FICGS vs IGAMERU the games


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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-27)
FICGS vs. IGAME.RU, the games

Hello to all.

The friendly match between FICGS & IGAME.RU teams just started :)

I'd like to thank Sergey Pligin for organizing this match and all players who registered to play. I apologize to the players who couldn't play :/ .. 25 boards was not enough this time. To build FICGS team I selected players with the highest ratings but one cause his rating should be clearly >2000 already. Also IM Mark Noble plays at table 6 because his opponent is another FIDE IM.

I wish good games to everyone, this is a great opportunity for us to meet russian chessfriends.

Amici Sumus !

... quote of the day : "Top boards make the show, last ones win matches." :-)

Here are the complete teams :


1. Thibault de Vassal # 1
2. Michael Aigner # 139
3. Peter Schuster SM # 323
4. Janos Helmer # 47
5. Miguel Pires # 83
6. Mark Noble IM # 1991
7. Leszek Tymcio # 2151
8. Heinz-Georg Lehnhoff # 142
9. Silviu Nenciulescu # 1319
10. William Taylor # 1232
11. Poulerik Jorgensen # 940
12. Wayne Lowrance # 135
13. Edward Kotlyansky # 1140
14. Christophe Czekaj # 1193
15. Konstantin Dudulec # 1329
16. Robert Mueller # 1233
17. Josef Riha # 157
18. Dan Rotaru # 1394
19. Garvin Gray # 1363
20. Nick Burrows # 1643
21. Vadim Khachaturov # 1078
22. Daniel Khayman # 1032
23. Gaetano Laghetti # 138
24. Alexander Nent # 1411
25. Ilmars Cirulis # 533


1. Sumets Andrey, Member # 2137, GM
2. Pljusnin Ivan, Member # 2147
3. Pligin Sergey, Member # 2189
4. Doinikov Owl, Member # 2191
5. Romitsin Nikolay Sergeevich, Member # 2159
6. Vovk Andrey, Member # 2144, IM
7. Yunusov Adkham, Member # 2124
8. Pavlikov Andrey Nikolayevich, Member # 2157
9. Leskiv Miroslav, Member # 2133
10. Domanov Dmitry, Member # 2130
11. Kragujevcanin Stole, Member # 2148 12. Silkin Aleksey, Member # 2198
13. Orlov Sergei, Member # 2207
14. Kim Vladimir, Member # 2139
15. Gerasimov Vladimir, Member # 2190
16. Larin Igor, Member # 2193
17. Zarullin Ivan, Member # 2203
18. Filimonov Evgeny, Member # 2176
19. Pezikov Evgeny, Member # 2174
20. Stork Denis, Member # 2180
21. Mancubov Boris, Member # 2156
22. Ilyuschenko Yury, Member # 2168
23. Prokopenko Alex, Member # 2182
24. Basiliev Iouri, Member # 2205
25. Shpakovsky Alexander, Member # 2185

Edit : There was a mistake while building the games, I had to make a replacement at board 23.

Sergey Pligin    (2007-07-08 19:16:04)

Dear chess friends!
You may view all games of the match (scrolling is available) at:
All the games are renewed every 5 minutes.

Charlie Neil    (2007-07-08 21:50:52)

Thanks and very nice the link is too! There are aa few games which I am watching, (and cheering on the Ficgs team) and of course I can't pass comment on any of them as it is against the rules and would be bad manners.

Nick Burrows    (2007-07-09 09:21:28)

Yes, thanks for the link Sergey! It makes it much easier to skim through the games.
Also thanks for creating such a great match, it's nice in such an individual game to play for a team...

Andrey Sumets    (2007-07-27 14:10:24)
The score is opened! now leads by 1-0. Congratulations to Iouri Basiliev with a great result.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-08-12 16:06:58)
Igame leads by 4-0

The last 4 boards were all won by Igame, now leading by 4-0, congrats !

Than Serd    (2007-08-24 17:52:04)

we are losing 4-0!!

Than Serd    (2007-08-26 17:50:22)


Andrey Sumets    (2007-08-27 13:45:53)


Marc Lacrosse    (2007-08-31 22:19:17)
Wayne Lowrance won one for FICGS !

He did it !

First full point for FICGS !

Go FICGS, go !

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-01 00:29:50)

Congrats Wayne, good game :)

Vadim Khachaturov    (2007-09-01 02:36:40)

Bravo, Wayne !

