While his team-mates managed to draw, Nick Speck got himself checkmated on board 4 thus allowing Albania to defeat the Aussies 2.5 - 1.5. Truly a horrible loss and leaves us wondering: did Speck not see that? Maybe it was time trouble.
Led by Sydneysider Irina Berezina, the Australian women delivered a 3-0 shutout to Algeria. Laura Moylan, apparently feeling better from shopping therapy, has got her mojo back playing a nice game - winning a pawn, dominating the c-file then simplifying. Ngan Koshnitsky won quickly in 24 moves. Berezina's opponent seemed a tough a nut to crack but eventually collapsed under pressure on the King-side.
2006 Olympiad - Torino, Italy
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 g6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. e4 d6 7. Be2 Nc6 8. Nb3 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. f3 Na5 11. Nxa5 Qxa5 12. Be3 Rfc8 13. Qb3 Nd7 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. cxd5 Nc5 16. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 17. Kh1 Qc2 18. Bd1 Qxb3 19. axb3 Bxb2 20. Ra2 Bd4 21. Be2 Rc3 22. Rb1 Rac8 23. Rd2 Be3 24. Rdd1 a6 25. h3 h5 26. Kh2 h4 27. Bd3 Bf2 28. Kh1 Kg7 29. Kh2 Kf6 30. Rd2 Bg3+ 31. Kg1 Rc1+ 32. Rd1 Rxd1+ 33. Rxd1 Rc3 34. Bc4 b5 35. Be2 Rxb3 36. Ra1 Be5 37. Rc1 Bd4+ 38. Kf1 Ke5 39. Bd1 Rc3 40. Rb1 Bc5 41. Ke2 Rc4 42. Ra1 Rb4 43. Kd2 Rb2+ 44. Bc2 b4 45. Kc1 Bd4 46. Rxa6 b3 47. Bd1 Ra2 1-0
My beloved Team RP defeated Ecuador 3-1 with Eugene Torre being the only setback on the first board. Torre lost to fellow grandmaster Franco Matamoros. Twelve-year old Wesley So continues to make his nation proud by this time winning over IM Plinio Pazos on board 4.
And we should also mention the excellent performance of our next door neighbour Indonesia. After the sixth round, the Indonesians have collected 15.5 points. Yesterday they defeated the mighty Iceland 2.5 - 1.5.
Round 7 Pairings
Australia - Luxembourg
Philippines - Iceland
Guatemala - New Zealand
Vietnam - Australia
Philippines - Finland
Algeria - New Zealand
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