Monday, May 22, 2006

Chess Olympiad - Last Event for SCG?

Serbia & Montenegro men's team scored nice 3.5-0.5 win against Botswana in the 1st round of Chess Olympiad. GM Dragan Kosic had to settle for a draw on board two after bad played opening. Women's team suffered shocking defeat against Venezuela. IM Alisa Maric lost with white pieces against much lower rated WIM Sarai Sanchez while other two players had to fight for draws. Official website is awful, games impossible to be found.

Reason for the title is that "Montenegro people voted in favor of independence on Sunday in a referendum on ending its state union with Serbia, according to an unofficial projection of the result". The team with Montenegrins Dragan Kosic and Marko Krivokapic will, of course, complete the tournament. Montenegro, most likely member of FIDE soon, will have 4 GMs: Bozidar Ivanovic, Dragisa Blagojevic, Dragan Kosic and Nikola Djukic.

Serbia & Montenegro - Botswana 3.5-0.5
GM Nikola Sedlak 2564 - Barileng Gaealafshwe 2125 1-0
GM Dragan Kosic 2482 - Ignatious Njobvu 2236 draw
GM Dusan Popovic 2496 - Tebogo Pitlagano 2161 1-0
Marko Krivokapic 2352 - Ofentse Molale 2211 1-0

Serbia & Montenegro - Venezuela 1-2
IM Alisa Maric 2415 - WIM Sarai Sanchez 2176 0-1
WGM Irina Chelushkina 2320 - WIM Irene Han draw
WGM Suzana Maksimovic 2295 - Zaida Hernandez 2046 draw

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