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Old Hands Stage Comeback To Defeat Snowdrops

  • SonofPearl
  • on 18.12.12 09:44.

Wolfgang Uhlmann cropped by  Anežka Kružíková.jpgThe 'Old Hands" made a dramatic comeback to defeat the Snowdrops in the 2012 edition of this challenge in the Czech Republic.

The team of 4 young women players, the "Snowdrops", had enjoyed a significant 10-6 lead at the halfway stage of this double Scheveningen competition (each team member plays each player on the other team twice).

However the veteran male players, the "Old Hands", staged a convincing comeback to turn the tables on their opponents to win 17-15.

The Old Hands team were GM Vlastimil Hort, GM Wolfgang Uhlmann (pictured), GM Fridrik Olafsson and GM Oleg Romanishin.  The Snowdrops team were IM Valentina Gunina, IM Tania Sachdev, WGM Alina Kaslinskaya and WIM Kristýna Havlíková.

The final standings

O1 O2 O3 O4 O1 O2 O3 O4 15
S1 Valentina Gunina 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
S2 Tania Sachdev 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 6
S3 Alina Kashlinskaya ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1
S4 Kristýna Havlíková 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 2
S1  S2  S3  S4  S1  S2  S3  S4  17
O1  Fridrik Olafsson 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 4
O2 Wolfgang Uhlmann ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 4
O3 Vlastimil Hort ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½
O4 Oleg Romanishin ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½

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The guest of honour was 90 year old Yuri Averbakh, the oldest living grandmaster

Yuri Averbakh by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Tania Sachdev enjoying the snow on the free day (photo by Pavel Matocha)

Tania Sachdev by Pavel Matocha.jpg

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Alina Kašlinskaja and Valentina Gunina keeping warm in Prague (by Sergey Movsesian)

Alina Kašlinskaja and Valentina Gunina by Sergey Movsesian.jpg

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Fridrik Olafsson defeated Valentina Gunina in round five

GM Fridrik Olafsson, IM Valentina Gunina, IM Tania Sachdev Czech Coal 2012 round 5.jpg

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Oleg Romanishin defeated Alina Kashlinskaya in round 6

Oleg Romanshin by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Wolfgang Uhlmann defeated Kristýna Havlíková in round 7, and Alina Kashlinskaya in round 8

Wolfgang Uhlmann 2 by Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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Tania Sachdev holding one of the "Snowdrop" trophies

Tania Sachdev 2 Anežka Kružíková.jpg

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The closing ceremony in Poděbrady

Snowdrops and old hands 2012 closing ceremony.jpg

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Photos (unless otherwise credited) by Anežka Kružíková at the official website.

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  • vor 23 Monate

    ChrisWainscott

    Is that a trophy or a bong?

  • vor 23 Monate

    Shibin123

    Tania looks lovely!

  • vor 23 Monate

    keithjoshua777

    Age and experience likely wins the most.

  • vor 24 Monate

    Aaronsky72

    Melvinbluestone, mixed competitions are an interesting idea, it may strengthen female competition but it may also dishearten female players, at least for a while.

    It may be a visuo-spatial superiority who knows? What is known and measured is the IQ differential. Men in all major IQ studies have been shown to be 5 points higher on average. That is neither here nor there and may be the result of gender bias relative to value given to certain thinking processes. But the key is the distribution. Women's IQs are more centred around the average whereas men's are more evenly distributed across the spectrum, This makes evolutionary sense, the bigger the difference between men's abilities the more easy it is for women to select the fittest mates, also the best of a diverse group of men is going to be much more intelligent than the best selected of a group of average men. Thus humanity's intellectual evolution advances more rapidly (all things being equal).

    Thus there are more stupid men than women but many more genius level men than women.

    While chess is not necessarily a reflection of IQ, it plays a factor (Kasparov apparently has an IQ of 190) so the large disparity between the sexes at high IQ levels may be partly to blame along with more men playing than women.

    Still that's all just statistical averages and you can get brilliant players like Judit that can compete with top male players so it's encouraging, perhaps in the near future with more women playing chess increasing the numbers we can get more competitive women and start mixed competitions.

  • vor 24 Monate

    Aaronsky72

    Alina looks a little like jason Bourne's pretty girlfriend played by Franka Potente.

  • vor 24 Monate

    Aaronsky72

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  • vor 24 Monate

    ewanyengi

    what was Havlikova's 33) .... Nc3 all about?

  • vor 24 Monate

    melvinbluestone

    Very suspicious, the old coots making a comeback in the second half of the tourny...... two years in a row! If anything, they should be running out of steam in the latter stages of the event!Wink...... Just kidding! Good article and tournament. The women's performance was more than respectable, and I'd like to see more mixed-gender competitions. I believe it would raise the playing strength of female players. I still haven't heard a plausable explanation for the rather large ratings disparity between the sexes. Maybe tougher opponents would compel better performance.

  • vor 24 Monate

    novzki41

    great match.. we need more of this..

  • vor 24 Monate

    imsodumicantdie

    I'm pretty sure this is the second year in a row the Old Hands have come back after being down at the halfway stage. You should have mentioned that. :D

  • vor 24 Monate

    Cruiseylee78

    Im in love with Alina Kašlinskaja wow  ;)

  • vor 24 Monate

    NimzoRoy

    Long live GM Averbakh!

  • vor 24 Monate

    Twobit

    Great idea and tradition.

  • vor 24 Monate

    jackstar79

    Thats a strange looking bong Tania is holding

  • vor 24 Monate

    Cerebral-tactic

    These games go to prove that old lions still got teeth. A aged grandmaster plays like a machine while a young master is human. Who plays better? Leave it to the peculiarities and unpredictabilities of tactical vs positional chess!

  • vor 24 Monate

    miki_martin

    I like the last featured game Kashlinskaya vs. Uhlmann

  • vor 24 Monate

    NightHawk0085

    Gotta be impressed with Tania Sachdev's individual performance!

  • vor 24 Monate

    Czechman

    Goes to prove that youth and enthusiasm is no match for age and treachery Wink

    Oh sorry, I forgot to say FIRST!

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