Yesterday’s winners, David Arutinian and Max Warmerdam, happen to be playing eachother today, to decide who will be the early tournament leader. According to the new tournament format, we first have a blitz tiebreak, before the classical game. It’s very interesting to see what the effect of the tiebreak is on the classical game. A whole new set of dynamics, when it comes to opening choices, level of adrenaline and dealing with disappointing results.
Max Warmerdam beat David Arutinian with amazing ease in the tiebreak, scoring a clean 2-0. In the classical game though, it seems that David is determined to show who’s the grandmaster. With White he quickly grabbed space in the centre with e4 and f4, and we’re having a tense battle ahead.
Simon Williams also won the tiebreak with 2-0, against Jasel Lopez, but this could have easily gone differently:
Here Jasel completely dominated with Black, but Simon managed to swindle his way out. All games (including the tiebreaks) are broadcasted, can be replayed and downloaded from several sites, for instance at the monumental website The Week in Chess. In the classical game, Jasel seems to have quite a nice version of the isolated queen’s pawn with Black, with active pieces.
Felix Meissner is having a rough start in the tournament. Yesterday didn’t go too well and in the tiebreak today Arthur Pijpers won convincingly with 2-0. In the classical game Felix is playing more solidly and the position is equal at this point.
Stefan Kuipers beat Koen Leenhouts in the tiebreak with 1,5-0,5, saving a bad position with Black and winning a good attacking game with White. Interestingly, Koen played his usual Taimanov in the tiebreak, but switched to 1.e4 e5 in the classical game. Stefan went for his pet line in the Italian Game and bravely castled queenside, quite a risky approach.
John van der Wiel also won his tiebreak with 1,5-0,5 against Rick Lahaye, winning with White and saving a bad position with Black. Rick’s creative approach is paying off a bit better in the classical game, since his unusual move order in the opening eventually resulted in strong positional pressure.
Felix Meissner and Arthur Pijpers drew, as the position was liquidated to a completely level rook endgame.
Max Warmerdam got under pressure in the following position:
Interestingly, David Arutinian saw 32.Ng5 with the pretty point 32…Rg4 33.Rf8!!, but he missed the easier 32…Qe7 33.Rf6. Max survived the time trouble and drew.
Rick Lahaye continued very confidently from his promising position and beat John van der Wiel in only 31 moves. Both players are analysing for over an hour now, checking out all the subtleties of the position:
From left to right: Manuel Bosboom, Friso Nijboer, Rick Lahaye, Yuri Eijk, John van der Wiel.
Jasel Lopez displayed the same confidence as Rick, also converting his promising position against grandmaster opposition. An impressive performance by the Amsterdam based Aruban.
By far the most insane game of the tournament so far is between Stefan Kuipers and Koen Leenhouts:
This is just one crazy position from many. What’s more, Black was winning, then White was winning, then Black was winning and eventually White was winning. Total madness, recommended for further study. That’s it for today, see you tomorrow for round 3!