Juniors to Masters vs. LPS Satu Mare


 Juniors to Masters vs. LPS Satu Mare
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, our Juniors to Masters Canada Team played in a friendly international team match with IM Catalin Ardelean’s LPS Satu Mare and Friends Romania Team. This team match gave us an opportunity to recognize the hard work and volunteer efforts of our JtM In House Masters and our JtM Leadership Development Team, and as such we were able to assemble two fairly balanced teams for this exciting match.

Our 12 Boards JtM Canadian Team played two rapid games (15 mins + 10 sec. incr.) on chess.com with the same opponent (as Black and as White). The 2-Round team match was then followed by a friendly Blitz team match.

Our Juniors to Masters Team was well represented by: FM Eugene Hua, FM Joshua Doknjas, FM John Doknjas, NM Henry Zhang, WIM Svitlana Demchenko, NCM Neil Doknjas, James Windram, Michelle Hua, Harrison Liu, Joshua Imoo, Kaitlyn Tao, and Josiah Field.

LPS Satu Mare and Friends Romanian Team was represented by: FM Stanciu Alexandru, Dicu Dan-Alexandru, Angheluș Alin, WFM Aciu Malina, Tampea Radu, Coroian Sebastian, Ilonczai, Levente-David, Mongescu Victor, Radu David, Ardelean Lorela, Balan Briana, and Covrig Larisa.

After Round 1, the team match score couldn’t have been closer:
Juniors to Masters Canada Team = 5.5 pts and LPS Satu Mare Romania Team = 6.5 pts.

Heading into the final round, Round 2, and trailing by 1 pt., our JtM Team knew the magic team number needed from the combined 2 rounds’ team match score to be 12 for a team match tie result and 12+ for a team match win.

Round 2’s team match score was just as close as Round 1’s, but this time the scores were flipped:
Juniors to Masters Canada Team = 6.5 pts. and LPS Satu Mare Romania Team = 5.5 pts.

The FINAL TEAM MATCH SCORE produced an exciting Team Match TIE!
Juniors to Masters Canada Team 12 pts. and LPS Satu Mare Romania Team 12 pts.



Juniors to Masters Team
Canada Team
RESULTS
(2 Rapid Games)
LPS Satu Mare and Friends
Romanian Team
1FM Eugene Hua (2335)0.5 - 1.5FM Stanciu Alexandru (2323)
2FM Joshua Doknjas (2305)1 - 1Dicu Dan-Alexandru (2130)
3FM John Doknjas (2220)0.5 - 1.5Angheluș Alin (2230)
4NM Henry Zhang (2133)2 - 0WFM Aciu Malina (2091)
5WIM Svitlana Demchenko (2071)0.5 - 1.5Tampea Radu (2006)
6NCM Neil Doknjas (2064)2 - 0Coroian Sebastian (1976)
7James Windram (1879)1 - 1Ilonczai, Levente-David (2044)
8Michelle Hua (1605)0.5 – 1.5Mongescu Victor (2069)
9Harrison Liu (1517)2 - 0Radu David (1814)
10Joshua Imoo (1610)0 - 2Ardelean Lorela (1827)
11Kaitlyn Tao (CFC = 1045)2 - 0Balan Briana (1771)
12Josiah Field (CFC = 1462)0 - 2Covrig Larisa (1764)

FINAL TEAM MATCH SCORE =12 – 12
TIE
*FIDE ratings show unless otherwise indicated

Special shout out to the Juniors to Masters Team Members who scored a perfect 2-0: NM Henry Zhang, NCM Neil Doknjas, Harrison Liu, and Kaitlyn Tao.

LPS Satu Mare and Friends Romania Team Members with perfect 2-0 scores: Ardelean Lorela and Covrig Larisa.

After the Team Match with rapid games, we went right into the 2-Rounds Blitz Team Match. Time control was 3 mins + 2 sec incr. and pairings were automatically done by Chess.com based on Chess.com Blitz ratings.

The FINAL TEAM BLITZ MATCH SCORE resulted in a WIN for the Juniors to Masters Team:
Juniors to Masters Canada Team 13 pts. and LPS Satu Mare Romania Team 11 pts.




Juniors to Masters Team
Canada Team
RESULTS
(2 Blitz Games)
LPS Satu Mare and Friends
Romanian Team
1FM John Doknjas (2516)1 - 1FM Stanciu Alexandru (2629)
2FM Joshua Doknjas (2495)2 - 0Dicu Dan-Alexandru (2352)
3FM Eugene Hua (2400)1 - 1Mongescu Victor (2368)
4WIM Svitlana Demchenko (2308)1 - 1Coroian Sebastian (2172)
5NCM Neil Doknjas (2121)1 - 1Angheluș Alin (2245)
6NM Henry Zhang (2122)2 - 0WFM Aciu Malina (2093)
7Michelle Hua (1817)1 - 1Tampea Radu (2052)
8James Windram (1778)0 - 2Ilonczai, Levente-David (2024)
9Harrison Liu (1770)1 - 1Ardelean Lorela (1957)
10Joshua Imoo (1628)0 - 2Radu David (1812)
11Josiah Field (CFC = 1525)1 - 1Covrig Larisa (1525)
12Kaitlyn Tao (CFC = 1603)2 - 0Balan Briana (1376)

FINAL TEAM MATCH SCORE =13 – 11
JtM Team Wins
*chess.com ratings show unless otherwise indicated

GM Gergely Szabo and IM Catalin Ardelean did an awesome job coordinating and coaching their respective teams to prepare for this international team match, along with Victoria Doknjas who performed the Team Manager duties. Special thanks to the JtM Team’s Parents for their support during the planning stages of this international team event and the actual event itself.

We hope both teams enjoyed our friendly international team match, and we look forward to the next Juniors to Masters team event.

Please check back for GM Gergely Szabo’s post-game analysis as he will provide commentary on some of the more interesting positions from the Juniors to Masters International Team Match.

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Juniors to Masters Inc. is the provider of the National Training Program for Canadian Youths, as sanctioned by the Chess Federation of Canada. Juniors to Masters Inc. was founded by GM Gergely Szabo and Victoria Doknjas. GM Gergely Szabo has been Team Canada’s Head Coach at WYCC, WCCC, World U16 Youth Olympiad, and the Women’s Olympiad. Victoria Doknjas has been Team Canada’s Head of Delegation at multiple WYCCs and NAYCCs.

Additionally, JtM In House Masters include published chess book authors (Everyman Chess), FM Joshua Doknjas and FM John Doknjas, as well as FM Eugene Hua and NCM Neil Doknjas.

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