The Gibtelecom 'Team of Four' Blitz took place Wednesday 23 January 2008. 12 teams took part in the five-round Swiss. Points scored in each game were counted.
The Indian Defence Team, captained by board 1 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) won the £300 first prize with the score of 16.5/20. The other team members were Gopal Geethanaryan (GM), Harika Dronavili (IM), Aarthie Ramaswamy (WGM). They were the only team also sensible enough to be consist of two men and two women, so that they picked up a further £50.
Hikaru Nakamura having fun playing blitz
Two teams came equal second with 15.5 points, each winnning £125. The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly was captained Mark Hebden (GM). The other players were Gawain Jones (GM), Jovanka Houska (IM), Thomas Rendle (IM).
Jovanka Houska playing Elisabeth Paehtz
(with Thomas Rendle in the foreground)
The Beast and the Beauties were captained by Tigran Petrosyan (GM) and he shared the favours with Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Muzychuk, Elisabeth Paetz (all IMs).
Gawain Jones playing Tigran Petrosian and Mark Hebden playing Anna Muzychuk
Another photo from the team of four blitz competition
We are grateful to our resident 'Monroi babe', Zeljka Malobabic, for taking the photos that you see. But Zeljka herself doesn't like a camera pointed at her. That's her, hiding behind her camera.