Ghent Chess Open
Ghent 99 - Mark Huba in Action
We've just come back from the Strong Open Tournament in Ghent.
I list our performances to your right but they don't really
matter that much!! This trip is about more than chess and no more than Beer and Dodgems ... and is to be recommended.
If you want to go next year just email me or speak to some of the old hands like
Mark or Alisitair. Some of us stayed in the University Accommodation and this worked out
at about £10 per night. Eurostar was quick and useful for drunken analysis on the way
home and a mere £59, which took us all the way from Waterloo to Ghent. Has Alan really
spoiled Colin's brilliancy? It's too soon to say!
A First for Diane
Husband Alan reports on his wife's first victory in an open international tournament ...
Van Den Abeele (1480) - Diane Parsons
Ghent Open 1999 Rnd 4
Black is winning can Diane grab her first victory in an
Thank you very much
26. ... d4
27. Qb1 Bxa4
28. Qxa1 Qxc2
29. Ne2 Rb8
30. Nd4 Qb2
31. Qd1 Qxa3
Position after 31 ... c5
32. Qc2 c5 0-1
And another good sign for the future a totally winning position against a
1620, but still a creditable draw.
Diane Parsons - L Romondi (1620)
Ghent Open 1999 Rnd 5
Husband and Trainer Alan notes that here Diane misses the
strong and spectacular Rd8 and the equally strong Qc7 and the game eventually drifts into
Well done Diane anyway, I've (graham) been playing for 30 years and I also
got a draw with a 1600 player!!!