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N.Beltov
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posted 20 October 2004 08:53 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canada's "young lions" at the Chess Olympiad took some bit shots from the powerful Armenian team, against the likes of Aronian (2675), Vaganian (2640), Lputian (2634) and Sargissian (2611) in Round 8 of the Olympiad, losing 3.5 - 0.5. But all is not lost. There are still many rounds ahead for this young team. Charbonneau (2490) - won got today's only draw against a SuperGM - Bluvstein (2502), Teplitsky (2435), Tyomkin (2505)and Zugic (2479) have all honoured Canada with their fighting play to date. And don't forget this team lost both GM Spraggett (2610) AND the Quebecois GM LeSiege (2528) before the event even started.

For chess neophytes...some links:

Chess Talk - a poorly moderated but open bilingual Canadian chess babble

The Week in Chess - the London Times of chess in the English-speaking world

Chess Olympiad site - VERY busy!

This is what our Captain, Brian Hartman, had to say about today's loss:

quote:
"We lost convincingly to Armenia. Pascal obtained a relatively easy draw vs 2675 rated Aronin, however, the rest of the team suffered. Mark declined a draw and mistakenly sacrificed a rook thinking he had a win - showing again the fighting spirit every team member has, extending for wins for the team.

Yan and Dima fought hard games, both coming close to saving disadvantages from the opening against elite players. I take full responsibility for the loss - I made two bad decisions, which I wont repeat... costly errors; however, we have 8 rounds remaining to make up ground.

We next play the strong Croatian squad. You may recall the "friendly" Canada-Croatian matches from a decade or so ago in Mississauga... with that experience in mind, and other data, we are hopeful to make up lost ground.

The team played a mixed game of nighttime basketball before dinner to shake off the loss. It didn’t completely work, however, we look forward to the rest day tomorrow to regroup and come out fighting to the end.

We had a near incident in today's match, as the Armenians have about 3 or 4 "captains", who continually stood as close as they could behind our team, annoying them with their presence. Dima protested, I spoke with two arbiters, and finally one arbiter (the other one was Armenian ) began blocking them... but far too late to matter. I wasn’t sure about captain protocol, but was considering forcibly pushing them out of the way...

I continue to feel devastated by the loss... but also realize it serves no purpose to dwell on it further and will now begin preparations for our final push.

Brian Hartman


Fight on Canadian lions!


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N.Beltov
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posted 20 October 2004 08:58 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unlike some other competition that shall remain nameless I offer data on the Canadian women as well.......
quote:

From the women's perspective, they finally decided to march forward. Starr, in splendid form, won another game, so did Dinara. Diane had a bit of a set back, well a big one, since she actually lost.

The details :
Starr (MIF, 2191) 1 - Ghazala Zena (0) 0
Ibrahim (0) 0 - Khaziyeva (MIF, 2100) 1
Mongeau (MFF, 2079) 0 - Mohammed Janar (0) 1
while Goutor (2013) walked around with her dad.

The women's team sits in 65th place. IBCA (#56, 2093) is waiting for them on the 43rd board.

Some amusing stories :
1) Pascal confessed that he was happy for his draw. When an opponent of Aronian's caliber offers the draw, you accept, if only for olympic prudence's stake. While he tells me this, he considers that Canada is standing well. But as we all know by now, things turned out rather poorly.

2) GM Aronian came by. Let me tel you that he is one hell of a guy, almost unpleasant. But, chessly speaking, he is strong. Pascal predicts that he will be 2700 soon. Thus his comments were very interesting. He predicted the results very accurately by just looking quickly at the positions.

When GM Tomi Nyback (Finland, 2554) ask him why he did not win, he replied that Charbonneau is a player to be respected. Having no advantage after 20 moves, he preferred to offer a draw.


The line that I have highlighted....

"He predicted the results very accurately by just looking quickly at the positions."

...demonstrates the power of a player of Aronian's calibre. A mere glance is all it takes. These players are scary.

[ 20 October 2004: Message edited by: N.Beltov ]


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posted 20 October 2004 08:59 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What happened to Spraggett and LeSiege??
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N.Beltov
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posted 20 October 2004 09:05 PM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi Mike. I've written in my first submission that BOTH Spraggett AND LeSiege are not playing for Canada. It is all very sordid and can be researched at your leisure. Spraggett is not well and LeSiege...fucked up with his passport. D'oh! Canada has already played the strong English team and generally made a good showing against some astounding heavyweights. And most importantly of all, our young lions are getting experience against real tigers of the chessboard. They deserve our unstinting encouragement.
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