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“Smurfo” & “Ginger GM” Share Lead at Amsterdam's Batavia Tournament After Round 5

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2/26/14, 8:32 AM.

GMs David Smerdon (a.k.a. Smurfo) and Simon Williams (a.k.a. Ginger GM) are tied for first place after five rounds at the Batavia GM tournament in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The two grandmasters scored 3.5 points and are half a point ahead of IM Twan Burg and FM Jorden van Foreest. 

The sixth edition of the Batavia Chess Tournament is again, of course, held in Cafe Batavia 1920. The cafe is conveniently located opposite the Amsterdam Central Station, in the direction of Zeedijk, left to the St. Nicholas church, at Prins Hendrikkade 85.

Central Station closeby, the metro stop even closer

The cafe owner, Peter Tames, is a chess lover and has been hosting chess events for many years now. Five days before this sixth edition, on Sunday, February 16th, yours truly organized a small blitz chess events on the occasion of Chess.com's takeover of ChessVibes. The atmosphere was great, and the field was super-strong! In the end it was IM Stefan Kuipers who won the first prize:

ChessVibes Bye Bye Blitz 2014 | Final Standings

Nr Naam Score Federatie Rating TPR W-We WP SB
1 IM Kuipers, Stefan 13.0 NED 2407 2671 +4.37 135.0 116.0
2 GM Reinderman, Dimitri 12.0 NED 2565 2595 +0.53 135.5 102.0
3 IM Ris, Robert 11.5 NED 2412 2567 +2.88 135.0 98.5
4 IM Bosboom, Manuel 10.5 NED 2398 2492 +1.91 136.0 89.25
5 IM Van Delft, Merijn 10.5 NED 2429 2475 +1.07 135.5 89.5
6 FM Schoorl, Rob 9.0 NED 2346 2400 +1.14 133.0 74.5
7 GM Janssen, Ruud 8.5 NED 2472 2389 -1.57 134.5 68.75
8 IM Willemze, Thomas 8.5 NED 2411 2360 -0.83 134.0 70.75
9 FM Bezemer, Arno 8.5 NED 2321 2370 +0.98 130.0 65.75
10 IM Afek, Yochanan 8.5 ISR 2274 2347 +1.55 129.5 62.0
11 Seelemeijer, Niek 8.5 NED 2257 2323 +1.40 120.5 58.75
12 GM Conquest, Stuart C 8.5 ENG 2492 2266 -3.82 111.5 63.75
13 FM De Wit, Tex 8.0 NED 2303 2335 +0.71 132.5 65.0
14 IM Blees, Albert 8.0 NED 2366 2318 -0.83 128.5 62.25
15 FM Hopman, Pieter 8.0 NED 2346 2312 -0.43 128.5 59.75
16 FM Rijnaarts, Sjef 8.0 NED 2354 2317 -0.57 122.5 61.5
17 IM Van de Oudeweetering, Arthur 8.0 NED 2294 2271 -0.34 120.0 58.0
18 Wieringa, Helmer 8.0 NED 2098 2195 +1.95 97.5 42.0
19 FM Erwich, Frank 7.5 NED 2319 2341 +0.48 125.5 55.25
20 Visser, Henk-Jan 7.5 NED 2238 2255 +0.55 119.0 50.0
21 FM Kohler, Aran 7.5 NED 2223 2284 +1.16 117.5 53.0
22 Moll, Arne 7.5 NED 2232 2267 +0.68 116.0 52.75
23 De Ruiter, Danny 7.5 NED 2289 2206 -1.35 114.0 43.5
24 Otten, Remmelt 7.5 NED 2028 2172 +2.65 104.5 44.0
25 Deen, Ron 7.5 NED 2094 2102 +0.42 95.0 35.25
26 Ootes, Lennart 7.5 NED 2152 2069 -1.43 90.5 31.0
27 Vrancken, Gilbert 7.0 NED 2233 2223 -0.33 117.5 46.0
28 Hovenga, Alje 7.0 NED 2128 2170 +0.71 110.5 43.75
29 Middelveld, Martine 7.0 NED 2112 2183 +1.18 106.0 42.0
30 WIM Van Weersel, Arlette 7.0 NED 2181 2134 -0.83 104.0 39.0
31 Thakoerdien, Jerrel 7.0 NED 2154 2097 -1.08 96.0 36.0
32 Van der Velde, Wytse 6.0 NED 1977 1965 -0.32 85.5 30.25
33 Broersen, Sjors 5.5 NED 2078 1942 -2.57 88.0 22.5
34 FM Witt, Rob 5.5 NED 2233 1950 -5.30 87.0 24.75
35 Geerts, Alexander 5.5 NED 2025 1922 -1.94 86.0 20.0
36 Balla, Tom 5.0 NED 2044 1917 -2.34 86.0 19.5
37 WCM Van Zutphen, Amy 4.0 AHO 1512 1708 +2.43 87.0 17.5
38 Middelhoven, Huib 4.0 NED 1908 1857 -1.18 87.0 14.0
39 Van Delft, Karel 3.5 NED 1619 1748 +1.42 88.5 15.25
40 Aardenburg, Piet 0.5 NED 1776 1482 -2.90 92.0 1.75


Ris-Willemze on board 3, Reinderman-Van Delft on 2 and Kuipers-Bosboom on 1

But back to the Batavia GM tournament, which is a ten-player round robin. It was opened on Friday, February 21st with speeches by Tames himself and Director of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation, IM Mark van der Werf.

