Second Samba Cup: Jobava at his best
Photos and text by Frits Agterdenbos
The Second Samba Cup was held in Skanderborg from 13-23 October 2005.
Skanderborg is located 20 kilometers southwest of Aarhus, which is Denmarks
second largest city, after the capital Copenhagen. It is a small city with
about 20,000 inhabitants.
The winner was Baadur Jobava from Georgia. The Second Samba Cup was his tournament,
that is for sure. At the end of this report Jobava commentates his final round
win against Miton.
Concrete remains of a medieval past: Skanderup Kirke
...and Skanderborg Slotskirke
The players were very happy with the tournament. They praised the peaceful
residence and playing circumstances. That has to do with the character of the
quiet city Skanderborg, especially with the playing venue (Kulturhus) and the
hotel (Hotel Skanderborghus). And above all with the organizing members of
the Skanderborg Skakklub (Skanderborg Chess Club), who stayed calm and confident
during stressful moments. They really did a good job.
Hotel Skanderborghus with the statue Dronning Dagmars Dreng in front
The name of the previous version, the First
Samba Cup, already showed the ambition of Skanderborg Skakklub to organize
more than just a one-time tournament. In 2003 the event was born when the chess
club reached the age of 80. The First Samba Cup consisted of only a GM group,
a ten player round robin. This year, after an attempt to form a group with
GM norm possibilities, but running short of time, an IM group was added.
Michael Andersson explains the entry of the GM group: “We wanted a good
mixture: different (three) continents and a combination of talented and established
players. In 2007 we would like to have three groups, a GM B group should be
in between. We would like to organize a Samba Cup every year, but we do not
have enough volunteers to take care of the job.”
Let’s hope Skanderborg Skakklub’s manpower will grow in the next
future! Originally the GM group consisted of more Danish players, but Peter
Heine Nielsen was asked by Anand to be his second in San Luis and later also
Davor Palo withdrew.
The photo shows Anders Haarup (chairman Skanderborg Chess Club), Esben Karstensen
(director of Elvirasminde) and Michael Andersson (tournament director) showing
boxes with cream puffs.
Elvirasminde, the main sponsor of the tournament, is a daughter of the German
company Storck, and with 120 employees is one of the biggest companies in Skanderborg.
Its only product is Samba, which is a cream puff. It is distributed in 24 countries.
Esben Karstensen: “We have chosen chess to sponsor because as a main
company in Skanderborg we felt it an obligation to sponsor cultural life. I
used to play chess and so chess was a logical choice to sponsor. In Denmark
the nummer of people who play chess is going down. We think that we can move
people back to the chess board by focusing on young people. We want to be one
of the strongest tournaments in Denmark, to be in the same category as the
Politiken Cup, North Sea Cup and Grundfos. The Second Samba Cup is a category
16. Samba symbolizes fun, Brasilian dance, beautiful ladies, wonderful kisses”.
There were other (sub)sponsors, including the Skanderborg municipality and
BP who sponsored the IM tournament.
The playing venue
The photo shows Kulturhus, in English Culture House, which was the playing
venue. The rainbow really was there!
The games were played in a theatre in the Kulturhus. The theatre chairs recall
the atmosphere in another tournament: Dortmund. To watch the players during
the games one had to pay an entrance fee, 40 Danish Kroner (about 5.30 euro)
for a day.
Everybody was free to visit open the analysis zone and watch the players
analyse their games. The idea was to shorten the distance, in both senses of
the word, literally and figuratively, between GMs and audience.
When you walk out the Kulturhus you can go straight on to the City center
or go for a stroll to the Skanderborg Sø (Skanderborg Lake).
The Players in the GM Group
1. Baadur Jobava: 5½ /9, performance 2722
The tournament winner, Baadur Jobava (1983) from Georgia, is back again!
In Skanderborg he lost to Carlsen, and beat Nisipeanu, Timofeev (R7) and Miton
(R9). On the free day after round five he won the Blitz tournament, after which
he had the best final sprint with 3/4. Jobava had his breakthrough in 2003,
winning the Dubai Open. In the Chess Olympiad 2004 in Calvia he scored excellently.
But he also had some weak moments in other tournaments in the same period.
