Old Hands Defeat Snowdrops

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/14/11, 10:58 AM.

vlastimil hort.jpgThe fourth annual "Snowdrops versus Old Hands" tournament was won by the Old Hands by a convincing margin of 21-11.

The tournament was organised by the Prague Chess Society with sponsors Czech Coal and pitted a team of veteran chess players (the Old Hands) against a team of young women players (the Snowdrops).

The venue was the spa town of Mariánské Lázně in the Czech Republic, and a previous half-way report in the event can be found here.

Each team consisted of four players and the format was a double Scheveningen (each team member plays each player on the other team twice). The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves, and then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

The Old Hands team were Vlastimil Hort (pictured), Boris Gulko, Robert Hübner and Rafael Vaganian.

The Snowdrops team were Maria Muzychuk, Natalia Pogonina, Tania Sachdev and Eva Kulovana.

The final results table:

Snowdrops  O1  O2  O3  O4  O1  O2  O3  O4  11
S1  Pogonina Natalia  ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  0 0 ½  3
S2  Sachdev Tania  0 ½  ½  ½  0 ½  0 ½ 
S3  Muzychuk Maria  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  5
S4  Kulovaná Eva  0 0 ½  0 0 0 0 0 ½

Old Hands  S1   S2   S3   S4   S1   S2   S3   S4   21
O1  Hübner Robert  ½  1 ½  1 ½  1 ½  1 6
O2  Gulko Boris  1 ½  ½  1 ½  ½  0 1 5
O3  Vaganian Rafael  1 1 0 1 ½  ½  ½  ½  5
O4  Hort Vlastimil  ½  ½  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  1 5


The top individual scorer and former world #3, GM Robert Hübner




The best performing snowdrop, IM Maria Muzychuk

Maria_Muzychuk snowdrops 2011 top scorer.jpg



WGM Natalia Pogonina scored a creditable 3 points

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GM Boris Gulko has a lifetime plus score against Garry Kasparov!




IM Tania Sachdev from India scored 2.5 points

Tania Sachdev_snowdrops2011 - 4.jpg



GM Vlastimil Hort

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GM Rafael Vaganian




WGM Eva Kulovana at the closing ceremony with tournament director Pavel Matocha

Eva_Kulovanova_snowdrops2011-closing ceremony.jpg


Robert Hubner offering his glass snowdrop trophy to Tania Sachdev

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Photos and games from the official tournament website.

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  • 4 years ago

    FM Prugno

    Nice to see Robert Hubner still playing so well. He is probably the person with the highest IQ I have ever spoken to (he speaks over 10 languages fluently, just to name one of his talents).

    The pretty final combination in his game against Kulovana uses a rather unusual mating pattern, by the way.

  • 4 years ago


    Oh silly me! The queen is on prise after that. Someone wake me up in the morning ;)

  • 4 years ago


    dirty old men

  • 4 years ago


    "I'm actually confused by Qxh5. After Nf5, can;t black play Bxf6, and then what is the follow up?"

    Nxd6 and white is up a Knight (or so).

  • 4 years ago


    Nxd6 is the follow up.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm actually confused by Qxh5. After Nf5, can;t black play Bxf6, and then what is the follow up?

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