Rhodes – Silver medal in the World Senior Teams!

50+ Round 5

England 1 vs Canada
Jon Speelman 1 – 0 David Ross
John Emms 0 – 1 Paul Ross
James Plaskett 0.5 – 0.5 Michael Barren
Chris Ward 1-0 Dmitry Chernik

England 2 vs Sweden 1
Clive Frostick 0.5 – 0.5 Lagerberg
Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell 0 – 1 Gambeck
Sheila Jackson 0.5 – 0.5 Fransen
Stephen Homer 1 – 0 Bjorn Johansson

England 3 vs Wales
Tim Thurstan 0 – 1 John Fletcher
Helen Frostick 0.5 – 0.5 Mark Adans
Kevin Winter 0.5 – 0.5 Anthony Hughes
Ian Cross 1 – 0 Lynda Smith 

65+ Round 5 
                                 
England 1 vs Austria (England 3 also lost to an Austrian team, they were our nemesis in Round 5)
Nigel Povah 0.5 – 0.5 Herzog
Tony Stebbings 0 – 1 Petscher
Ian Snape 0.5 – 0.5 Singer
John Quinn 0 – 1 Ager

Germany vs England 2
Knaak 0.5 – 0.5 Mark Page
Vogt 0.5 – 0.5 Geoff James
Kiefer 1 – 0 David Bray
Buchal 0.5 – 0.5 Brian Hewson

England 3 vs Vienna
Andrew Baruch 0.5 – 0.5 Opl
Stewart Reuben 0 – 1 Woeber
Brian Valentine 1 – 0 Titz
Trefor Thynne 0 – 1 Danner

50+ LEADERS                                           
USA – 10; Armenia, England 1 both 8; England 2 – 5; England 3 – 3                                   

65+ LEADERS
Russia 65+, Israel, Iceland 2, Finland 3 all 8/10; England 1, England 2 – 5; England 3 -4

Since we are a little more than half-way through, I thought I would include rating gains, or losses for all our players. Bold shows the players with best improvement, so far, in each of our 6 teams —
Jon Speelman -4.9, Keith Arkell 9.6, John Emms 4.2, James Plaskett -7.0, Chris Ward 3.3
Andrew Lewis 4.2, Clive Frostick 0.2, Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell -2.4, Sheila Jackson -3.0. Stephen Homer 2.4. 
Tim Thurstan -15.0, Nigel White 34.4, Helen Frostick -7.6, Kevin Winter -14.0, Ian Cross 19.2

Robert Belin -1, Nigel Povah -2.4, Tony Stebbings -1.4, Ian Snape 21.0, John Quinn -9.4
Mark Page 11.4, Geoff James 1.0, David Bray 25.2, Michael Stokes 5.2, Brian Hewson 14.0
Andrew Baruch 7.4, Stewart Reuben 34.8, Brian Valentine -8.0, Trefor Thynne 7.4

Of course this just shows your own performance against your rating. The TPR, tournament performance rating, is needed to compare players. England probably intends changing to monthly grades in due course. I believe this will lead to an increase in amount of  competitive chess in due course

— Stewart Reuben


50+ Round 4 

USA 2.5 – 1.5 Armenia
Iceland 1 – 3 – ENG 1 recovering from their disappointment the previous day
Germany 3 – 1 ENG 2
Sweden 2 1.5 – 2.5 ENG 3
STANDINGS — USA – 8; Italy – 7; ENG 1, Armenia, Germany, Canada – 6; ENG 2 – 4; ENG 3 – 2 

65+ Round 4

St Petersburg 1.5 – 2.5 Finland 3
Russia 65+ 2 – 2 Germany
Sweden 1 2.5 – 1.5 ENG 1 – his was very disappointing for ENG 1 and probably puts them out of contention for a medal
Sweden 2 2 – 2 ENG 2
Norway 1 1 – 3 ENG3 – this was an excellent result for our third team, especially as this time, I only drew. I got nothing from the Nimzo-Indian, despite having white for the third time in four games. Andy Baruch and Trefor Thynne both had good wins and, at last, Brian Valentine got off the mark with a draw.
STANDINGS — Finland 3 – 8 – this is the team ENG 3 should have beaten in Round 1 – Russia 65+, St Petersburg, Israel. Iceland 2, Sweden 1 – all 6; ENG 1, ENG 2 – 5; ENG 3 – 4  

