Reports | August 22, 2008 4:50

Yes, worse was possible

After a tough start yesterday, in the second round the Experience team had to try and regain some confidence with the black pieces. But it only got worse: the Rising Stars beat them 4?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? today. Two more videos.

The third NH Chess tournament takes place August 20-30. The venue of this clash between ?¢‚ǨÀúRising Stars' and ?¢‚ǨÀúExperience' is the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in the centre of Amsterdam.

Before we go on to round 2, let's first put the focus on the video section, as two more have been added:

In the second round, the Rising Stars increased their lead to a devastating 8?Ǭ?-1?Ǭ?. It was clear from the start that their team would win this Scheveningen system, but the way the young guns are playing so far, is still pretty impressive.

Today Jussupow had a similar negative experience as in his game of yesterday: right after the opening he made a big mistake. He lost a pawn and not long afterwards, a second pawn would follow and so he decided to throw in the towel. By then Bareev was already under severe pressure, thanks to fantastic opening preparation by Stellwagen and his second Smeets. In a pet line of Bareev's, a Caro-Kann, 22.g4 had still been on the board (screen?) of the Dutchmen the night before! Obviously Bareev got into timetrouble, which made it impossible to defend a very difficult position.

Wang Yue's victory was less straight forward, as he let his opening advantage slip away, missing 16...Na6. But in upcoming timetrouble, Agdestein totally missed 29.a5!. A similar scenario in Caruana-Korchnoi, where White regained his advantage after the mistake 33...Bc4?. L'Ami is the only Rising Star with a decent amount of respect for previous generations, as he scored his second draw, against Ljubojevic.

Here are the games of the second round:

Wang Yue and his second Li Wenliang (China, 2443) at the opening ceremony

Artur Jussupow and his charming daughter Ekaterina

Simen Agdestein and Viktor Korchnoi

Evgeny Bareev at the opening ceremony

Fabiano Caruana at the opening ceremony

Agdestein - Cheparinov




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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


chessbabewatcher's picture

Talking about beautiful girls: does anyone know who the girl sitting next to Geurt Gijssen is? (Pictures from 2007 at tournament website/ near the end)

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Janis Nisii's picture

Michael, you mean that at 25 I'm not considered a girl anymore? Awww, this is terrible! ;)
Anyway, i didn't mean to be unrespectful, it was just a misunderstanding. I checked and you're right, she's 4th in the under 18 German girl's list (sorry, but I don't trust someone only because they talk about their country stuff...). Big deal :)
And yeah, sometimes I don't even distinguish between little spoiled boys and real men. I have to mend this :)
Kisses, Janis

Songamonga's picture

Janis can you elaborate further your distinction "between little spoiled boys and real men" ? That should be fun! Wow! ;)

Michael's picture

I intuitively thought of Janis as a Latvian men's name (cf. Janis Klovans), which was probably a typical chess player's mistake (always the same thing in their mind!). Anyway, Janis, I would readily consider you a girl, just as I'm considering myself (at 27) a boy, but I'm afraid you wouldn't be allowed to participate in any girls championship :-)

columbo's picture

lots of smily suns on this page... boys and girls !

columbo's picture

janis ankle ! that's a fantastic name for a bride !!!

Janis Nisii's picture

Michael, she's number 105 in the German women's Fide list, and at the 64th place if you exclude the inactives (by the way, ever noticed how high it is the drop out rate in women's chess?): not exacly "one of the Germany's strongest girls". But hey, I'm sure she's one of the prettiest anyway ;) and being 16 she can certainly improve, provided she's really interested in chess (I mean, apart from her daddy probably influencing her). :)

A wonderful playing hall indeed.
I feel for the experienced team, I hope they will get some good results in the next rounds!

I was impressed at the free and easy air of Stellwagen, it's not very common among young chessplayers! But I still root for Harry Potter, of course! ;)

Michel's picture

Peter, I don?Ǭ¥t really understand why the onganisation invites very strong young chessplayers and older players with a lower rating. If you organize a tournament you want (I suppose) an exiting tournament with an unclear outcome. From the beginning it?Ǭ¥s clear the the young guys will win.
Why not people like Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Anand etc. in the experienced team. Or a little younger talents with rating like 2500-2550.

Euwe's picture

I agree with Michel - the formula of the tournament is seriously flawed. If anyone has 'experience' its the youngsters like Cheparinov and Wang Yue who play one top tournament after the other. The older guys are rusty and lack recent experience. Bareev is, by the way, of Anand's and Gelfand's generation, so it might indeed be more interesting to invite more of those guys. Ljubo and Korchnoi are legends but they simply can't compete on this level.

Michael's picture

Janis Nisii, being German, you can trust me that I know a thing or two about my country's strongest players. Katja Jussupow is currently no. 4 in our girls' list (and no.3 in the national rating list). That's good enough for me to be qualified as one of the strongest. You don't seem to distinguish between girls (under 18) and women.

Paul's picture

I think I fell in love with Jussupow's daughter, Ekaterina. Oh boy!

Michael's picture

Ekaterina (or Katja) Jussupow is a good chess player herself, by the way - one of Germany's strongest girls.

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