Reports | July 15, 2012 22:23

Attractive chess in Amsterdam

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In Amsterdam thee tournaments have begun: the ACP Golden Classic, the Dutch Championships and the SPA Open. So far the online spectators and Dutch chess fans present haven't been disappointed as in lots of nice games have been played in the Dutch capital already.

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Events Golden Classic | PGN
Dutch Ch | PGN
SPA Open | PGN via TWIC
Dates July 14-22, 2012
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
System Golden Classic | 7-player round robin

Dutch Ch | 8-player round robin

SPA Open | Swiss
Players Golden Classic | Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Jobava, Sasikiran, Le Quang Liem, Sutovsky, Muzychuk

Dutch Ch | Giri, I.Sokolov, Smeets, l'Ami, Reinderman, Van Kampen, Ernst, Swinkels

SPA Open | Greenfeld, Haslinger, Pruijssers, Antal, etc.
Rate of play Golden Classic | 40 moves in 2.5 hours + adjourn

Dutch Ch & SPA Open | 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment from move 1

The Golden Classic, we remind you, is the tournament that has re-introduced adjournments in tournament practice. 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). They play with the old classical time control, 2.5 hours for the first 40 moves, and the idea is that after that the games can be adjourned. (However, after two rounds no game has been adjourned yet!)

Update: When the arbiter told Le Quang Liem and Vassily Ivanchuk after the time control that they had to adjourn, Le resigned immediately. In Jobava-Sasikiran, the game was adjourned but after checking computer analysis, Jobava resigned soon.

At the opening ceremony and drawing of lots, Vassily Ivanchuk was not present. He had missed his connecting flight in Munich, according to the official website "because he was deeply concentrated in a position on his little metal chess set". :-) There are no real rest days, because every player misses one round anyway. In the first round this was Emil Sutovsky. Some players will give masterclasses on their rest days: Kamsky, Ivanchuk, Le and Sasikiran.

His logistical issues didn't stop Ivanchuk from grabbing an early lead. After two days, the Ukrainian is the only player with two victories. In both games he showed sharp tactical vision - here's his win in round 2:

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Vassily Ivanchuk, here against Jobava, is on 2/2 | Photo courtesy of the official website

Anna Muzychuk, the only lady in the field, won a nice game in the first round against Sasikiran.

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Anna Muzychuk | Photo courtesy of the official website

Games rounds 1-2

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Golden Classic 2012 | Round 2 standings

 

 

The Dutch Championships have started on Sunday at the same venue. 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.

In the men's section, the pairings had the absolute top encounter between Anish Giri and Ivan Sokolov already in the first round. Giri won.

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Dutch Championship 2012 | Round 1 standings

 

 

The SPA Open has seen few surprises so far, but a few GMs already dropped half a point in Sunday's second round: Roeland Pruijssers (against Sjoerd Plukkel, 2274), Gergely Antal (against Alje Hovenga, 2247)  and Tejas Bakre (against Bharat Arjun, 2250). IM Manuel Bosboom played a truly fantastic game, in true Bosboom style, in the first round.

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SPA Open 2012 | Round 2 standings (top 40)

Rank Name Score M/F Rating TPR W-We 1 2
1 GM Greenfeld, Alon 2.0 M 2556 2970 +0.27 1 1
2 GM Haslinger, Stewart G 2.0 M 2536 2951 +0.27 1 1
3 IM Hungaski, Robert Andrew 2.0 M 2488 2902 +0.28 1 1
4 GM Sergeev, Vladimir 2.0 M 2479 2933 +0.33 1 1
5 FM Klein, David 2.0 M 2438 2940 +0.42 1 1
6 IM Bosboom, Manuel 2.0 M 2375 2922 +0.52 1 1
7 FM Van Assendelft, Floris 2.0 M 2348 2863 +0.44 1 1
8 IM Afek, Yochanan 2.0 M 2293 2819 +0.47 1 1
9 FM Lammens, Tim 2.0 M 2291 2839 +0.51 1 1
10 FM Duijker, Rick 2.0 M 2195 2942 +1.03 1 1
11 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2.0 F 2187 2968 +1.10 1 1
12 Ritsema, Ronald 2.0 M 2054 3066 +0.83 + 1
13 GM Pruijssers, Roeland 1.5 M 2525 2418 -0.20 1 ½
14 GM Antal, Gergely 1.5 M 2511 2402 -0.20 1 ½
15 GM Bakre, Tejas 1.5 M 2482 2402 -0.15 1 ½
16 IM Van Oosterom, Chiel 1.5 M 2385 2313 -0.14 ½ 1
17 IM Gullaksen, Eirik 1.5 M 2382 2330 -0.10 ½ 1
18 IM Wiersma, Eelke 1.5 M 2375 2327 -0.10 1 ½
19 FM Bezemer, Arno 1.5 M 2346 2330 -0.04 ½ 1
20 Plukkel, Sjoerd 1.5 M 2274 2514 +0.60 1 ½
21 CM Arjun, Bharat 1.5 M 2250 2484 +0.59 1 ½
22 Hovenga, Alje 1.5 M 2247 2497 +0.62 1 ½
23 De Saegher, Chris 1.5 M 2208 2248 +0.09 ½ 1
24 Timmermans, Mark 1.5 M 2194 2248 +0.13 ½ 1
25 Bijlsma, Nick 1.5 M 2130 2555 +1.08 1 ½
26 IM Riemersma, Li 1.0 M 2425 2172 -0.63 1 0
27 FM Schoorl, Rob 1.0 M 2362 2166 -0.51 1 0
28 FM Ten Hertog, Hugo 1.0 M 2349 2133 -0.55 0 1
29 WGM Schneider, Veronika 1.0 F 2331 2090 -0.59 1 0
30 Hopman, Pieter 1.0 M 2326 2128 -0.51 0 1
31 De Rover, Yong Hoon 1.0 M 2287 2338 +0.11 1 0
32 Zult, Daan 1.0 M 2252 2322 +0.15 1 0
33 Visser, Henk Jan 1.0 M 2246 2266 +0.05 1 0
34 WIM Padurariu, Ioana-Smaranda 1.0 F 2245 2290 +0.09 1 0
35 Vroombout, Enrico 1.0 M 2241 2120 -0.33 ½ ½
36 Prieto Aranguren, Alain 1.0 M 2232 2225 -0.02 1 0
37 FM Kohler, Aran 1.0 M 2229 2273 +0.10 1 0
38 Van der Lende, Ilias 1.0 M 2175 2321 +0.31 0 1
39 Mellema, Andries 1.0 M 2167 2288 +0.26 0 1
40 Merbis, Max 1.0 M 2167 2288 +0.26 0 1

 

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Comments

Hugh Jass's picture

Chucky you legend! What are the chances of him scoring 100% I wonder, he would be capables especially as losing on time reduced due to adjournments...

Niima's picture

Ivanchuk never ceases to amaze. If ever a best-games book (volumes) worthy of his genius is published, it will be a cause for celebration.

S3's picture

Bosboom's game in round 2 was just as bizarre as his first round game. Entertaining though!

boybawang's picture

Whay Ivanchucks Live Rating didn't improve after the two wins?

fen's picture

The tournament is not FIDE rated, so the Live Rating will not improve.

Anonymous's picture

IM Bosboom is bringing back the Romantic style!

sharad singh's picture

Ivanchuk is real legend and he is deeply in love with chess as his girlfriend. on his day no one can stop him, he is my hero.

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