IM Stephen Mannion and IM¬†Douglas Bryson retained their unbeaten records in round six of the Championships with draws against their Slovakian opponents.
Outgraded on every board and up against 3 GM’s it was always going to be a tough assignment¬†but it’s perhaps a measure of the expectation and the performance so far that Scotland A’s narrow defeat by Slovakia, the form team and¬†third seeds, comes as¬†a disappointment. The Slovakians never really looked in any trouble on any of the boards and were content to draw out on boards 2 to 4 when it looked like a win was probable on board 1 and with it the match victory.
With three rounds still to go there is still all to play for though. Slovakia take on Th√ľringen, England A play Germany and SV Lok Engelsdorf are matched with Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft, so while the gold medal looks out of reach, barring a major collapse by Slovakia, a medal spot is still in Scotland’s hands when they take on Denmark in round 7.
Scotland A v Slovakia : 1.5-2.5
1.¬†GM Colin A McNab 2432¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 0-1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† GM Lubomir Ftacnik 2545
2.¬†IM Stephen R Mannion 2345¬† ¬†¬†¬† 1/2-1/2¬†¬† ¬†GM Igor Stohl 2493
3.¬†IM Roderick McKay¬†2348¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1/2-1/2¬†¬†¬† GMGennadij Timoscenko 2457
4.¬†IM Douglas M Bryson¬†2351¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1/2-1/2¬†¬†¬† Dr. Peter Petran 2352
Scotland¬†B moved back up the places, with a 2-2 draw,¬†to sit in 36th spot, in line with their starting rank. So a good end to the tournament should see them finish above their ranking.
It’s Norwegian opponents for Scotland B in round 7, as they face Trondheim.
Scotland¬†B v SK Kaltenkirchen¬†: 2-2
1.¬†James Stevenson¬† 2071¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1/2-1/2¬†¬† ¬†¬†Helmut Kracht 2031
2.¬†Alan Scrimgour¬† 2023¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1-0¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dirk Schiller 1739
3.¬†Alastair Dawson¬† 1924¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1/2-1/2 ¬†¬†¬†¬†Achim Nowack 1801
4.¬†Richard Jennings¬† 1699¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†0-1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Rolf-R√ľdiger Zechel u/g
Alan Scrimgour continued his good form with another win to give him¬†4 points out of a possible 6 and move him into the top ten performers on board 2. Stephen Mannion is currently 5th ranked on board 2, while Colin McNab stays in the top 5 board 1 performers, despite today’s loss. Douglas Bryson is also having a top 5 performance on board 4.