Reports | October 23, 2012 11:48

Nakamura leads Univé Tournament after two rounds

Nakamura leads Univé Tournament after two rounds

Having won the only decisive game so far, Hikaru Nakamura is leading the Univé Tournament with 1.5/2. He defeated Anish Giri on Sunday in the first round, in a Berlin Ruy Lopez. Tiviakov held Hou Yifan to a draw in a French Opening. A day later both games in the Crown Croup, Tivakov-Nakamura and Hou Yifan-Giri, ended in draws. In the open tournament GMs Erwin l'Ami and Sipke Ernst and IMs Leonardo Valdes and Thomas Willemze are in shared first place after four rounds.

A big sign in front of the Hoogeveen town hall | Photos courtesy of the official website

Event Univé Tournament | PGN: Crown | Open via TWIC
Dates October 19th-27th, 2012
Location Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
System Crown Group: 4-player double round robin
Open: 9-round Swiss
Players Crown Group: Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Hou Yifan, Sergei Tiviakov

Open: Erwin l'Ami, Nils Grandelius, Jan Timman, Robin van Kampen are the top GMs
Rate of play

40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes to finish the game with a 30-second increment starting at move 1 (in both Crown and Open)

 

The traditional autumn event in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands is under way - this year it's already the 16th edition. Some traditions have not stood the test of time (such as playing with pieces of glass in the Crown Group), but luckily most of them are held up in the north of Holland. This year's top group has Tata 2011 winner Hikaru Nakamura, Dutch #1 Anish Giri, Women's World Champion Hou Yifan and Former European Champion Sergei Tiviakov. As always, they play a double round-robin with a rest day in the middle.

The tournament was officially opened on Saturday by Secretary of State Fred Teeven, who once again emphasized the importance of chess for the society. He mentioned schess in schools projects and even revealed plans to organize chess events for inmates.

While the open tournament already reached its third round on Sunday, the tournament hasn't really started until the first moves in the Crown Group are made. Both games started quietly, and the first one ended in a draw.

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Nakamura showed his famous fighting spirit and kept on trying in a slighty better ending. He was rewarded when at move 59 Giri made a mistake.

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With drawing lot number one, Hou Yifan also had white in her second round game against Giri. It looks like she managed to surprise her opponent with 6.f4 in the Najdorf, the move that used to be John Nunn's choice in his classic Beating the Sicilian. White kept the initiative and only at move 38 she allowed Black to equalize.

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Tiviakov vs Nakamura was a good fight and became especially interesting after Black's pawn push on move 24.

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Univé Tournament | Crown group | Round 2 standings

 

As always the Crown Group in Hoogeveen is part of a much bigger festival, with hundreds of amateur players trying their best at the 64 squares. There is a strong open for players rated higher than 2000 (although a few talented youngsters below that were allowed to participate) and there are two amateur groups.

We already mentioned this open in our article about Danny de Ruiter. After four rounds GMs Erwin l'Ami and Sipke Ernst and IMs Leonardo Valdes and IM Thomas Willemze are in shared first place. Below we give a selection of games and the current standings.

Selection of games

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Univé Tournament | Open group | Round 4 standings

