Afek’s Endgame Challengers

Endgame composition GM Yochanan Afek, who is based in Amsterdam, has selected ten endgame studies to solve, for the fans of the Batavia tournament. On Monday 26 February 2018 around 18.00, Yochanan will visit Café Batavia and present the ten solutions. Feel free to stop by, have a drink and enjoy the beauty of these studies. And of course you’ll be able to have a look at the Batavia grandmasters playing!

The solutions will be available online after the 26 February.

1) White plays and wins

2) White plays and draws

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Sterk lustrumveld in 10e dMP Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi

Tweevoudig Nederlands kampioen schaken Ivan Sokolov is de hoogst geplaatste speler in het tiende dMP Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi, dat van 22 februari tot en met 4 maart plaats vindt in Café Batavia 1920 in Amsterdam. Het is de eerste keer dat de grootmeester uit Lelystad zijn opwachting maakt als deelnemer in het toernooi, dat hij bij eerdere gelegenheden al vaker bezocht als toeschouwer.

Sokolov zal op papier de meeste concurrentie mogen verwachten van de andere twee deelnemende grootmeesters, Alexandr Fier (Brazilië) en Friso Nijboer. Veel ogen zullen gericht zijn op de pas 15-jarige Liam Vrolijk, die de laatste maanden bezig is aan een sterke opmars op de ratinglijst. Toernooidirecteur Merijn van Delft over het deelnemersveld: “Ik ben blij met dit veld, dat niet alleen de drie ervaren grootmeesters kent, maar ook twee vrouwen, namelijk Alina Kashlinskaya en Anna Zatonskih. Het past een beetje in de traditie van Batavia om een groep samen te stellen waarin diverse categorieën vertegenwoordigd zijn. Mede daarom vind ik het leuk dat levenskunstenaar Manuel Bosboom van de partij is. Maar net zo blij ben ik met de deelname van de vier jeugdspelers. Ik verwacht een boeiend toernooi.”

De officiële opening wordt op donderdagavond 22 februari om 19:00 uur verricht door de Amsterdamse wethouder van Sport, Eric van der Burg. Grootmeester, rubricist en columnist Hans Ree zal iets vertellen over 10 jaar Batavia Schaaktoernooi. Na afloop van de feestelijke opening zal er een snelschaaktoernooi worden gespeeld, waarin de loting voor het toernooi zelf wordt bepaald.

Het 10e dMP Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi wordt gespeeld van 22 februari tot en met 4 maart 2018. Woensdag 28 februari is een rustdag. Net als alle negen voorgaande jaren zal er gespeeld worden in het Amsterdamse café Batavia 1920, tegenover het Centraal Station.

Deelnemersveld 10e dMP Batavia Chess Tournament

1   GM Ivan Sokolov 2567
2   GM Alexandr Fier (BRA) 2544
3   GM Friso Nijboer 2510
4   IM Miguel Santos Ruiz (SPA) 2505
5   IM Robby Kevlishvili 2469
6   IM Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 2459
7   IM Anna Zatonskih (USA) 2447
8   IM Thomas Beerdsen 2445
9   FM Liam Vrolijk 2427
10 IM Manuel Bosboom 2403

10th Batavia Chess Tournament

The 10th dMP Batavia Chess Tournament takes place from Thursday, February 22nd to Sunday, March 4th, 2018 in Café Batavia 1920, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The games will start each day at 14:00 hrs. The final round starts at 12.00 hrs. Wednesday, February 28th is a rest day.

Admission to the playing hall in Cafe Batavia is free.
The cafe is located opposite the Amsterdam Central Station, in the direction of Zeedijk, left to the St. Nicholas church, at Prins Hendrikkade 85.

The Batavia Chess Tournament is a 10-player all-play-all event. The rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.
The games are FIDE rated and gives players the opportunity to earn grandmaster and international master norms.

