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Two strong Dutch opensTwo strong Dutch open tournaments are currently taking place. In Leiden English grandmaster David Howell and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of India are sharing the lead with 4.5/5. In Amsterdam six players are in shared first place with 3.5/4.

Leiden

The 5th 'LCT' (Leiden Chess Tournament) takes place July 8-17 in Leiden, The Netherlands. The city is a municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland, located some 20 kilometers from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometers from Amsterdam to its north.

The tournament is organized by the Dutch Mind Sports Foundation and sponsored by donations from about ten sponsors to the foundation. Venue is the Mind Sports Centre in Leiden.

It's a 9-round Swiss with 140 participants divided over two groups. The total prize fund is 5,500 Euro and the first prize in the A group is 1,750 Euro. The strongest participants are Predrag Nikolic (2629), David Howell (2625) and Sergey Tiviakov (2623).

The tournament was opened on Thursday, July 7th with a 2-game rapid match between the Dutch number one and reigning champion Anish Giri and the legendary Jan Timman, many times Dutch champion and many times world championship contender.

Giri won the first game. "I didn't see any compensation and so I took the pawn," said Giri. "Yes, it was just a blunder," said Timman, who managed to level the score in the next game in a queen ending, showing he hasn't lost his famous endgame skills.

Giri vs Timman

Giri vs Timman, what a way to open a tournament!



In the A group David Howell started with 4/4 and then drew a short but interesting Two Knights against Nikolic. The English grandmaster shares the lead with GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of India; both are on 4.5/5.

Selection of games rounds 1-5



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Leiden Chess Tournament 2011 | Round 5 Standings (top 30)
Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We
1 GM Howell, David W L 4.5 ENG 2625 2769 +0.74
2 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 4.5 IND 2470 2685 +1.16
3 GM Nikolic, Predrag 4.0 BIH 2629 2636 +0.15
4 GM Tiviakov, Sergei 4.0 NED 2623 2562 -0.21
5 GM Van Den Doel, Erik 4.0 NED 2574 2604 +0.27
6 GM Polak, Tomas 4.0 CZE 2540 2559 +0.25
7 GM Hasangatin, Ramil 4.0 RUS 2515 2504 +0.01
8 IM Pena Gomez, Manuel 4.0 ESP 2420 2374 -0.18
9 IM Vishnu Prasanna. V 4.0 IND 2340 2467 +0.92
10 WIM Padurariu, Ioana-Smaranda 4.0 ROU 2164 2536 +2.33
11 IM Spirin, Oleg 3.5 RUS 2491 2456 -0.05
12 IM Llaneza Vega, Marcos 3.5 ESP 2465 2399 -0.23
13 GM Van Der Wiel, John T.H. 3.5 NED 2451 2483 +0.39
14 IM Chytilek, Roman 3.5 CZE 2381 2462 +0.64
15 FM Van Wessel, Rudy 3.5 NED 2371 2348 -0.02
16 FM Erwich, Frank 3.5 NED 2360 2384 +0.13
17 IM Mashinskaya, Iulia 3.5 RUS 2333 2277 -0.15
18 Pijpers, Arthur 3.5 NED 2296 2402 +0.72
19 Farrand, Tom 3.5 JCI 2256 2258 +0.12
20 Van Overdam, Julian 3.5 NED 2215 2323 +0.57
21 Wilschut, Peter 3.5 NED 2206 2307 +0.59
22 IM Slingerland, Fred 3.0 NED 2390 2290 -0.51
23 Van Dongen, Cor 3.0 NED 2381 2262 -0.61
24 FM Ducarmon, Quinten 3.0 NED 2352 2321 -0.08
25 FM Wantola, Ivo 3.0 NED 2333 2305 -0.04
26 FM Van Ketel, Raoul 3.0 NED 2311 2211 -0.48
27 Meng, Roger 3.0 NED 2282 2238 -0.27
28 Van Der Laan, Dinard 3.0 NED 2277 2152 -0.41
29 Spaan, Nathanael 3.0 NED 2209 2241 +0.17
30 Vistisen, Lars 3.0 DEN 2201 2271 +0.28



Amsterdam

The 1st Science Park Chess Tournament takes place July 9-17 in the University of Amsterdam Sports Centre at the Science Park in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Main sponsor Science Park, located in the eastern part of the Dutch capital, covers an area of 70 hectares. It occupies an important position in the field of scientific research, ICT and Life Sciences and aims to become a leading scientific area in in Europe, combining Education, Research and Entrepreneurship.