Jobava is a feared for his opening preparation and is extremely dangerous with
the white pieces. In Skanderborg he won about 15 Elo points which brings him
back to a higher position in Georgia’s ranking.
Jobava,Ba (2601) - Miton,K (2636) [D80]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (9), 23.10.2005
Baadur Jobava kindly provided me this commentary from memory during lunch
the day after the Second Samba Cup. I tried to write down the notes, any mistakes
are my fault. Per Andreasen provided his comments by e-mail. This was the last
round. Miton was leading the tournament with 51/2 point ahead of four players
with five points, among them his last round opponent, Jobava. Who has the best
nerves? Jobava: "I prepared this opening, Grunfeld with Bg5, in 2003 and
found a novelty." 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.cxd5
c6 7.Rc1!? Andreasen: Jobava played this move a tempo. I could not find
it anywhere, but perhaps it is played before. I think so, both players played
the first 13 moves in a few minutes! 7.e3, e4 and Nf3 are seen before. 7...0-0
8.dxc6 Bxd4 9.c7 Andreasen: 9.c7 was played at once. Another try was 9.cxb7.
Black will get the pair of bishops, and free and quick development, but White
has a pawn extra. 9...Bxc3+ 10.Rxc3 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 Nc6 12.e4 Bd7 Jobava:
In Saint-Vincent 2005, Azmaiparashvili-Sutovsky, Black played Bg4+, which is
interesting. Miton's move Bd7 is a new move but not to me, I had already analyzed
it. Bd7 looks more securely. 13.Nf3 Rfc8 14.Bb5 Rxc7 15.Kd2
Jobava: The idea of Kd2 is to double the rooks on the c-file. One moment trade
the bishop on c6. White wants to collapse blacks pawn structure for the endgame:
weak pawns on a7 and c6. Square c5 is weak, it can be used by white pieces.
After 15.Kd2 Miton started to think a lot, he invested more than 1 hour. Then
he played 15...a6. Andreasen: 15.Kd2. The opening is over and an endgame has
appeared. White is a little better because of the pin in the c-file and the
white King is nice placed in the center. In this position the young Polak thought
for more than an hour (!) and he came up with 15...a6. During the game I was
commentating the games for the spectators, and I must admit that I criticised
this move. I did not like the weakening of the black squares. Instead we analysed
15...f6 16.Rhc1 e5 17.Bc4+ Kf8 18.Bd5 Rd8 19.Ke3 Ke7 20.b4 Rcc8! and I think
that Black is ok. 15...a6 Jobava: Black idea is Ba4 B7c8 Rac1 b5 so
that White's bishop can not go to c6. 16.Ba4 Rcc8 17.Rhc1 b5 18.Bb3 Jobava:
Interesting idea would have been Bd1 to take diagonal a6-f1 18...e6 Jobava:
Played against Bb3-d5. There are some minors: weakness on the black squares.
19.e5 Jobava: I played this move to block his position 19...Kf8 Jobava:
Kf8 is a logical move for the endgame, centralizing the king. Now I calculated
for 15-20 minutes. 20.Bc2 Jobava: With the idea to play Be4 to pin the
knight on c6. This is now the most critical position. Miton made a mistake
by playing Na5 in stead of Nb4 Andreasen: 20.Bc2?! Better was 20.Ke3 and white
is still better. Jobava continued to play very fast and Miton was already now
in time trouble with around 10 minutes left to play this uncomfortable position.
20...Na5? Jobava: After 20...Nb4 it would be equal Andreasen: 20...Na5?
Returning the favour with this move which is a serious error. Much better was
20...Nb4! and suddenly black is ok again. The play could continue 21.Bb1 Rxc3
22.Rxc3 Bc6! with a rather equal position. 21.Bd3 Rxc3 22.Rxc3 Nc6 Jobava:
Black problem is that Rd8 or Rc8 are wrong because of Ra3 23.Be4 Jobava:
After Be4 White has a winning position. 23...Rc8!? Andreasen: 23...Rc8?!
A natural move, but I think that 24...Rd8! was a more clever try. 24.Bxc6!
Andreasen: Now the endgame for Black is highly unpleasant, maybe lost.
