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2017-07-31 15:21:00 CET

Top seeds prevail in 'chess match'

One change of Brazilian tactics spelled checkmate for the home favorites

Alvaro/Saymon were in focused mood against the AustriansAlvaro/Saymon were in focused mood against the Austrians

Beach volleyball and chess aren’t two sports than often go together – but they do when Alvaro Filho is on the court!

He and partner Saymon Barbosa needed every ounce of both body and mind on Red Bull Beach Arena, forced into a titanic tussle to overcome Thomas Kunert and Christopher Dressler in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.

But it was in the first set where the game really turned.

The Austrians has been leading at 17-15, but a run of six straight points from the Brazilians switched the set in their favor, winning 21-17, a position from which they never looked back.

And Saymon believes it was a switch of mentality that formed the game’s magic moment, securing their second win of the competition in the process.

“In that first set the Austrian team were better, they were leading for one or two points for quite a long time so we knew we had to do something,” he said.

“We changed our tactics, we had to because what we did at the start of the match wasn’t working so we decided to change things around and that made the difference.

“That was really important for us, it’s nice when you see the tactics working, when everything clicks in place with what you’re thinking. It is the most brilliant thing about this game.

“It is like chess, you make the move at just the right time and you get the rewards. Today was hotter than the other days, we had good preparation for that and we are enjoying this weather.”

This was the first time the top seeds had played on Red Bull Beach Arena, but if this performance was anything to go by, we’ll be seeing a lot more of them as the week goes on.

Ominously for the rest of the field there is still potential for them to get better too, something they will which to implement when they play Cuba’s Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez to determine who tops the group.

“We have to congratulate the Austrian guys, it is not easy to play over the pressure so we are very happy to beat them, they played very well but Saymon served excellently,” Alvaro continued.

“We love playing on center, the crowd is amazing and the weather was awesome, we really enjoyed the experience.

“The Cubans are a very hard team, they are very experienced and have played together for a long time so we will have to play our best. It is a deciding game so we’ll see what happens.”

You can find out who tops Group A by watching live and free on BeachStream from 11.30am on Wednesday. Click here to sign-up!

Saymon celebrates on the Red Bull Beach ArenaSaymon celebrates on the Red Bull Beach Arena

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