Groningen chess festival won by Alexander Kovchan and Robert Hess

1/3/2012 – The Groningen chess festival took place from December 21st to 30th, and had a number of activities, including three Swiss opens and two matches. The main open was the 'A' event, which was won by Ukrainian GM Alexander Kovchan, who edged out American GM Robert Hess on tiebreak after both scored 7.0/9. Sergei Tiviakov came in third. Illustrated report.

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Groningen Chess Festival


The playing hall, or should we say 'playing gymnasium'?

The Groningen chess festival took place from December 21st to 30th, and had a number of activities, including three Swiss opens and two matches. The main open was the 'A' event, which was won by Ukrainian GM Alexander Kovchan, who edged out American GM Robert Hess on tiebreak after both scored 7.0/9. In third and fourth were frequent contributor Sergei Tiviakov followed by Yaroslav Zerebukh, both with 6.5/9.


GM Robert Hess (middle) with Alexander Kovchan (on his right) and organizers


Yaroslav Zerebukh and Sergei Tiviakov


Future winners Hess and Kovchan face off. Their game ended in a draw.

Here is a cute little game from the main event, peppered with fireworks large and small.


A young player wetting his feet in competition


Sometimes the contrasts can be extreme


The Dragon? He can't be serious...


A stand with products of incomparable beauty and quality. Said without a trace of bias.
No siree...

Final standings after nine rounds

Rk Name Tit Fed Rtg Pts TPR
1 Kovchan, Alexander GM UKR 2573 7.0 2760
2 Hess, Robert L GM USA 2625 7.0 2702
3 Tiviakov, Sergei GM NED 2650 6.5 2675
4 Zherebukh, Yaroslav GM UKR 2594 6.5 2653
5 Rapport, Richard GM HUN 2534 6.0 2603
6 Ruck, Robert GM HUN 2579 6.0 2574
7 Romanov, Evgeny GM RUS 2627 6.0 2553
8 Durarbeyli, Vasif GM AZE 2539 6.0 2471
9 Ernst, Sipke GM NED 2593 5.5 2530
10 Poetsch, Hagen IM GER 2408 5.5 2505
11 Michalik, Peter GM SVK 2509 5.5 2453
12 Michiels, Bart IM BEL 2492 5.5 2503
13 Klein, David FM NED 2378 5.5 2443
14 Naroditsky, Daniel IM USA 2472 5.5 2468
15 Plat, Vojtech IM CZE 2425 5.5 2464
16 Bok, Benjamin IM NED 2513 5.5 2437
17 Hoffmann, Michael GM GER 2499 5.5 2428
18 Brandenburg, Daan GM NED 2519 5.5 2363

The two mini-matches involved 12-year-old Jorden Van Foreest against GM Hans Ree, and 11-year-old Anna Maja Kazarian against Martine Middelveld. The matches were both won by the stronger and more experienced players, and as Van Foreest put it: "I played a few good moves, but he played a few more."


The first move is played to set off the match between 12-year-old Van Foreest and
GM Hans Ree.


Hans had a significant Elo advantage on top of his experience


Martine Middelveld was the 'experience' in her match


11-year-old Anna Maja Kazarian


The matches were visible to all via classic demonstration boards

Pictures by Galina Tiviakova

Links

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