Press release of the German Chess Federation
In the still ongoing 21st Correspondence Chess Olympiad, the German team for some time had very good chances to win. Now, with only one game still undecided (board 2 Luxembourg – Austria), Germany can even theoretically no longer be overtaken and is the 21st Olympic Correspondence Chess Champion. The matches were played on six boards with a total of 13 teams on the server of the World Chess Federation ICCF. The tournament started on 13 January 2020.
Germany played with the following team:
GM Matthias Kribben (62, Berlin) – Elo 2644 / +0 =12 -0
GM Stephan Busemann (65, Saarbrücken) – Elo 2581 / +0 =12 -0
GM Hans-Dieter Wunderlich (70, Munich) – Elo 2583 / +0 =12 -0
GM Robert Bauer (55, Freising) – Elo 2571 / +0 =12 -0
GM Robert von Weizsäcker (67, Munich) – Elo 2559 / +1 =11 -0
IM Roland del Rio (57, Mühltal) – Elo 2447 / +3 =9 -0
Congratulations to the German team and its six players!
Best scorer of the German team was Roland del Rio, who played on board 6 and won three of the four games the German team won altogether. However, in one of these games his opponent lost on time in an even position. This game was one of the very rare wins for Black in correspondence chess: in this Olympiad Black only won 5 of 467 games. White won 16 times, 446 games ended in a draw (95.5%). The average number of moves was 38, with most games ending after 20 to 30 moves.
CCO21/F, ICCF Olympiad 21 Final
|TD Tinture, Laurent (IA)|
|1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||Score||%||+/-||Team results||FG||RG||Place||Team Captain|
|4||Ukraine||2452||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3.5||36.5||4||Bubir, Alex Nikolaevich|
|5||Czech Republic||2488||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3.5||3||3||3||36.5||5||Mrkvička, Josef|
|6||England||2515||3||3||2.5||3||3||3||3.5||3||3||3||3.5||3||36.5||6||Pheby, Ian M.|
|9||Spain||2544||2||3||3||3||3||3||3||2.5||3||3||3||3.5||35||9||Costa Trillo, Valentín|
|10||Portugal||2454||2.5||2.5||3||3||2.5||3||3||3||3||3.5||3.5||2.5||35||10||Salvador Marques, João Luís|
|11||Russia||2541||2.5||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||2.5||3||3||35||11||Pavlikov, Andrey Nikolaevich|
|12||Belarus||2405||3||3||3||3||3||2.5||3||3||3||2.5||3||3||35||12||Shetko, Leonid Vladimirovich|
Translation from German: Johannes Fischer