Round 6: Ambitious Illner leads

We have a surprising leader after six rounds in Amsterdam. Achim Illner, one of the five FMs in the group, is the only player to have scored 4.5/6! He only needs half a point from the resulting three rounds to score an IM norm. But, as he told us on Thursday, he wants more. “I’m going for a GM norm! Why not?” The new situation in the standings is also the result of Mark Hebden’s loss against his friend and compatriot Keith Arkell. Continue reading

Round 5: Hebden beats Ernst

Mark Hebden is the sole leader again at the 4th Batavia tournament, with 4 rounds to go. In the 5th round the English grandmaster beat Sipke Ernst in what our chess program calls a “Semi-Benoni”. Hugo ten Hertog and Achim Illner both won and kept good chances to score an IM norm. On Wednesday, the latter only needed 12 moves to draw with Robin van Kampen while the other participants enjoyed their rest day. Continue reading

Round 3: Ernst catches Hebden


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Sipke Ernst caught Mark Hebden in first place in the third round of the Batavia Chess Tournament. Ernst won with Black against David Klein, while Hebden was held to a draw by Hugo ten Hertog. The game between Achim Illner and Robin van Kampen was postponed because both players had other obligations. And… what exactly is needed for norms in this tournament? Continue reading

Round 2: Another GM escapes

After to a smooth victory over Manuel Bosboom, the leader of the tournament after two rounds is 54-year-old GM Mark Hebden of England. Top seed GM Sipke Ernst is half a point behind – he won against Achim Illner. Just like in the first round, the most spectacular game was the first one that ended in a draw, and just like yesterday, the GM was on the verge of losing. Continue reading

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


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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