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Euwe Memorial 2011 (6)

Euwe tournament finishes in Amsterdam

Peng Zhaoqin won Group 1 of the Euwe Memorial. Photos of the final round by Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen.

Peng Zhaoqin won Group 1 of the Euwe Memorial. Photos of the final round by Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen. |

Exciting last round: Peng wins group 1, van Kampen group 2. Peng Zhaoqin defeated Paul Van der Sterren to take clear first in Group 1 of the Euwe Memorial. Robin van Kampen won his fourth tournament in a row by taking Group 2. Following July: Dortmund, Helmut Kohls Tournament, August: Haarlem, BDO Tournament (shared) and October: Hoogeveen, Unive Tournament (shared). There was a mysterious art exhibition where "a chess performance by Jennifer Shahade of her creation of Naked Chess" took place. An enjoyable event. Final report below.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving. Photos © Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen.

At the start of the last round all group 1 players stood level. Only Peng, unhappy about her first game against Van der Sterren, managed a convincing win, obtaining outright first place. In group 2 Van Kampen trumped Conquest in time trouble and he also was the sole winner of his group.

Peng Zhaoqin winner of Group 1

Peng Zhaoqin winner of Group 1. Photos © Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen.

Van der Sterren almost equalised against Peng with ... Bb4 and ... a5 in a Queen's Indian opening. But 16. ... e4 turned out to be an ill-fated move. Van der Sterren had missed White's reply 17. Nf4, and then played the decidedly wrong 17. ...f6. After this Black's position was beyond repair. Peng was happy with her revenge after having been reproached in round 2 for taking a draw too quickly.

In the second game in group 1, a King's Indian, between Cramling and Olafsson, it looked as if Cramling had the initiative on both wings. Olafsson defended himself resourcefully and even reached an endgame with a pawn up. But Cramling had active play and didn't allow any winning attempt the game ending in a draw.

Robin van Kampen wins his 4th event in a row

Robin van Kampen wins his 4th event in a row. Photos © Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen.

In group 2 Conquest played 4. ... Nge7 in the Spanish, currently a popular variation. Van Kampen was able to rely on his preparation with Grandmaster Sokolov. As he was sure Conquest would surprise him anyway he hadn't prepared anything in particular, preferring a good night's sleep instead. In the middle game Van Kampen got the edge and Conquest consumed a lot of time on the clock to work up some counterplay. Van Kampen thought for a long time he had everything under control but got worried when he couldn't play 23. g4 because of 23. ... Be2. When Conquest played 30. ... Qa1. 31. Qb1, Qa4 instead of the better 30. ... Nb5 Van Kampen dealt the decisive blow with 32. Nc6 winning at least the exchange. Conquest resigned after reaching the time control, disappointed that his original play had yielded so few points.

In the other game Arakhamia-Grant gave it a go with black. She offered Socko an exciting game with 1.d4, Nf6, 2.c4, c5. When Socko avoided this with 3.e3, Black easily obtained an equal position. After 20 moves the major pieces were exchanged and a drawn end game was all that was left. After about ten further moves it was indeed agreed drawn.

Closing event

Jennifer Shahade give a naked chess exhibition

Jennifer Shahade give a naked chess exhibition. Photos © Nadja Voorham and Bas Beekhuizen.

The prizegiving for the Euwe Memorial  tournament took place in De Kring, a location already special on account of the many chess players and artists who made the club both famous and infamous. On sunday evening the setting was even more special as visitors were immeditaely confronted upon entry with a chess performance by Jennifer Shahade of her creation of Naked Chess, this time as a simul against three chess playing, nude artists' models. The lighting created dramatic shadows against the back wall while Shahade walked from board to board in her beautifully stylized dress. Against this back-drop Hans Boehm smoothly introduced the audience to the various acts. ICGA president David Levy reminisced about his conversations with Max Euwe on the future of computer chess. Hans Ree and Alexander Münninghof sang the Euwe March striking exactly the right degree of solemnity. Tex de Wit proved humor and chess certainly mix well, opening his stand-up act with thanks to tournament director Monique van de Griendt for meeting his exacting pre-conditions, which had apparently included having three nudes next to him on stage playing chess!

At the end the tournament participants accepted their prizes to loud applause. Thanks to them it was a fantastic tournament. The organisation therefore hopes that the Max Euwe Tournament will take place again in the near future.

Max Euwe Mem Gp1 Amsterdam (NED), 14-20 xi 2011 cat. IX (2454)
1 2 3 4
1. Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2379 * * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 2536
2. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2495 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 0 3 2440
3. Olafsson, Fridrik g ISL 2428 0 1 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 3 2462
4. Van Der Sterren, Paul g NED 2514 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ * * 2377
Round 1 (November 14, 2011)
Peng, Zhaoqin - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 53 A33 English Symmetrical
Olafsson, Fridrik - Van Der Sterren, Paul ½-½ 20 E54 Nimzo Indian
Round 2 (November 15, 2011)
Olafsson, Fridrik - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 21 A35 English Symmetrical
Van Der Sterren, Paul - Peng, Zhaoqin ½-½ 29 A29 English Four Knights
Round 3 (November 16, 2011)
Peng, Zhaoqin - Olafsson, Fridrik 1-0 52 E90 King's Indian Classical
Cramling, Pia - Van Der Sterren, Paul 1-0 43 D55 Queens Gambit Old Lasker Variation
Round 4 (November 18, 2011)
Cramling, Pia - Peng, Zhaoqin ½-½ 51 D25 QGA
Van Der Sterren, Paul - Olafsson, Fridrik ½-½ 30 E53 Nimzo Indian
Round 5 (November 19, 2011)
Olafsson, Fridrik - Peng, Zhaoqin 1-0 76 D23 QGA
Van Der Sterren, Paul - Cramling, Pia 1-0 30 E11 Bogo Indian Defence
Round 6 (November 20, 2011)
Peng, Zhaoqin - Van Der Sterren, Paul 1-0 30 E15 Queens Indian
Cramling, Pia - Olafsson, Fridrik ½-½ 63 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Max Euwe Mem Gp2 Amsterdam (NED), 14-20 xi 2011 cat. X (2500)
1 2 3 4
1. Van Kampen, Robin g NED 2558 * * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 2674
2. Socko, Monika g POL 2479 ½ 0 * * 1 1 1 ½ 4 2632
3. Conquest, Stuart C g ENG 2521 ½ 0 0 0 * * ½ 1 2 2368
4. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g SCO 2443 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * * 2326
Round 1 (November 14, 2011)
Socko, Monika - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 62 D11 Slav Defence
Conquest, Stuart C - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan ½-½ 62 B00 Owen or Nimzowitsch Defence
Round 2 (November 15, 2011)
Conquest, Stuart C - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 35 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan - Socko, Monika 0-1 50 B70 Sicilian Dragon
Round 3 (November 16, 2011)
Van Kampen, Robin - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 1-0 53 C41 Philidor's Defence
Socko, Monika - Conquest, Stuart C 1-0 79 A80 Dutch
Round 4 (November 18, 2011)
Van Kampen, Robin - Socko, Monika 1-0 41 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan - Conquest, Stuart C 0-1 40 C50 Giuoco Piano
Round 5 (November 19, 2011)
Conquest, Stuart C - Socko, Monika 0-1 42 A18 English Opening
Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 63 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 6 (November 20, 2011)
Van Kampen, Robin - Conquest, Stuart C 1-0 40 C70 Ruy Lopez
Socko, Monika - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan ½-½ 34 A56 Old Indian Defence

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