Black was now in severe time trouble, and White plays the rest of the game
excellent. 24...Bxc6 25.Ke3 Ke7 26.Ng5 h6 27.Ne4
27...Rc7 28.g4! Andreasen: Very nice. Preparing h2-h4-h5 and the black
pawn on h6 is doomed. This plan is seen before, of course, but still very nice.
Black is lost. 28...Kd8 29.Nf6 a5 30.h4 Kc8 31.Ng8 h5 32.gxh5 gxh5 33.Nf6
Kb7 34.Nxh5 b4 35.Rc1 Rd7 36.Nf6 Rd8 37.h5 Bb5 38.Kf4 Rd3 39.Rh1 Andreasen:
Both players played a very good tournament and this game decided that Jobava
would be the deserved winner! A nice come-back for Jobava who did not show
much since his brilliant performance at the Olympiad last year in Calvia, Mallorca.
And of course very bad luck for young Kamil Miton that he did not manage to
draw this game! Jobava: Based on the first 8 rounds Miton should have won the
tournament. In played well. But in round 9 he didn't find the right strategy.
What to do with half a point up? It is a kind of situation chess player will
face more and more with the knock out tournaments coming up. Just go for a
draw? I think you should play as you always do, like Topalov did in San Luis.
In Warsaw - Zegrze Poludniowe I lost the final round and missed qualification
for the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk 2005. I learned a lot from that,
how to play a final round. 1-0. [Click
2-5. Artyom Timofeev: 5/9, 2679
Timofeev reached plus 2 at the end of round five, but lost in round six against
Jobava, with whom he went around a lot together in Skanderborg. He ended the
tournament with two draws. The commentators awarded his game against Nisipeanu
with the performance prize for the best game. Artyom Timofeev (1985) is the
world's number seven on the junior list. He had some good results this year
(including Bosna, Warsaw-Zegrze Poludniowe, Amsterdam).
2-5. Kamil Miton: 5/9, 2681
Based on how well he played in the first eight rounds, Miton (1984) should
have won the tournament. But he didn’t dance as well as Jobava in their
decisive game in round nine. Maybe Miton should have avoided the situation
the evening before the game. He was lodging privately with Skanderborg Skakklub
chairman Anders Haarup, instead of staying in the hotel like most of the players.
The organisers gave a dinner en petit comité for family and
friends, and of course Anders invited his guest Miton. He was the only GM present.
Anders put pressure on him by telling that he had taken a bet of 100 Euros
on his tournament victory, with a 500 Euro payout. With Miton a half point
up, Anders felt rich and generously payed the bill. (Thanks again Anders Haarup)
Miton has had good results in USA. He recently played at the Grundfos Masters
(14-21 August) in Aarhus sharing second place with Areshchenko. The FIDE rating
list of October shows an Elo rating 2635, winning 46 points from 2589 in July,
jumping to the second position in Poland just after Krasenkow. Miton was not
part of the Polish team in Gothenborg. He should be back in the team soon.
2-5. Zhang Pengxiang: 5/9, 2684
Zhang Pengxiang (1980) lives in Beijing, China. He is number three of his
country, after Ye Jiangchuan and Bu Xiangzhi, or even number two, if you consider
Ye Jiangchuan to be a non-active player. Zhang (his family name) showed himself
to be a real sportsman by not withdrawing from the Second Samba Cup when it
became clear that he would miss two qualification possibilities (Asian and
Chinese qualifiers) for the next world championship. In Skanderborg he drew
eight games and won against Lars Bo Hansen.
2-5. Lazaro Bruzon: 5/9, 2676
Lazaro Bruzon (1982), number 26 in the world with a rating of 2677, is stronger
than ever before. He has a solid playing style. In Skanderborg he was accompanied
by compatriot FM Joel Ibarra Padron, who participated in the IM group. Bruzon
won the Pan American Championships 2005 and is this year’s Champion of
Cuba. In the Capablanca Memorial 5-19 May 2005 he finished second to Ivanchuk.
