Hoogeveen: Timman strikes first

by Johannes Fischer
10/21/2015 – After two draws Jan Timman showed his strategic skills to win the third game of his match against Jorden van Foreest in fine style. In the second match in Hoogeveen between Sopiko Guramishvili and Anna Maja Kazarian Guramishvili continues to dominate and won her third game in a row. After five rounds Sengupta Deep emerged as sole leader in the open tournament.

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Youth vs. experience: Jorden van Foreest against Jan Timman

In the second game of the match Timman managed to get an advantage out of the opening which he later gave away when he allowed van Foreest too much counterplay. In game three of the match Timman, though playing with black, again had nothing to complain about after the opening. However, this time he quenched all counterplay his opponent might come up with and won a fine strategic game.

 

Games

 

Sopiko Guramishvili

In the match between Sopiko Guramishvili and Anna Maja Kazarian things are more one-sided. Sopiko Guramishvili has won all games, leads 3-0, and only needs a draw from the three remaining games to win the match. After falling victim to Guramishvili's remarkable tactical abilities in game two, Kazarian tried a more positional approach in game three. However, the wish to steer away from complications brought her a passive position in which Guramishvili had a clear advantage - which she finally converted by tactical means.

 

Games

 

Open Tournament

After five rounds the Indian GM Deep Sengupta emerged as sole leader in the open tournament. Before the fifth round four players were leading with 3.5/4 each. Erwin l'Ami and Vishnu Prasanna drew their game, but Sengupta could win against his countryman GM Das Debashis and now leads with 4.5/5. Half a point behind follow five players with 4.0/5 each, and one point behind are 13 players with 3.5/5 each.

Standings after round 5

Rank Name Score Rating TPR
1 GM Sengupta, Deep 4.5 2580 2796
2 GM Gupta, Abhijeet 4.0 2629 2595
3 GM l'Ami, Erwin 4.0 2619 2678
4 GM Bok, Benjamin 4.0 2591 2676
5 GM Werle, Jan 4.0 2524 2540
6 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 4.0 2503 2644
7 GM Stocek, Jiri 3.5 2566 2505
8 GM Bogner, Sebastian 3.5 2557 2539
9 GM Gopal G.N. 3.5 2536 2491
10 GM Ehlvest, Jaan 3.5 2535 2438
11 GM Halkias, Stelios 3.5 2534 2465
12 GM Ernst, Sipke 3.5 2527 2480
13 GM Pavlidis, Antonios 3.5 2522 2504
14 GM Debashis, Das 3.5 2501 2548
15 GM Ankit, R. Rajpara 3.5 2467 2625
16 GM Neelotpal, Das 3.5 2465 2489
17 FM Kevlishvili, Robby 3.5 2361 2482
18 FM Baskin, Robert 3.5 2338 2391
19 Den Hartog, Marijn 3.5 2158 2414
20 GM Shabalov, Alexander 3.0 2522 2441
21 IM Schroeder, Jan-Christian 3.0 2519 2296
22 GM Pruijssers, Roeland 3.0 2501 2448
23 IM Das, Arghyadip 3.0 2467 2246
24 IM De Jong, Migchiel 3.0 2328 2305
25 Van Foreest, Lucas 3.0 2296 2333
26 Van Osch, Mees 3.0 2285 2375
27 Majhi, Ankit 3.0 2233 2227
28 Schoppen, Casper 3.0 2220 2314
29 Jeitz, Christian 3.0 2198 2243
30 WGM Paulet, Iozefina 3.0 2184 2327
31 Gieben, Stijn 3.0 1955 2367
32 IM Valdes Romero, Leonardo 2.5 2362 2223
33 FM Dijkhuis, Tycho 2.5 2355 2160
34 FM Van Kooten, Luuk 2.5 2350 2234
35 IM Rudolf, Anna 2.5 2329 2308
36 FM Maris, Ivo 2.5 2319 2278
37 Lecomte, Robin 2.5 2317 2346
38 FM Beerdsen, Thomas 2.5 2313 2266
39 Van der Marel, Lambertus 2.5 2212 2161
40 FM Heemskerk, Wim 2.5 2181 2342
41 FM Clemens, Adrian 2.5 2175 2312
42 Hulshof, Peter 2.5 2175 2256
43 Hortensius, Lisa 2.5 2154 2208
44 Klapwijk, Bram 2.5 2151 2130
45 WFM Bluhm, Sonja Maria 2.5 2128 2249
46 Hendriks, Richard 2.5 2107 2222
47 Sparenberg, Erik 2.5 2088 2196
48 Sadallah, Osama 2.5 2067 2203
49 Poghosyan, Tigran 2.0 2182 2134
50 Van Dorp, Folke 2.0 2168 2161

...78 participants

Selected games from rounds 1 to 5

 

GM Sipke Ernst. With a rating of 2527 he is number 15 in the Netherlands.
Jorden van Foreest (2548)  is number 14.

Jaan Ehlvest was born in Estonia but in 2006 he emigrated to the US
and since then he has also been playing for the US. In 1983 Ehlvest
became European Junior Champion and in 1991 he was number five in the world.

Sonja-Maria Bluhm from Germany

 

Photos: Frans Peeters

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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Emil Cabagay Emil Cabagay 10/22/2015 02:38
Love to see Timman fighting & winning to young generation! Lovely ladies you have in the pic refreshingly inspired us!
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