"Snow drops" beat "Old Hands" 16.5-15.5

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Small lead for Snow Drops against Old HandsAfter rounds 4, 5 and 6 the ladies were leading by a 3-point margin in Marianske Lazne. But, thanks to two strong last two rounds, the "Old Hands" managed to limit their loss against the "Snow Drops" to a minimum: 16.5-15.5. Final report.

The Czech Coal Chess Match 2009, a double-round Scheveningen match, took place November 28 - December 5 at the Chrystal Palaca Hotel in Marianske Lazne (the former Marienbad), Czech Republic. The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes and 30 seconds increment to finish the game. The tournament was organized by the Prague Chess Society.

Rounds 4-8

From our first report we know that the ladies took an early lead. Jana Jackova defeated Viktor Kortchnoi in the first round, but she wouldn't score much more in the rest of her games: only three draws in rounds 4-8.

Kortchnoi himself started badly with 0.5/4, but then recovered in the second half with two wins and two draws. It was a similar story to that of the whole "Old Hands" team: a slow start, a better continuation and an excellent finish.

The last two matches were both won 2.5-1.5 and so the veterans could leave Marianske Lazne reasonably satisfied. Courteous as they were, they let the ladies win by one point. (Well, courteous except for Viktor Kortchnoi perhaps, who refused to shake hands and sign the score sheet after he lost to Anna Muzychuk in round 3. Unfortunately the living legend has become a bit of a grumpy old man, but we do admire his chess strength at the age of 78...)

Czech Coal 2009 | Schedule & results
Czech Coal 2009 | Schedule & results
Czech Coal 2009 | Team results
Czech Coal 2009 | Team results
Czech Coal 2009 | Individual results
Czech Coal 2009 | Individual results


Games rounds 4-8



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Snow Drops against Old Hands

Humpy Koneru preparing for one of the games, her father sitting next to her



Snow Drops against Old Hands

Robert Hübner vs Anna Muzychuk



Snow Drops against Old Hands

Jana Jackova vs Viktor Kortchnoi



Snow Drops against Old Hands

The 'Snow Drops' consisted of Humpy Koneru...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...Jana Jackova...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...Anna Muzychuk...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...and Kateryna Lahno, playing against...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

'Old Hands' Robert Hübner...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...Jan Timman...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...Viktor Kortchnoi...



Snow Drops against Old Hands

...and Vlastimil Hort



Snow Drops against Old Hands

A pleasant tourney in which young female GMs learnt a lot from experienced and famous GMs



Photos by Vladimir Jagr, courtesy of the tournament website



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