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Friday, December 4, 2009

2009 Czech Coal Chess Match:Snowdrops versus Old-hands

At the present time, a unique chess event is taking place in Mariánské Lázně , Czech Republic. This event pits some of the most talented up and coming women in the world against some veteran male chess players. The players have been placed upon two separate teams: Chess legends (GM Viktor Korchnoi, GM Jan Timman, GM Robert Hübner and GM Vlastimil Hort) are competing with young woman grandmasters (GM Humpy Koneru, WGM/IM Anna Muzychuk, GM Katerina Lahno and WGM/IM  Jana Jackova) in the two-round scheveningen match: Snowdrops versus and Old-hands. 

The Scheveningen system is a method of organizing a chess match between two teams. Each player on one team plays each player on the other team (Just & Burg 2003:308). The team with the highest number of games won is the winner. This system is a popular way to create title norm opportunities
The system was first used in a tournament in Scheveningen in 1923. The idea behind it was that a team of ten Dutch players could face ten foreign masters. This has the intention of giving the players on the team experience against strong competition (Hooper & Whyld 1992). Source:

Here are the results after 6 rounds of play, as well as a list of the remaining matches in this year's event:

Round IRound IIRound IIIRound IV
Timman - Koneru 1/2Muzychuk - Timman 1/2Timman - Lahno 1/2Jacková - Timman 0-1
Hort - Muzychuk 1/2Koneru - Hort 1-0Hort - Jacková 1/2Lahno - Hort 1/2
Hübner - Lahno 1/2Jacková - Hübner 0-1Hübner - Koneru 1/2Muzychuk - Hübner 1-0
Korchnoi - Jacková 0-1Lahno - Korchnoi 1/2Korchnoi - Muzychuk 0-1Koneru - Korchnoi 1-0
Round VRound VIRound VIIRound VIII
Koneru - Timman 1-0Timman - Muzychuk 1-0Lahno - TimmanTimman - Jacková
Muzychuk - Hort 1/2Hort - Koneru 0-1Jacková - HortHort - Lahno
Lahno - Hübner 1/2Hübner - Jacková 1/2Koneru - HübnerHübner - Muzychuk
Jacková - Korchnoi 0-1Korchnoi - Lahno 1/2Muzychuk - KorchnoiKorchnoi - Koneru

Team results

Snowdrops2 1/222 1/22 1/222
Old-hands1 1/221 1/21 1/222
Total Snowdrops2 1/24 1/279 1/211 1/213 1/2
Total Old-hands1 1/23 1/256 1/28 1/210 1/2

Individual results

S1Koneru Humpy1111/211/25
S2Muzychuk Anna1/21/2101/213 1/2
S3Lahno Kateryna1/21/21/21/21/21/23
S4Jacková Jana0001/21/212
O1Timman Jan1/211/201/213 1/2
O2Hort Vlastimil01/21/201/21/22
O3Hübner Robert1/21/21/201/213
O4Korchnoi Viktor01/2001/212

The official tournament website for this event is (which is where I obtained the tables posted above):

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Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.