Afek’s Utrecht workshops
Sinds 2007 geeft Internationaal Meester Yochanan Afek jaarlijks een serie van vijf trainingen/workshops in het Rode Kruisgebouw aan de Koningsweg 2 in Utrecht. Voor het seizoen 2014-2015 zijn de data als volgt:
1. vrijdag 21 november
2. vrijdag 12 december
3. vrijdag 2 januari
4. vrijdag 6 februari
5. vrijdag 20 maart
Even more study awards
Two of my studies were dedicated in the year 2012 to two major tournaments in the Netherlands and later took part in the biennial tourney of the quarterly EG where they were both awarded by the judge Oleg Pervakov. The following study won a special prize for a miniature.
In Memoriam – Michael Rossetti
It has been seven years since the premature decease of Michael [Jimmy] Rossetti (1945-2007), a great chess lover of a rare kind and a personal friend. Michael was a versatile person of culture and a keen fighter for peace and human rights. In his professional career he was a theatre actor and director, a journalist and editor and a guide of tourist groups abroad. And yet chess was Michael’s great passion. For many years he was an active player in my former municipal club of the city of Tel-Aviv as well as a dedicated leader of one of the club’s teams and a busy trainer of youth players. As an International arbiter he was involved in various major events notably in the International chess festival of Tel-Aviv and national championships. The above photo was taken in a simultaneous exhibition given by former world women champion Maya Chiburdenidze.
Michael was survived by his wife Otilia and his daughter Andrea. On his grave (see photo) a favourite key position from the world championship match between Lasker and Capablanca was shaped in stone. Otilia has recently posted a photo album in Michael’s memory on her Facebook page. She would be honoured to share it with Michael’s friends as well as with chess enthusiasts at large. Look it up here:
Posted: November 2 - 2014
Missing a golden chance
One of my various chess hobbies is collecting missed opportunities with a special instructive or artistic interest which otherwise would likely to be lost or even never to be known.
Occasionally such episodes pop up in my own games too on either side of the board. Last Saturday I happened to be on the lucky side when my team of Wageningen was hosted by Max Euwe club in the city of Enschede, for the second round of the Dutch competition. We were lucky to win 6.5: 3.5 in order to seize an early lead in our first division group (second in the Netherland to the supreme Meesterklas) with the only draw scored on my own board in a rather unusual way.
Emerging the opening with an appealing position as black, I went for what now looks as a too slow plan and following a couple of unfortunate decisions I even ended up in the following highly suspicious position:
With GM David Gurgenidze, the famous Georgian composer.
A Successful Jenever Tourney
The annual congress of chess composition and the world solving championships were held in the Swiss capital in the last week of August. All information about the congress events, results, photos and decisions may be found here:
The 7th traditional Jenever tourney of ARVES in Bern congress of chess composition proved a considerable success. The theme (pawns vs. pieces) attracted a record number of 33 entries of high standard. The full award is being published on the leading website chessbase.com. Two out of its three parts may be seen here:
Posted: October 21 - 2014