Spanish Chess League – Top seed Kasparov Marcote leads

8/26/2010 – The Spanish Chess League - Honor Division is currently underway, with no less than 39 players over 2600, including Shirov, Ponomariov, and Short among others. Top seed Kasparov Marcote, with an average rating of 2668, has taken the lead, but the surprise second is Solvay, rated 7th, spearheaded by three Indian GMs, including junior Negi with a 2829 performance. Illustrated report.

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Spanish Chess League - CECLUB Honor Division

The Spanish Chess League CECLUB Honor Division is underway in Sestao, Vizcaya, 23rd-28th August 2010. It is a 6-round event with 10 teams. The first 4 rounds are a Swiss, with the final two rounds to decide the final places.

There are nine players rated 2700 or higher (Shirov, Ponomariov, Navara, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Bacrot, Gashimov, Almasi, and Jobava), as well as 30 more rated at least 2600, such as Kasimdzhanov, Caruana, Vallejo Pons, Short, Rublevsky, and Le Quang to name a few.


Team Sestao Naturgas, with Vachier-Lagrave and Short to the
left, playing against Solvay, against whom they lost 4-2.

After four rounds, Kasparov Marcote, with the highest average Elo (2668) is leading, followed by Solvay (ranked 7th in the initial lineup). German GM Alexander Graf (2590) has scored 3.5./4 for Kasparov Marcote with a 2728 performance. Solvay is clearly a surprise, with not a single 2700 player in its ranks, and has three very strong Indians in its top three boards. The junior Parimarjan Negi (2615) has been their top scoring player with 3.0/4 and 2829 performance.


Indian GMs Negi, Ganguly, and Harikrishna, overperforming for their team Solvay.

Here is one of his efforts with a sparkling finish:

Negi,P (2615) - Moiseenko,A1 (2667) [B60]
TCh-ESP CECLUB Honor Sestao ESP (1), 23.08.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bg5 Qa5 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.Nb3 Qd8 9.Be2 a6 10.a4 e6 11.a5 Be7 12.Be3 0-0 13.0-0 Ne5 14.f4 Ng6 15.Qd3 Re8 16.Kh1 Bf8 17.Bf3 Bc6 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.Nde2 Nh4 20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Nxf3 22.Rxf3 Ng4 23.Bb6 Qc8 23...Nxe5? 24.Bxd8 Nxd3 25.Rxd3 Raxd8 26.Rad1 Re7 27.Nc1! with the idea of Nb3-c5. 24.Rh3 g6 25.Qg3 h5 26.Nf4 Bg7








27.Rxh5! f5. Taking with 27...gxh5 loses to 28.Nxh5 Qc4 29.Nxg7 Kxg7 30.b3! Qb4 31.Rd1! and the threat of Rd4 cannot be prevented.; The attempt to just leave the rook and take the e-pawn fails to 27...Nxe5 28.Bd4! Ng4!? A little trap. (28...gxh5 29.Bxe5) 29.Nxg6!! (29.Qxg4? e5 30.Qg5 exd4 And suddenly Black is winning instead.) 29...fxg6 30.Qxg4 e5 31.Qxg6 exd4 32.Qh7+ Kf7 33.Rf1+ 28.exf6 Nxf6 29.Rg5 Re7 30.Bd4 Ne8 31.Ne4 e5 32.Bxe5 Qc6 32...Rxe5 33.Rxe5 Bxe5 34.Qxg6+ Bg7 35.Nd5 Qc4 36.Nef6+ Nxf6 37.Nxf6+ Kf8 38.Nxd7++- 33.Nd6 Rxe5 1-0 [Click to replay]

Here are a couple of other flashy finishes:

Hamdouchi,H (2600) - Gustafsson,J (2643) [C77]
TCh-ESP CECLUB Honor Sestao ESP (1), 23.08.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 Bc5 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Be3 Bd6 8.h3 Nd7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.0-0 Re8 11.Nc4 c5 12.Nfd2 Nf8 13.Nxd6 cxd6 14.f4 exf4 15.Bxf4 Ng6 16.Bg3 Be6 17.Nc4 Qg5 18.Qf3 d5 19.Nd6 dxe4 20.dxe4 Re7 21.Nf5 Rd7 22.h4 Qd8 23.h5 Ne7?








24.Nxg7! Kxg7 25.Qf6+ Kf8 25...Kg8 26.Be5! (26.h6? Qf8 27.Be5 Ng6 and Black makes it. 28.Rf3 Qxh6 29.Raf1 (29.Rg3 Kf8!) 29...Re8 30.Rg3 Kf8-/+) 26.Qxe6 Nc6








27.Rad1! Nd4 27...Rxd1 28.Qxf7# 28.Bd6+ If 28.Bd6+ Kg8 29.Qg4+ Kh8 30.Be5+ 1-0 [Click to replay]

Zhigalko,A (2591) - Matlakov,M (2603) [C67]
TCh-ESP CECLUB Honor Sestao ESP (2), 24.08.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.Rd1 Be7 12.Bg5 Be6 13.g3 Rd8 14.Kg2 f6 15.Bf4 Bb4 16.exf6 Bxc3 17.f7+ Bxf7 18.bxc3 Rxd1 19.Rxd1 Bxa2 20.Ra1 Bd5 21.Rxa7 Rf8 22.Rxb7








22...Nh4+! 23.gxh4 Rxf4 24.c4 Bxf3+ 25.Kg3 Rf7 26.Rb3 Be4 0-1 [Click to replay]


Tournament top guns, Shirov and Ponomariov, playing for Linex-Magic, have drawn
all their encounters.


Team Sestao Naturgas: Vachier-Lagrave (2723), Short (2690), and Moiseenko (2667).

Standings after four rounds

Rk. No.Ini. Equipo Partidas   +    =    -   Des 1   Des 2 
1 1 ESCUELA I. KASPAROV MARCOTE 4 3 1 0 7,0 16,0
2 7 C.A. SOLVAY 4 2 2 0 6,0 13,5
3 3 C.A. LINEX-MAGIC 4 2 1 1 5,0 13,5
4 8 C.A. REVERTE ALBOX 4 2 1 1 5,0 11,0
5 4 SCC SABADELL 4 2 0 2 4,0 13,0
6 5 MERIDA PATRIMONIO 4 2 0 2 4,0 12,5
7 2 C.A. SESTAO NATURGAS 4 2 0 2 4,0 11,0
8 9 C.E. BARBERA 4 0 2 2 2,0 10,5
9 6 GROS X.T. 4 0 2 2 2,0 10,0
10 10 U.G.A. 4 0 1 3 1,0 9,0

Photos by FEDA


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