'Rising Stars' start well against 'Experience' team
It was a bad start for the 'Experience' team in the NH Chess Tournament in Amsterdam. Despite all the oldies having White in the first round, they only managed 2 draws and lost the other 3 games.
The youngest player, Italy's 16 year old Fabiano Caruana (pictured) had a nice win against Artur Jussupow, spotting both 19...Rxh2 and 28...g4+ in a tactically alert display.
Viktor Korchnoi lost on time against Daniel Stellwagen of the Netherlands, but his position was lost in any case after a sharp opening turned sour.
Wang Yue pressed hard in the longest game of the day against Ljubomir Ljubojevic and eventually won though, but only after a determined rearguard action by the veteran Serbian GM.
For the 'Rising Stars' team, there is a special prize for the highest score achieved - an invitation to the glamorous Amber Rapid and Blindfold Tournament in Nice next year.
For those fortunate enough to live near Amsterdam, why not pop in to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky to see the players in the flesh and enjoy live expert commentary. Entry is free!
The official tournament website is here.
The full results in round 1:
|Evgeny Bareev||Erwin l'Ami||1/2 - 1/2||English Opening|
|Viktor Korchnoi||Daniel Stellwagen||0 - 1||Semi Slav: Botvinnik System|
|Artur Jussupow||Fabiano Curuana||0 - 1||Slav Defence|
|Simen Agdestein||Ivan Cheparinov||1/2 - 1/2||QGD Semi-Tarrasch|
|Ljubomir Ljubojevic||Wang Yue||0 - 1||Slav Defence|