Thursday, 30 April 2020

Avengers 1st Team Cruise to Victory against Top-seeds Gonzago

In R4 of the 4NCL Online Tournament, the 1st team defeated top-seeds Gonzago by a comfortable 3-1 margin.

Anglian Avengers 1 2222 Gonzaga 2400
121 w Walker, Martin G f 2275 e 1 - 0 Maze, Sebastien g 2557
122 b Kanellopoulos, Panayotis 2265 1 - 0 O'Gorman, Tom f 2345
123 w Player, Edmund C 2172 0 - 1 Kanyamarala, Tarun f 2384
124 b Talsma, Paul 2177 e 1 - 0 Li, Henry f 2315
         
3 - 1

The match began in sensational fashion when GM Sebastien Maze gifted Martin a couple of pieces on move 6.  A "fat-fingered error" which could only occur in on-line chess?  Perhaps.  But as a certain G. Kasparov said: "Chess is not Skittles!"
Gonzago never looked capable of recovering from this blow.
FM Tom O'Gorman tried much, much too hard to make something from nothing against Panagiotis's no-nonsense defence: but ended up with less than nothing.
FM Henry Li struggled to retain equality against Paul's thoroughly prepared Riga Variation: but eventually succumbed to Paul's superior technique in a R v B+N endgame.
Only Ireland's number 1 junior, FM Tarun Kanyamarala, punched his weight for Gonzago: outplaying Ed in a Sicilian Rossilimo, and earning his team a consolation point.

This leaves the Avengers joint top of their group with Surbiton, who we play in R5.

Division 1: Group B


rd 1 rd 2 rd 3 rd 4 P W D L GP Pts
1 Surbiton 1 sur1 gona 2½ shr1 2 atta 3 oxf1 3½ 4 3 1 0 11 7
2 Anglian Avengers 1 ang1 shr1 3 wgm 2½ ark 2 gona 3 4 3 1 0 10½ 7
3 Wood Green Monarchs wgm oxf1 3½ ang1 1½ shr1 3 ark 2½ 4 3 0 1 10½ 6
4 Arkell's Angels ark atta 3 oxf1 2½ ang1 2 wgm 1½ 4 2 1 1 9 5
5 Gonzaga gona sur1 1½ atta 3 oxf1 3 ang1 1 4 2 0 2 4
6 Shropshire 1 shr1 ang1 1 sur1 2 wgm 1 atta 2 4 0 2 2 6 2
7 Atticus A atta ark 1 gona 1 sur1 1 shr1 2 4 0 1 3 5 1
8 Oxford 1 oxf1 wgm ½ ark 1½ gona 1 sur1 ½ 4 0 0 4 0


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