Van der Werf: “I've never opened a tournament from behind a bar!”

IM Sander van Eijk at the drawing of lots

The rounds start each day at 14:00; Wednesday is a rest day. This year the tournament has the following players:

Participants

1. GM Sipke Ernst (NED, 2575)
2. GM David Smerdon (AUS, 2508)
3. IM Twan Burg (NED, 2494)
4. GM Simon Williams (ENG, 2449)
5. IM Sander van Eijk (NED, 2438)
6. IM Merijn van Delft (NED, 2423)
7. GM Zhaoqin Peng (NED, 2398)
8. WGM Alina L’Ami (ROU, 2398)
9. IM Steven Geirnaert (BEL, 2391)
10. Jorden van Foreest (NED, 2371)

The players together at the opening ceremony

Every year the Batavia tournament has had a nice group of fighting chess players, leading to great games, and this year it's no different. Let's take a look at a few interesting encounters played in the first five rounds.

A week before the tournament globetrotter Alina l'Ami, the wife of GM Erwin l'Ami, secured her IM title by getting her virtual rating over 2400. In the first round of the Batavia tournament, l'Ami countered the theory that you lose your first game after clinching a title:

IM-elect Alina l'Ami

The second round saw the big clash between GMs Sipke Ernst and GM David Smerdon - on paper the “game of the tournament”. Especially the time trouble phase was very exciting to watch. Both players got winning positions:


FM Jorden van Foreest, the reigning Europan U14 Champion, has good chances for a norm. He won against Williams in round 2:

Jorden van Foreest

The next day Williams bounced back with the following win, from a King's Gambit:

Simon Williams

IM Twan Burg was leading after four rounds, but on Tuesday he went down against Smerdon in a Sicilian.


David Smerdon

Williams defeated Van Delft, who had a horrible first half with two draws, three losses and several missed chances. Also in this game he certainly wasn't outplayed:

Merijn van Delft

And so with four rounds to go, which will be played Thursday-Sunday, GMs Smerdon and Williams are in the lead. These two players were the contestants of Chess.com's Death Match 19, which was narrowly won by Smerdon. The Australian humbly said about that victory:  "It really took me a while to warm up. He completely dominated in the 5-minute section. In fact I think in all three sections he played much better than me. I think I was extremely lucky." Will he be lucky in Amsterdam as well? Let's see!

Batavia GM 2014 | Round 5 Standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Smerdon,David 2508 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 3.5/5 8.25
2 Williams,Simon K 2449 0 ½ 1 1 1 3.5/5 5.75
3 Van Foreest,Jorden 2371 0 1 1 ½ ½ 3.0/5 8.00
4 Burg,Twan 2494 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 3.0/5 5.75
5 Geirnaert,Steven 2391 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2.5/5 5.50
6 L'Ami,Alina 2398 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 2.5/5 5.25
7 Van Eijk,Sander 2438 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 2.5/5 4.75
8 Peng,Zhaoqin 2398 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.0/5
9 Ernst,Sipke 2575 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1.5/5
10 Van Delft,Merijn 2423 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1.0/5

The 6th Batavia Tournament runs until Sunday, March 2nd. You can follow the games live here.

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  • 5 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Love tourneys like this that take place in cafes ...Jorden Van Foreest won again yesterday.... 4/6 in this type of company is fantastic, and what a great game from Alina L'Ami in the najdorf!

    Cheers for the coverage Pete.....as ever you do a great job.

  • 5 months ago

    Marcokim

    Good job Peter, you must be the hardest working man in the chess media scene. You even got the anootations on some of them, you deserve a prize bro!

  • 5 months ago

    LousanneB

    Go Dave!! you make us Aussies proud.

  • 5 months ago

    LousanneB

    Yochanan top 10 in the Blitz!!! Fabulous!! congrats

    L

  • 5 months ago

    gxtmfa

    The inclusion of annotations in some of the games was more than I expected from an article! Thank you!

  • 5 months ago

    opticRED

    and I thought Ginger GM loves the classical dutch?

  • 5 months ago

    jbeest

    Enjoyed the game selection, thank you, especially the deciding combinations by Alina l'Ami and Simon Williams vs van Delft...tough for him being on the receiving end of both!

  • 5 months ago

    Zweb

    Please ignore this troll. The articles have always been excellent.

  • 5 months ago

    Vladimurr

    Is freeloading dirt entitled to an opinion?

  • 5 months ago

    NM Bab3s

    Please ignore this troll. The articles have always been excellent.

  • 5 months ago

    Vladimurr

    Very interesting article Peter. Now I feel like you are really trying to earn your paycheck. A bit more commentary on the games and it will be a great read.

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