Thursday, 5 April 2007

Sophie facing World Champion at European Chess Championships

Sophie's been up against some tough opposition at the European Chess Championships, and it doesn't get any easier today; her 3rd round opponent, Mariam Danelia, is already a World Chess Champion at the tender age of 12. She won the World U12 title in October and holds the Women's FIDE Master title.

Mistakes in the opening in rounds 1 and 2, left Sophie with difficult positions to defend against a Ukranian International Master followed by a highly rated Israelian.

Dad Martin writes:

"It's very interesting preparing for the games although we have been unable to hit one yet. We misunderstood the transposition in a Nimzo in round one; she had to play Bb4+ and offer a Bogo.

Sophie's not too nervous which is good. I've told her Karpov lost 4 in a row in his first foreign tournament. Against better opposition you have to be much more accurate she can't believe the extra understanding of the opening necessary to compete.

The building is fantastic: a glass snake overlooking the Elbe. You go in at 3rd floor and the playing hall is 2 floors below. You can't watch easily unless you buy a gold ticket 28 euros (per day) which allows you access to the main hall. I might do this at half way through tourny. 8 euros buys access to balcony but you'd need binoculars to see her game!

Organisation's rubbish, (official) website rubbish, but it's fantastic to be able to focus like this, a swiss weekend is not even remotely like it."

Sophie Seeber - Bela Atnilov [D11]
European Individual Championships, Rd. 2, 04.04.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bf5 5.Nf3 e6 6.0–0 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 h6 8.Re1 Be7 9.Nh4 Bh7 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Bxe4 13.Rxe4 Nc5 14.Re5 Bxh4 15.Rxc5 Bf6 16.d5 Be7 17.d6 Qxd6 18.Qxd6 Bxd6 19.Rh5 0–0 20.Be3 Rfd8 21.Re1 Bb4 22.Re2 a6 23.Rh4 Rd1+ 24.Kg2 Rad8 25.c5 Ba5 26.b4 Bc7 27.Rg4 Kf8 28.Rc2 R8d5 29.Bc1 R5d4 30.Rxd4 Rxd4 31.a3 Rd3 32.Bb2 f6 33.Re2 Kf7 34.Kh3 f5 35.Kh4 Bd8+ 36.Kh3 Bf6 37.a4 Rb3 38.b5 0–1

ChessBase has a pictorial report on the first 2 rounds.

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