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Snowdrops Versus Old Hands 2012

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

vlastimil hort.jpgThe 5th annual "Snowdrops versus Old Hands" tournament is currently taking place in the spa town of Poděbrady in the Czech Republic. 

The event is organised by the Prague Chess Society with sponsors Czech Coal and pits a team of chess veterans (the Old Hands) against young women players (the Snowdrops).

Each team consists of four players and the format is a double Scheveningen (each team member plays each player on the other team twice).

The time control is 90 minutes per 40 moves, then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

Last year's competition was won by the Old Hands with a convincing 21-11 score, but at the halfway point of the 2012 event the Snowdrops lead by 10-6.

The Old Hands team are GM Vlastimil Hort (pictured above), GM Wolfgang Uhlmann, GM Fridrik Olafsson and GM Oleg Romanishin.  The Snowdrops team are IM Valentina Gunina, IM Tania Sachdev, WGM Alina Kaslinskaya and WIM Kristýna Havlíková.

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Alina Kašlinskaja, Valentina Gunina, Kristýna Havlíková, Tania Sachdev with captain Sergey Movsesian

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands WGM Alina Kašlinskaja, IM Valentina Gunina, WIM Kristýna Havlíková, IM Tania Sachdev with the captain Sergey Movsesian.jpg

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The results at the halfway stage

Snowdrops O1 O2 O3 O4 O1 O2 O3 O4 10
S1 Valentina Gunina 1 ½ ½ ½
S2 Tania Sachdev 1 ½ 1 ½ 3
S3 Alina Kashlinskaya ½ 1 ½ 1 3
S4 Kristýna Havlíková 1 ½ 0 0
Old Hands S1  S2  S3  S4  S1  S2  S3  S4  6
O1 Fridrik Olafsson 0 1 0 ½
O2 Wolfgang Uhlmann ½ ½ 0 0 1
O3 Vlastimil Hort ½ 1 ½ 0 2
O4 Oleg Romanishin ½ 0 ½ ½

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Valentina Gunina defeated Fridrik Olafsson in the first round

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands Valentina Gunina round 1.jpg

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Wolfgang Uhlmann lost to Tania Sachdev

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands Wolfgang Uhlmann round 1.jpg

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Alina Kašlinskaja beat Vlastimil Hort

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands WGM Alina Kašlinskaja round 1.jpg

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Tania Sachdev won again in round 2

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands Tania Sachdev round 2.jpg

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Kristýna Havlíková lost in the 2nd round to Vlastimil Hort

2012 Snowdrops v Old Hands Kristýna Havlíková round 2.jpg

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Photos by Anežka Kružíková at the official website. 

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Comments


  • 16 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Yeah some of the girls are super fit!

  • 16 months ago

    Eternal_Patzer

    UNBELIEVABLE!  The old guys pulled themselves together after being down 10-6 and won the match!  As an old guy, I'm pretty pumped! Cool

    http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/old-hands-recover-take-over-and-beat-snow-drops-17-15

  • 17 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    Exciting games!

  • 17 months ago

    kikimondo

    Kashlinskaya, Alina (2344) vs. Hort, Vlastimil (2455) very good game

  • 17 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ tourbi11on I couldn't resist it Laughing

  • 17 months ago

    skattman

    Shanky and Hammer are there viewing the tournament.

  • 17 months ago

    tourbi11on

    Compliments to SonofPearl for the phrasing "Czech Coal...pits."

  • 17 months ago

    mikeatgl

    Surprised this is only the 5th annual Snowdrops vs Old Hands event. Seems like it was thought up a few hundred years ago.

  • 17 months ago

    Czechman

    Yea right, try to concentrate under those conditions. 

    You know what I mean! Cool

  • 17 months ago

    XLiNteD

    The oldies lost coz the girlies are too preety :)

  • 17 months ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Nice tournament in all respects.

  • 17 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    What a concept! 

  • 17 months ago

    pulpfriction

    Playing well and looking great-that's Tania!

  • 17 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    Better name would be Snowdrops vs. Meltedsnow.Smile

  • 17 months ago

    TauWich

    I would assume more czech comments here. Go ahead Snowdrops :)

  • 17 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Tania Sachdev.....wow! Alina Kaslinskaja too!

  • 17 months ago

    Aaronsky72

    Seriously, why do women chess players tend to be hot?

  • 17 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ corpsporc - thanks, now corrected. Smile

  • 17 months ago

    Ironknight777

    Off chess topic:  Czech womens are pretty. May da force b on their side. 

  • 17 months ago

    drvijayshah

    well done tania  Laughing

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