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-08 20:39:35)

That's a pity, it seems Miguel forfeited all his ongoing games... Probably 2 points more for IGAME.RU

Iouri Basiliev    (2007-09-09 13:31:11)
table 12

Congrats to Wayne! Nice game from the beginning till the end! Hope for revenge by Alex (jets) with white :)

Than Serd    (2007-09-09 16:31:41)


Than Serd    (2007-09-17 17:14:05)

another lose for ficgs

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-17 18:56:04)

Yes, it was the games of Miguel. Anyway, the match is not over yet :)

Than Serd    (2007-09-20 19:38:32)

why are players forfeits?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-09-20 20:42:06)

Many different reasons (often quite bad news), ie. health problems... :/

That's correspondence chess.

Andrey Sumets    (2007-09-21 09:40:10)
10 - 2

Resounding defeat ! Russians are coming....

Than Serd    (2007-09-23 11:20:15)

another draw

Than Serd    (2007-10-03 19:47:28)

2 draws

Gaetano Laghetti    (2007-10-05 16:39:21)
2 draws ??

not exactly! The last game (the 15th) was not a draw but a win for our team: Laghetti-Prokopenko 1-0 Regards Gaetano

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-05 17:04:41)

It is still possible for our team to win... Let's wait & see :)

Andrey Sumets    (2007-10-08 12:20:23)

13 - 4

Sergey Pligin    (2007-10-15 12:27:24)

My opponent Peter Schuster has made a blunder in a game he plays for White, playing with the other knight. Having made this mistake he resigned in both games. I should note the result in the second game is unclear now. Taking into consideration the match is friendly, understanding my opponent's mistake I ask Thibault permission to cancel results of my finished games and recover a position in the Schuster-Pligin game after 23rd Black's move, i.e. one full move back.
I hope the players of the iGame team will understand me and accept my decision.
It's important for me to continue playing the both games, especially the one I am playing for White.
Best regards, Sergey

Peter Schuster    (2007-10-15 14:05:23)
match pligin-schuster

Dear Sergey, Thank you very much for your very friendly offer. After my mistake (quick move input) I resign both games because I was so anger about myself. If Thibaut and your team was agree with your suggestion, we continue both games. Best wishes Peter

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-15 14:51:38)

That's great fair play, Sergey. Well, this is an unrated & friendly match, so if your team is ok with that, I'll restore the games.

Best wishes, Thibault

Garvin Gray    (2007-10-15 17:49:02)
slippery slope

Sorry to say, but I am against this re-instatement. Main reason is the slippery slope effect.

Also what happens if in another game a player claims that they moved the wrong knight and the opponent says too bad or your responsible for moving correctly?

The recriminations and ill feeling could result.

Sorry but Peter is responsible for the moves he makes and his actions towards those moves.

It should be a double win to igame.

Wayne Lowrance    (2007-10-15 19:18:23)
slippery slope

I was so very proud that of sergie's offer ! This what I like very friendly chess. I would most certainly have made the same offer. So Tribault thank you if it turns out ok Wayne

Adkham Yunusov    (2007-10-15 21:57:52)
Sergey Pligin

I support your decision. It is the a friendly match and I see nothing wrong here.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-15 22:15:50)
slippery slope

Garvin, I fully agree with that, generally speaking. Well, this is a friendly team match where such behaviour makes things even more friendly and games more interesting, everything is quite clear in this case, Peter asked nothing & Sergey offered it of his own, no player of any team is supposed to do the same...

Miroslav Leskiv    (2007-10-15 22:43:09)
match Pligin-Schuster

The game Pligin-Schuster is one of the most interesting games in match. So, it would very unpleasant, if this game will finish with result unequal to the end position on board. Recover both positions is the best way.

Andrey Sumets    (2007-10-16 14:00:03)

I have no any objections to allow recovering of both Pligin - Schuster games. Moreover, I think that this fair play will comletely corespond to the frienly status of this match. Both games between our captain and the finalist of your world championship are extremely interesting and wish them to be recovered a.s.a.p.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-10-16 14:55:30)

The games now can continue.

Iouri Basiliev    (2007-10-17 09:58:08)

Looking forward to the exciting finals. Go IGAME! :)

Than Serd    (2007-11-02 10:42:28)


Than Serd    (2007-11-08 19:44:27)

we won one game!!

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-11-21 04:14:33)

IGAME.RU team now leads by 19-7

I just drew my King's gambit against Andrey Sumets, a hard game... I saw that Peter won his mini-match against Sergey, congrats to you Peter and once more it was great fair play from Sergey and Igame team !