Participants

1. GM Ivan Sokolov 2567
2. GM Alexandr Fier (BRA) 2544
3. GM Friso Nijboer 2510
4. IM Miguel Santos Ruiz (SPA) 2505
5. IM Robby Kevlishvili 2469
6. IM Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 2459
7. IM Anna Zatonskih (USA) 2447
8. IM Thomas Beerdsen 2445
9. FM Liam Vrolijk 2427
10. IM Manuel Bosboom 2403

Prize Fund

1st place: €750
2nd place: €500
3rd place: €250

Blitz – 1st place: €200, 2nd place €150, 3rd place €100

There is a brilliancy prize of €150 for the best game and a best endgame prize of €150. The jury consists of GM Loek van Wely, GM Zhaoqin Peng and IM Merijn van Delft.
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Title norms

The requirement for a GM norm is 6 points. An IM-norm is 4½ points.

Batavia Blitz & Opening

On Thursday February 22nd at 20.00 hrs the participants of the Batavia Chess Tournament will play a blitz tournament to determine the color distribution for the main event. The Blitz event is open for audience in Café Batavia, while the games can be followed live via this website as well.

Format: 10-player single round robin.
Rate of play: 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move.
Prizes: 1st place: €200, 2nd place €150, 3rd place €100
Tiebreak: 1. Mutual games; 2. SB points; 3. Most blacks; 4. Most wins; 5. Most wins with black; 6. Drawing of lots.
The final ranking of the Blitz determines the starting numbers of the main event. Which means, the winner of the Blitz has starting number 5 in the main event, number 2 has starting number 4, etc. and number 6 gets starting number 10, number 7 starting number 9, etc.

The opening of the 9th Batavia Chess Tournament will also take place on Thursday February 22nd, at 19.00 hrs.

Contact

Tournament director: Merijn van Delft
Cafe Batavia: Peter Tames
Chief Arbiter: Arno Eliëns

Nieuwe hoofdsponsor voor Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi

Het tiende Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi heeft in de vorm van een hoofdsponsor een prachtig cadeau gekregen. Met ingang van 2018 gaat het toernooi verder als dMP Batavia Chess Tournament. Hoofdsponsor is het adviesbureau De Melker & Partners, gevestigd in Amsterdam.

Door deze samenwerking zal het tweede lustrumtoernooi een fraai bezetting krijgen. Toernooidirecteur Merijn van Delft is nog bezig met de afronding van het veld, maar nu al is bekend dat Nederlands topspeler Ivan Sokolov zijn deelname heeft bevestigd. Verheugend is het verder dat er in de persoon van IM Anna Zatonskih (Verenigde Staten) een sterke vrouwenschaker van de partij is. De overige acht spelers zullen in een later stadium bekend worden gemaakt.

Het 10e dMP Batavia Amsterdam Schaaktoernooi wordt gespeeld van 22 februari tot en met 4 maart 2018. Woensdag 28 februari is een rustdag. Net als alle negen voorgaande jaren zal er gespeeld worden in het Amsterdamse café Batavia 1920, tegenover het Centraal Station.

Voor meer informatie over de nieuwe sponsor, zie www.dmpart.nl

Bobby Cheng Wins 9th Batavia Chess Tournament with 6.5 out of 9

Australian International Master Bobby Cheng wins the 9th Batavia Chess Tournament with 6.5/9 together with Lucas van Foreest. Cheng claimed the tournament victory in the tiebreak thanks to his first round win over Van Foreest.
Both Cheng and Van Foreest scored a GM norm, while Van Foreest also won the best Endgame prize and the prize for best Dutch player. Alexandr Fier won the prize for most spectacular game and Barry Brink made an IM norm. Thomas Beerdsen claimed the 3rd place with 6 points.

Tournament Director Merijn van Delft. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tournament Director Merijn van Delft. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Number 3 and 2: Beerdsen and Van Foreest. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Number 3 and 2: Beerdsen and Van Foreest. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Bas de Melker awarded the best game prizes. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Bas de Melker awarded the best game prizes. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Alexand Fier and Bas de Melker. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Alexand Fier and Bas de Melker. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Apeldoorners Van Delft and Beerdsen. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Apeldoorners Van Delft and Beerdsen. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Lucas van Foreest and Bas de Melker. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Lucas van Foreest and Bas de Melker. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tournament winner Bobby Cheng. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Tournament winner Bobby Cheng. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Batavia 2017 Round 9

12:33 Welcome everyone to the last round of the 2017 Batavia tournament. It’s already a memorable event with a GM norm for Lucas van Foreest (after 8 rounds!) and an IM norm for Barry Brink (after 7 rounds!). Bobby Cheng has to win today for a GM norm. Apart from the results, this tournament had a very rich content of enterprising and creative chess. More about this at the closing ceremony, which will be soon after the last game has finished. For now, let’s focus on what’s happening in the last round.

