August 07, 2010 3:04

Fargère wins Open Dutch Championship

Fargère wins Open DutchFrançois Fargère became the convincing winner at the Open Dutch Championship in Dieren. The Frenchman, who changed the FM for a GM title within one year, gave all credits to his trainer Iosif Dorfman. "He learnt me all the opening secrets." Report with videos.

The Open Dutch Championship took place July 27-August 5 in Dieren, The Netherlands, where it has been held for decades. This year it was already the 42nd edition, with as always a strong Open as well as many lower groups and side events. For the first time yours truly was hired to make some videos and a few of them are embbed in this report. To start with, here's the video about the opening and first round (mainly in Dutch, but good to get an impression about this summer tournament).

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Over 500 amauter players and a few professionals came to Dieren this year and many of them stay at the special “chess camping” on the complex of football club Gazelle Nieuwland. This is also where the traditional football tournament was held on Monday, with seven teams consisting of chess players and one team with players from the football club. This team won the tournament, but not as convincingly as François Fargère in the Dutch Open. The best chess players managed to hold the football players 1-1 in the final, and only lost with penalties:

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As always, there was also a spot to be gained for the official 2011 Dutch Championship. Sipke Ernst finished as the best Dutchman in Dieren, but he was already qualified, and so normally the invitation would have gone to Erwin l'Ami, who had the better tiebreak over Robin Swinkels on SB points. However, l'Ami invited Swinkels to play for it, and so at the closing ceremony the two played a 2-game blitz match, which was won 2-0 by l'Ami. Perhaps these two games will be put on ChessVibes at a later stage - I'm lacking the time at this point.

A bit surprisingly (especially for the locals) the first prize went to French GM François Fargère, a completely unknown name in The Netherlands. The 24-year-old works for Google France and trains a lot with France's most famous chess coach, Iosif Dorfman. The final video includes a small interview with Fargère, and also with GM Sipke Ernst, IM Krikor Mekhitarian, GM Valentin Iotov and GM Elshan Moradiabadi, who were the four players who drew within a few minutes at boards 2 and 3 in the final round (and explain why).

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Open Dutch Championship 2010 | Final Standings (top 20)

Open Dutch Championship 2010 | Final Standings

In the game viewer below you'll find fragments from the tournament with brief annotations by press officer Peter Boel, translated from the tournament website.

Game fragments

Game viewer by ChessTempo

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The playing hall (Sports Center Theothorne in Dieren, The Netherlands)

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Some empty boards waiting for smaller tournaments to be held later in the week

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The Open Dutch remains very popular among amateurs

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A daily puzzle by our editor IM Yochanan Afek

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The Open group in a separate section in the playing hall

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Erika Sziva of De Beste Zet selling books - we still mis her husband IM Johan van Mil, who passed away in November 2008, deeply

pieces

The playing hall was decorated with chess pieces everywhere

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Concentration

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GM Robin Swinkels

visser

GM Yge Visser

haub

IM Thorsten Michael Haub

pruijssers

IM Roeland Pruijssers

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GM Erwin l'Ami, who won in Dieren last year

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GM Valentin Iotov

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GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov

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GM Sipke Ernst

elshad

GM Elshan Moradiabadi

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GM Sebastian Siebrecht

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IM Yochanan Afek

brandenburg

IM Daan Brandenburg

milov

IM Leonid Milov

dejong

FM Migchiel de Jong

fargere

And the winner... GM François Fargère

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Comments

Hugo's picture

Very nice video compilations!

Nima's picture

Nice report - thank you.

Ian's picture

Thanks for the nice report , it's good to see well organized tournaments like these happen and congrats to the winner and participants ;)

ssehc elpmis's picture

He looks like Kramnik young on the last picture.

Impressive play by Fargere, in the 3 draws he made he was winning in 2 of them, and still a 2730 perf. I wonder what are the Guru's secrets, i wish i could get trained by him...

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