Sunday, 3 August 2014

2014 Olympiad - PNG Team Day 1

The Olympiad would be a much poorer event without teams like PNG, and in fact much poorer without PNG itself. For wherever we go, excitement is not far behind. The team got off to a cracking start, with our fantastic captain GM Dejan Bojkov scrambling to make the start of the round, due to a missed flight the day before. So at one point we had either 0 captains, 1 captain or 2 captains, much to the confusion of the match arbiter. Fortunately the delayed start meant the Bojkov arrived moments before the clocks were started.
As for the match against Singapore, 0-4 was not a surprise. However Nigel Marko fought hard on debut, while FM Stuart Fancy made IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming work for is point. I fact he was equal for quite a long while, and even offered a draw around move 25. However the tournament rules allow no draw agreements before move 30, and by the time the players had reached this mark, Fancy's position had begun to deteriorate.
The PNG team have Puerto Rico today which is another tough pairing. Also, I am uploading lots if pics from the event to my chess photo collection. Just click the link on the left hand side of this blog.

Goh Wei Ming Kevin (2433) - Fancy Stuart (2036) [C23]
WCO2014 Tromso (1.13), 02.08.2014

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