Wayne Lowrance    (2007-11-24 22:21:21)
Ficgs vs Igame

Draw on my second game. That's 1 1/2 points for us @ table 12. Wayne

Wayne Lowrance    (2007-11-25 01:22:13)

Nice games Silkin. I thought I was in deep trouble after the opening. Best Wishes Wayne

Than Serd    (2007-11-26 20:33:25)


Thibault de Vassal    (2008-01-06 20:27:23)
IGAME wins the match !

Congratulations to IGAME.RU team for winning the match ! :) They scored over than 25 points out of 50 already...

Thanks also for the great fair play !

Andrey Sumets    (2008-01-18 10:11:35)
score leading by 30,5 - 12,5 and 6 games remaining.

Philip Roe    (2008-01-18 23:09:34)

to Gaetano for what is surely our only 2-0 score

Gaetano Laghetti    (2008-01-22 09:00:36)

Dear Philip, it is very kind of you. Thank you also to Thibault for giving me the chance to play in this match. Ciao Gaetano

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-01-22 18:30:35)

My pleasure, Gaetano :)

This match was really interesting, and the result quite surprising even if our "team" is quite young yet, some forfeits, and some of our strongest players did not play. The russian team played good chess and logically won the match. Moreover, I'm to lose my second game against GM Sumets who did it very well since the opening... Gaetano's result, once more, is not just luck ;)

Rodolfo d Ettorre    (2008-01-23 11:51:33)

Viva il signor Gaetano Laghetti, abbasso i russi

Ivan Pljusnin    (2008-01-27 03:52:54)
23-th board

Looks like Gaetano Laghetti is one of the best players on ficgs. He tears to tatters our fighter (2-0) and beats the players from his own team. - 1-st board - 2-nd board - 4-th board

I wonder why he was given only 23-th board. Looks like a very tricky decision of FICGS captain. :-)

Mobutu Sese Seco

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-01-27 05:17:56)
23-th board

Undoubtly, he is :)

Well, I can't remember the reason (last minute, replacement, ... ?) but anyway Gaetano's rating was a trap, it increased by more than 300 points since his first game here, if he manages to qualify for the WCH-final against Gino, it could reach 2450-2500 after about 35 games only...

Wolfgang Utesch    (2008-01-27 09:40:53)
"... if he manages to qualify

... for the WCH-final against Gino ..." but this is (unfortunately) not the reality - See Game 13145 !!

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-01-27 14:54:30)
WCH final

Right, now things look really hard.. so we may have 3 players with 4/6.. and the not less dangerous Xavier to qualify :) (with quite the same statistics)

To be continued.

Ivan Pljusnin    (2008-01-27 16:43:11)
Team complectation

FICGS team could be much stronger, I think. Some of your players have lost their games by time. Imagine, you replace them with winners of FICGS World Championship and other strong tournaments of FICGS. FICGS result would be much better...

In fact I do not believe neither in official correspondence chess titles nor in ratings. They do not show real strength very often. On IGAME the best part of our team is anonymous players, I think. Their achievements in this match are just fantastic. 9 members of IGAME team who play under imaginary names have now 14.5 of 17! Owl (here he is "Dojnikov") is going to win his last game. Probably he is our best fighter.

P.S. If I was allowed to play as Mobutu, I'd play stronger!:-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-01-29 02:20:16)

Maybe, maybe... One thing only is sure, IGAME team results in this match are really great ! :)

Andrey Sumets    (2008-02-05 00:17:35)

Another two wins for our team. Congratulations to owl (Nikolay Doynikov) and ayunusov1(Adkham Yunusov):) just three games to go with at least 2.5 points in our favour:)

Iouri Basiliev    (2008-02-12 19:54:37)
match is close to the end

Very nice win by GM Andrey Sumets. Positional exchange sacrifice 22. Rxd5! was very impressive.

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-02-13 00:34:44)
match is close to the end

I agree :)

Iouri Basiliev    (2008-02-13 16:40:48)
FICGS vs. IGAME.RU, the games

I don't pretend to make the conclusion, but looking for the games quality i must admit the very high average level of play. Nearly all the tables! Fantastic! I personally think it's a historical (sorry for the overpathetic) event in the life of both sites.

Miroslav Leskiv    (2008-03-16 18:02:47)

My opponent resigned in his "white" game. He could offer more persistent resistance if played 32. Qh6+ Kg8 33. e4. Anyway, I would like to thank him for the co-authorship. So, only one game remains :-)

Miroslav Leskiv    (2008-05-13 21:05:59)

The end :-)