Live Chess WL: Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Galicia Perfect In Week 5

Live Chess WL: Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Galicia Perfect In Week 5

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Here is a recap of the 5th week of LCWL. As a reminder, the goal for the teams is to finish among the top four in their divisions to qualify for the Championship pool which will start on November 9.

Site Update

Finally we have got the Leaderboard for Live Club Matches! That will surely motivate the club members to participate in the live team matches. Seems like, the newly introduced leaderboard needs some improvement.

This can be an improved version of the leaderboard

I believe, this leaderboard should be "live" as well. Instead of counting lifetime match scores, I prefer counting the points of last 25 or 30 matches. What's your opinion regarding this calculation method?

Div.1: Russia, Ukraine... but who else?

For the first time in this season, all 8 teams played in the same week! Kazakhstan showed a great character by having a close contest against Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine secured comfortable victories against Serbia. Looks like, everyone is giving a try against Russia, but not against Ukraine!

Iran made a nice comeback!

Team France received the much needed boost from popular streamer NM Kevin Bordi @Blitzstream and produced an upset against Iran in the bullet match. The blitz match went down to the last wire as the scoreline stands 55.5-54.5! Is that too late for France? How costly will it be for Iran?

Division One | Current Standings

Rk. Team RUS UKR KAZ SRB IRI PHI FRA PER Points H2H SB Avg%
1 Russia - 3 3 3 3 3 - 15 - 72 66%
2 Ukraine - - 3 3 3 3 - 12 - 51 75%
3 Kazakhstan 0 - 3 0 1 3 - 7 - 28 56%
4 Serbia 0 0 0 3 - - 3 6 - 21 49%
5 Iran 0 0 3 0 - 2 - 5 - 25 38%

Matches against the underdogs will be crucial for both the Kazakhs and the Persians, as they might tie for the 4th place! Also Serbia can't afford another loss in their final two rounds and let SB points decide the standings.

Div.2: Czech Republic takes the lead

Czech Republic outnumbered the Romanians and defeated Team Romania with a huge margin. Bosnia also had a similar contest against USA. Earlier the Slovakia vs Uzbekistan contest was a stalemate (1-1). Uzbeks, the only Asian side in this division, are not looking as sharp as they used to be in the previous seasons.

Division Two | Current Standings

Rk. Team CZE UZB MEX BIH SVK ROU USA ARG Points H2H SB Avg%
1 Czech Rep. - - 2 - 2 2 2 8 - 18 70%
2 Uzbekistan - 1 - 1 2 1 2 7 1 17 63%
3 Mexico - 1 0 - 2 2 2 7 1 13 63%
4 Bosnia 0 - 2 - - 2 2 6 - 17 68%

Any of these four teams might fail to qualify as Slovakia (5 points) also got their chances alive!

Finally Uruguay won the blitz match, but lost the rapid!

Div.3: Galicia wins all so far

Galicia remains the only unbeaten side in this division as they defeated Canada by 2-0. Eastern group had only one contest where the Turks surprised the Aussies by winning both matches!

Western Group | Current Standings

Rk. Team GAL ENG CAN BRA URU PUR CHI Points H2H SB Avg%
1
 
Galicia 2 2 - 2 - 2 8 - 30 71%
2 England 0 - 2 1 - 2 5 0 15 50%
3 Canada 0 - 1 1 1 2 5 0 14 54%
4 Brazil - 0 1 2 1 - 4 - 14 51%

Eastern Group | Current Standings

Rk. Team TUR AUS ITA IND ESP DEN AZE Points H2H SB Avg%
1 Turkey 2 1 - 2 0 2 7 - 20 62%
2 Australia 0 2 2 - 2 - 6 - 18 63%
3 Italy 1 0 1 2 - - 4 - 14 49%
4 India - 0 1 - - 2 3 - 4 66%

Combined standings looks slightly different

U1600 Event: Russia-Ukraine warm-up match!

Ukraine defeated Russia in the 3rd round of U1600 event. That ended the longest winning streak (38 matches) for any team!! 52 boards in this match suggests that we can expect 300 boards in the main event  In terms of recent form, Ukrainians are clear favourites. But don't forget, Russia is the only team to defeat Ukraine in the main event since Season 2 Rd. 6!

Including the U1600 matches, H2H score stands 20-8!

Some Interesting Games

Let's start with a short game from Russia vs Kazakhstan. Can you find the winning move?

White missed the winning move here and eventually lost the game! Can you find it?

Lesson from Iran vs France: Look for tactics, when your opponent offers some piece to trade!

Can you find the winning move which was missed in the game?

Stats Corner

Including the exclusive players of U1600 event and excluding the multi-team players.

Let's take a look at the maximum boards before Russia vs Ukraine breaks the records for Div.1!

Div.1 Div.2 Div.3W Div.3E Div.4
104 76 27 35 26
85 66 31 37 -
96 - - - -

Experienced teams of western group should have managed more boards.

Coming Next...

  • Division 1: Russia vs Ukraine
  • Division 1: Kazakhstan vs Peru
  • Division 2: Czech Republic vs Uzbekistan
  • Division 3W: Canada vs England
How to watch?
Most of the matches are played on Saturday and Sunday. Live commentary will be available on the official YouTube channel for the key games at 11 a.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Central Europe.

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