Thanks For the Lesson

Время публикации: 17.12.2012 21:30 | Последнее обновление: 17.12.2012 21:36

Oldhands celebrated victory over Snowdrops

What happened to Snowdrops in the second part of the match? Young players should find the answer on this question.

After girls have defeated experienced players in three rounds in a row most of the spectators didn't believe Oldhands could recover. Most sceptical minds said the organizers choice of the participants was uneven, while the players of Oldhands team were advised not to accept invitations to these kind of competitions any longer.

Things have changed after the rest day, which was spent by the participants differently - Gunina and Kashlinskaya had a walk in the city, while Sachdev chose skiing. Meanwhile Oldhands put themselves together and proved the show wasn't over yet.

As a result, at the final dinner Sergei Movsesian the captain of women's team had to admit the experience turned out to be stronger than energy.     

"You gave us a good lesson, - Sergei addressed himself to Oldhands. - You showed how one should fight despite a hard match situation. We will remember this lesson, because we can improve."

The organizer of the match Pavel Matocha awarded Valentina Gunina and Tania Sachdev of Snowdrops, as well as Wolfgang Uhlmann of Oldhands a special prize.

The evening finished in a bar, but that's not for the news report.

Information on the match


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