New Issues

A new issue of the quarterly EG has just appeared. Besides the regular columns and the wealth of recent tourneys’ awards, a great deal of it is dedicated to the great Czech composer Mario Matouš [16.6.1947- 4.7.2013], one of my all time favourites. His countryman Emil Vlasák wrote a lively pictorial obituary illustrated by a small and appetizing selection of the great man’s best efforts of which three were chosen as the Study of the Year in 1990, 1997 and 2007. Here is the first of those three:

M. Matous pgn.

Among the various items in the new issue is my own article: The Magic of the Chameleon-Echo triggered and inspired by the recent Moscow studies composing championship, in which not fewer than three of the awarded studies show doubling of an element on neighbouring lines. Consequently all pieces change their colour (which explains the name of the theme).The second prize-winner in that event displays 2 masked batteries created on neighbouring diagonals:

A. Skrypnik pgn.


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At the same time we have received the November issue of the world’s leading composition periodical The Problemist, published by the British Chess Problem Society and edited by the English player and solver David Friedgood. It’s mainly dedicated to the recent Batumi congress and the 9th World championship for composing. My own regular column Studies presents the usual portion of original entries as well as a short survey of the composing tourneys in Batumi. You may read a lot more about this rich magazine and the BCPS here: www.theproblemist.org    

1. c4!? Having spent part of the last weekend following the world championship match between Anand and Carlsen in Chennai I still managed to take part in a thematic rapid tournament organized by De Pion club in Amsterdam. It was the 19th edition of the Kees Besselink c4 tournament. A normal 7 rounder with 20 minutes per player, however with the unique condition of all games starting with 1.c4. That helps a great deal as you can always blame the opening. Here are the results of the A group: www.c4pion.nl.  In this fairly inactive period it’s a good opportunity to stay sharp for the upcoming team matches.

Posted: November 18 - 2013

VLG Wageningen at the Lead

The second round of the Dutch team competition was proved successful again for my team of Wageningen. We were paired with the ambitious SISSA Groningen and the match took place in the Mind sports centre in Groningen. Following a close and hard fought match we finally won 5.5: 4.5. Here are the individual results:

T

SISSA

2310

Wageningen VLG Advocaten

2251

1.

Jorden van Foreest

2365

GM Jan Timman

2590

0

1

2.

GM Michael Hoffmann

2464

IM Yochanan Afek

2270

½

½

3.

IM Floris van Assendelft

2366

Fred Jonker

2188

½

½

4.

IM Gert Ligterink

2384

Erwin Oorebeek

2202

1

0

5.

FM Erik-Jan Hummel

2358

Kees Stap

2111

1

0

6.

Frits Rietman

2276

Stefan Bekker

2263

0

1

7.

Koen Lambrechts

2271

IM Sander van Eijk

2399

0

1

8.

Jan Joris Groenewold

2180

FM Erik van den Dikkenberg

2174

0

1

9.

CM Paul ten Vergert

2221

Jeroen Franssen

2127

½

½

10.

Renze Rietveld

2217

David van Eekhout

2182

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read more: ...VLG Wageningen at the Lead


With GM Erwin l'Ami watching the Univé study in the press room of Hoogeveen.

The London Classics Study

The fifth edition of the super-tournament in London will take place in Olympia conference center (Kensington, London) on December 8-15. All details of the various events including the chess and education conference may be found here:

www.londonchessclassic.com

As in the last four editions I was invited to dedicate and original endgame study to all participants.

It can be seen here:

www.londonchessclassic.com/yochanan,afek_study.htm

Here it is in PGN and auto play formats.


This weekend I visited the last 2 rounds of Hoogeveen tournament to see the young Philippine Wesley So winning the crown group and the Israeli GM Maxim Rodshtein winning the main open following a last round thriller. All results, games and photos may be seen here:

www.univechess.nl  

An older endgame study of mine was the event’s challenger:

www.univechess.nl/verslagen/unive-challenger

Here it is in PGN and auto-play formats.


See a short video about Hoogeveen. First you see webmaster Karel van Delft (white), after second 37 you see me with Lucas van Foreest, GM Erwin l'Ami and GM Maxim Rodshtein.

Posted: October 27 - 2013

 

Käty van der Mije (Photo René Olthoft).

A sad and happy weekend

Last Friday we accompanied a gentle and kind lady on her last journey. WGM Alexandra Ekaterina (Käty) van der Mije (Nicolau) has passed away in the city of Haarlem at the age of 73. She had been active in the sixties and seventies winning 6 times the Romanian championship and 5 times the Dutch championship following her immigration to the Netherlands in 1974. At her prime she was among the world’s best five. Although she retired decades ago she kept on visiting major events held mainly in the province of North Holland (of which Haarlem is the capital). A regular in Haarlem chess events I met her many times over the years and talking with her was always pleasing as well as instructive. You may read more about Käty here:

http://newsaboutchess.com/page.php?al=alexandra-ekaterina-van-der-mije-nicolau

May her rest in peace.

Yochanan Afek wins Eijgenbrood (Photo tournament site).

Friday evening I joined the 27th edition of Eijgenbrood weekend tournament held in the biggest Dutch chess club Caissa Amsterdam. Here are the results of the A group:

http://www.caissa-amsterdam.nl/eijgenbrood/groep                                        

My club of Wageningen was well represented also by my teammate Kees Stap who shared the third prize.

Here is my decisive last round game:     

Pgn game Frank Erwich - Yochanan Afek

Posted: October 21 - 2013

 

Endgame Study quiz – Results

To celebrate his first 50 columns in www.schaaksite.nl, Harold van der Heijden published a special trivia quiz, using the endgame study as its pivotal topic. The quiz however proved a tough nut to crack as merely five experts were courageous enough to give it a serious try and send in their findings. All correct answers and the final standings may be found here:

http://newsaboutchess.com/page.php?al=endgame-studies-50-endgame-study-quiz-ii-results

I use this opportunity to warmly recommend once again the fourth version of Harold’s database which compiles as many as 76,132 studies in the user friendly PGN format, by far the world’s largest collection of endgame studies. I use this wonderful tool regularly as the most reliable source of reference for my composing and writing work, but also when I just wish to enjoy the best of chess beauty by the world’s finest artists.

More details may be seen here: www.hhdbiv.nl 

Posted: October 16 - 2013      

 

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