Rank Name Score Fed. M/F Rating TPR W-We
1 GM L'Ami, Erwin 3.5 NED M 2631 2678 +0.15
2 GM Ernst, Sipke 3.5 NED M 2554 2638 +0.30
3 IM Valdes, Leonardo 3.5 CRC M 2414 2681 +1.16
4 IM Willemze, Thomas 3.5 NED M 2377 2606 +0.96
5 GM Grandelius, Nils 3.0 SWE M 2593 2512 -0.30
6 GM Van Kampen, Robin 3.0 NED M 2570 2466 -0.39
7 GM Nijboer, Friso 3.0 NED M 2525 2380 -0.51
8 GM Brynell, Stellan 3.0 SWE M 2500 2485 -0.03
9 IM Hendriks, Willy 3.0 NED M 2437 2485 +0.26
10 IM Riemersma, Li 3.0 NED M 2420 2504 +0.45
11 IM Guramishvili, Sopiko 3.0 GEO F 2418 2399 -0.01
12 IM Bosboom, Manuel 3.0 NED M 2402 2363 -0.15
13 WGM L'Ami, Alina 3.0 ROU F 2376 2529 +0.80
14 IM Wiersma, Eelke 3.0 NED M 2367 2380 +0.13
15 FM Schoorl, Rob 3.0 NED M 2363 2498 +0.72
16 Hopman, Pieter 3.0 NED M 2344 2541 +1.02
17 FM Bezemer, Arno 3.0 NED M 2329 2450 +0.59
18 Donker, Roel 3.0 NED M 2228 2377 +0.84
19 Van Foreest, Jorden 3.0 NED M 2225 2448 +1.23
20 GM Timman, Jan 2.5 NED M 2578 2283 -1.16
21 GM Kasparov, Sergey 2.5 BLR M 2476 2362 -0.55
22 IM De Jong, Migchiel 2.5 NED M 2369 2435 +0.37
23 FM Okkes, Menno 2.5 NED M 2368 2294 -0.32
24 Johansson, Linus 2.5 SWE M 2287 2271 -0.04
25 Timmermans, Ivo 2.5 NED M 2254 2297 +0.27
26 Kerigan, Demre 2.5 TUR M 2238 2261 +0.22
27 De Ruiter, Danny 2.5 NED M 2182 2502 +1.58
28 Van der Lende, Ilias 2.5 NED M 2169 2369 +1.00
29 Van Foreest, Lucas 2.5 NED M 1952 2313 +1.78
30 IM Van Delft, Merijn 2.0 NED M 2395 2307 -0.45
31 IM Vedder, Henk 2.0 NED M 2378 2214 -0.85
32 IM Afek, Yochanan 2.0 ISR M 2312 2123 -0.99
33 FM Van der Poel, Henk 2.0 NED M 2306 2080 -1.08
34 FM Lorscheid, Gerhard 2.0 GER M 2267 2310 +0.18
35 FM Vedder, Richard 2.0 NED M 2267 2335 +0.24
36 Lindgren, Philip 2.0 SWE M 2265 2255 -0.05
37 FM Heemskerk, Wim 2.0 NED M 2254 2229 -0.11
38 WIM Padurariu, Ioana-Smaranda 2.0 ROU F 2236 2128 -0.52
39 Kollen, Zyon 2.0 NED M 2174 2321 +0.71
40 Veinberg, Nimrod 2.0 ISR M 2170 2080 -0.43
41 FM Vogel, Jaap 2.0 NED M 2158 2197 +0.17
42 Lee, Kai Jie Edward 2.0 SIN M 2132 2401 +1.26
43 WIM Kasparova, Tatiana 2.0 BLR F 2126 2243 +0.58
44 Sadallah, Osama 2.0 NED M 2126 2139 +0.05
45 Schoehuijs, Erik 2.0 NED M 2123 2294 +0.87
46 Van Osch, Mees 2.0 NED M 2083 2272 +0.95
47 Henseler, Jorgen 2.0 NED M 2062 2229 +0.87
48 Vos, Tjark 2.0 AHO M 2003 2358 +1.36
49 IM Piasetski, Leon 1.5 CAN M 2298 2263 -0.28
50 Ben Artzi, Ido 1.5 ISR M 2286 1987 -1.58
51 Hovenga, Alje 1.5 NED M 2246 2065 -0.97
52 Vroombout, Enrico 1.5 NED M 2243 2048 -1.04
53 FM Clemens, Adrian 1.5 NED M 2213 2204 -0.22
54 Go, Benjamin 1.5 NED M 2175 2048 -0.76
55 CM Van 't Hof, Eric 1.5 NED M 2137 2090 -0.32
56 Potze, Rudolf 1.5 NED M 2124 2009 -0.62
57 Lessmann, Francis 1.5 NED M 2100 2097 -0.06
58 Baskin, Robert 1.5 GER M 2071 2185 +0.51
59 Haver, Bas 1.5 NED M 2044 2127 +0.38
60 Klapwijk, Bram 1.5 NED M 2039 2085 +0.21
61 Majhi, Ankit 1.5 NED M 1923 2161 +0.97
62 Kazarian, Anna-Maja 1.5 NED F 1864 2075 +0.90
63 Grant, Jonathan 1.0 SCO M 2217 1990 -1.27
64 Mellema, Andries 1.0 NED M 2181 1593 -0.84
65 Van der Raaf, Erik 1.0 NED M 2163 1941 -1.20
66 Stavast, Dick 1.0 NED M 2125 1945 -0.72
67 Hendriks, Richard 1.0 NED M 2123 1953 -0.88
68 Klomp, Robert 1.0 NED M 2119 2029 -0.59
69 Gieben, Stijn 1.0 NED M 2068 1948 -0.62
70 Van Wageningen, Arie 1.0 NED M 2044 * 1993 1993
71 Voss, Herman 1.0 NED M 2015 1983 -0.15
72 Haver, Daan 1.0 NED M 1985 1958 -0.14
73 Van der Lende, Nathalie 1.0 NED F 1968 1961 -0.05
74 Kolodkin, Daniil 1.0 NED M 1943 1950 +0.02
75 WFM Slingerland, Caroline 0.5 NED F 2103 1910 -0.85
76 Ritsema, Ronald 0.5 NED M 2058 1937 -0.51
77 Hoffman, Ron 0.0 NED M 2107 1395 -1.68
78 Djuric, Olgica 0.0 SRB F 1880 1336 -0.77

 

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where is CHOUFLEUR ???

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crying in his momma's basement I suppose

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This is a way for Nakamura to regain some lost Elo points!

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