Spanish Team Championship, Round 3: Andreu Paterna in the lead

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
9/26/2020 – Andreu Paterna, the team led by Jorden van Foreest, Francisco Vallejo and David Howell, grabbed the lead of the Spanish Team Championship in round 3, as they comfortably defeated Collado Villalba. Three teams are sharing second place a match point behind, Silla Bosch Serinsys, Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea. Beniaján Duochess, the favourite team rating-wise, is not having the best of tournaments, as they lost a second match in a row on Saturday. | Photo: Spanish Chess Federation

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A tough field

Jorden van ForeestDespite being the only team fielding four 2600+ rated players, Beniaján Duochess is currently placed sixth in the eight-team Spanish “División de Honor”. This talks about how competitive the tournament actually is, with some underrated players showing they can be dangerous when in form.

Andreu Paterna (led by Jorden van Foreest, pictured), the current leading squad on 5/6 match points, is one of two teams still undefeated after three rounds — the Silla Bosch Serinsys has not lost a match yet, but has drawn twice. Silla Bosch Serinsys is sharing second place with Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea, two teams that have won twice and lost once.

In round 4, Andreu Paterna will have the tough task of facing a wounded team in Beniaján Duochess. The two top boards will see Jorden van Foreest (AP) facing David Navara (BD) and Francisco Vallejo (AP) playing against David Antón (BD) in a clash of the two highest-rated Spanish representatives.

Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea score big wins

While Andreu Paterna comfortably beat the lowest-rated Collado Villalba, Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea obtained key victories in round 3, both beating teams that had higher-rated players than them in all but one board.

Solvay defeated Jaime Casas 4:2, with wins by Polish couple Bartosz and Monika Socko and by Alberto Martín. The latter took advantage of Joaquín Antoli’s careless 15th move:


By playing 15...Nd4, Black underestimated White’s attacking chances along the b-file and the light-squared long diagonal. Martín found 16.b5 a5 17.b6 Bxb6 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Qf3 c6 20.Rxb6 dxc3 21.Rfb1:


Black is a pawn up, but his king is in trouble. Antoli tried 21...Bg4 and resigned after 22.Qf4 — for example, after 22...Be6 there would come 23.Bxc6 and Black needs to give up a massive amount material to avoid mate.

Solvay 4:2 Jaime Casas 


Spanish Team Championship 2020

The playing hall | Photo: FEDA

Meanwhile, Gros Xake Taldea beat Beniaján Duochess 3½:2½, with wins for Arkadij Naditisch and Íñigo Argandoña. This was Naiditsch’s third consecutive win, as he defeated David Antón with the white pieces. Antón played sharply in the opening, putting his hopes on a kingside attack after giving up a piece. The Spaniard missed a big — though difficult to find — chance to break through on the g and h-files:


Black went for 20...Qxf5, as White cannot capture the queen without allowing mate on h1. However, the winning move was 20...Qf6 — 21.Qxg5 fails to 21...Rdg8 22.Qxg8 Rxg8 23.Kh2 Rh8, while 21.f3 runs into 21...Rxh4 22.gxh4 Qxh4 and Black breaks through.

After the text, Naiditsch had calculated that 21.f3 was the way to go. At that point, Antón needed to stick to his guns and play 21...Rxh4, but opted for 21...Qe6 instead. A piece to the good, Naiditsch went on to get a 55-move win.

Gros Xake Taldea 3½:2½ Beniaján Duochess


Arkadij Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch | Photo: FEDA

Standings after Round 3

# Team MP BP City
1 C.A. ANDREU PATERNA 5 11 Paterna (Valencia)
2 C.A. SOLVAY 4 10 Torrelavega (Cantabria)
3 C.A. SILLA - BOSCH SERINSYS 4 9.5 Silla (Valencia)
4 GROS XAKE TALDEA 4 9 San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa)
5 C.A. MAGIC EXTREMADURA 3 9 Mérida (Badajoz)
6 C.A.C. BENIAJÁN - DUOCHESS 2 9.5 Beniaján (Murcia)
7 C.A. JAIME CASAS 2 9 Monzón (Huesca)
8 C.A. COLLADO VILLALBA 0 5 Collado Villalba (Madrid)

Pairings - Round 4

1 GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2686 GEO - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2673 FRA
2 GM Kovalenko, Igor 2645 LAT - GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2624 AZE
3 GM Santos Latasa, Jaime 2588 ESP - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2472 GER
4 GM Perez Candelario, Manuel 2604 ESP - IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2409 ESP
5 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2462 BUL - IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2421 ESP
6 IM Moreno Tejera, Emilio 2446 ESP - IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2424 ESP
1 GM Van Foreest, Jorden 2682 NED - GM Navara, David 2707 CZE
2 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2710 ESP - GM Anton Guijarro, David 2688 ESP
3 GM Howell, David W L 2663 ENG - GM Berkes, Ferenc 2661 HUN
4 GM Yuffa, Daniil 2583 RUS - GM Grandelius, Nils 2662 SWE
5 GM Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis 2491 ESP - GM Asis Gargatagli, Hipolito 2479 ESP
6 IM Garcia Martin, Marta 2328 ESP - IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2380 ESP
1 GM Huschenbeth, Niclas 2612 GER - GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier 2551 ESP
2 GM Socko, Bartosz 2601 POL - IM Pulvett Marin, Daniel Eduardo 2502 ESP
3 GM Korneev, Oleg 2517 ESP - IM Martin Duque, Jesus 2402 ESP
4 GM Ubilava, Elizbar 2461 ESP - FM Quispe Arteaga, Gabriel 2402 ESP
5 GM Socko, Monika 2404 POL - IM Suarez Uriel, Adrian 2341 ESP
6 FM Martin Fuentes, Alberto 2397 ESP - WFM Kolotilina, Liudmila 2226 ESP
1 GM Korobov, Anton 2688 UKR - GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2682 UKR
2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2647 ESP - GM Kuzubov, Yuriy 2643 UKR
3 GM Abasov, Nijat 2664 AZE - GM Forcen Esteban, Daniel 2556 ESP
4 GM Alonso Rosell, Alvar 2554 ESP - IM Gines Esteo, Pedro Antonio 2446 ESP
5 GM Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando 2535 ESP - IM Bulmaga, Irina 2434 ROU
6 GM Cramling, Pia 2464 SWE - IM Del Rey, Diego 2381 ESP

All games



Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.


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