July 12, 2013 11:00

Reinderman & Schut are the new Dutch Champions

Reinderman & Schut are the new Dutch Champions

GM Dimitri Reinderman won his first Dutch title on Thursday after beating GM Wouter Spoelman 2-0 in a playoff. Both players had an excellent tournament and finished on 5.5/7. WIM Lisa Schut won the women's section also for the first time, but she did it most convincingly with 6/7 and a 2559 performance.

Dimitri Reinderman and Lisa Schut | Photos Lennart Ootes

We pick up the Dutch Championships after round four, when Wouter Spoelman and Lisa Schut were both leading their groups with 3.5/4. In round 5, Spoelman held Ivan Sokolov to a draw with an amazing defence based on lots of tactics:

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Reinderman joined Robin van Kampen in second place, half a point behind Spoelman, by beating Sipke Ernst with Black:

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Then, on Wednesday, Reinderman beat Van Kampen to catch Spoelman in first place:

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And then, in the final round, both leaders won their games with Black! Reinderman used an old French endgame to beat Pruijssers with some luck; White blundered a pawn:

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Spoelman played a wonderful queen sacrifice that might well be 100% correct. The passed pawn was just too strong:

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Dutch Championship 2013 | Final standings


And so Reinderman and Spoelman needed to play a playoff to decide who would be the new Dutch Champion. The time control was five minutes and three seconds increment. Reinderman won both games and thus won his first Dutch title at 40.


Playoff games

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Reinderman and Spoelman chatting after the blitz playoff

The women's championship was a completely different story. There WIM Lisa Schut, who turned 19 on the day of the second round, showed her talent and class with a superb 6/7 score, which basically meant she played like a grandmaster! The Dutch title was secured with a round to spare, but Schut didn't draw quickly in the last round. Instead she added another great win to her collection:

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Dutch Women Championship 2013 | Final standings


The Dutch Championships took place 5-11 July in Sports Centre Universum at the Science Park complex in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Both the "open" and the women's sections were groups of eight players who played a single round robin.

GM Dimitri Reinderman

WIM Lisa Schut

Bughouse fun after the tournament with Dutch GMs Erwin l'Ami & Robin van
Kampen vs Jan Werle and Jan Smeets, with IM Robert Ris kibitzing

At the same venue the SPAChess Open will continue for three more days. After six rounds, GM Andrey Sumets (Ukraine), GM Valeriy Neverov (Ukraine) and Dutchmen IM Li Riemersma, FM Etienne Goudriaan, FM Sjef Rijnaarts and Colin Stolwijk are in shared first place with 5 points. Full standings here. Yours truly is suffering!

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Guust's picture

I like 30. Kf1! for white in Sokolov - Spoelman. Defending the rook and pinning the knight. If 30...Rd2, threatening the white bishop and also the white queen, indirectly, white can again counter both threats with 31. Qg6! (perhaps 31. Bg6 is also possible, but the queen move is stronger). White keeps the knight pinned. Black's only try seems to be 31...Qb6 (a one move threat), when the simplest to me seems 32. Re2. White keeps all diagonals open, and keeps all threats in the position, while black cannot do much and will loose a piece. If this is true, it would have been a wonderful win for Sokolov.

Guust's picture

For the record, the queen sac Spoelman employed against L'Ami reminds one of Aljechin :-)

Horst's picture

With 35. Bxc2 ! instead of Qxf2 Spoelman should
have won from Sokolov.

Anonymous's picture

Congratulations to Reinderman and Schut, great performances! Bad luck for Spoelman, he would have been a deserved winner too.

Rini Luyks's picture

What a lousy way to decide the tournament (men's title) , just two blitz games, no class at all:
"Come on boys let's go home, but oh there must be ONE champion, ok Blitz"

iLane's picture

Dutch championship without Van Wely, Giri, Stellwagen and Tiviakov???

Bert de Bruut's picture

It is a pity that the Dutch Federation resorted to blitz games to decide the championship. When there is no time or money for a play-off in classical games it should not be too difficult for organizers to create a more acceptable tie-break system, like 1) result in mutual game(s) 2) number of wins 3) number of games with black 4) any random tiebreaker like SB. This would all be preferable over a blitz tie-break, that simply doesn't qualify as a test for skill in classical chess.

Poek's picture

Or a coin toss, also a random tiebreaker.... but at least blitz isn't totally random.

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