Wednesday was another dark day for the Aussie men's team after having been blasted by Denmark 3.5 - 0.5. Playing with the black pieces, Rogers lost to GM Heine Nielsen on board 1. Once again, IM David Smerdon on board 2 duties, held a much stronger opponent to a draw. David's opponent must have thought himself a sure win afer 48...Rxd6.
But now our hero, playing White, hits the Dane right in the gut with 49. Rd2! Re6 50. Rd6 a3 51. Rxe6+ Kxe6 draw! Lane and Speck also lost their games.
Women's captain Leonid Sandler would have had good reason to celebrate last night after his crew outpointed the stronger Serbia & Montenegro team 2-1. Berezina and Koshnitsky drew their games on boards 1 and 3 respectively. Caoili, on board 2, defeated WGM Chelushkina.
The Pinoy men cannot have been very happy of their round 4 output when they only managed to split the points on all 4 boards against Colombia. That match finished 2-2. As expected, the Pinay women lost to Kazakhstan 0.5 - 2.5 points. Catherine Perena on board 2 drew against her WIM opponent.
Round 5 Pairings
South Africa - Australia
Philippines - Lithuania
Venezuela - New Zealand
Slovenia - Australia
Philippines - Italy B
Moldova - New Zealand
More information on WZ site. See also, official bulletin, Turin Moves No. 3 [727Kb].