It was a double round robin and both Bruzon’s games against the Ukrainan
ended in a draw. In Skanderborg, round 5, they played again:
Ivanchuk,V (2748) - Bruzon,L (2677) [C99]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (5), 18.10.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6
8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Qc7 12.Nbd2 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nc6 14.Nb3 a5 15.Be3
a4 16.Nbd2 Bd7 17.Rc1 Qb7 18.Nf1 Rfc8 19.Ng3 Bd8 20.Bb1 h6 21.Qe2 Bb6 22.dxe5
Bxe3 23.Rxc6 Qxc6 24.exf6 Bf4 25.Nh5 Be5 26.fxg7 Ra6 27.Nh4 Qc1 28.Nf5 Bxf5
29...Qxe1+ 30.Qxe1 Rac6 31.Qf1 Rc1 32.Bd3 b4 33.Bb5 b3 34.axb3 axb3
35.Ba4 Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 Rb8 0-1. [Click
6-7. Curt Hansen: 4½/9, 2641
Nine draws for Curt Hansen! His compatriot Lars Bo Hansen in his speech at
the closing ceremony urged the audience not to pay to much attention to the
number of draws in the Second Samba Cup. We don’t. We know Curt Hansen
better than always being after a draw. For good reason he is Denmarks second
ranked player. In 1984 he became junior world champion. Once he was world number
14! But let’s do some statistics for fun. In the First Samba Cup 23 games
were non-draws (from 45 games), Curt Hansen participated in four of those games
and shared first prize. In the Second Samba Cup there were 13 non-draws (45).
Well this doesn’t tell us anything.
6-7. Vassily Ivanchuk: 4½/9, 2626
World number five Ivanchuk is having a busy schedule. That’s an understatement.
People wondered if he might be playing too much. After the tournament he joked:
“I don’t play too much, I feel well by doing so. I had a problem
in this tournament, that is that I started winning too late, namely in the
last round.” It was Monday 24 October at 01.00 in the morning in Hotel
Skanderborghus. He was waiting for the taxi to leave at 02.00. “This
afternoon at 04.00 or maybe 05.00 I will play against Felgaer in Barcelona”,
he astonished his companionship.
Have a look at his agenda:
- Saint-Vincent (European Club Cup 17-25 September), he played fantastic
winning the gold medal on board 2 scoring 6/7, with the highest Elo performance:
- Karabakh (Karabakh 2005 1-11 October score 4/9 Elo performance 2615),
- Skanderborg (2.Samba Cup 13-23 October score 4½/9 Elo performance
- Barcelona (Casino de Barcelona 24-28 October starting with 3/3 and a draw
- Beer-Sheva (World Team Championship 2005 31 October – 11 November)
8. Magnus Carlsen: 4/9, 2602
The 14 year old Magnus recently won the Bygger’n
Masters Gausdal 1-9 October, with an Elo performance of 2782. In Skanderborg
he slowed down a bit, but who cares? We do not have to recall his magnificent
chess talent. Again winning some Elo points, he is steadily climbing into the
Jobava,Ba (2601) - Carlsen,M (2570) [E12]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (5), 18.10.2005 [Commentary by Per Andreasen]
1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Be7!? Not the most common
move. 5...Bb7 or 5...Bb4+ to take control over the e4 square looked more natural.
6.Nc3 c5 Going for trouble and complications. The normal move here should
be 6...d5 7.e4! and white should be better. After this Carlsen is going
for a Hedgehog set up but he misses one tempo to get it. 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4
d6 9.Ndb5 a6 10.e5! dxe5!? Simply giving up the exchange! [Another
possibility was 10...axb5 11.exf6 gxf6 12.Nxb5 Bb7 13.Bg3 e5 but White is better.
The black pawns do not look good.] 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Qf3 axb5 13.Qxa8 b4 Black
is simply playing on with an exchange down as nothing has happened. 14.Ne4
Bd7 15.Nxf6+ gxf6 16.c5? Maybe is it not fair to criticise this natural
looking move, but 16.Qe4! was probably better. I must admit that during the
game I thought that the played text move was very strong. 16...bxc5 17.Qa7
Nc6 18.Qxc5 Nd4 19.0-0-0 Qe7 20.Qxe7+ Kxe7
I think it is very difficult to say who is better here. White is an exchange
up, but Black has one pawn more and the knight on d4 is a monster! 21.Kb1?
