Gibtelecom Festival 2008

 

GIBTELECOM TEAM PAIRS BLITZ RESULTS

 

9-12 pm, Tuesday 29 January 2008

 

The rules are that the total Rating of the two players may not exceed 4600. The rate of play was all the moves in 5 minutes + 5 seconds per move from the first. Players were not allowed to consult their partner, nor presumably insult them. It was a five-round Swiss.

 

38 pairs took part, so that 78 players were involved, about one-third of the contestants in the congress. Peopled ask why the rules are designed this way. It makes strong players seek out partners they may never before have met. The event did not finish until midnight. A faster rate of play would result in players unable to get their hands to the pieces due to their partner getting in the way. A rook + knight against rook endgame occurred. Possibly I should have adjudicated this a draw, but instead they played on until I spotted repetition. The 50 move rule would have been announced a couple of moves later.

Stewart Reuben

 

RESULTS

Unisex

Edwin Haastert, Linda Jap Tjoen San

1st

£250

White Queen, Black King

Mark Hebden, Adeoye Dasaolu

4

2=

£75

Unbeatable Fischer

Pavel Dimitrov, Oleg Kozlov

4

2=

£75

Hot Potato

Radoslav Dimitrov, Milan Kandic 

4

2=

£75

Nerves of Steel

Henry Steel, Srinath Narayanan

4

2=

£75

 

Best score by a team of Mixed Gender: Unisex £25

Best name prize: Jaar Pettersen, Sandre Tofte: 4feit £25

 

Proprietor of the hotel, Brian Callaghan, and the originator of the whole congress, had his baptism of fire in this event. He partnered grandmaster Stuart Conquest with a team name of Chilli Peppers. Unsurprisingly, they only scored one point. Brian had never before used a chess clock.

 

There were various imaginative team names. Unisex caught my eye, the players being of different sexes. Indiana Jones and the Goddess of Grief was the pairing of Gawain Jones and Melissa Greef. Good Girls Gone Bad was two Norwegian boys. Robbin’ Hoods might have got my vote, had they made it Reuben Hoods. The Stewart Reuben Appreciation Society was too wildly improbable an organisation. Scotch and Ruy, and Hope it’s Unrated also attracted attention.

 

We could not use the DGT boards and never thought of trying the Monroi equipment. Thus few of the games are likely to make it to ChessBase.

 

The Russian Chess Federation hopes to arrange a World Pairs Blitz Championship in the next year. It is unlikely it will be as much fun.

 

 

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