1st Cuatro Naciones Team Tournament: Caldes de Malavella 2003

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Basic data

1st Cuatro Naciones Team Tournament
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 15th - 17th December 2003
City: Caldes de Malavella, Girona province, Catalonia, Spain
Venue: Balneari Vichy Catalan hotel
Tournament Director: Mr. Joseph García Riera (ESP)
Chief Arbiter: IA Joan Segura y Vila (ESP)
Teams participating: 4
Players participating: 16 (incl. 8 GMs, 4 IMs and 3 FMs)
Games played: 24
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 sec. increment per move
Website: Iº Torneo de Ajedrez 4 Naciones
Other websites: FIDE rating calculation
Downloadable game file: 03cnat.zip

Tournament review

The Catalan Chess Federation hosted a Four Nation competition between Scotland, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Argentina in Barcelona, December 15 -17. Scotland defeated the Basques in the final round to deprive them of first place. Edward Dearing, who still needs to hit 2400 to be confirmed as an IM, scored Scotland's only victory in an exciting final round game.

/ Taken from www.chessscotland.com /

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Fernández García, José Luís Spain EUSK 2 3 66.7
=2. IM Gómez Esteban, Juan Mario Spain EUSK 2 3 66.7
=2. GM Narciso Dublan, Marc Spain CATA 2 3 66.7
3. IM Adla, Diego Gustavo Argentina ARG 2 3 66.7
4. IM Glavina, Pablo Argentina ARG 3 83.3

Interesting games

Ever saw a game like this?
Both white horses have been lurking in the very corner of the board all game long.
Rowson, Jonathan (SCO) - Illescas Córdoba, Miguel (CAT) 0 - 1

One has to have nerves of steel not to panic while his King is being X-rayed by mass of major pieces.
Shaw, John (SCO) - Gómez Esteban, Juan Mario (EUS) ½ - ½

Not very sophisticated try, but still interesting piece of tactics.
Narciso Dublan, Marc (CAT) - Shaw, John (SCO) 1 - 0

A rarely seen Central Game.
Cámpora, Daniel Hugo (ARG) - Fernández García, José Luís (EUS) 0 - 1