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Groningen Open Tournament

Sipke Ernst7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Zaven Andriasian7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Alexander Kovchan7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Robin van Kampen6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Daniel Gormally6/9(+6 -3 =0)[view games]
Benjamin Bok6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Peter Michalik6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Andrei Deviatkin6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Daniel Naroditsky5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Filip Pancevski5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Eric Hansen5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[view games]
Dennis Breder5/7(+4 -1 =2)[view games]
Arghyadip Das5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
Mark A Berkovich5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
Yochanan Afek5/8(+4 -2 =2)[view games]
Mher Hovhanisian5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
Milan Mostertman4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[view games]
Gulnar Mammadova4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[view games]
Stefan Beukema4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[view games]
John Paul Wallace4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[view games]
Sabino Brunello4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[view games]
Mees van Osch4/7(+3 -2 =2)[view games]
Dibyendu Barua4/7(+3 -2 =2)[view games]
Twan Burg4/8(+4 -4 =0)[view games]
Jaap Vogel4/6(+3 -1 =2)[view games]
Kacper Drozdowski4/7(+2 -1 =4)[view games]
Julian van Overdam4/7(+4 -3 =0)[view games]
Daniel Hausrath4/7(+2 -1 =4)[view games]
Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury4/7(+3 -2 =2)[view games]
(93 players total; 65 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Van Overdam vs J Gerlagh  1-057 2012 Groningen OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. I Maris vs S Estremera Panos 1-032 2012 Groningen OpenE12 Queen's Indian
3. M de Jong vs M van Osch  1-053 2012 Groningen OpenB50 Sicilian
4. S Dhar vs S Arslanov  ½-½49 2012 Groningen OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
5. V Baghdasaryan vs M Dehn  1-048 2012 Groningen OpenB07 Pirc
6. P P Theulings vs J P Wallace  0-148 2012 Groningen OpenA15 English
7. A Matnadze vs M Basencyan  1-018 2012 Groningen OpenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. E Sparenberg vs A Donchenko  ½-½28 2012 Groningen OpenB50 Sicilian
9. F van Assendelft vs E van der Auweraert  1-063 2012 Groningen OpenB50 Sicilian
10. F Jacobs vs D Barua  ½-½18 2012 Groningen OpenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
11. E Goudriaan vs T Beerdsen  1-039 2012 Groningen OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. J Henseler vs R Schoorl  0-166 2012 Groningen OpenC58 Two Knights
13. G Mammadova vs M Richters 1-025 2012 Groningen OpenB53 Sicilian
14. R Kevlishvili vs T Mamedjarova  1-055 2012 Groningen OpenC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
15. M Calzetta vs G Ijzermans  0-145 2012 Groningen OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. M Senders vs B Pel  1-038 2012 Groningen OpenB06 Robatsch
17. I Ben Artzi vs Ankit Majhi  1-036 2012 Groningen OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. K U Schiffer vs P Hummel 1-038 2012 Groningen OpenB30 Sicilian
19. M Grigoryan vs L Piasetski  0-157 2012 Groningen OpenA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
20. Y Afek vs M Ratsma 1-0103 2012 Groningen OpenC02 French, Advance
21. Stijn Gieben vs A Pijpers  0-133 2012 Groningen OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. D Eggleston vs L Vereggen  1-031 2012 Groningen OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
23. K Drozdowski vs B Von Meijenfeldt  ½-½45 2012 Groningen OpenB54 Sicilian
24. P Ypma vs N Nestorovic  0-134 2012 Groningen OpenA57 Benko Gambit
25. M Pacher vs J Van Overdam  ½-½31 2012 Groningen OpenB27 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-26-12  Kikoman: First!
Dec-26-12  Kikoman: Official site:
Dec-26-12  achieve: They're playing here in Groningen for a spot in the upcoming Tata 2013 tournament, C-group. The winner of the Groningen Open, that is. Added note that Robin van Kampen, here in the field no doubt looking for a top spot, already has a seat in the C-group.
Dec-26-12  achieve: While dutch top junior Robin van Kampen at this very moment is playing leader Michalik, a game of the Generations is being played by young (1999) <Jorden van Foreest> versus a real old-timer now, of dutch chess, GM John van der Wiel!

Here's Jorden's super impressive profile, from his "own website":

<My name is Jorden van Foreest. I was born in Utrecht 30 april 1999. I have 4 brothers: Lucas, Pieter, Tristan, Nanneand one sister Machteld.

I learned to play chess at the age of 6 but I didn't really study chess seriously till I was 9. Then I played in a school team and I really enjoyed it and wanted to become better.

At the moment I am the number 1 in the Netherlands in my age category. More information about my chess achievements can be found on my Fide page . My current teacher is Sipke Ernst .

