Sunday, October 23, 2005

Four Wins and a Funeral

Yeah! Huzzah! Yippee! Our team managed to promote to the 3rd league of the Swiss Team Championship. I must admit that this was a bit lucky and a crazy story. As runner-up of our group we had the honor to play against a group winner. Our opponents had to forfeit board 6 because a strong player had died some days before and they had no reserve. I was playing board 5 against their team captain and had won a pawn in a better position when his cellphone rang. So according to FIDE rule he lost immediately. Our boards 1 and 2 were lost, but we had two more wins. But all this would not have been sufficient to play in 3rd league next year because another team of our club was in danger to be relegated. In this case our promotion would have served to form a new 3rd league team. But our 3rd league team defended well against relegation with a clear win. So our dream has come true: We'll be playing 3rd league next year, struggling against strong opponents and against relegation.


At 6:30 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Once I was teamleader and called the leader of another team to make an appointment. I got his wife who said that he just passed away two hours earlier. So I was the one to tell this message to his teammates. OTB has a lot of sides which has nothing to do with chess. A strange experience.

BTW, to dutch standards october is a strange moment for promotion. Is the swiss chess season from januari to december? (ours is from august to june)

At 9:48 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

Congrats to you and your team, Mousetrapper!

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Mousetrapper said...

Oops Tempo, chess seems to be more dangerous a sport than I guessed before! Our season is from february to october.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger DG said...

I thought you were going to tell us that the call was from the dead guy. :)

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

How exciting. Congrats Mousetrapper. BTW, please excuse my ignorance. What is relegation?


At 11:41 AM, Blogger Mousetrapper said...

PS, relegation is the opposite of promotion, i.e. descending in this case from 3rd to 4th league.


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