Dutch League, Brainwave, ACA and Jobava!
It has been an exciting last week with a lot of chess activities happened I would like to inform you about.
Dutch League 2014/15
Last Saturday the season 2014/2015 of the Dutch League started again. In the last couple of years my team BSG has always fought against relegation with great success, which means we are still acting at the highest level in the Netherlands. This year most of the other teams seem to have weakened their line-up significantly, while Dutch prodigy Robin van Kampen has joined our forces, making us 4th seeded of the 10 teams prior to the competition.
In the first round we had to play in Groningen against our nemesis. Luckily for us they bring their strongest possible team, as GMs Tiviakov, Ernst and Brandenburg were absent for our encounter. I was paired on board 3 vs. Jasper Geurink (2345 FIDE) and played a spectacular which ended abruptly after my opponent committed suicide.
This terrible oversight basically decided the match in our favor as on the remaining boards our opponents were unable to turn the tide. With a clear 4-6 victory we took home the two valuable matchpoints and keep on dreaming about a year without of fighting against relegation and instead play for winning the championship!
Brainwave rapidtournament in Amstelveen
The next day it was time to switch my role as a player to organizer. Since 2008 an annual mind games event is organized in my hometown Amstelveen, and after winning the second edition I decided to replace my dad as main organizer of the chess part of this festival. This year 62 participants found their way to the tournament venue to play a 7 rounds Swiss rapid event. In the end GM Erik van den Doel turned out to be the best player of the day, scoring with 6/7 half a point more than Vladimir Epishin and Sjef Rijnaarts.
The finals standings will soon be posted on the tournament website, but that the moment of writing I'm facing some trouble uploading. For now I would like to refer to the Facebook page of the event to check the final standings.
IM Manuel Bosboom made his second GM norm last week in Bilbao, defeating top GM Peter Leko along the way, but this time he was less successfull and didn't win a prize.