European Individual Chess Championship 2021, Round 3
As with most congresses these days, the pairings are done by computer, more specifically by the FIDE-approved “Chess-Manager”. This is evident in the 3rd-round pairings, where on board 78, Tomas Moller and Agnar T Moller were paired against each other, and on board 82, Gudrun Fanney Briem and Benedikt Briem were paired together. This could be just co-incidence, but it seems likely these were two pairs of siblings or similar, which a traditional manual weekend congress controller would probably avoid, with no ill effect. (Swiss-Manager may well allow such manual partial overrides in the draw.)
Round-3 results of the England contingent were as follows:
Gawain Jones, even with White, again managed only a draw, though he tried hard to win, leaving him 26 to 78th = on 2 out of 4, alongside and Lorin D’Costa who is also on 2. In front are 7 players on 3, then 19 on 2˝. Click here to play through the game Gawain Jones ˝-˝ Jonas Buhl Bjerre on screen.
Malcolm Pein reckons he missed an instructive draw at move 55. The idea he had in mind was probably 55. … Kb6, to be able to seize the opposition and keep out the white king. Click here to play through the game Lucas Van Foreest 1-0 Malcolm Pein on screen, and find the missed continuation.
The game Keymer v Sarana saw an amusing win of a pawn by Black. One can imagine, after 20. … Bxg2, White thinking, “Oh, yes! Didn’t spot that. How embarrassing!” Click here to play through the round-3 game Keymer 0-1 Sarana. (This game is given as, at the time of writing, the main PGN file for the round has yet to become available.)
The 180 players are playing under the flags of 36 different nations. There is no limit to how many representatives a nation may send, and the home contingent of Icelanders numbers 58, virtually a third. The Germans are also there in relatively large numbers. Numbers of players from the different nations are as follows:
* 2 players attributed to “ECU” for some reason.