Grandmasters in Cafe Batavia
Café Batavia in Prins Hendrikskade next to the central station in Amsterdam is not a typical chess café. It is rather a lively 'normal' café that likes to host cultural events and chess players are warmly welcome there mainly since the owner Peter Tames is a true chess enthusiast. There are even two chess teams that regularly hold their home games in Batavia.
Last Sunday a great bye-bye party took place there by Peter Doggers to commemorate the milestone of his highly appreciated website Chessvibes.com ceasing its independent activity and fusing with the rising giant Chess.com.
There were naturally plenty of 'drankjes and hapjes' however at the focus of the lovely afternoon a pretty strong and highly friendly blitz tournament was held
Karel van Delft, our faithful webmaster, made a film and took lovely photos to be seen here:
Many thanks to Peter for this event!
The 6th edition of the Batavia tournament will take place in the popular Amsterdam café on February 21st- March 2nd. The list of participant and the timetable may be found here:
You are all invited to watch the games in the cafe or follow them live on the official website.
I was invited to write the daily round reports and to give guests some good chess time in the venue. We can play together through some classical games and even solve beautiful endgame studies and problems. See you there!
Posted: Februari 20 - 2014
Study of the Year 2012
The 'Study of the Year' award is organized by the world federation for chess composition and aimed at introducing to the general public a single friendly endgame study that would hopefully appeal to chess players of various levels and encourage them to pay a deeper attention to the art of the endgame study on a more regular basis.
Composers were invited to pick up just one study (either their own or by others), published (informal tourneys) or judged (formal tourneys) during the year 2012. All 24 candidates were sent by the world’s best composers and the jury’s scores may bee seen here: http://akobiachess.gol.ge/study_2012.html
An International panel of world famous experts (David Gurgenidze, Oleg Pervakov, Gady Costeff, Ilham Aliev and Harold van der Heijden) examined the candidates and announced The Study of the Year 2012 at the end of 2013.
Posted: February 13 - 2014
Joost Michielsen wins ARVES solving day
The fifth edition of the ARVES study solving day was held this year as usual during the Tata Steel tournament, however, for the first time, out of the official program due to the painful budget cut.
Nevertheless ARVES (The Dutch-Flemisch society for the art of the endgame study) and Probleemblad (The Dutch chess problem association) had a different idea and both study solving and the International Solving Competition were held after all in the last weekend of January to maintain the continuity of this fine tradition even in a period of global crisis.
The schedule allowed the participants a visit in De Moriaan to watch the penultimate round of the super tournament and follow the games of world top grandmasters. The new location- De Rel, a leisure and cultural centre in the village, hosted both events with the invaluable assistance of Saskia Scheffer and Matthieu Niesten, the hospitable organizing team in the venue. Tata Steel chess still offered its assistance providing the equipment and online publicity.
ARVES Solving in Wijk aan Zee
The fifth international ARVES Study solving Day will be held on Saturday, January 25th 2014 in Wijk aan Zee.
New location: de Rel, Relweg 4,1949 EC Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands).
Chief Arbiter: Luc Palmans
International Solving Championship at Wijk aan Zee
On 26 January 2014 the ‘International Solving Championship (ISC)´ takes place. At various places in the world solvers solve chessproblems at the same time. In the Netherlands the ISC is organised at Wijk aan Zee during the last day of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In 2013 more than 300 solvers from 30 countries took part.