Popovic wins First Science Park Amsterdam Chess Tournament

7/21/2011 – Almost 300 chess players participated in the new summer chess tournament in Amsterdam, with a prize fund of more than 10,000 Euros. It was the first big open in the Dutch metropole since 2006. Five players tied for first, with 7.0 out of 9 points. GM Dusan Popovic claimed tournament victory on tie-break points. Big pictorial report by Lennart Ootes.

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The first Science Park Amsterdam Chess Tournament was won by Dusan Popovic (Serbia), Roeland Pruijssers (Netherlands), Alexandr Lenderman (USA), Nikola Sedlak (Serbia) and Adhiban Baskaran (India). They all scored 7.0 out of 9. Dusan Popovic, however, claimed the tournament victory on tie-break.

IM Roeland Pruijssers had a flying start, beating GMs Reinderman, Adhiban and Friedel in succession. After a loss in round eight, Sedlak, Popovic and Lenderman caught up with Pruijssers. In the final round Lenderman drew Sedlak and Popovic drew Tan, while Pruijssers and Adhiban won their games.

Rank
Name
Score
Fed.
Rating
TPR
W-We
BH
SB
1
GM Popovic, Dusan
7.0
SRB
2569
2652
+0.95
55.5
41.75
2
IM Pruijssers, Roeland
7.0
NED
2461
2679
+2.56
52.0
38.5
3
GM Lenderman, Aleksandr
7.0
USA
2525
2638
+1.38
50.0
37.0
4
GM Sedlak, Nikola
7.0
SRB
2580
2666
+0.96
50.5
37.75
5
GM Adhiban, B.
7.0
IND
2542
2636
+1.10
53.5
39.75
6
FM Tan, Matthew
6.5
NED
2400
2549
+1.82
48.0
31.5
7
GM Haslinger, Stewart G
6.0
ENG
2548
2482
-0.59
49.5
32.0
8
GM Friedel, Joshua E
6.0
USA
2531
2494
-0.28
49.0
29.0
9
FM Van Assendelft, Floris
6.0
NED
2393
2377
-0.06
47.5
29.25
10
GM Neverov, Valeriy
6.0
UKR
2500
2469
-0.16
46.0
28.5
11
GM Nijboer, Friso
6.0
NED
2546
2456
-0.88
45.0
29.25
12
IM Riemersma, Li
6.0
NED
2416
2438
+0.38
44.5
27.75
13
GM Horvath, Csaba
5.5
HUN
2517
2507
+0.02
52.0
28.5
14
IM Miedema, David
5.5
NED
2399
2402
+0.20
47.5
25.5
15
IM Wiersma, Eelke
5.5
NED
2390
2380
+0.06
45.0
23.75
16
FM Schoorl, Rob
5.5
NED
2262
2342
+0.90
44.0
24.5
17
Van Hengel, Hugo
5.5
NED
2203
2365
+1.89
42.5
24.75

[Event "SPAchess Amsterdam Open 2011 - A"] [Site "Amstedam"] [Date "2011.07.14"] [Round "6"] [White "Friedel, Joshua E"] [Black "Pruijssers, Roeland"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C63"] [WhiteElo "2531"] [BlackElo "2461"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7. Qd3 Nd4 8. Nxd4 Bxd4 9. Nd2 a6 10. Bc4 d6 11. Nf3 Ba7 12. Be3 Bxe3 13. fxe3 Qe7 14. Nh4 Be6 15. Nf5 Bxf5 16. Rxf5 O-O-O 17. Raf1 Kb8 18. a4 Qd7 19. b3 Qc6 20. Rg5 Rd7 21. Bd5 Qb6 22. c3 c6 23. Be6 Re7 24. Qxd6+ Qc7 25. Qxc7+ Kxc7 26. Bc4 Nxe4 27. Rg4 Nf6 28. Rh4 Rd8 29. b4 Rd2 30. b5 axb5 31. axb5 Rc2 32. bxc6 bxc6 33. Ba6 { Diagram [#]} e4 34. Rb1 Rxc3 35. Rh3 Re5 36. g4 Ra5 37. Be2 Rc2 38. Bd1 Rca2 39. Kf1 Ra1 40. Rxa1 Rxa1 41. Ke1 h6 0-1

[Event "SPAchess Amsterdam Open 2011 - A"] [Site "Amstedam"] [Date "2011.07.13"] [Round "5"] [White "Popovic, Dusan"] [Black "Lenderman, Aleksandr"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2569"] [BlackElo "2525"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Qe2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. d3 e6 6. g4 Bxe4 7. dxe4 Qb6 8. Nf3 Nd7 9. Nd2 Qc7 10. Nc4 b5 11. Ne3 Qe5 12. c3 Nc5 13. Bg2 Ne7 14. O-O Ng6 15. Nc2 Qc7 {Diagram [#]} 16. e5 Nxe5 17. Nd4 O-O-O 18. f4 Ned3 19. Be3 Bd6 20. b4 Nxf4 21. Bxf4 Bxf4 22. bxc5 h5 23. g5 Bxg5 24. Nxc6 Rd2 25. Qxb5 1-0


The tournament was held in the Sports Centre Universum at the Amsterdam Science Park.
The playing venue is located five km from the Amsterdam city centre.


Universum is the Sports Centre of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). It offers 9,500
square meters in many halls with a number of activities, like wall climbing. 


One of the side events of the chess tournament was the Open Dutch Championship in
"Schafeltennis" – a mixture of table tennis and chess. It was won by FM Rob Bertholee


Second place for GM Robin Swinkels (left), here playing chess with Lody Kulling,
who in 2008 played the Verbeterde List-variation in the Najdorf for the very first time


There were four groups, playing in the air conditioned sports centre. At 6 p.m. only three games in group A
were still under way.


Tournament winner Dusan Popovic (Serbia, rated 2569). He beated Lenderman and
drew with Pruijssers, Sedlak and Adhiban.


Shared first: GM Alexandr Lenderman (left, USA, 2525) was the only player who managed to defeat and IM Roeland Pruijssers (right, Netherlands, 2461). Despite this loss, Pruijssers performed 2679, his third GM norm.


Roeland Pruijssers vs Dimitri Reinderman: 1-0


FM Matthew Tan (22 years old) finished sith with 6.5/9 with an 2549 performance, scoring his second IM-norm. In the background is his younger brother Jonathan (17 years old) who scored 5/9 with an 2358 performance.


Hungarian WGM Veronika Schneider (2331) scored 4/9 and won a game on her birthday (17 July)


GM Dimitri Reinderman (2618) was in bad shape: 5.0/9, losing 23.6 rating points


The unpredictable IM Manuel Bosboom also scored scored 5.0/9 points


Tom Bottema (2247) is the webmaster of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation

In the 1990's Tom scored two IM-norms and had a rating above 2400. After that he stopped playing chess tournaments. Lately he has started to play again, trying to score his last norm to secure the IM title. He played this tournament is preparation for the BDO Challenger in Haarlem this August.


Tata Steel Chess tournament director Jeroen van den Berg (rated 1962) scored 7.0/9
in the B-group, claiming the shared second place


Wayne Welch (1810) plays a lot of chess tournaments. He scored 5/9 in the C-group


After the game it's time for a serious game of pool in the sports centre café


The winners of the first Science Park Amsterdam Chess Tournament: Popovic,
Pruijssers, Adhiban, Lenderman and Sedlak


Veron Roesink (1590, born 1999) won the D-group with 7.5/9


Every day Hicham Boulahfa (left) published a video report on the tournament website.
It's time for an interview with Roeland Pruijssers. Here are all the video reports.

Lennart Ootes

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