Welcome back at the second half of the 11th edition of the dMP Batavia Amsterdam Chess Tournament! Today we started with a slight delay again. Some minor things keep going wrong, but everything is solved now. Our apologies for the inconvenience, thanks for your patience!
After five rounds the surprising tournament leader is Jasel Lopez with 3.5 out of 5. David Arutinian, Arthur Pijpers and Felix Meissner are following on 3 out of 5. Simon Williams, Max Warmerdam and Rick Lahaye are on 50%. Stefan Kuipers and Koen Leenhouts are on 2 points, while John van der Wiel is on 1. Usually, everyone can beat everyone at the Batavia tournament, so anything can still happen in the second half of the tournament.
Jasel Lopez is facing Max Warmerdam with the black pieces today, which is quite a test for the Aruban. Max somewhat luckily won the tiebreak with 1.5-0.5. In the classical game the exchange variation of the Caro-Kann was played, and Max just played the interesting pawn break 14.c4:
While the position is difficult to judge, Max is now almost one hour up on the clock.
Felix Meissner said that he was quite lucky in winning the armageddon against Simon Williams, but fact is, that he won his first tiebreak. In the classical game Simon went for a King’s Indian with Nbd7. Felix tried a modern setup involving g4, but didn’t manage to keep the position under control. With a temporary pawn sacrifice Simon grabbed the initiative:
Arthur Pijpers won the armageddon, after an early blunder by Koen Leenhouts. In the classical game a main line Ruy Lopez resulted in a tense Benoni structure. Arthur managed to take the sting out of Black’s play and now enjoys a positional advantage:
John van der Wiel equalised the score in the second blitz game against his grandmaster colleague David Arutinian, by playing an inspired classical King’s Indian. In the armageddon David was just too solid in his trusted Caro-Kann, keeping the draw with Black. Anyway, good to see John van der Wiel fighting his way back in the tournament. In the classical game John replaced his King’s Indian by a more classical setup. As most pieces are exchanged at this point, a draw is the most likely outcome.
Also fighting his way back in the tournament is Stefan Kuipers, by beating Rick Lahaye in the tiebreak. The current position in the classical game seems to be balanced:
David’s position with the minor pieces versus rook and pawn turned out to be more tricky than we thought. John made the most out of his chances and is now technically winning:
At the game between Max Warmerdam versus Jasel Lopez, the situation both on the board and on the clock is equal by now.
Koen Leenhouts accomplished a houdini act by sacrificing three pieces in a row, enough to confuse Arthur Pijpers. When the smoke cleared, the moves were repeated. The guys are analysing in the bar now:
Simon Williams’ initiative was soon decisive. Felix Meissner most likely had an advantage at some point in the early middlegame, but Black always keeps practical chances.
In Warmerdam-Lopez and Lahaye-Kuipers nothing dramatic happened in the second half of the game, both ending in a draw.
John van der Wiel had no problems converting the endgame against the number one seed. An important win for John, closing the gap with the rest of the field. Jasel is still leading the tournament with 4 out of 6 now. The rest of the field is on 3.5/3/2.5/2. That’s it for today, see you tomorrow at round 7!