European Individual Chess Championship 2021, Round 7
The disappearance from the pairings of Malcolm Pein and a few others is possibly explained by the following announcement .made on 1st September by the organising committee:
Affected players were not named, but it looks as though Malcolm Pein may now be in quarantine. So, we wish the ECF International Director (if he is so affected), and the others involved, a successful outcome, with no adverse complications. There are currently 6 players “unpaired”, though some may simply have withdrawn.
The top-board game, GM Kacper Piorun (Poland) v GM Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) was a 9-move draw.
Round-6 results of the remaining England contingent were as follows:
If the England players’ opponents’ names sound like characters out of Jules Vernes’ Journey to the Centre of the Earth, then that is because they were all Icelanders.
Gawain Jones managed to turn in his second win, taking him to 4 out of 7, 2 points behind the leaders, with 4 rounds to go. Lorin D’Costa also won, and moves also to 4 out of 7. Edmund Player’s game ground on longer, but he too won, so the England “team” result was
England 3-0 Iceland.
None of the England players’ games were among the ones broadcast live, so publication on this website of any of those games with have to wait until the round-7 PGN file become available on the event website, which is likely to be Saturday afternoon, as they are only up to round 4 at present in publishing PGN files.
PS (05/09/2021) The three England players’ game can now be seen in a later post, for which click here.