Spanish Team Championship, Round 3: Andreu Paterna in the lead – Chessbase News

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by Carlos Alberto Colodro

9/26/2020 Andreu Paterna, the team led by Jorden van Foreest, Francisco Vallejo and David Howell, grabbed the lead of the Spanish Team Championship in round 3, as they comfortably defeated Collado Villalba. Three teams are sharing second place a match point behind, Silla Bosch Serinsys, Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea. Beniajn Duochess, the favourite team rating-wise, is not having the best of tournaments, as they lost a second match in a row on Saturday. | Photo: Spanish Chess Federation

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Despite being the only team fielding four 2600+ rated players,Beniajn Duochess is currently placed sixth in the eight-team Spanish Divisin de Honor. This talks about how competitive the tournament actually is, with some underrated players showing they can be dangerous when in form.

Andreu Paterna (led by Jorden van Foreest, pictured), the current leading squad on 5/6 match points, is one of two teams still undefeated after three rounds the Silla Bosch Serinsys has not lost a match yet, but has drawn twice. Silla Bosch Serinsys is sharing second place with Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea, two teams that have won twice and lost once.

In round 4, Andreu Paterna will have the tough task of facing a wounded team in Beniajn Duochess. The two top boards will see Jorden van Foreest (AP) facing David Navara (BD) and Francisco Vallejo (AP) playing against David Antn (BD) in a clash of the two highest-rated Spanish representatives.

While Andreu Paterna comfortably beat the lowest-rated Collado Villalba, Solvay and Gros Xake Taldea obtained key victories in round 3, both beating teams that had higher-rated players than them in all but one board.

Solvay defeated Jaime Casas 4:2, with wins by Polish couple Bartosz and Monika Socko and by Alberto Martn. The latter took advantage of Joaqun Antolis careless 15th move:

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By playing 15...Nd4, Black underestimated Whites attacking chances along the b-file and the light-squared long diagonal. Martn found 16.b5 a5 17.b6 Bxb6 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Qf3c6 20.Rxb6 dxc3 21.Rfb1:

Black is a pawn up, but his king is in trouble. Antoli tried 21...Bg4 and resigned after 22.Qf4 for example, after 22...Be6 there would come 23.Bxc6 and Black needs to give up a massive amount material to avoid mate.

The playing hall | Photo: FEDA

Meanwhile, Gros Xake Taldea beat Beniajn Duochess 3:2, with wins for Arkadij Naditisch and igo Argandoa. This was Naiditschs third consecutive win, as he defeated David Antn with the white pieces. Antn played sharply in the opening, putting his hopes on a kingside attack after giving up a piece. The Spaniardmissed a big though difficult to find chance to break through on the g and h-files:

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Black went for 20...Qxf5, as White cannot capture the queen without allowing mate on h1. However, the winning move was 20...Qf6 21.Qxg5 fails to 21...Rdg8 22.Qxg8 Rxg8 23.Kh2 Rh8, while 21.f3 runs into 21...Rxh4 22.gxh4 Qxh4 and Black breaks through.

After the text, Naiditsch had calculated that 21.f3 was the way to go. At that point, Antn needed to stick to his guns and play 21...Rxh4, but opted for 21...Qe6 instead. A piece to the good, Naiditsch went on to get a 55-move win.

Arkadij Naiditsch | Photo: FEDA

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