|Dec-26-12|| ||Kikoman: First!|
|Dec-26-12|| ||Kikoman: Official site: http://www.schaakstadgroningen.nl/|
|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: http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/s...|
|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 - http://www.schaaktrainer.nl/ - 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?|