Old Hands Stage Comeback To Defeat Snowdrops

Old Hands Stage Comeback To Defeat Snowdrops

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Wolfgang Uhlmann cropped by  Anežka Kružíková.jpgThe 'Old Hands" made a dramatic comeback to defeat the Snowdrops in the 2012 edition of this challenge in the Czech Republic.

The team of 4 young women players, the "Snowdrops", had enjoyed a significant 10-6 lead at the halfway stage of this double Scheveningen competition (each team member plays each player on the other team twice).

However the veteran male players, the "Old Hands", staged a convincing comeback to turn the tables on their opponents to win 17-15.

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

The final standings

O1 O2 O3 O4 O1 O2 O3 O4 15
S1 Valentina Gunina 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
S2 Tania Sachdev 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 6
S3 Alina Kashlinskaya ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1
S4 Kristýna Havlíková 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 2
S1  S2  S3  S4  S1  S2  S3  S4  17
O1  Fridrik Olafsson 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 4
O2 Wolfgang Uhlmann ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 4
O3 Vlastimil Hort ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½
O4 Oleg Romanishin ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½

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The guest of honour was 90 year old Yuri Averbakh, the oldest living grandmaster

Yuri Averbakh by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Tania Sachdev enjoying the snow on the free day (photo by Pavel Matocha)

Tania Sachdev by Pavel Matocha.jpg

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Alina Kašlinskaja and Valentina Gunina keeping warm in Prague (by Sergey Movsesian)

Alina Kašlinskaja and Valentina Gunina by Sergey Movsesian.jpg

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Fridrik Olafsson defeated Valentina Gunina in round five

GM Fridrik Olafsson, IM Valentina Gunina, IM Tania Sachdev Czech Coal 2012 round 5.jpg

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Oleg Romanishin defeated Alina Kashlinskaya in round 6

Oleg Romanshin by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Wolfgang Uhlmann defeated Kristýna Havlíková in round 7, and Alina Kashlinskaya in round 8

Wolfgang Uhlmann 2 by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Tania Sachdev holding one of the "Snowdrop" trophies

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The closing ceremony in Poděbrady

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Photos (unless otherwise credited) by Anežka Kružíková at the official website.

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