In the rest of the game Jobava plays poorly and he finds no plan. In this
position it was essential to find a plan beginning with 21.f3! followed by
Bd3 and Rd2 to protect the pawn on g2 that way. 21...Bc6 22.f3 Rg8 23.Rc1?
because now 23.Rd2 was not possible because of 23,-Nxf3! The last chance
was 23.Rd3! 23...f5! From now on Carlsen plays very strong. White can
do nothing to stop the black central pawns, and I think that Black is already
winning here. 24.Rc4 Rb8 25.b3 f4 26.Kb2 f5 27.h4 Kd6 28.h5 Bd5 29.Rc1 e4
30.fxe4 fxe4 31.Rh4 Ke5 32.Rg4 e3 33.Rg6 Be4 34.Rxh6 Rg8 35.Rc5+ Kd6 36.Rc4
Kd5 37.Kc1 e2 38.Rxd4+ Kxd4 39.Bxe2 Rxg2 40.Bd1 Rxa2 and White resigned.
A very strange game, but a very impressive performance by the young Norwegian
player. It is difficult to say exactly where Jobava went wrong. It was Jobava´s
only loss in the tournament. 0-1.
9. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu: 3½/9, 2550
The Second Samba Cup was definitetly not Nisipeanu’s tournament. His
planned two weeks home preparation did not work out due to illness. He had
a bad start with a draw and two lost games. A sportsman as always, he kept
on trying to play real chess. “The sponsor, the organizers, the audience
have the right to see a chess player always trying his best. They pay a lot
of money, work hard, so chess players have the duty not to be lazy, even when
they don’t feel well.” Nisipeanu was happy having his wife Nicoleta
with him. “It is better for my nervs when she is around”. His best
achievements so far were Las Vegas 1999 and Warsaw-Zegrze Poludniowe 2005,
where he became European Champion. In Skanderborg he lost a lot of Elo points,
dropping below 2700 again. “But I will come back”, Nisipeanu promised.
10. Lars Bo Hansen: 3/9, 2521
Although his performance was not quite encouraging, the Second Samba Cup
was a kind of comeback for Denmarks number three, Lars Bo Hansen. He has been
a professional player for eight years (with a top in 1995). Now he is assistant
professor for Leisure Management at CEUS, a business school. Lars Bo Hansen
hopes he can spend more time on playing chess.
IM Group (BP Gas Group)
Emil Hermansson from Sweden, top seeded in the IM group,
won it with 7/9. He was very fond of the Samba cream puffs.
Klaus Berg, Danish IM with two GM norms, took a ten year
chess break due to a problem with his back, but seems to be recovered and returned
to the chess world acquiring a taste for playing again.
Jakob Vang Glud (his family name is Vang Glud) is a Danish
FM. He needed a win in the final round for the IM title (he already got two
IM norms), but lost to Kzrysztof Pytel, the French/Polish IM, with whom he
shared third prize. The photo with smile was taken before the game. Vang Glud
(1988) will play in Istanbul 8-23 November in the World Juniors U20. There
is a Danish Viking in chess!
There is more to know and see
A performance prize for the best game was awarded to Artyom Timofeev (left),
who beat Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in R3.
Timofeev,Arty (2658) - Nisipeanu,LD (2707) [C41]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (3), 16.10.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.g3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bg2
Nxe5 9.Qe2 Nec6 10.Be3 0-0 11.Nxd5 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bb4+ 13.Nxb4 Qxd4 14.c3 Qc5
15.Nd5 Be6 16.b4 Qd6 17.Rd1 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Qb6 19.0-0 a5 20.Rfe1 c6 21.Bb3 axb4
22.Qe7 Na6 23.Re5 bxc3 24.Rd7 Qb4 25.Bxf7+ Kh8 26.Qg5 h6 27.Qg6 Qb2 28.Rh5
Qc1+ 29.Kg2 Nb4
30.Rd1 Qc2 31.Rxh6+ gxh6 32.Qf6+ Kh7 33.Rd7 1-0.
Lars Bo Hansen and Baadur Jobava pose in front of the Skanderborg Sø
after their game (½-½) in round eight.
