Reports | June 12, 2010 5:29

Dutch Championship starts in Eindhoven

Dutch Ch 2010Today the Dutch Championship started at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In the first round Nijboer beat Van Kampen and Bok upset Reinderman.

The Dutch Championship takes place June 11-20 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes to end the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1.

Venue is the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, a technology center at the site of the former 'NatLab', the Philips Physics Laboratory. Eindhoven is the home town of the world famous Dutch company Philips, and soccer club PSV, of which the 'P' stands for Philips as well, the club's life-long sponsor. The Campus houses a wide variety of high tech companies that collaborate in the development of new technologies, focusing on key technology areas such as microsystems, semiconductor products, Embedded Systems, signal processing and nanotechnology.

Dutch Ch 2010

High Tech Campus Eindhoven | Photo HHahn, GNU Free Documentation Licence

This year's The Dutch Championship sees the strongest field ever, which includes reigning champion Anish Giri, but also six-times champion Loek van Wely and one-time champion Jan Smeets. In addition, as many as five of the ten participants have an Elo rating of over 2600. The average rating is 2581. In the women section Zhaoqin Peng defends her Dutch title, and tries to win her 12th (!) championship.

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Loek van Wely, Anish Giri and Robin van Kampen at the opening ceremony

Dutch Ch 2010

Zhaoqin Peng, Bianca Muhren, Caroline Slingerland, Anne Haast and Marieke Dirksen

The games start each day at 13.30 CET, except for round 8 on Saturday, June 19th. Then it starts two hours later, to give the players the opportunity to watch the World Cup soccer match Netherlands-Japan, which starts at 13.30! Holland is a football minded country, and so the organization decided to avoid any complications and simply let the participants watch the games.

Therefore the rest day is already after three rounds, on Monday, because... indeed, the national team also plays on that date. The women, who don't have a rest day at all, start their games on Monday at 15.30 as well.

Loek van Wely has a completely different schedule altogether. He was allowed to play in a different tournament on Saturday, and will play his second round game on Monday, also at 15.30, against Robin van Kampen.

Below are all details, pairings and results:

Games round 1

Game viewer by ChessTempo

Two videos (in Dutch)

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Bert de Bruut's picture
Radical Caveman's picture

Hey, everybody–check it out! You thought Garry Kasparov was the greatest player ever? No, it’s actually Garry “Buldog” Harlamov!

http://ratings.fide.com/toplist.phtml

Apparently, he’s some kind of Russian comedian. Is this embarrassing for FIDE, or what?

[I guess my last attempt to post this ran into moderation because I used two links, and plus the Cyrillic characters didn't work, so...moderator, just delete that one, please...thanks!]

ssehc elpmis's picture

Holland is the most creative nation when it comes to first names.

Thomas's picture

Hmmm, (depending on the tournament situation) how many players will actually watch football on Saturday, and how many will use the two extra hours to prepare for their game? Or is attendance in front of the big TV screen mandatory - even for Marieke Dirksen who said in the video that she doesn't follow the football WCh at all?

What kind of important and/or financially attractive event makes van Wely leave the tournament for a day, but return for the final round? This solution may be preferable to the scandal around Tiviakov last year .... but would such a deal have been possible for other players, who might need the extra money more urgently?

Paolo Quiesa's picture

Part of FIDE's campaign agaunst the Kasparov-Karpov duo has been tu "ban" his name!.

Michael X Tractor's picture

"Loek van Wely has a completely different schedule altogether. He was allowed to play in a different tournament on Saturday, and will play his second round game on Monday, also at 15.30, against Robin van Kampen."

But when Tiviakov tried to bring forward a game last year, due to a prior commitment, he was thrown out of the tournament. No racism there, then!

Castro's picture

@ssehc elpmis
"Holland is the most creative nation when it comes to first names."

:-) You should check Brazil!

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