Experience wins out at Hoogeveen

by Albert Silver
10/25/2015 – Hoogeveen ended in a success for experience, where Jan Timman defeated his much younger opponent Jorden Van Foreest in a fun match with dynamic games, while Sopiko Guaramishvili smashed Anna-Maja Kazarian with an unforgiving 5.5-0.5. The heavily disputed Open was won by top-seed Abhijeet Gupta. Report, pictures, games.

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Jan Timman vs Jorden Van Foreest

It was hardly perfection between the two battling GMs, with 50 years separating the two, but the games were exciting and fun to watch, with tactics and action aplenty. Consider the game in round four:

Timman - Van Foreest

Black just played ...e5, a mistake that Timman pounced on. White
to play and win.

It was a match of youth versus experience, where experience took the day

Timman - Van Foreest

[Event "van Foreest-Timman m 2015"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2015.10.22"] [Round "4"] [White "Timman, Jan H"] [Black "Van Foreest, Jorden"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A07"] [WhiteElo "2562"] [BlackElo "2548"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2015.10.18"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. d3 e6 7. Nh4 Bg6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qc2 Bc5 10. Nc3 Qa6 11. b3 b5 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. Bb2 O-O 14. e3 Be7 15. Ne2 Rfc8 16. Rfc1 Qb7 17. Nd4 a5 18. Qe2 a4 19. Rab1 axb3 20. axb3 b4 21. Rc2 Nc5 22. f4 Nfd7 23. g4 e5 {[#]} 24. Nxc6 $1 Qxc6 25. Bxd5 Qa6 26. Bxa8 { Understandable, but not best.} (26. fxe5 Rf8 (26... Rab8 {to protect the exchange would soon go down thank to the pressure on f7 and the monstrous pawn center.} 27. d4 Ne6 (27... Nxb3 28. Rf1 Rf8 29. Qf3 {with the deadly threat of Bxf7+ and Qh3.}) 28. Rf1) 27. Rf1 Rad8 28. d4 Ne6) 26... Qxa8 27. fxe5 $2 {[#]} Qa2 $2 (27... Nxb3 $1 {would have put pressure on White now.} 28. Rf1 Nb6 29. Qg2 Bg5 {And Black has a slight edge.}) 28. Qd1 Nxb3 {The right move at the wrong time. A move earlier it would have proven quite embarassing to White, but now it is a blunder.} 29. e6 $1 {Opening the way for a nasty discovered attack on the queen.} fxe6 30. Bf6 Qa7 31. Bxe7 Qxe3+ 32. Rf2 Nd4 33. Kg2 Ne5 34. Qd2 Qxd3 35. Qxd3 Nxd3 36. Rd2 Nf4+ 37. Kg3 Nfe2+ 38. Kf2 Nc3 39. Rxd4 Nxb1 40. Bxb4 e5 41. Rd1 Rxc4 42. Rxb1 Rxg4 43. Bd6 Rf4+ 44. Ke3 Rf5 45. Ke4 1-0

Jorden Van Foreest, 16, will undoubtedly learn a lot from this opportunity

Jan Timman was in good form

Sopiko Guramishvili vs Anna-Maja Kazarian

15-year-old Anna-Maja Kazarian smiling for the cameras, could not be smiling about the games

Sopiko Guramishvili conceded only one draw in six games

Open group

The Open was won by top-seed Abhijeet Gupta who took sole first with 7.0/9

Deep Sengupta (right) came in second with 6.5/9, edging out Jan Werle (left) who came in
fourth with the same score. In third was Benjamin Bok.

Alexander Shabalov was a true fighter, with 6.0/9 and no draws!

Erwin L'Ami came in fifth

A strong reaction to a bad opening

Players and spectators following the top games

By all standards, Hoogeveen was a great success

Loek Van Wely, the tounrament director, greets the players

Loek van Wely and Hans Böhm play a game of bicycle chess

All photos by Frans Peeters

Final standings of Open

Rk
Name
Rtg
Fed
Pts
Perf
1
GM Gupta, Abhijeet
2629
IND
7.0
2652
2
GM Sengupta, Deep
2580
IND
6.5
2636
3
GM Bok, Benjamin
2591
NED
6.5
2646
4
GM Werle, Jan
2524
NED
6.5
2588
5
GM l'Ami, Erwin
2619
NED
6.0
2617
6
GM Vishnu Prasanna. V
2503
IND
6.0
2600
7
GM Pavlidis, Antonios
2522
GRE
6.0
2577
8
GM Neelotpal, Das
2465
IND
6.0
2560
9
GM Pruijssers, Roeland
2501
NED
6.0
2486
10
GM Ernst, Sipke
2527
NED
6.0
2529
11
GM Shabalov, Alexander
2522
USA
6.0
2464
12
IM Schroeder, Jan-Christian
2519
GER
6.0
2392
13
FM Beerdsen, Thomas
2313
NED
6.0
2436
14
GM Debashis, Das
2501
IND
5.5
2519
15
GM Halkias, Stelios
2534
GRE
5.5
2459
16
GM Ehlvest, Jaan
2535
USA
5.5
2420
17
GM Stocek, Jiri
2566
CZE
5.5
2446
18
IM Rudolf, Anna
2329
HUN
5.5
2372
19
GM Gopal G.N.
2536
IND
5.5
2426
20
FM Maris, Ivo
2319
NED
5.5
2358

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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eltollo eltollo 10/26/2015 11:29
Loek van Wely was tournament director, not a "visiting celebrity"
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