David Klein (photo BDO tournament site) and below left Sebastian Halfhide and on the right Mees van Osch, also a former pupil in Arnhem and Apeldoorn (photo Karel van Delft, Arnhem ASV weekend tournament 2013).
The last competitive summer was not especially successful for me. Following lukewarm and average results in SPA and Vlissingen tournaments the challenger category of BDO Haarlem tournament was especially disastrous with an eventual my all time worst score. The obvious comfort is that it cannot be worse than that… nevertheless I am by no means shattered as in my other chess activities life seems a lot brighter.The best news is the success of my pupils.
In the 3rd Gibraltar International Chess Festival Sebastian Halfhide from Utrecht won the under 12 category unbeaten. Look here: www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/junior/prizewinners.htm
In the grandmaster group of BDO tournament in Haarlem David Klein from Aerdenhout played excellently and finished second scoring his final GM norm at the age of 19. He won three of his games, drew the other six and he is just 13 Elo points away of the supreme title! Just 2 years ago he won the challenger group of the same event scoring an IM norm. All results and games of this event may be seen here: www.bdochess.nl
Posted: September 5 - 2013
Still going strong!
The second English print of the award winner book Invisible Chess Moves [by Emmanuel Neiman and yours truly] is still on worldwide demand.
A Russian hardbound version has been recently published in Moscow by the Russian Chess House and can be seen here:
Previously the French book originally published by Payot in Paris was translated to Spanish and Persian. The English expanded version was the ChessCafé book of the Year 2011. At the beginning of next year a sixth version of the book is expected in Italy! What’s next?
The topic has also been adopted by the world’s leading magazine New in Chess. Brilliant missed opportunities by top players are presented in my new regular column there “Beware: Brilliancies!”
Posted: September 5 - 2013
For the Dutch speaking among you: a new book on an original topic:
Chess Variants – Adrey Caljé
50 variants on the game of chess
From Alice Chess to Ultima, from historical variants to popular present-day ones, they all pass the review in Chess Variants, 50 variants on the game of chess.
Harold van der Heijden presents Study Trivia Quiz
My good friend Harold van der Heijden presents a study quiz:
On the occasion of my 50th endgame study column on www.schaaksite.nl I “composed” an endgame study trivia quiz. See the links below for details.
Please forward this e-mail to other (endgame study) chess friends.
Harold van der Heijden
Posted: July 26 - 2013
Rapid Chess in Elburg
Last Saturday I played the Dutch open rapid championship In Elburg, a small town in the region of Apeldoorn. In view of the strong field (8 GMs and 8 IMs among the 40 participants of the top group) ) and the modest prize-fund, my only concern prior to the tournament was to have some decent warming up for the highly competitive upcoming summer. I had a slow start losing already the first round and playing badly also the next one though I somehow managed to win. I had to recover quickly or else face disaster. I kept on playing rather dubious chess but I was fighting back in inferior positions and eventually scored with a bit of luck, 5/7 beating, among others, IM Bruno Carlier and GM Erik van den Doel and drawing with IM Sander van Eijk and GM Andrei Orlov. Sharing the 5th -8th places I even won a tiny prize; not too bad for one of the oldest participants in the entire field. The fresh champion is GM Roeland Pruijssers, who as a young talent used to frequent the chess school in his native city of Apeldoorn run by our webmaster Karel van Delft and where I was one of the trainers for many years. Roeland was the best among the four winners on 5.5/7. It was a well organized and smoothly run event. Here all results may be found:
The fourth round was a turning point for me:
Afek - Carlier
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. h3 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Nf6 7. Nxf6 exf6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Nd7 10. Re1 b5 11. Bb3 Nb6 12. Bf4 a5 13. a3 a4 14. Ba2 Nd5 15. Bg3 Bh6 16. Nd2 f5 17. Be5 Be6 18. c4 Nb6 19. c5 Nd5 20. Nf3 Re8 21. Bd6 f6 22. Qd3 Qd7 23. Re2 Bf7 24. Rae1 Rxe2 25. Rxe2 Re8 26. Ne1 Nf4 27. Bxf7 Kxf7 28. Bxf4 Bxf4 29. Nc2 Rxe2 30. Qxe2 Bc1 31. Nb4 Qxd4 32. Nxc6 Qxc5 33. Nd8 Kg8 34. Qe6 Kg7 35. Qf7 Kh6 36. Qxf6 f4 37. Ne6
Posted: June 12 - 2013