Top chess in Dortmund & Amsterdam
After five days of fast chess in Astana, we return to classical chess at the highest level today with the start of the 40th jubilee edition of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany. Tomorrow no less than three tournaments take off in the Dutch capital: the Science Park Amsterdam open, the Dutch Championship and the ACP Golden Classic.
Already today the first round is being played in Dortmund, where the 40th edition of the traditional tournament runs July 13-24. The jubilee edition is a 10-player round robin. In recent years the tournament was a 6-player, double round robin but thanks to a cooperation with the German Chess Federation the full squad (and gold medal winners) of the 2011 European Team Championship could be added.
Dortmund 2012 | Participants
The International Dortmund Chess Days – since 1994 "Sparkassen Chess-Meeting" – celebrated its "birth event" in 1973, which was won Heikki Westerinen of Finland. Over the years the tournament grew into a world class event where almost all of the best players competed, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viswanathan Anand, Judit Polgar and of course tenfold winner Vladimir Kramnik.
Parallel to the main event is the traditional Dortmund Sparkassen Open, with an A and a B-group, in the City Hall. Last year the main tournament was won for the 10th (!) time by Vladimir Kramnik, who will surely try to add another title to his list.
Schedule and pairings
|Round 1||15:00 CET||13.07.12||Round 2||15:00 CET||14.07.12|
|Round 3||15:00 CET||15.07.12||Round 4||15:00 CET||16.07.12|
|Round 5||15:00 CET||17.07.12||Round 6||15:00 CET||19.07.12|
|Round 7||15:00 CET||20.07.12||Round 8||15:00 CET||21.07.12|
|Round 9||13:00 CET||22.07.12|
The second edition of the Science Park Amsterdam Chess Tournament, a strong Dutch Swiss, takes place July 14-22 at Sports Center Universum of Science Park Amsterdam. Science Park is a 70-hectare area in the east of the Dutch capital with accommodations for science, business and housing, focusing on IT and life sciences.
The tournament is a 9-round Swiss divided into four different rating groups. The top group has a € 10,000 prize fund but has no 2600 GMs participating this year. The favorites are GMs Alon Greenfeld, (2556), Stewart Haslinger (2536), Roeland Pruijssers (2525) and Gergely Antal (2511).
Some Dutch GMs that might have participated are in fact playing in the very same playing hall, because this year the Dutch Championship (and Dutch Women's Championship) also take place at Science Park. The participants are Anish Giri (2696), Ivan Sokolov (2676), Jan Smeets (2620), Erwin l'Ami (2615), Dimitri Reinderman (2598), Robin van Kampen (2560), Sipke Ernst (2558) and Robin Swinkels (2485). In the women section only Zhaoqin Peng (2414), Tea Lanchava (2336), Anne Haast (2255) and Martine Middelveld (2134) play.
ACP Golden Classic
There will actually be a third tournament held at the same time and in the same venue – arguably the most interestingfor most of our readers. We already covered it two weeks ago because of its special nature: the return of adjournments! The participants are Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR, 2764), Gata Kamsky (USA, 2741), Baadur Jobava (GEO, 2721), Krishnan Sasikiran (IND, 2720), Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2703), Emil Sutovsky (ISR, 2687) and Anna Muzychuk (SLO, 2598).
The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) organizes this small but strong tournament, a 7-player round robin, where the games will be adjourned after move 40 and resumed on another day. The time control will also be like in the old days: 2.5 hours for the first 40 moves. The tournament is called "Golden Classic".
Game adjournments were abolished 18 years ago, and one of the reasons was the advent of strong chess playing computer programs, which could be used to analyze adjourned positions. ACP President Emil Sutovsky and ACP Board Director Yuri Garrett don't think this is a problem. Garrett:
I just don't believe that computers will "equal" the game in an endgame or anything, I think they will just favour the best player. I think that this is a great occasion for demonstrating that whenever there is something new you should look at the past.
In an interview on the Dutch Chess Federation's website, Jeroen van den Berg gave an interesting comment.
I'm still not sure what to think of it. It seems to me an advantage to be the one to seal the move, because then you can concentrate on this move with the engine. Under certain circumstances it could even be useful not to seal what is objectively the best move. But we'll see!
Since any player is allowed to seal a move (or not) after move 40, and Van den Berg turns out to be right, the white player will in fact have a double advantage. But indeed... we'll see!
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