- Group 1:
The standings depent
on what you look at - concerning the total number of points the
US team with the crazy name "There's a Weasel Chomping on my Chess
Nuts" leads with 8 points. However this team has achieved "only"
a little more than 50% of the possible points so far and so they
might not stay in this postion for too long. Here the actual favourites
(average team rating 2507!) of the group, the "Chess Mail Tigers",
are in a better situation: 85% with 7-1 points mean a good start
for the team. Concerning the total number of points they are accompanied
by "Capea I", "Panorama" and the team "Rochade 5171 - Amici" from
Germany. The players of the team "CCF Ukraine" can continue their
games only now after not very praiseworthy activities between
them and the TD and so their current performance of 2 out of 2
is not very expressive. However - the rest of the group is warned.
The best individual
performance has Thomas Winckelmann with 5/5 on board 2 for the
top team "Chess Mail Tigers".
Board 1 has the leading
player in IM Etchechoury from the argentinian team "La Dama Clavada"
(3/4). The webtables-pope Klaus Wrba himself seems to work for
this event in other ways, too: he is the current top-scorer of
board 3 with 3,5/4!
Board 3 sees a lower
rated player in first position at the moment and I´m happy that
I do not have to pronounce but only write down his name: Zbigniew
Cholojczyk leads with 3/4 by only 2033 rating points - surprise,
You allow me bet on
the final team positions? Thanks:
- Chess Mail Tigers
- Rochade 5171 -
- La Dama Clavada
Every team and every
player is asked to disprove this guess and I will update this
list with every new report.
- Group 2:
Old but not cold: the
"Old Friends Team" scored 11,5 points and clearly occupies the
1st place in the group. The best performance however comes from
"Chess Victory - RUS" (name is program) and "Stamp" (do they nevertheless
use email?) with more than 80%! It gets more and more difficult
for "ACS(I) CC Team" to promote to the Champions League A because
0-9 points mean the last place currently. However: Everyone outside
this group supports the youngest team in the Champions League:
one 14- and three 13-years-old boys from Singapore and they will
surely fight for every point until the end!
Two Germans dominate
the first board currently: SIM Dr.Fred Kunzelmann (2503) and Günther
Marquardt (2157) have scored 4/5 already and their own game ended
with a draw.
Board 2 sees another
SIM as the leader: Heinz Prokopp has 4,5/7, but he already has
lost a game against newcomer Jens Madsen (2,5/3) from Denmark.
Only two results so
far at board 3...
IM Turkov has to face
7 players with no official ICCF rating so far (provisionally set
to 2200 for rating purposes) on board 4, but he shows no irritation:
4 out of 5 for him.
My bet for the first
- Chess Victory -
- 4 knights of lake
- Group 3:
The Russians of the
team "Diana" scored 85% so far and they confirm their favourite
role herewith. The "Alpine-Rookies" and the Poland´s "Centrum-Tczew"
follow with a worser total score in percentage, but 13,5 (12,5)
total points surely are a strong argument.
Andrzej Borowiec scored
5/7 on board 1 already although 5 players have a better rating
than he has. Let´s see what SIM Alexandr Makarov (2601) will do
- he currently has not finished a single game, but I´m sure he
will not disappoint his team.
No draws on the second
board so far and 4/4 mean an outstanding result for Marek Mokwa
so far! 5 other players also have a performance of 100% at the
moment: Mayer, Khromov, Arounopoulos, Zatrapa and Maesa.
Board 3 only shows
the win of Kaczynski over Vrbica. What if a player has already
finished 9 games after only 5 months? Probably a greenhorn who
shows not only the speed but also the playing strength of a blitz
game... Well, the player in hand is a greenhorn, but Werner Schön
proves that his FIDE rating was not payed by money: unbelievable
8 points out of 9 games! Vyacheslav Lyukmanov goes for the second
place with 5/6 at this board.
My guess for the first
- Chess Club Travertin
- Group 4:
Their name show they
are not very squeamish: The "Rochade 5171 - Bulldozers" lead in
this group with the score of 10-3. "Chess Mail Tal" has a good
score with 75%, but they have only finished 4 games so far.
Not much to say about
the first board in this group while board 2 sees an outstandable
score of IM Erofeev with 4,5/5. Viktor Shnyrew (team "Era") is
new to ICCF and maybe that´s why he waits with remarkable results:
7 finished games and 3 finished draws nevertheless mean 2nd place
at this board.
Board 3 does also show
no remarkable activities; IM Dambrauskas has 200 rating points
between him and the rest of the group but so far he finished his
only game with a draw against IM Bascetta who himself lost to
FIDE player Alexander Heinrich.
Board 4 might become
a battle between the Russians. The group is currently controlled
by Valery Lebedev who plays for the italian team "A. Scacchistica
Napoletana I.T.". He has 3,5/5 so far and we are curious what
he will do against Konstantin Kozlov (1/1) and Mrs. Natalya Eroffeva
My proposal for the
first 3 places:
- Rochade 5171 - Bulldozers
- Turm Greifswald
- Chess Mail Tal
- Group 5:
Only the 5th best average
rating but the top place at the moment: "Bashkir Chess" surprises
with superb results.
The 4 Russians have
FIDE player Jalil Davletov on 1st board and he proved this idea
to be right with 3,5/4. IM Yamaliev (4/6), Shulman (0,5/1) and
Karachurin (2/2) round up the good performance. On board 1 Peter
Schuster (2547) has 5/7 while top rated player Oliveira (2581)
lost his only finished game against newcomer Schwenk. The last
+2500, SIM Jorgensen, had to accept 2 defeats already and he surely
wants to improve his current score of 1/4.
On board 2 P.E. Terres
(team "CXEB-BRS") from Brazil and Soren Larsen (team "CC-Vikings")
from Denmark have the only postive scores without any defeat next
to Yamaliev. No results so far for my friend Grayling Hill, whose
"Team CC.Com" is in a good position.
Not many results on
board 3, but Bratholm, Fuzishawa and Ticozzi all have a 100% score
-> 1/1. While Brollini from the team "Yetman.Brothers'.Descriptive.
CM.A" had to pay dearly
for his participation at board 4 the other players share all points
in draws at the moment.
My bet for the first
- Bashkir Chess
- Zugzwang Bochholt