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Euwe Memorial 2011 (1)

Three draws on the first day of Euwe Memorial

Peng Zhaoqin, Monika Socko and Pia Cramling. Photo ©

Peng Zhaoqin, Monika Socko and Pia Cramling. Photo © |

Eric van Reem sends a press release for Round 1 of the Euwe Memorial where there were three draws. Stuart Conquest didn't manage to make it due to trying to travel from England on the day of the event (if I'd been invited to an event I think I would have rather forgone playing the 4NCL on Sunday rather than try to do this) and running into fog. Although his opponent Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant also played the 4NCL but travelled the night before and so arrived on time. They play on the rest day. Press release below by Eric van Reem.

In the first round of the Euwe tournament we only saw three games instead of the planned four games. Stuart Conquest was supposed to fly in from London early on Monday morning, but due to dense fog on London City Airport his flight had to be cancelled. Conquest was still on the way to Amsterdam on Monday evening. Hopefully he will make it on time for his second round game on Tuesday. The game that he was supposed to play on Monday against Keti Arakhamia will be played on the rest day on Thursday.

Robin van Kampen on his 17th Birthday

Robin van Kampen on his 17th Birthday. Photo ©

Paul van der Sterren escaped in his first tournament game since 10 (!) years. The semi-retired Dutchman played his last tournament game in the Dutch Championship back in 2001. In the game against 76-year old Fridrik Olafsson from Iceland he had some problems to solve on the black side of a Nimzo-Indian. Instead of trying 19.Qa6 Nd6 20.d5! exd5 21.Pxd5 Pxd5 22.Txd5 Lxg5 23. Txe8+ Dxe8 24.hxg5 De7 25.Dd3 with a good position for white, Olafsson played 19.Ne5 and after 19...Nd5 20.Bxe7 he offered an early draw. Van der Sterren was happy with the result: "playing a draw is a perfect way to enjoy a chess game". If my opponent and I play a nice game and a draw is within reach, why should I not offer or accept a draw?"

Peng Zhaoqin, Monika Socko and Pia Cramling

Peng Zhaoqin, Monika Socko and Pia Cramling. Photo ©

The game between Zhaoqin Peng and Pia Cramling was balanced and the logical result was a draw. Peng was unhappy with 32. Qd3 because she missed the strong move 33...e5! but she could keep the balance. Robin van Kampen celebrated his 17th birthday today and seemed to have very good position against Monika Socko, but he could not find a way to win. "Well, I never play very well on my birthday", the youngest Dutch grandmaster smiled. Tournament director Monique van de Griendt had a small present for Van Kampen: am Amsterdam travel guide. Robin was happy with the gift: "This is great, I always get lost in Amsterdam".

Fridrik Olafsson

Fridrik Olafsson. Photo ©

On Tuesday, we hopefully will see four games, if Stuart Conquest makes it to Amsterdam. The second round starts at 13.00. You can follow the games live on the official website: In the evening, at 20.00 GM Hans Ree wil hold a lecture (in Dutch) about Max Euwe.

Some short information about the playing venue: The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Public Library Amsterdam) is a collective name for all public libraries in Amsterdam. The largest of these libraries, the Centrale Bibliotheek , moved to the Prinsengracht  in 1977 and 30 years later, on 7 July 2007 (070707), to the Oosterdokseiland just east of Amsterdam Centraal station. It is the largest public library in Europe. The complex has a floor surface of 28,500 m2, spread out over 10 floors, 1200 seats, of which 600 with Internet-connected computers.  The building was designed by Jo Coenen, the former state architect. (Eric van Reem)

Max Euwe Mem Gp1 Amsterdam (NED), 14-20 xi 2011 cat. IX (2454)
1 2 3 4
1. Van Der Sterren, Paul g NED 2514 * * . . ½ . . . ½ 2428
2. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2495 . . * * . . ½ . ½ 2379
3. Olafsson, Fridrik g ISL 2428 ½ . . . * * . . ½ 2514
4. Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2379 . . ½ . . . * * ½ 2495
Round 1 (November 14, 2011)
Olafsson, Fridrik - Van Der Sterren, Paul ½-½ 20 E54 Nimzo Indian
Peng, Zhaoqin - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 53 A33 English Symmetrical
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 . . . . . ½ 2479
2. Socko, Monika g POL 2479 ½ . * * . . . . ½ 2558
3. Conquest, Stuart C g ENG 2521 . . . . * * ? . 0
4. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g SCO 2443 . . . . ? . * * 0
Round 1 (November 14, 2011)
Socko, Monika - Van Kampen, Robin ½-½ 62 D11 Slav Defence
Conquest, Stuart C - Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan * 0

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