The front part of Café Batavia. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

The front part of Café Batavia. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

12:45 Since Bobby Cheng is in a must-win situation, he went for the Modern Defence. Of course, that’s a risky opening choice, but at least it made his opponent Tal Baron think for over half an hour already in the following position:

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12:57 It seems that Koen Leenhouts has more or less equalized with Black against Lucas van Foreest, who went for a positional line against the Sicilian Taimanov. White’s position may still be a bit easier to play though:

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13:02 No humble equalizing with Koen, true to his dynamic style he went for 21…f5. Lucas replied with the standard 22.exf5 gxf5 23.f4 with a positional edge.

13:14 It never takes long for Alexandr Fier to sacrifice something. So far he gave up a pawn for a strong dark squared bishop against Hing Ting Lai, with a dynamically balanced position:

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13:21 Thomas Beerdsen has equalized from a Nimzo-Indian with Black against Barry Brink:

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13:28 Eric Lobron responded accurately to Mark Timmermans’ 1.b4 with the prophylactic 4…Ba5. Mark’s 6.Bg3 was a positional mistake, allowing the weakening of his pawn structure (correct was 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Nd5 Qd8 and now something neutral):

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Bobby Cheng playing for a GM norm. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Bobby Cheng playing for a GM norm. Photo: Lennart Ootes

13:41 The position at Van Foreest-Leenhouts is quickly becoming more tactical. No more talk about positional edges – it’s all about who calculates better from now on.

13:48 Slowly but surely White is grabbing the initiative at Fier-Lai.

13:50 Thomas Beerdsen is playing for more with 19…e5, but that move is double-edged positionally speaking and may be just what Barry Brink is waiting for.

13:54 Eric Lobron is nursing his positional advantage against Mark Timmermans.

13:58 Bobby Cheng, who needs to win for a GM norm, was rewarded for his risky opening play, managed to finish his development without accidents and is now strategically winning with Black against Tal Baron:

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14:54 Amazing, GM norm for Bobby Cheng! In the final position Tal Baron can’t avoid material losses:

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15:00 Alexandr Fier didn’t make the most out of his attacking potential (23.f4 looks very good for White). After that Hing Ting Lai defended well. As the queens were exchanged, it was Black who was better if anyone, but eventually the endgame was a draw.

15:27 Total drama until the very end. Eric Lobron not just spoiled his advantage, but also blundered horribly in the end. I’m not even going to show the diagram since it’s too painful. All the games can be found at the LIVE GAMES section as you know.

15:35 Lucas van Foreest and Koen Leenhouts are playing a high level game. Koen was close to taking over the initiative, but Lucas kept control. Now they’re having an interesting endgame that is about equal:

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15:41 Thomas Beerdsen was making progress (33…Rd5 looks good for Black), but Barry Brink kept his cool and made it to the time control safely. Now the position is about equal:

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Thomas Beerdsen having another look into the position. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Thomas Beerdsen having another look into the position. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Pouring another coffee myself. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Pouring another coffee myself. Photo: Lennart Ootes

17:30 Dramatic and spectacular finish. Koen Leenhouts kept up a very high level until the very end until Lucas cracked and blundered. That means Bobby Cheng won the tournament. Thomas Beerdsen also kept pushing until Barry Brink blundered, which means that Thomas is now third. We are now preparing the prize giving, which will be soon.

Batavia 2017 Round 8

14:30 Dear chess friends, welcome to the eighth round of the Batavia tournament. It’s Saturday afternoon, the weather is good here in Amsterdam, feel free to visit us at Café Batavia. Let’s start with a look at the current standings:

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Lucas van Foreest is the sole tournament leader with 5.5 out of 7 and needs 1 out of 2 from his remaining games to secure his second GM norm. Barry Brink needs 1.5 points and Bobby Cheng 2 points for a GM norm.

