4th Batavia tournament officially opened

The 4th edition of the Batavia Chess Tournament was officially opened on Friday by tournament director and owner of Cafe Batavia, Peter Tames. Many friends, acquaintances and chess fans, and of course the players, had gathered in the cafe, and among the first day spectators there were famous names like Friso Nijboer, Hans Ree, Ian Rogers and Yasser Seirawan. Continue reading

Participants 4th Batavia tournament announced

The last three names of the 4th Batavia Tournament have been disclosed. Seven players had already accepted their participation. Among the last three names, we find the strongest player in the field: GM Sipke Ernst. The other two names are Achim Illner (Germany) and Thibaut Vandenbussche (Belgium). Here is the full list:

  1. GM Sipke Ernst (The Netherlands, 2606)
  2. GM Robin van Kampen (The Netherlands, 2566)
  3. GM Mark Hebden (England, 2516)
  4. GM Keith Arkell (England, 2429)
  5. IM Manuel Bosboom (The Netherlands, 2394)
  6. FM David Klein (The Netherlands, 2391)
  7. FM Achim Illner (Germany, 2375)
  8. FM Thibaut Vandenbussche (Belgium, 2359)
  9. FM Hugo ten Hertog (The Netherlands, 2356)
  10. FM Richard Vedder (The Netherlands, 2293)

Average rating = 2429, Category 8

The 4th Batavia chess tournament will take place Friday, February 24th – Sunday, March 4th, 2012 in Cafe Batavia, Amsterdam. The games will start each day at 14:00 hrs The rest day is on Wednesday, February 29th.

Prize fund: 1st € 1000, 2nd € 500, 3rd € 300, 4th € 200.

Round 9: Hertneck wins 3rd Batavia, Van Kampen finishes second


28-Feb-2011 02:08, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.0, 75.0mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 3200


A day before the 3rd Batavia Chess Tournament in Amsterdam, Gerald Hertneck didn’t know he was going to play chess. But during the tournament, there was never any doubt who would win it. “He’s in a class of his own,” said IM Merijn van Delft afterwards. “He used to be in the world’s top 50.” Hertneck finished on 6.5/9, half a point ahead of IM Robin van Kampen. Continue reading

Round 8: Hard fights and shattered dreams


27-Feb-2011 02:09, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 4.0, 29.0mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 3200


In a hard-fought eighth round, the last hopes of IMs Benjamin Bok, Robin van Kampen and Bart Michiels to score a GM norm were shattered. All three needed two points from the last two rounds. However, Van Kampen and Michiels drew their games, while Bok even lost. Gerald Hertneck shared the point with Praveen Thipsay to keep a one-point lead. Continue reading

Round 7: Three quick draws, and three players still hoping


26-Feb-2011 00:02, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.3, 112.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 3200


Maybe it was the blitz tournament the night before, maybe it had to do with a general decline of motivation among some players, who will tell. Whatever the reason, after about an hour into the seventh round, already three games had ended peacefully. But what’s more important: the tournament will still see an exciting last weekend, as IMs Bart Michiels, Benjamin Bok and Robin van Kampen can still score a GM norm by winning their last two games. Continue reading

Round 6: Good wins and missed opportunities


25-Feb-2011 00:02, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 4.5, 40.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 3200


We don’t know about you, but in Cafe Batavia we’re enjoying the tournament to the max, and some even beyond! Almost all of the games have been quite interesting, and the atmosphere after the rounds is excellent as well. After the sixth round a spontaneous blitz tournament was organized that continued after closing time, and IM Robert Ris won the fitting first prize: a bottle of Johnnie Walker. Continue reading

Round 5: Another win for Hertneck, another loss for Bosboom


22-Feb-2011 21:01, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.3, 90.0mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 3200


The spectators, either on line or in the cafe, have no reason to complain so far. In yet another eventful round, four out of five games were decisive, lowering the drawing percentage to 32%. GM Gerald Hertneck increased his lead in the standings with a fine victory over IM Robert Ris, while other IMs still kept theoretical GM norm chances. Continue reading

Round 4: A clear leader, and the ultimate chess hatred


22-Feb-2011 01:04, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 4.0, 29.0mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 3200


After four rounds the Batavia tournament as a clear leader. GM Gerald Hertneck, who one day before the first round didn’t know that he was going to play a chess tournament, is on 3.5/4. The chances that a GM norm will be scored in this tournament are small, but not impossible; IMs Bart Michiels and Christov Kleijn share second place with 2.5 points. Meanwhile, IM Merijn van Delft experienced the typical, gruelling chess hatred that only chess players can fully grasp – no chance to explain it to someone who doesn’t play the game. Continue reading

Round 3: Five victories for White


21-Feb-2011 01:01, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.0, 65.0mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 3200


In his acclaimed Chess for Zebras, Scottish GM Jonathan Rowson tries to make the point that the theoretical advantage of the white pieces might be overestimated in chess. However, on Sunday in Cafe Batavia nobody wanted to argue with it, as the White players scored a sweeping 5-0. After yet another excellent round, the drawing percentage is as low as 40%. Continue reading

Round 2: A quick draw and a quick blunder


19-Feb-2011 21:05, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D90, 5.0, 22.0mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 3200


Wow, that was quick. Before ‘house photographer’ Bas Beekhuizen was done shooting, two of the player were already done shuffling. After about two minutes into the second round, grandmasters Niaz Murshed and Gerald Hertneck shook hands and arbiter Aart Strik placed their two kings opposed to each other in the centre of the board. Continue reading