzerland)      3/5

Individual Medals - Best Rating Improvement:

Board 1                 Medal + £50                     Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany)

Board 2                 Medal + £50                     Carlo Barlocco (Italy)

Board 3                 Medal + £50                     Klaus Klundt (Germany)

Board 4                 Medal + £50                     Peter Hohler (Switzerland)

Board 5                 Medal + £50                     Hans-Joerg Illi (Switzerland)

Best FIDE Rating Performances Relative to National Rating by Unrated Players:

1st                             £60                     Jim Nicolson (Chessmann)

2nd                             £40                     Gerlinde Sotter (Black & White Magazine)

4. Prizegiving

Unfortunately Patrick Taylor was unable to come to the prize-giving and the Department of Tourism and Leisure were also not represented. Stewart Reuben paid tribute to Harry Golombek, in whose memory the event was held, and Jacob Murey mentioned his own fond memories of Golombek. David Sedgwick referred briefly to Richard Furness, who had originally been due to be the Chief Arbiter of the event. Yair Kraidman, captain of co-winners Israel, made a speech of thanks on behalf of the players.

5. The Concordat of Port Erin (by David Sedgwick)

Not much has so far been reported about the important agreement reached between the German and Israeli teams, and I would like to go into this in a little more detail.

At the end of Round 6 I became concerned that, with the German and Israeli teams level on both Game Points and Match Points and having drawn 2-2 with each other, the contest could be decided by Buchholz (Sum of Opponents' Scores) and this in turn could depend on a near-arbitrary choice which I would have to make regarding the Round 8 opponents of each team. My initial suggestion was that, if the two teams were exactly level after Round 7, they should play each other again in Round 8. (By this stage it was apparent that this proposal would not disadvantage any other team or individual.) Both teams very reasonably rejected this as being too great a departure from the principles of a Swiss Tournament, but a counter proposal from the German side was readily accepted by the Israelis. This was to the effect that, if the teams were exactly level after Round 7, the Buchholz after Round 8 would be disregarded, thus eliminating the effect of my choice of Round 8 pairings. I was clear in my mind that, if there were to be any agreement, it had to be reached prior to the start of Round 7, before it became apparent which side, if either, were favoured by it. In the event both captains and I signed a few minutes before the start of the round. When both teams won 4-0 and thus stayed level, the agreement was made public and the text is given below. It was an enormous relief to me. Although I naturally took care with the Round 8 pairings, ultimately pairing Germany with Britain 3 and Israel with South Africa, I was spared the anxiety that I was likely to be deciding the competition by so doing. I am most grateful to the captains and players of both teams for the care and consideration which they gave to the whole matter at a time when the Championship was reaching its climax.


                                                            Port Erin, Isle of Man

                                                            11th October 2004

We the undersigned agree as follows:


That if and only if:

        The teams of Germany and Israel are completely equal after Round 7
        (Game Points, Match Points, Match between the Teams, Buchholz);

and     The teams of Germany and Israel are still equal after Round 8
        (Game Points, Match Points);

then    The Buchholz after Round 8 shall be disregarded
        and the Gold Medals and 1st and 2nd place Prize Money will be shared.


GM Hans Joachim Hecht (Germany)
GM Yair Kraidman (Israel)

David Sedgwick (Chief Arbiter)

• Opening Ceremony: Tuesday 5 October at 1pm • Play daily from 2pm •
Rate of play: all the moves in 80 minutes, with the addition of 1 minute for every move from the first.
• Prizegiving: Tuesday 12 October at 8pm •
Songs from the Musical Chess, by the Manx Operatic Society

Financial assistance will be offered to the first nominated team of each Continental President, possibly all grandmasters and travel from the Mainland for the first team from each federation.

Directed by Stewart Reuben, Chairman of the FIDE Organizers' Committee

NOTES

Teams: If you cannot manage 4 players, Stewart Reuben may be able help.
BCF: All English and Manx players must be members of the BCF.
Rating List: The FIDE Rating List of 1 October 2004 will be used to determine seeding. National Ratings or Grades will be used for players without FIDE Ratings. FIDE Ratings now go down to 1601, which brings the prospect of gaining a partial rating here within the reach of most players.
Ranking: This will be decided by the number of game points. If teams are equal, then the number of match points will decide. Failing that, the results between the teams involved in the tie and then Buchholz. Seeding improvement prize ties will be awarded as above. However, teams with the same score before the final tiebreak will share the prize money. For the top scorers on each board, first the percentage, then the number of points. At least 5 games must be played in order to win such a prize.
Title Norms: It is possible to gain a norm in an 8 round team championship.
Registration: All teams and players must register and pay their entry fees in advance by 8pm on Monday 4 October. If unable to do so in person, they must make personal telephone contact with the Ocean Castle Hotel. Telephone 44 (0) 1624 836399.
Appeals An Appeal Committee will be formed, chaired by an International Arbiter not involved in the original dispute, with two other members acceptable to all parties.
Monarch Assurance: Players wishing to take part both the Monarch Assurance Masters (25 September to Sunday 3 October) and the World Seniors may take a half point bye 3 October. Titled players should contact Stewart Reuben about receiving conditions for the former event.
Entry Fee: £5 for each player in each team
Penalty Fee: £20 for entries made after 25 September.

Venue: The Ocean Castle Hotel is situated in Port Erin, a picturesque bay. Cost of accommodation at the Ocean Castle is £33 per person per night bed and breakfast. The evening meal is £13. It is approximately 30 minutes by road from Douglas.
Tourism: Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency. Although situated in the British Isles off the West coast of England, it is not in the United Kingdom. There are many sites of special interest on the island. The weather at this time of year is usually temperate.
Travel: For players coming from outside the British Isles it is most convenient to fly via Gatwick, Luton or Manchester. This costs about £80 return, provided booked well in advance. You can also travel by ferry. This enables players to bring their own cars.
Visas: These can be obtained from the British Embassy. Separate permission to travel to The Isle of Man may also be required and thus you must apply in good time. We recommend you commence proceedings by 1 September 2004.
Accommodation: There is a wide variety of accommodation on the island. You will find it most convenient and economical to book both flight and accommodation through Mann on the Ground. Making early arrangements will save money.

For teams of four + up to 1 optional reserve: Team members may be members of the same federation, club, region or even just four like-minded players

˜ PRIZES: gold £1,250, silver £800, bronze £500, fourth £300
˜ Each of boards 1-4 and the reserve board: medal + £100
˜ Best improvement over Seeding number for a team in:
˜ the second and bottom third, each medal + £250
˜ Best improvement in Rating on each board, medal +£50

Smoking is not allowed in the playing venue
The use of mobile phones is forbidden in the playing venue
Free refreshments during play
Spectators are welcome and admission is free


Technical Information: Stewart Reuben

All photos © 2004 John Saunders. Not to be used without permission.