Snowdrops vs. Oldhands – Czech Coal Chess Match 2011

Beautiful Snowdrops and experienced Oldhands came to Marienbad in the first week of December. The Snowdrops was represented by four women grandmasters: an Indian Tania Sadchev, Russian Natalia Pogonina, Mariya Muzychuk from Ukrain and the best Czech chess player Eva Kulovana. The team of Oldhands represented Vlastimil Hort, traditionally in the role of captain, after one year again Robert Hübner and for the first time Rafael Vaganian with Boris Gulko.

The battle of wisdom vs. young vitality took place in hotel Cristal Palace. After two years, when Snowdrops had won, the Oldhands left shame and started to fight with all their strength. Although the first two rounds looked quite equally, gradually the Snowdrops were running out. Therefore, the Oldhands were closer and closer to the expected triumph. The clear leadership undertook after sixth round and thus the result was almost decided.

Legendary grandmasters won the Snowdrops vs. Oldhands – Czech Coal Chess Match 2011 by huge margin 21 : 11. After two years the Oldhands are back on the throne and the historical score against Snowdrops is equalized to 2:2.

The best Snowdrop was Mariya Muzychuk with five points and no defeat. And the best player of Oldhands was Robert Hübner with six points.

Individual results:

O1 O2 O3 O4 O1 O2 O3 O4 Total
S1 Pogonina Natalia 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 0 1/2 3
S2 Sachdev Tania 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 1/2 0 1/2 2,5
S3 Muzyčuk Maria 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 5
S4 Kulovaná Eva 0 0 1/2 0 0 0 0 0 0,5
S1 S2 S3 S4 S1 S2 S3 OS4
O1 Hübner Robert 1/2 1 1/2 1 1/2 1 1/2 1 6
O2 Gulko Boris 1 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 0 1 5
O3 Vaganjan Rafael 1 1 0 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 5
O4 Hort Vlastimil 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 5

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