Snowdrops Versus Old Hands 2011

Snowdrops Versus Old Hands 2011

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vlastimil hort.jpgThe fourth annual "Snowdrops versus Old Hands" tournament is currently taking place in the spa town of Mariánské Lázně in the Czech Republic. 

The tournament is organised by the Prague Chess Society with sponsors Czech Coal and pits a team of veteran chess players (the Old Hands) against a team of 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 Old Hands team are Vlastimil Hort (pictured), Boris Gulko, Robert Hübner and Rafael Vaganian.

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

Last years' competition was won by the Snowdrops, but at the halfway point this time the Old Hands are leading by 9½-6½. The standings at the halfway point:


Snowdrops
O1 O2 O3 O4 O1 O2 O3 O4
S1 Pogonina Natalia
½
½ ½
0
S2 Sachdev Tania 0
½

½
½
S3 Muzychuk Maria
1
½ ½
1
3
S4 Kulovaná Eva 0
½

0
0 ½

Old Hands
S1  S2  S3  S4  S1  S2  S3  S4 
O1 Hübner Robert ½
½

1
1 3
O2 Gulko Boris
½
1 ½
0
2
O3 Vaganian Rafael 1
0

½
½ 2
O4 Hort Vlastimil
½
1 ½
½

 

All the decisive games so far are below. Pictures by Martin Chrz at the official website.

Rafael Vaganian lost to Maria Muzychuk

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Vlastimil Hort beat Eva Kulovana

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Part-time model Tania Sachdev lost to Robert Hubner

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Boris Gulko defeated Eva Kulovana

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Rafael Vaganian beat Natalia Pogonina

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Maria Muzychuk beat Boris Gulko

Maria_Muzychuk_Boris_Gulko_snowdrops2011.jpg

 

 

Robert Hubner beat Eva Kulovana

Robert_Hubner_snowdrops2011.jpg

 

 

The venue: The Cristal Palace Hotel

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The organiser, Pavel Matocha celebrated his birthday with a cake

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...and by sharing a few drinks!

Pavel_Matocha_organiser_birthday_snowdrops2011 drinks.jpg

 

...ending in laughter all around!

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Renowned chess writer Genna Sonsonko (centre) launched his new book "Tal and Other Essays"

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The book cover "Tal and Other Essays"

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Genna Sosonko played a simultaneous display at the book launch, finishing +9 =3 -2

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Today (7 December) was a rest day in the Snowdrops v Old Hands competition. The second half of the tournament runs from 8-11 December.  Games start at 3pm local time (14:00 UTC) except the final round which is 1 hour earlier. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, and then 30 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start.

Live games can be followed here.

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