— Stewart Reuben


Round 3 50+

ENG 1 1.5 – 2.5 USA
Speelman 0-1 Shabalov
Arkell 0.5 – 0.5 Novikov
Emms 1 – 0 Ehlvest
Plaskett 0 – 1 Yermolinsky
This was very much a crunch match against the highest rated opponents. Both teams are all GMs. The first named person on board q1 has white. 
STANDINGS – Armenia, USA – 6; Iceland, Italy – 5; ENG 1 and ENG 2 a group 5-12 with 4/6

65+

ENG 1 2 – 2 Russia
Bellin 0.5 – 0.5 Sveshnikov
Povah 0.5 – 0.5 Balashov
Stebbings 0.5 – 0.5 Rashkovky
Snape 0.5 – 0.5 Zhelnin
Another crunch match – the Russians fielded 3 GMs and an IM, where we just had 2 IMs. The Russians adopted a familiar ploy, drawing rapidplay with black. But Ian Snape
stood somewhat better in a game that was very late to finish. The third team, of which I am a member, met the Mongolian Women. I won my third game in succession; Trefor Thynne drew his first two games and won today. Andy Baruch had a reasonable draw with black, but sadly Brian Valentine has yet to score.
STANDINGS – Finland 3, St Petersburg – 6 – remember ENG 3 should have beaten the Finnish team in round 1 – Russia 1, ENG 1 – 5; ENG 2 in a group 5-11 – 4; ENG 3 – 2                    

— Stewart Reuben


WSTCC Round 2 50+

Iceland 1, England 1, Israel, Armenia, USA, Italy have all won their first two matches and thus have 4/4.
England 2 2 – 0 England 3
Finland 1 0.5 – 3.5  ENG 1
Israel 3.5 – 0.5 ENG 2
Oslo Schakselskap 2.5 – 1.5 ENG 3

65+

Russia 65+, England 1, Germany 1, St Petersburg, Finland 3 all have 4/4
England 2 2 – 0 England 3
Stiftung BSW 1.5 – 2.5 ENG 1
Sweden 1 2.5 – 1.5 ENG 2
ENG 3 1.5 – 2.5 BEL

Sadly both Andy Baruch and Brian Valentine again lost in round 2. Brian had a most unusual position in the opening with Black having no Bf8, instead there was a knight there, and one on g8. 
I won a ludicrous game. e.g. my king reached c5 with the black pieces on move 21 with a large number of pieces on the board. I made heavy weather of the endgame, but managed to win. At least my king was well-placed for that part of the game!
Trefor Thynne had a relatively placid draw with the black pieces. 
As there are 27 teams in this section, it means there is a bye each round. This is unnecessary, but many organisers don’t care that people have come from all over the world and want to play. 

— Stewart Reuben


After the European Senior Chess Championships comes the World Team event, 50+ and 65+. We have 3 teams out of 26 in the 50+ event and 3 teams out of 27 in the 65+ tournament. You can find much more information – and games – on http://rodoschess2019.com/2019/02/10/team-50-open/

I am playing for ENG 3 65+ and this makes it much more difficult to follow than when I was covering the European event from home. 

WSTCC 50+ Round 1

As with any seeded Swiss, the results went with the seeding in round 1 –
ENG 1 4 – 0 Oslo Scakseiskay 
ENG 3 0.5 – 3.5 Finland 1
ENG 2 3.5 – 0.5 Finland ISU

WSTCC 65+ Round 1

Only two of the Belgium team members out of four managed to arrive in time to play round 1. The rules state that a team must have at least 3 players present. So the Belgium team was awarded a 0-4 loss in round 1. The other 26 teams were paired off as usual. This demonstrates why it is desirable to arrive at least a day in advance.  
ENG 1 4 – 0 Sweden 3
FIN 3 2.5 – 1.5 ENG 3
ENG 2 3.5 – 0.5 SWE 4
Finland 3 is named this way because they have two teams in the 50+. Thus they could have fielded two GMs against us, but Heikki Westerinen took round 1 off, as usual. I succeeded in winning against an FM higher rated than me. Andrew  Baruch tells me he was winning easily against the Finnish GM on board 1. What a pity, that would have been a notable result against a strong team, who outrated us on every board. I was sitting next to Andrew, but still saw little of the game.

Round 2 on Wednesday we are paired with Belgium, whose other two players have by now arrived,

— Stewart Reuben