New tournament leader Lucas van Foreest. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

New tournament leader Lucas van Foreest. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

15:00 Lucas has a nice classical style with a sharp eye for tactical complications. Today with Black against Hing Ting Lai, true to his style, he developed his pieces in a very classical way:

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15:03 Bobby Cheng sticks to his trusted Catalan against Mark Timmermans. Barry Brink went for the Vienna Variation (of the QGD) against Eric Lobron. Koen Leenhouts-Tal Baron is a sharp Sämisch Variation of the King’s Indian. Thomas Beerdsen-Alexandr Fier is an interesting Sicilian Kalashnikov.

15:37 Thomas Beerdsen quickly went out of book with the uncommon 7.g3 and five moves later Alexandr Fier came up with an amazing positional rook sacrifice 12…fxe4:

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After something like 13.Nc7 Qg6 14.Nxa8 Nd4 Black has full compensation. Thomas wasn’t having any of it and played the controlled 13.Nxf6. Now the position is balanced.

15:43 Eric Lobron played the early novelty 7.Rd1 which was probably over the board inspiration. Barry Brink reacted well with 7…Rb8 and White’s compensation for the sacrificed pawn doesn’t look very convincing to me:

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15:51 Koen Leenhouts has played a pretty positional exchange sacrifice against Tal Baron:

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Probably Tal should have prevented this with 21…Ng7, since now White is dominating the position.

15:57 Bobby Cheng seems to have his usual positional edge in the Catalan, against Mark Timmermans:

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Lobron-Brink. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

Eric Lobron-Barry Brink. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

16:22 Hing Ting failed to fight for the initiative with 16.Nf4 or 18.Nf4. I don’t understand why he gave up the bishop pair, for which he got nothing in return. By now Lucas has developed a strong initiative on the kingside:

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16:43 I overestimated Lucas’ chances on the kingside, 26.g3! was good defence by Hing Ting. The position is now about equal.

16:57 Things are going fast now. Hing Ting has blundered with 34.Ra1 and resigned a few moves later. Grandmaster norm for Lucas van Foreest!

17:04 The attack of Koen Leenhouts has crashed through, look at the pretty final position:

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17:09 Alexandr Fier has a tendency to overdo things. While 23…Bf3 would have been comfortable equality, the Brazilian GM played for more with 23…e4. Thomas Beerdsen reacted accurately and is now a healthy pawn up:

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17:16 Eric Lobron kept investing more material to fuel his attack, but Barry Brink defended well and now has a winning position with three minor pieces versus rook and two pawns:

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17:27 Bobby Cheng’s advantage kept increasing and he now has a winning advantage:

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Eric Lobron in a creative mood. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

Eric Lobron in a creative mood. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

17:37 Mark Timmermans fought back just before the time control. Now Bobby Cheng is still better, but no longer winning. Thomas Beerdsen still has to work hard as well, to be able to beat Alexandr Fier. And thirdly, also Barry Brink lost a good part of his advantage against Eric Lobron. Barry should have grabbed the pawn with 39…Bxb2 with a winning position. Now the white a-pawn is becoming unpleasant:

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18:27 Just when Alexandr Fier got compensation for the pawn, he blundered terribly with 48…Kh8, allowing a forced mate.

18:34 The position at Lobron-Brink remained very difficult to play for both sides. Barry was winning again around move 47, but just moments ago he blundered badly and resigned soon after.

18:38 Bobby Cheng is technically winning now.

Batavia 2017 Round 7

14:25 Welcome everyone to the seventh round of the Batavia tournament. It’s Friday afternoon and we’re ready for a very exciting last weekend. Alexandr Fier and Lucas van Foreest are now sharing the lead with 4.5 out of 6. Lucas needs 2 out of 3 from the remaining rounds for a GM norm. For Bobby Cheng it was rough to fall back to 4 out of 6, while for Barry Brink it’s the other way around, as his win yesterday pushed him up to 4 out of 6. Bobby now needs 2.5 out of 3 for the GM norm. Barry only needs 0.5 out of 3 for an IM norm and 2 out of 3 for a GM norm (Barry needs 6 instead of 6.5 since the rating average of his opponents is higher).

