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We suffered a disappointing defeat 3-1 to the UK last night. The most surprising defeat was Victor Chow losing to Andrew Simons 4d, while John’s rather lucky win (from a lost position) was balanced by Ben’s unfortunate defeat from a won position. This defeat has destroyed our chance of winning the league, but we will try our best to get the runner-up place.
Chris Welsh reports the following on tonight’s matches in Group C of the Pandanet European Team League:
South Africa play the United Kingdom tonight at 9pm in a top of the table clash. The result in this event will have a large say in who wins the league. Both sides have put out their strongest teams, with tonight marking the debuts of Victor “RoseDuke” Chow and Ben “Ben1981″ Gale. Victor will be battling load shedding, while Ben will be playing from Korea (3am local time!). The games can be watched live on IGS in the Pandanet EuroTeam Championship room.
Good luck to team SA!
The 4th Quarter Internet Tournament took place on Saturday. There were seven players, with Max and Chris only joining for the first two and last rounds respectively. The players were fairly diverse in terms of strength, so some games were replaced with teaching games. After the three rounds, Andrew emerged as the overall winner of the day. This means that this year Andrew has won all four of the internet tournaments. Well done to Andrew!
1. Andrew Davies
2-3. Max Rabkin (only played rounds 1 and 2), Peet Brits
4-5. Christiaan Maasdorp, Rory Shea
6-7. Elizabeth Meyer, Chris Welsh (only played round 3)
Victor Chow was, as usual, the winner of the 2014 SA Closed event, held recently in Johannesburg. The real battle is for second place, and this year, Andre Connell, showing impressive form, reeled off six straight victories (ignoring the game against Victor) to comfortably secure the runner up position. Welile Gogotshe came third.
The top three players, plus John Leuner in fourth place, automatically qualify for the event next year.
1. Victor Chow 7d – 7 wins
2. Andre Connell 2d – 6 wins
3. Welile Gogotshe 3d – 4 wins
4. John Leuner 3d – 3 wins
5. Sam Scott 3d – 3 wins
6. Bob Gale 2d – 2 wins
7. Andrew Davies 3d – 2 wins
8. Chris Welsh 2d – 1 win
Congratulations to Welile Gogotshe, who was promoted to 4d during the tournament. Andre Connell just missed out on his promotion to 3d, despite his good sequence of results.
Our first round match against Spain ended in a 2-2 draw. Victor Chow was kind enough to review the games.
Andre Connell finished in 36th place, a creditable result considering he had been seeded 43rd. He finished with two wins out of six, over Mongolia 1d and Luxembourg 3k, with defeats to South Korea 7d, Denmark 4d, Belarus 1d and Sweden 3d.
Note: the previous report incorrectly stated that Andre played his second round match against China – it was against South Korea.
At the halfway stage of the 2014 Korean Prime Minster’s Cup, the South African representative Andre Connell (2D) is on 1/3 wins. He won his first round match against the 1D from Mongolia, but was drawn against China in the second round. In the third round he lost out to the 4D from Denmark.