4th Cuatro Naciones Team Tournament: San Sebastián 2006

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Basic data

4th Cuatro Naciones Team Tournament
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 1st - 3rd December 2006
City: Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
Venue: Barceló Costa Vasca hotel
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: IA Lukas Iruretagoiena Pascual (ESP)
Teams participating: 4
Players participating: 19 (incl. 7 GMs, 7 IMs and 2 FMs)
Games played: 24
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Basque Chess Fed site lines Argentina (probably wrongly) ahead of the Basque Country.
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 sec. increment per move
Official poster: Poster
Website: Torneo Internacional de ajedrez - 4 naciones
Other websites: FIDE rating calculation
Downloadable game file: 06cnat.zip

Tournament review

The newcoming French team produced impressive start steamrolling Euskadi in the opening round while four GM team of Catalonia barely scored narrow win over Argentina. In the second round the French beat Argentina 3-1 to move into 2 point lead, while Catalonia drew The Basque Country in the intra-Spanish encounter.

In the final round Catalonia scored decisive 3-1 victory over France, to take final tie-break victory by scoring more match points. Argentina drew Euskadi and both teams stayed level at 4½ points. Typically, none of the players scored more than 2 points of 3 games.

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Bauer, Christian France FRA 2 3 66.7
2. GM Narciso Dublan, Marc Spain CATA 2 3 66.7
=3. IM Cornette, Matthieu France FRA 2 3 66.7
=3. GM López Martínez, Josep Manuel Spain CATA 2 3 66.7
=4. IM Libiszewski, Fabien France FRA 2 3 66.7
=4. GM Magem Badals, Jordi Spain CATA 2 3 66.7

Interesting games

What a final position: Black resigned as three white pieces were hanging!
Cornette, Matthieu (FRA) - Gallego Eraso, Patxi (EUS) 1 - 0

Was doubling white pawns enough compensation for losing control over dark squares?
Magem Badals, Jordi (CAT) - Saldaño, Horacio (ARG) 1 - 0