WSTCC 2017, Crete – England 65+III report

— from Roger Scowen

The team was seeded 20th of the 22 teams, so we had no expectations of any prizes. It was therefore
satisfying for us to finish 17th, with every member of the team winning at least two games.
It was a great experience, from both a chess-playing and touristic point of view.

Gareth Jones won four games. His second round game included repeated sacrifices (glimpses of which gave me, as team captain, some unfounded concern)

White: Johan Sterner (Sweden IV) – Black: Gareth Jones (England III)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bg5 Ne4 5 Bh4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7 7 cxd Qxd5 8 e3 O-O
9 Bxe7 Re8 10 Ba3 Na6 11 Nf3 Qa5 12 Qc1 Bg4 13 Be2 Bxf3 14 gxf3 c5 15 Bxa6 cxd
16 Be2 dxe 17 Bb4 exf+ 18 Kxf2 Rxe2+ 19 Kxe2 Re8+ 20 Kd1 Qd5+ 21 Kc2 Re2+ Resigns
(mate is inevitable)

Above — at the airport on the way home, we took a team photo … left to right: Pat Scowen, Bea & Hugh Fenwick, Roger Scowen, Peter Wood, Mary & Gareth Jones, Brian Ewart