Hansen,LB (2565) - Jobava,Ba (2601) [B14]
2nd Samba Cup Skanderborg DEN (8), 22.10.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 cxd4 5.exd4 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.cxd5
exd5 9.Bd3 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.Be3 Nbd7 12.0-0 Nb6 13.Rc1 Nc4 14.Nxd5 Nxb2 15.Nxf6+
Commentator Per Andreasen in the tournament bulletin: “Jobava apparently
got a slight advantage after the opening, but both players played with creativity.
The move 15...gxf6 was a surprise and apparently very strong
but also necessary. Lars Bo demonstrated afterwards the wonderful combination
15…Bxf6? 16.Bxh7 Kxh7 17.Nxg5+ Bxg5 18.Qxh5+ Bh6 and we thought in the
commentary area that Black was winning, but Lars Bo showed the spectators 19.Qe2
Na4 20. Qc2+ and White has a huge advantage. In the game
16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qc2+ Kh8 18.Nh4. This is a fantastic resource, as 18.Qxb2
Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qd5 is just good for Black. After 19…Qe7 it is a draw. Another
chance is 19…Qd5 20. Rxa3 Nc4 21.Rc3 b5 with equal chances. The last
variation was given by Lars Bo during his analysis. A very well played and
exciting game filled with surprises.”
18... Bxa3 19.Ra1 Qe7 20.Rxa3 Qxa3 21.Qf5 Bg6 22.Qxf6+ Kh7 23.Nf5
Bxf5 24.Qxf5+ Kg7 25.Qg5+ Kh7 26.Qh6+ Kg8 27.Qg5+ Kh7 28.Qh6+ Kg8 29.Bg5 Qd3
30.Bf6 Qh7 31.Qg5+ Qg6 32.Qh4 Qh7 33.Qg5+ ½-½
On Wednesday 19 October, free day, the sponsor organized a small blitz tournament
in which some GMs, IMs and several club players participated. During the blitz
event the sponsor came up with a pleasant surprise, the Samba producer multiplied
the originally 50 Euro prize money by twenty. Baadur Jobava, again, took first
prize. Second was Zhang Pengxiang, third Lazaro Bruzon.
The photo shows Jobava being congratulated by “Stunde” as everybody
calls Flemming Madsen, the barman and owner of Restaurant Frederik II, where
the event took place.
The photo shows Skanderborg Chess Club honorary member Robert Rode Pedersen
flanked by Andersson, Miton on the left, and Ivanchuk, Haarup on the right.
The Dutch / German duo IA Leon Muijs (right) the chief arbiter and his assistant
The Second Samba Cup was a fine tournament, the organizers and sponsors can
be proud. As Lars Bo Hansen said at the closing ceremony, the three most important
ingredients for a succesful tournament worked well together: commercial (sponsor),
voluntary (chess club) and political (municipality) aspects.
To make it a perfect tournament, a category 16 worthy, there are few things
to do better or at least to consider when working out the tournament formula:
It is likely that there will be a Third Samba Cup, in two years time. Chess
fans should make a note in their agendas: week 42 in 2007, Friday till Sunday
(with a free day on Wednesday, so the schedule will be again 5 rounds, 1 day
off, 4 rounds). In this period school kids have their autumn holiday, which
makes it possible to get a discount in the hotel.
The tournament is over. The night follows. Dronning Dagmars Dreng is on his
way to a next event.
Agterdenbos, 45, lives in Heemstede, not far from Amsterdam, and was
one of the leading chess photographers in the eighties. From 1979–1991 his
pictures appeared in several magazins, including New in Chess, Schakend
Nederland, Inside Chess, BCM, Chess, Europe Echecs and Schach. In
1984 his Dutch book “64 Schaakportretten” (in English “64 Chess Portraits”)
was published. In 1991 he “retired” as a chess photographer to finish his studies
and in 1997 he received a diploma as an insurance mathematician (actuary).
Since 1998 he has been a self-employed, working under the company name “Acturix”,
which is his actuarial consultancy firm.
Now Frits is back as a
chess photographer! In January 2005 he picked up his old passion, and publications
show he still knows how to handle his camera. He combines his insurance job
and chess photography with being a husband and a father of the beautiful Elena
(three years old). You will find his photos on Chessbase.com, Schaakbond.nl,
Schaaklog.nl and Schakers.info, and many more websites and magazines. You
can contact him under f.agterdenbos (at) acturix.com.
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