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NH Tournament 2009 (Concluded)

NH Chess Tournament

Peter Heine Nielsen finished top scorer in the event. Photo ? Fred Lucas:

Peter Heine Nielsen finished top scorer in the event. Photo ? Fred Lucas: | www.fredlucas.eu/

The Experience Team beat the Rising Stars in the NH Chess Tournament 27.5-22.5.

Last year the Rising Stars won 33.5-16.5 so a major effort was made to beef up the Experience team. Probably key to the margin of victory was the under-performance of Hikaru Nakamura, who has been on fire recently but here he was ill (cold/flu like symptoms), for most of the tournament. He has taken advantage of a lot of invitations recently but it is probably time for a rest for him.

Peter Heine Nielsen was the top scorer for the Experience side with 6.5/10. Peter Svidler scored 6/10. The only plus score for the Rising Stars was Jan Smeets, and with this he has earned a place in the 2010 Amber Tournament.

Ljubomir Ljubojevic was a surprise plus scorer for the Experience team. He rarely plays these days, and recent results for veterans who don't prepare, haven't been encouraging. 5.5/10 was a very fine score for him and he will gain a large number of rating points. Loek van Wely was the only Experience player below 50%.

Final Score: Experience 27.5 - Rising Stars 22.5

The NH Chess Tournament Rising Stars vs. Experience took place August 20th-31st 2009 in the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Dam 9, Amsterdam. The NH Chess Tournament, organised by NH Hoteles in close cooperation with Association Max Euwe, Monaco, is a 'Scheveningen' team tournament between an 'Experience' team and a 'Rising Stars' team.

The special prize for the best Rising Stars was an invitation to the 2010 Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament in Nice.

NH Chess Tournament Rising Stars vs. Experience (Amsterdam NED)
Thu 20th Aug 2009 - Mon 31st Aug 2009 - Official Site

NH Tournament (10 players 10 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:30m+30spm(41)) - Games in PGN: All

NH Tournament (10 players 10 Rds Schev Team TC: 120m:30m+30spm(41)) - Games in PGN: All

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Round 1 (August 20, 2009) Experience 3 Rising Stars 2
Svidler, Peter - Hou Yifan 1-0 64 C11 French Defence
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 60 A81 Dutch Leningrad
Nielsen, Peter Heine - Stellwagen, Daniel 1-0 26 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Van Wely, Loek - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 22 A29 English Four Knights
Beliavsky, Alexander G - Smeets, Jan 0-1 68 A11 Reti Opening
Round 2 (August 21, 2009) Experience 3 Rising Stars 2
Smeets, Jan - Nielsen, Peter Heine ½-½ 21 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Caruana, Fabiano - Beliavsky, Alexander G ½-½ 42 C91 Ruy Lopez
Hou Yifan - Ljubojevic, Ljubomir 0-1 87 B45 Sicilian Classical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 79 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Stellwagen, Daniel - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 27 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Round 3 (August 22, 2009) Experience 2.5 Rising Stars 2.5
Nielsen, Peter Heine - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 25 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Svidler, Peter - Smeets, Jan ½-½ 22 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - Stellwagen, Daniel 1-0 46 D19 Slav Defence
Van Wely, Loek - Hou Yifan ½-½ 31 E15 Queens Indian
Beliavsky, Alexander G - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 34 E97 King's Indian Classical
Round 4 (August 23, 2009) Experience 1.5 Rising Stars 3.5
Smeets, Jan - Ljubojevic, Ljubomir 1-0 30 B45 Sicilian Classical
Caruana, Fabiano - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 31 D11 Slav Defence
Hou Yifan - Beliavsky, Alexander G 1-0 39 C41 Philidor's Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Nielsen, Peter Heine ½-½ 41 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Stellwagen, Daniel - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 36 B81 Sicilian Keres Attack
Round 5 (August 24, 2009) Experience 3.5 Rising Stars 1.5
Nielsen, Peter Heine - Hou Yifan ½-½ 37 E06 Catalan
Svidler, Peter - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 61 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 73 A32 English Symmetrical
Van Wely, Loek - Smeets, Jan ½-½ 38 D19 Slav Defence
Beliavsky, Alexander G - Stellwagen, Daniel 1-0 62 E71 King's Indian 5.h3
Round 6 (August 26, 2009) Experience 2.5 Rising Stars 2.5
Smeets, Jan - Beliavsky, Alexander G 1-0 40 B07 Pirc Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 38 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Hou Yifan - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 18 B06 Modern Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Ljubojevic, Ljubomir 0-1 48 B35 Sicilian Defence
Stellwagen, Daniel - Nielsen, Peter Heine ½-½ 27 C64 Ruy Lopez Classical
Round 7 (August 28, 2009) Experience 3.5 Rising Stars 1.5
Nielsen, Peter Heine - Smeets, Jan 1-0 36 D19 Slav Defence
Svidler, Peter - Stellwagen, Daniel ½-½ 41 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - Hou Yifan ½-½ 62 D38 QGD Ragozin
Van Wely, Loek - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 59 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Beliavsky, Alexander G - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 25 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Round 8 (August 29, 2009) Experience 2.5 Rising Stars 2.5
Smeets, Jan - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 29 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Nielsen, Peter Heine ½-½ 60 C64 Ruy Lopez Classical
Hou Yifan - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 47 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Stellwagen, Daniel - Ljubojevic, Ljubomir 1-0 110 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Nakamura, Hikaru - Beliavsky, Alexander G 0-1 71 C50 Giuoco Piano
Round 9 (August 30, 2009) Experience 2 Rising Stars 3
Nielsen, Peter Heine - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 89 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Svidler, Peter - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 43 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - Smeets, Jan ½-½ 17 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Beliavsky, Alexander G - Hou Yifan 1-0 53 E06 Catalan
Van Wely, Loek - Stellwagen, Daniel 0-1 47 E97 King's Indian Classical
Round 10 (August 31, 2009) Experience 3.5 Rising Stars 1.5
Smeets, Jan - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 18 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Caruana, Fabiano - Ljubojevic, Ljubomir ½-½ 34 C11 French Defence
Stellwagen, Daniel - Beliavsky, Alexander G ½-½ 45 C41 Philidor's Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Svidler, Peter 0-1 32 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Hou Yifan - Nielsen, Peter Heine 0-1 50 C53 Giuoco Piano
NH Chess Tournament Amsterdam (NED), 20-31 viii 2009
Final Round 10 Standings
Experience27.5
1Nielsen,PH2680 | 6.5/10
2Svidler,P2739 || 6.0/10
3Ljubojevic,L2553 ||| 5.5/10
4Beliavsky,A2662 |||| 5.0/10
5Van Wely,L2655 ||||| 4.5/10
Rising Stars22.5
1Smeets,J2632½0½½11½½ 6.0/10
2Caruana,F2670½½½1½½½0½½ 5.0/10
3Stellwagen,D2630½½01½1 4.5/10
4Hou Yifan2584½010½½ 3.5/10
5Nakamura,Hi2710½½00½010½½ 3.5/10

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