Lucas van Foreest. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

Lucas van Foreest. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen



14:39
The openings are relatively sharp today. Tal Baron-Lucas van Foreest is a Classical Ruy Lopez in which White has played g2-g4, Mark Timmermans-Koen Leenhouts a Sicilian Taimanov, Alexandr Fier-Eric Lobron a Caro-Kann Advance Variation, Thomas Beerdsen-Hing Ting Lai a Modern Defence and Barry Brink-Bobby Cheng a Queen’s Gambit Declined.

14:55 Judging from an Adams game in the database, Lucas should have included 17…d3, since forcing the white bishop to d3 tends to make the d6-d5 break more effective. Now he needs to decide were to put his knight and White seems to have the initiative:

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15:10 Lucas decided to put his knight on d7, which was played in 5 earlier games in the database. It has to be said that while g2-g4 give White the initiative for now, it tends to give Black counter chances in the long run. It will be very interesting to see how the game evolves.

15:21 Eric Lobron has problems adjusting to the modern time control with the 30 second increment per move. He has a steady classical style, but always uses a lot of time on the clock. Right now he seems to have equalized with Black against Alexandr Fier:

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15:40 Eric has played the sharp 16…f6, so things are quickly heating up.

15:51 Instead of playing something prophylactic like 16.Kb1, Mark Timmermans kept pushing on the kingside with 16.h4 against Koen Leenhouts, resulting into the following wild position:

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Here the computer indicates the insane 19.h6 a2 20.hxg7, allowing Black to queen with check! Instead, Mark played the human 19.bxa3 and now the position is, of course, a mess. Entertainment guaranteed here at the Batavia tournament.

16:15 I’m not sure why Thomas released the tension in the centre with 9.dxe5, since simply developing the queenside seems to offer better chances for an edge. 15.Bf1 was a good move though, neutralising Black’s attacking ambitions on the kingside. Possibly, Hing Ting’s knight manoeuvre Nf8-h7 was directed a bit too much towards the kingside, as White now seems to have a free hand on the queenside:

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16:16 After multiple exchanges, the position at Barry Brink-Bobby Cheng is completely equal:

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16:19 And indeed they agreed to a draw. That’s a very impressive IM norm for Barry Brink, two rounds before the end! It’s his second IM norm. Now he can comfortably try for the GM norm, for which he needs 1.5 out of 2.

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Barry Brink. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

16:35 It’s a true clash of styles at Fier-Lobron. Alexandr’s tries to get the initiative have failed so far, and at this point (with 11 moves to go until the time control) Eric is having a clear positional advantage:

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16:41 Mark has found the key move 24.Rdg1 and now it’s Koen’s turn to find some good move. The position remains very tense:

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16:55 Lucas van Foreest has taken over the initiative and is now a healthy pawn up in the endgame against Tal Baron:

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16:58 Thomas Beerdsen continued to dominate the position and now has a winning advantage against Hing Ting Lai:

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17:06 Eric Lobron safely made it to the time control and can now comfortably try to convert his large advantage against Alexandr Fier.

17:14 Lucas van Foreest is on fire and convincingly beat Tal Baron. Lucas now needs 1 out of 2 for his second GM norm.

17:15 Sometimes there is a very thin line between winning and losing. Mark Timmermans was well on his way to beat Koen Leenhouts with the thematic piece sacrifice 26.Bxh6!, which was answered by 26…Qa4:

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Here 27.Rg3 is winning, but Mark blundered with 27.Be3 and is now losing.

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Mark Timmermans. Photo: Bas Beekhuizen

 

17:25 Eric Lobron (against Alexandr Fier) and Thomas Beerdsen (against Hing Ting Lai) are still nursing their winning positional advantages.

17:56 Thomas indeed won against Hing Ting. As a chess fan it hurts to see that Eric completely spoiled his winning position against Alexandr. When he gave up control over the d-file, White quickly took over.