The playing hall in Amsterdam

The playing hall in Amsterdam



The tournament is a 9-round Swiss with 291 participants divided over four groups. The first prize in the A group is 3,000 Euro. The strongest participants are Dimitri Reinderman (2618), Nikola Sedlak (2580) and Dusan Popovic (2569).

After five rounds the leaders are GM Nikoa Sedlak, GM Dusan Popovic, GM B. Adhiban, GM Joshua Friedel, GM Aleksandr Lenderman, and IM Roeland Pruijssers, who beat GM Dimitri Reinderman in an excellent game on Tuesday.

Selection of games rounds 1-4



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Science Park Chess Tournament 2011 | Round 4 Standings (top 30)
Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We
1 GM Sedlak, Nikola 3.5 SRB 2580 2703 +0.46
2 GM Popovic, Dusan 3.5 SRB 2569 2698 +0.48
3 GM Adhiban, B. 3.5 IND 2542 2655 +0.42
4 GM Friedel, Joshua E 3.5 USA 2531 2640 +0.38
5 GM Lenderman, Aleksandr 3.5 USA 2525 2690 +0.69
6 IM Pruijssers, Roeland 3.5 NED 2461 2733 +1.23
7 GM Haslinger, Stewart G 3.0 ENG 2548 2512 -0.05
8 GM Nijboer, Friso 3.0 NED 2546 2457 -0.34
9 GM Horvath, Csaba 3.0 HUN 2517 2586 +0.44
10 GM Neverov, Valeriy 3.0 UKR 2500 2431 -0.26
11 IM Riemersma, Li 3.0 NED 2416 2394 -0.06
12 FM Klein, David 3.0 NED 2366 2464 +0.51
13 FM Bezemer, Arno 3.0 NED 2348 2589 +1.27
14 Tan, Jonathan 3.0 NED 2153 2471 +1.61
15 GM Reinderman, Dimitri 2.5 NED 2618 2491 -0.56
16 FM Tan, Matthew 2.5 NED 2400 2467 +0.38
17 IM Bosboom, Manuel 2.5 NED 2399 2344 -0.20
18 IM Miedema, David 2.5 NED 2399 2353 -0.19
19 FM Van Assendelft, Floris 2.5 NED 2393 2342 -0.20
20 IM Wiersma, Eelke 2.5 NED 2390 2366 -0.05
21 Ootes, Lars 2.5 NED 2376 2366 -0.03
22 FM Posedaru, Bogdan 2.5 ROU 2354 2316 -0.16
23 IM Afek, Yochanan 2.5 ISR 2298 2218 -0.40
24 FM Otte, Marijn 2.5 NED 2244 2229 -0.06
25 FM Kohler, Aran 2.5 NED 2225 2253 +0.15
26 Van Hengel, Hugo 2.5 NED 2203 2311 +0.49
27 Mellema, Andries 2.5 NED 2131 2374 +1.26
28 Goes, Sten 2.5 NED 2104 2326 +1.19
29 De Roode, Martijn 2.5 NED 2098 2286 +1.00
30 Lombaers, Peter 2.5 NED 2097 2404 +1.56



Top board in round 4: IM Roeland Prijssers vs GM Dimitri Reinderman, 1-0

Top board in round 4: IM Roeland Prijssers vs GM Dimitri Reinderman, 1-0



Jeroen van den Berg (left), tournament director in both Wijk aan Zee and Hoogeveen, is now participating himself

Jeroen van den Berg (left), tournament director in both Wijk aan Zee and Hoogeveen, is now participating himself (and here speaking with Hugo van Hengel of Amsterdam)



Photos © Maaijveld and Lennart Ootes



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