I hope to reach the same relative strength as my great grand grandfather A.E. van Foreest who was three times Dutch chess champion. More information about him can be found at here .

As a result my handshake distance to Alekhine is at most three (me–my grandfather–my great great grandfather–Alekhine).>

Dec-26-12  notyetagm:
Dec-26-12  achieve: Van Kampen beat leader Michalik with some keen defence and counter action.
Dec-26-12  waustad: What's this "real old-timer" stuff? John van der Wiel is still in his early 50s. You talk about him like he's Yuri Averbach or Viktor Korchnoi.
Dec-26-12  achieve: Like Timman, van der Wiel is a GM who peaked back in the 80s, and in dutch chess can be considered an old-timer, simple as that - always look for context waustad, like the age of his opponent, and if you are not as dimwitted as i think you are, you'd realize that the term old-timer is used with a bit of the old tongue-in-cheek. I talk about him like he is Averbakh? What a laughably stupid remark, hahahah.
Dec-27-12  achieve: Dutch Chess has always produced interesting players able to compete at international level, but the number of GMs - "active ones" - isn't that large -- all together the tally runs up to about 28 I think, and recently this relatively exclusive club has welcomed two of the younger generation into its ranks, with Robin Swinkels and Robin van Kampen, present here in Groningen and now leading the table. What I would call the senior group of active Dutch GMs, we find that Gennadi Sosonko leads the way, as for age, followed by Timman, van der Wiel, Visser, Piket (inactive), van Wely, and on the other end of the age spectrum of course the fresh new GM van Kampen, born in Holland, follows Giri as the youngest ever "Dutchman" to achieve the GM title at age 16y8m, in 2011. Giri of course was two years younger even when earning the GM title.
Dec-27-12  achieve: Of course, renowned writer and very strong player, <Hans Ree>, follows right behind Sosonko, "pushing 70"... Both for years have been loyal commentators at big tournaments like Wijk aan Zee, and many others, and are my absolute favorites, though very contrasting styles, with Sosonko still extremely alert, tactically... very sharp, Genna.
Dec-29-12  Pawn Dillinger: achieve: Quick question for you — do you live in the Netherlands? If so, could you tell me where is the best club and does it have some IM and/or GM coaches? I'm hoping to move across the pond. If you don't live there, enjoy the rest of the tournament and in a couple of weeks it's on to Tata Steel (though I have a preference for referring to it as Wijk aan Zee). All the best.
Dec-29-12  achieve: <Pawn Dillinger> The strongest clubs are located mostly in the Utrecht-Amsterdam area, but note that several of the strongest clubs in the Meesterklasse - the top competition - are from other provinces as well.

Looking for Meesterklasse clubs?

Actually all the top clubs have coaching arranged from one of their top players, all 2400+, and actually in Amsterdam there are very strong clubs, and the Max Euwe Centrum organizes training events, but really within the Amsterdam Utrecht area you are within a 45 minutes drive of a bunch of places where strong players play.

Dec-30-12  achieve: PS @<PD>

This link will navigate you to the Delemarre Chess Academy - - which employs several chess trainers, and most of them also teach at the Zukertort chess Club, which is located in Amstelveen, a stone's throw from my house in fact, and a very nice club, with strong players. Amstelveen is adjacent to Amsterdam, at the south "border."

Dec-30-12  achieve: <enjoy the rest of the tournament and in a couple of weeks it's on to Tata Steel (though I have a preference for referring to it as Wijk aan Zee). All the best.> Likewise! ;)

Hope the above info is helpful and good luck.

Dec-30-12  Pawn Dillinger: <achieve> Many, many thanks for all of that incredible information! I really appreciate it. I hope it works out to where I can make the move. There are a ton of things that have to happen first, but, as with chess, one has to see what the endgame looks like and try to navigate there from the opening that has been chosen. A friend of mine who has lived in several countries in Europe tells me the Netherlands is a very friendly and pleasant country in which to live. From what you've provided to me, I'd have to agree. Take care.
Dec-30-12  achieve: With regards to chess the Netherlands is one of the premier places to go - Giri is an example who will have all he can ever wish for. ;) And - as always - the majority of the people is very friendly, but socio-politically I'd be less optimistic, to put it mildly. Still a paradise though compared to many other european countries. You take care as well!
Jan-01-13  Al2009: It's really ridicolous that the only language of Groningen tournament's website is just DUTCH, and no page in English (at least).

How many persons do really read and understand Dutch language?

It seems some chess organizers are doing their best to LOSE rather than gaining, new players and participants.

Mar-28-13  The Last Straw: <Al2009> Well, Groningen is in the Netherlands, and the official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, so what can you say?
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