Spanish Team Championship, Round 4: Solvay grabs the lead

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
9/27/2020 – The former leaders from Andreu Paterna are now sharing second place with Magic Extremadura after losing their Saturday encounter against Beniaján Duochess. Solvay and Silla Bosch Serinsys took this chance to grab the lead, with Solvay currently placed first on tiebreaks. However, while Silla Bosch Serinsys will play tailender Collado Villalba in round 5, Solvay will face the rating favourites from Beniaján. | Photo: Spanish Chess Federation

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Beniaján Duochess and Magic Extremadura win

No team has managed to get a clear lead so far in the “División de Honor” of the Spanish Team Championships. Andreu Paterna was leading by a match point after three rounds, but a 3½:2½ loss against Beniaján Duochess means they are now sharing second place. Two of the three former chasers — Solvay and Silla Bosch Serinsys — won on Saturday and are now sharing the lead, while Gros Xake Taldea lost against Magic Extremadura to fall down in the standings.

Nevertheless, Beniaján Duochess and Gros Xake Taldea, currently two points behind the leaders, still have chances to get the title, given how hard-fought the tournament has been so far. This optimistic perspective might change drastically after round 5 though, when they will face Solvay and Andreu Paterna respectively — a loss for either team is out of the question if they want to remain in the fight for first place.

Spanish Team Championship 2020

Silla Bosch Serinsys 4:2 Jaime Casas

Victories on boards 4 and 5 gave Silla Bosch Serinsys two match points in their encounter against Jaime Casas. Álvar Alonso beat former U14 world champion Pedro Ginés with the black pieces. After Ginés faltered on move 15, Alonso was ruthless in the conversion of his advantage while handling a complex tactical position:


Alonso calculated correctly that he could play 19...bxc3 here, as after 20.e7+ Rd7 21.Bf3 he has 21...Nd3+ 22.Rxd3 cxd3 and the passed pawn on the d-file is too strong. White resigned six moves later.

Silla Bosch Serinsys has fielded the same six players in all rounds so far, and none of their representatives has scored more than 2½ points — although it is also true that none of them has collected less than 2 points by now!


Solvay 5:1 Collado Villalba

The other co-leaders were merciless against Collado Villalba in a matchup that saw decisive results on all six boards. Three of the players from Solvay that won on Saturday are showing great performances in the tournament: Polish couple Bartosz and Monicka Socko, each with 3/4 scores so far, and FM Alberto Martín, who has a perfect 3/3, with two of his victories coming over higher-rated players than him.


Solvay, Collado Villalba

Solvay v Collado Villalba | Photo: FEDA

Magic Extremadura 4:2 Gros Xake Taldea

While board 3 of the Gros Xake Taldea, Arkadij Naiditsch, continued to impress by obtaining his fourth consecutive win on Saturday, this time against Igor Kovalenko, his team was not as lucky in the match against Magic Extremadura.  

Much like the Sockos for Solvay, a chess couple was key for Magic Extremadura in their victory from round 4, as Ivan Cheparinov and Antoaneta Stefanova both won their games with the white pieces. Cheparinov saw his opponent, Etienne Bacrot, miscalculating early in the game:


Black spent almost 20 minutes considering the imprecise 16...Bxc3. After 17.Qxc3 Bacrot probably had evaluated that 17...Nxe4 was good for him, but then came 18.Qc2 Qe5 19.Bd2 f5 20.f3:


White is already in the driver’s seat, but now it was time to cut the losses and try to defend an inferior queenless position with 20...Qc5+ 21.Qxc5 Nxc5 22.Bxf5. Bacrot opted for 20...Rad8 instead, and found himself forced to resign after 21.fxe4 Qd4+ 22.Re3 (the only move that keeps the advantage) fxe4 23.Bxe4 and White “has the material and the compensation”.

Magic Extremadura will try to continue its ascent in the standings in round 5, when they will face Jaime Casas.


Beniaján Duochess 3½:2½ Andreu Paterna

The favourites by rating from Beniaján scored their second win of the event after suffering back-to-back losses in rounds 2 and 3. Nils Grandelius and Spanish women’s champion Sabrina Vega got the full points against Andreu Paterna. 

Beniaján Duochess will be the rating favourite on all boards in their coming matchup against the over-performing Solvay on Sunday.


David Antón

David Antón (Beniaján Duochess) | Photo: FEDA

Standings after Round 4

# Team MP BP City
1 C.A. SOLVAY 6 15 Torrelavega (Cantabria)
2 C.A. SILLA - BOSCH SERINSYS 6 13.5 Silla (Valencia)
3 C.A. ANDREU PATERNA 5 13.5 Paterna (Valencia)
4 C.A. MAGIC EXTREMADURA 5 13 Mérida (Badajoz)
5 C.A.C. BENIAJÁN - DUOCHESS 4 13 Beniaján (Murcia)
6 GROS XAKE TALDEA 4 11 San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa)
7 C.A. JAIME CASAS 2 11 Monzón (Huesca)
8 C.A. COLLADO VILLALBA 0 6 Collado Villalba (Madrid)

Pairings - Round 5

1 GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2682 UKR - GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2686 GEO
2 GM Kuzubov, Yuriy 2643 UKR - GM Kovalenko, Igor 2645 LAT
3 GM Forcen Esteban, Daniel 2556 ESP - GM Santos Latasa, Jaime 2588 ESP
4 IM Gines Esteo, Pedro Antonio 2446 ESP - GM Perez Candelario, Manuel 2604 ESP
5 IM Bulmaga, Irina 2434 ROU - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2462 BUL
6 IM Antoli Royo, Joaquin Miguel 2429 ESP - IM Moreno Tejera, Emilio 2446 ESP
1 IM Pulvett Marin, Daniel Eduardo 2502 ESP - GM Korobov, Anton 2688 UKR
2 FM Quispe Arteaga, Gabriel 2402 ESP - GM Shirov, Alexei 2647 ESP
3 IM Suarez Uriel, Adrian 2341 ESP - GM Abasov, Nijat 2664 AZE
4 WFM Kolotilina, Liudmila 2226 ESP - GM Alonso Rosell, Alvar 2554 ESP
5 Cao Armillas, Jesus 2060 ESP - GM Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando 2535 ESP
6 Pablos Tenrero, Raquel 2043 ESP - GM Cramling, Pia 2464 SWE
1 GM Navara, David 2707 CZE - GM Huschenbeth, Niclas 2612 GER
2 GM Anton Guijarro, David 2688 ESP - GM Socko, Bartosz 2601 POL
3 GM Berkes, Ferenc 2661 HUN - GM Korneev, Oleg 2517 ESP
4 GM Grandelius, Nils 2662 SWE - GM Ubilava, Elizbar 2461 ESP
5 GM Ibarra Jerez, Jose Carlos 2561 ESP - GM Socko, Monika 2404 POL
6 IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2380 ESP - FM Martinez Lopez, David 2376 ESP
1 GM Bacrot, Etienne 2673 FRA - GM Van Foreest, Jorden 2682 NED
2 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2624 AZE - GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2710 ESP
3 IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2472 GER - GM Howell, David W L 2663 ENG
4 IM Franco Alonso, Alejandro 2409 ESP - GM Yuffa, Daniil 2583 RUS
5 IM Gonzalez De La Torre, Santiago 2421 ESP - GM Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis 2491 ESP
6 IM Argandona Riveiro, Inigo 2424 ESP - IM Garcia Martin, Marta 2328 ESP

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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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