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Dutch Championship Tournament

Anish Giri6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Friso Nijboer5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Sipke Ernst5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Dimitri Reinderman5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Robin Swinkels4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Frans Andre Cuijpers4/8(+2 -2 =4)[games]
Roi David Miedema3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Karel van der Weide2/8(+1 -5 =2)[games]
Ali Bitalzadeh2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov1.5/3(+1 -1 =1)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K van der Weide vs D Reinderman  ½-½422009Dutch ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. Tiviakov vs A Bitalzadeh  ½-½612009Dutch ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
3. F A Cuijpers vs R Swinkels  ½-½1262009Dutch ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
4. Giri vs S Ernst  ½-½782009Dutch ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
5. R D Miedema vs Nijboer  0-1412009Dutch ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. S Ernst vs K van der Weide  1-0682009Dutch ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
7. R D Miedema vs F A Cuijpers  0-1472009Dutch ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. A Bitalzadeh vs Giri  ½-½312009Dutch ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
9. Nijboer vs D Reinderman  1-0522009Dutch ChampionshipC10 French
10. R Swinkels vs Tiviakov  1-0432009Dutch ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
11. Giri vs R Swinkels  ½-½232009Dutch ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. Tiviakov vs R D Miedema  1-0432009Dutch ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
13. D Reinderman vs S Ernst  1-0402009Dutch ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. K van der Weide vs A Bitalzadeh  1-0552009Dutch ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. F A Cuijpers vs Nijboer  ½-½692009Dutch ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. Nijboer vs S Ernst  ½-½322009Dutch ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. R D Miedema vs Giri 0-1242009Dutch ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. A Bitalzadeh vs D Reinderman  ½-½322009Dutch ChampionshipA90 Dutch
19. R Swinkels vs K van der Weide  1-0412009Dutch ChampionshipB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. K van der Weide vs R D Miedema  0-1342009Dutch ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
21. S Ernst vs A Bitalzadeh  1-0622009Dutch ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
22. D Reinderman vs R Swinkels  1-0512009Dutch ChampionshipC11 French
23. Giri vs F A Cuijpers 1-0402009Dutch ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. R D Miedema vs D Reinderman  ½-½692009Dutch ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. Nijboer vs A Bitalzadeh  ½-½272009Dutch ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-22-09  dumbgai: Anyone know what was the "controversy" involving Tiviakov?
Sep-22-09  nescio: <dumbgai>
Sep-22-09  dumbgai: So Tiviakov and Ernst openly declared the arranged draw? Isn't that a form of cheating?
Sep-23-09  virginmind: jan smeets and jan werle are playing in the romanian superliga (19-27 sept), starting just one day before the end of dutch championship - so apparently the same situation as tiviakov...
Sep-23-09  Gryz: I think pre-arranged draws are done more often. And they are "frowned upon". But not necessarily illegal. Especially when it's the last round, and somebody has to be somewhere else on that last day.

Apparently the organizers had told Tiviakov that the playing days would be a little earlier. So he thought he could have played all rounds, but miss the closing ceremony. It turned out the last round was a day later than he was told. So Tiviakov wasn't happy.

I think the organizers started to make trouble not only about the last round, but also about missing the closing ceremony. That's when Tiviakov decided to just drop out of the tournament.

Small detail: that happened after round 3. At the start of the tournament, Tiviakov was the expected winner. But after 3 rounds, he had 1-1-1, and his tournament win was suddenly a lot less certain. I'm sure that had an influence on the decision making of Tiviakov.

Anyway, my personal opinion is this:
If players are unhappy with the amount of prize-money or start-money offered at a tournament, they have every right to refuse to play. If the tournament is the Dutch Open. Or any foreign tournament. Or even Wijk Aan Zee. But if it's the Dutch Championship, I think they have some moral obligation to show up. Just for the honour. Just for their fans. Just to keep our national championship at a certain level. Even if you're a professional, that doesn't mean you do things only for money.

It all started with Timman. He refused to come to the Dutch Championships for years. And now he wonders why he's not popular with the Dutch chessfans.q

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