3rd EEC Team Chess Championship: Berlin West 1980

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Basic data

3rd EEC Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 13th - 23rd March 1980
City: Berlin West
Venue: Internationalen Congress-Centrum Berlin
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: N/A
Teams participating: 9
Players participating: 44 (incl. 3 GMs and 8 IMs)
Games played: 144
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Downloadable game file: 80ewg.zip

Tournament review

The third EEC Championship was held in Berlin West, the extraterritorial area surrounded by communist East German state. As in 1975 all of EEC member nations sent their teams. Increasing number of titled players all over the world reflected also here, as 3 GMs and many IMs took part. Great Britain had strongest squad with 2 GMs and 2 IMs, then came West Germany led by GM Hecht and Denmark with IMs Kristiansen and Høi at top boards.

As it happened, the giant clash was drawn to come as early as on day two. The Germans took the risk and lost 3-1 conceding games at lower boards. On the next day a little of hope poured into German hearts as GB dropped three fractions vs Ireland. On penultimate round West Germany beat Holland, but also Great Britain won 2½-1½ and sealed gold. West Germany beat Luxembourg with a clear 4-0 on the last day as Great Britain had a rest and both teams came level on points, but the match point record was in favour of the Britons. There was no question about third place as it went to Denmark. Netherlands were totally disappointing to finish in miserable 6th.

Best individual scores were recorded by Pritchett and Hartston of Great Britain. Also West German players scored well: Borik 6/7, Lau 5½/7 and Lieb 4½/6.

Best board results

no. name flag code pts gms %
=1. IM Zichichi, Alvise Italy ITA 8 68.8
=1. GM Speelman, Jonathan Simon Great Britain GBR 8 68.8
2. Lau, Ralf Germany GER 7 78.6
=3. Borik, Otto Germany GER 6 7 85.7
=3. IM Hartston, William Roland Great Britain GBR 6 7 85.7
4. IM Pritchett, Craig William Great Britain GBR 5 90.0
res. Lieb, Harald Germany GER 6 75.0

Interesting games

White took full risk but lost in what happened to be decisive game of the event.
Wockenfuß, Klaus (GER) - Hartston, William Roland (ENG) 0 - 1

An instructive lesson why c7-c5 is a must for Black in Grünfeld.
Keene, Raymond Dennis (GBR) - Fries-Nielsen, Jens Ove (DEN) 1 - 0

A tricky trap in an Orang-Utan game.
Fries-Nielsen, Niels Jørgen (DEN) - Defize, Alain (BEL) 1 - 0