NH Tournament: Rising Stars lead Experienced Grandmasters at halftime

8/28/2007 – The young guys – Karjakin, Cheparinov, Smeets, Stellwagen and Negi – were doing well against the veterans – Beliavsky, Jussupow, Khalifman, Nokolic, Ljubojevic – until round five, when the older men struck back with a dashing 3½-1½ win. Still, at the end of the first half of the tournament the Rising Stars are leading 13.0-12.0. The return rounds begin on Tuesday. Illustrated report.

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From Wednesday, August 22 to Saturday, September 1, the legendary Hotel Krasnapolsky in the very heart of Amsterdam, is the venue of the NH Chess Tournament. It’s a Scheveningen team tournament in which a team of five "Rising Stars" crosses swords with a team of five "Experienced Grandmasters". The best youngster will get an invitation to the 2008 Amber Rapid and Blindfold spectacle.

First half report

1st round – Wednesday August 22nd
Alexander Beliavsky
½-½
Parimarjan Negi
Pedrag Nikolic
0-1
Jan Smeets
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Daniel Stellwagen
Artur Jussupow
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
2nd round – Thursday August 23rd
Jan Smeets
½-½
Alexander Beliavsky
Daniel Stellwagen
½-½
Pedrag Nikolic
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Alexander Khalifman
Sergey Karjakin
½-½
Artur Jussupow
Parimarjan Negi
½-½
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
3rd round – Friday August 24th
Alexander Beliavsky
0-1
Daniel Stellwagen
Pedrag Nikolic
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
Artur Jussupow
1-0
Parimarjan Negi
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
0-1
Jan Smeets
4th round – Saturday August 25th
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Alexander Beliavsky
Sergey Karjakin
1-0
Pedrag Nikolic
Parimarjan Negi
½-½
Alexander Khalifman
Jan Smeets
0-1
Artur Jussupow
Daniel Stellwagen
1-0
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
5th round – Sunday August 26th
Alexander Beliavsky
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
Pedrag Nikolic
1-0
Parimarjan Negi
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Jan Smeets
Artur Jussupow
1-0
Daniel Stellwagen
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov

Monday August 27th

Free day

Round one: The 'Rising Stars' team took a one-point lead over the 'Experience' team thanks to a fine win of Jan Smeets against Predrag Nikolic. The other four games ended in a draw. Full report.

Round two: The Rising Stars seemed to be in an ideal position to increase their lead over the Experience team. After all they were White in all their games. But at the end of the day all five games had ended in a draw. After two rounds the Rising Stars are leading 5½-4½. In the individual standings Dutch grandmaster Jan Smeets remains the only player with a positive score. Full report.

Round three: The Rising Stars increased their lead over the Experience team to 8½-6½. The first result of the day was a short fightless draw, but the rest of the afternoon was brimming with excitement and tension and produced a rich harvest of hair-raising moments. In the individual standings Dutch grandmaster Jan Smeets improved his chances to win the coveted ticket to Monaco with a second win, this time at the expense of Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Full report.

Round four: The Rising Stars again increased their lead over the Experience team to a new total of 11½-8½. Dutch grandmaster Daniel Stellwagen took the lead in the individual standings with a win over Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Former leader Jan Smeets lost precious ground in the hunt for the coveted Monaco ticket when he completely ruined a winning position against Artur Jussupow. Full report.

Round five: The Experience team has demonstrated that the fight for victory is far from decided. One day before the rest day they posted a dashing 3½-1½ win. Halfway through the event the Rising Stars are leading with the smallest of margins, 13-12. In the individual standings Artur Jussupow has taken the sole lead. In the fight for the ticket to Monaco, three juniors are leading the pack, Sergey Karjakin, Jan Smeets and Daniel Stellwagen. Full report.


The tournament setup, with Pedrag Nikolic (left) vs Daniel Stellwagen under way
in round two. Jan Smeets (white shirt) and Alexander Khalifman look on


Alexander Beliavsky vs Sergey Karjakin in round five (draw)


Artur Jussupow vs Jan Smeets in round four (Jussupow won with black)


Youngest player in the field: Parimarjan Negi of India


Youngest GM in history (at 12): Sergey Karjakin, Ukraine


Family Silvio Danailov and client Ivan Cheparinov (green shirt) in Amsterdam


Chief Arbiter of the tournament Geurt Gijssen (left)


Artur Jussupow, leading with 4.5/5 and a 2847 performance so far

Full schedule and all results

1st round – Wednesday August 22nd
Alexander Beliavsky
½-½
Parimarjan Negi
Pedrag Nikolic
0-1
Jan Smeets
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Daniel Stellwagen
Artur Jussupow
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
2nd round – Thursday August 23rd
Jan Smeets
½-½
Alexander Beliavsky
Daniel Stellwagen
½-½
Pedrag Nikolic
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Alexander Khalifman
Sergey Karjakin
½-½
Artur Jussupow
Parimarjan Negi
½-½
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
3rd round – Friday August 24th
Alexander Beliavsky
0-1
Daniel Stellwagen
Pedrag Nikolic
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
Artur Jussupow
1-0
Parimarjan Negi
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
0-1
Jan Smeets
4th round – Saturday August 25th
Ivan Cheparinov
½-½
Alexander Beliavsky
Sergey Karjakin
1-0
Pedrag Nikolic
Parimarjan Negi
½-½
Alexander Khalifman
Jan Smeets
0-1
Artur Jussupow
Daniel Stellwagen
1-0
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
5th round – Sunday August 26th
Alexander Beliavsky
½-½
Sergey Karjakin
Pedrag Nikolic
1-0
Parimarjan Negi
Alexander Khalifman
½-½
Jan Smeets
Artur Jussupow
1-0
Daniel Stellwagen
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
½-½
Ivan Cheparinov
6th round – Tuesday August 28th
Parimarjan Negi
 
Alexander Beliavsky
Jan Smeets
 
Pedrag Nikolic
Daniel Stellwagen
 
Alexander Khalifman
Ivan Cheparinov
 
Artur Jussupow
Sergey Karjakin
 
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
7th round – Wednesday August 29th
Alexander Beliavsky
  Jan Smeets
Pedrag Nikolic
  Daniel Stellwagen
Alexander Khalifman
  Ivan Cheparinov
Artur Jussupow
  Sergey Karjakin
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
  Parimarjan Negi
8th round – Thursday August 30th
Daniel Stellwagen
  Alexander Beliavsky
Ivan Cheparinov
  Pedrag Nikolic
Sergey Karjakin
  Alexander Khalifman
Parimarjan Negi
  Artur Jussupow
Jan Smeets
  Ljubomir Ljubojevic
9th round – Friday August 31st
Alexander Beliavsky
  Ivan Cheparinov
Pedrag Nikolic
  Sergey Karjakin
Alexander Khalifman
  Parimarjan Negi
Artur Jussupow
  Jan Smeets
Ljubomir Ljubojevic
  Daniel Stellwagen
10th round – Saturday September 1st
Sergey Karjakin
  Alexander Beliavsky
Parimarjan Negi
  Pedrag Nikolic
Jan Smeets
  Alexander Khalifman
Daniel Stellwagen
  Artur Jussupow
Ivan Cheparinov
  Ljubomir Ljubojevic

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