Mouflon Chess Challenge April 2020: Papatryfonos beats Kefalas

by Mark Bryan

by Mark Bryan

FIDE Instructor | FIDE Arbiter | ECU Certified School Chess Teacher

Konstantinos Papatryfonos is the last player to qualify for the Mouflon Chess Challenge April 2020 Semi-Final. Konstantinos Papatryfonos won against Loukas Kefalas 5,5-0,5 in yesterday’s Quarter-Final Match. Konstantinos Papatryfonos dominated the match, as he secured match victory with two games to spare. On the other hand, Loukas Kefalas missed quite a few winning opportunities. 

Game 1: Konstantinos Papatryfonos 1-0 Loukas Kefalas

In the first game Konstantinos adopted his pet 1. d4 and 2. Bf4 set-up which transposed into a Pirc Defence. Loukas Kefalas took a gamble with 14. … b5?! after which Konstantinos did not play the best continuation which left Loukas Kefalas to equalize. In time pressure Loukas went all-in with 23. … Nxb3? which was punished by Konstantinos.

Game 2: Loukas Kefalas 0-1 Konstantinos Papatryfonos

Konstantinos Papatryfonos equalized easily with the Ruy Lopez 3. … Nge7 and 5. … g6 as Loukas Kefalas lost tempo with 10. Bb3. The game turned to Black’s favour after White allowed … f5 and … f4. Konstantinos went for 28. … g4 which handed the advantage back to Loukas which he then blundered away with 35. g3? due to time-pressure.

Game 3: Konstantinos Papatryfonos 1-0 Loukas Kefalas

In the third game Konstantinos Papatryfonos came out of the opening with an advantage after the inaccuraete 6. … Qb6?!. On move 13 Loukas Kefalas decided to sacrifice the piece for three pawns which Kosntantinos refuted with his very good technique.

Game 4: Loukas Kefalas 1/2-1/2 Konstantinos Papatryfonos

Loukas Kefalas played the Scotch Opening which paid off as he came out of the opening with an advantage. The game started to slip out of Loukas’ hands around moves 20 and 22. And after 30. Ne4? Black is clearly winning but in time trouble Konstantinos Papatryfonos missed several winning opportunities and the game liquidated into an equal drawn rook and pawn endgame. Thus with the draw Konstantinos secured the Quarter-Final victory.

Game 5: Konstantinos Papatryfonos 1-0 Loukas Kefalas

Loukas Kefalas equalized early on and even gained a small advantage after 11.g4 as White overextended. The tide turned when Loukas decided to give his bishop on g7 up for the knight on c3. After that White chose the obvious plan involving occupying the bottom rank which seems not to be accurate but Loukas Kefalas did not play the right moves and in the end blundered again and lost the game.

Game 6: Loukas Kefalas 0-1 Konstantinos Papatryfonos

In the last game we saw an early blunder from Loukas Kefalas in which he was unable to recover and eventually lose the 6th game of the match.

# Flag Name Rating Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 Score
1 flag, country, cyprus-1040575 Konstantinos Papatryfonos 2133 Criton Tornaritis Chess Club 1 1 1 1/2 1 1 5,5 / 6
2 flag, country, cyprus-1040575 Loukas Kefalas 1914 Famagusta Chess Club 0 0 0 1/2 0 0 0,5 / 6

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