It is necessary to abandon a reality and that is in the 32nd edition of the European Championship of chess clubs, in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, the Russian squad Mednyi Vsadnik (Bronze Horseman ) have finished with the small mangoes and from now on they have to overthrow windmills. But to the frenzy of this squad nothing and no one has stopped it, and after half of the jousts it appears on the cusp.
VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski's duels on Wednesday seemed to require it, especially after Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's (2762) win over Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2811) and Richard Rapport (2730) against Levon Aronian (2795). However, chess, like any sport, also overturns predictions and generates unexpected news, such as the triumph of Mednyi Vsadnik by a comfortable 5-1 over the host squad.
The Azerbaijani Mamedyarov had an unforeseen defeat with white pieces against Peter Svidler (2742) in 60 moves and the Hungarian Rapport signed the peace with black pieces against the Cuban Leinier Domínguez (2752) in 41 moves of a French Defence.
The other victories of the Saint Petersburg team went to the account of Nikita Vitiugov (2718) against Alexander Morozevich (2683) in 63 moves of a Spanish Opening, Maxim Matlakov (2691) against Robert Markus (2652) in 35 moves, and Vladimir Fedoseev (2673) against Milos Perunovic (2616) in 43 moves of a Nimzoindia Defense, a similar opening to the tie between the Chinese Xiangzhi Bu (2698) and Ivan Ivanisevic (2645).
This was the fourth success in an equal number of outings for the team of Domínguez,a performance that allows it to be in front of the event with eight points, matched with the Macedonian Alkaloid, winner on the fourth date by 3.5-2.5 over the Russian Zhiguli. With seven points is Russian Syberia and Israeli Ashdod, while with a sextet of points are 13 teams.
Today the fifth round will be played and in order to maintain the lead of the contest, the Mednyi Vsadnik will be measured by their companion of the vanguard Alkaloid. Leinier will probably face Dmitry Andreikin (2736), who recorded a win and three draws, one more than the man from Mayabeque.
The ladies have little to smile about
If the Antillean is enjoying euphoria in Europe, the same cannot be said of the Cuban sextet participating in the Continental Championship for Ladies, which is being held over nine rounds under the Swiss system in the Mexican state of Colima.
Before the fifth round, which was played at the close, none of them was included among the top five in a contest that has the Peruvian Deysi Cori (2399) as leader with four points and gives the champion a spot for the Women's World Cup Championship. Yaniet Marrero (2249), from Las Tunas anchors on the sixth rung with 2.5 points (two victories, one draw and one failure), the same as Maritza Arribas (2334), who has one win and three draws and is eighth.
With a pair of points is Ana Flavia Roca (2218) from Havana, who has drawn four boards and rests a spot below Arribas, and Lisandra Llaudy (2277), from Holguin, with one win, a setback and two armistices. Behind them are the habanera Yuleisy Hernández (2232) with 1.5 points and the indomitable Zirka Frómeta (2123) with a solitary point.
Translated by ESTI