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Seventh Leiden Chess Tournament

7/25/2013 – It is one of the strongest Dutch opens, and this this year fielded 75 players, 20 with titles. It was won in a close duel by Indian GM S.P Sethuraman, ahead of his compatriot GM Deep Sengupta, followed by Bosnian GM Predrag Nikolic. Leiden is the beautiful Dutch city where Rembrandt was born, just over 400 years ago. Report by WIM Ioana Smaranda Padurariu.
 

Tournament report by WIM Ioana Smaranda Padurariu

This is the seventh edition of LCT organized by Jan Bey. Over 20 titled players participated, from which nine were grandmasters. The tournament started on July 12 and ended on July 19. It was a nine-round Swiss and was held in the Mind Games Center of Leiden. People from twelve countries came to the lovely Dutch city. During weekdays the games started at 19.00h, so that people with a job would not have to take any free days. For players from abroad this offered ample opportunities to go sightseeing.

Peter Prohaszka started furiously with four out of four but was beaten by Deep Sengupta in round five and finished on fifth place.

[Event "Leiden Chess Tournament 2013"] [Site "DC Leiden"] [Date "2013.07.16"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Prohaszka, IGM Peter"] [Black "Sengupta, IGM Deep"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A06"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:01:18"] [BlackClock "0:10:47"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Nbd7 5. d4 e6 6. c4 Be7 7. Qc2 O-O 8. Rd1 b6 9. Bf4 Bb7 10. Ne5 Nh5 11. Bd2 Bd6 12. Bf3 Nhf6 13. Bf4 Qb8 14. Nxd7 Nxd7 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Nc3 f5 17. Qb3 Ba6 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxe2 20. Ne7+ Qxe7 21. Bxe2 Kh8 22. Bb5 f4 23. Re1 Rf6 24. Qa4 Nf8 25. Re2 Rd8 26. Rae1 Qf7 27. Bc6 h6 28. Qc4 Rc8 29. b4 Nh7 30. h4 fxg3 31. fxg3 Qc7 32. Rxe6 Qxg3+ 33. Kh1 Rf2 0-1

Round 8 saw another critical game. S.P. Sethuraman (above left) won his game against Deep Sengupta (right). He also managed to win his final round and took the tournament on tiebreak. This is a good warming-up for the next tournament that they will play in Dieren.

All smiles before the game, but then no mercy!

[Event "Leiden Chess Tournament 2013"] [Site "DC Leiden"] [Date "2013.07.20"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Sengupta, IGM Deep"] [Black "Sethuraman, IGM S.P."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B22"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:30:58"] [BlackClock "0:36:51"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Be3 cxd4 6. cxd4 e5 7. Nc3 Bb4 8. Nf3 exd4 9. Nxd4 Nge7 10. Nxc6 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qxc6 12. Qd4 O-O 13. Qc5 Qe4 14. O-O-O Nc6 15. Qd5 Qa4 16. Qb3 Qg4 17. h3 Qg6 18. Bd3 Bf5 19. Bxf5 Qxf5 20. Rd5 Qe4 21. Rhd1 Rac8 22. g4 a5 23. Bc5 Rfe8 24. Rf5 Ne5 25. Qd5 Qe2 26. Bd4 Rcd8 27. Qb3 Nc4 28. Qc2 Qe6 29. Qd3 b6 30. Qf3 Qe7 31. Kb1 Qa3 32. Rb5 Rxd4 33. Rxd4 Re1+ 34. Qd1 Rxd1+ 35. Rxd1 g6 36. Rb3 Qe7 37. Kc1 Qe2 38. a4 Qa2 39. Rb5 Qa1+ 40. Kc2 Qxa4+ 0-1

Top final standings (after nine rounds)

# Name Fed. Rating Score W-We BH SB TPR
1 GM Sethuraman, S.P. IND 2562 7.5 +1.43 51.0 42.0 2681
2 GM Sengupta, Deep IND 2555 7.5 +1.97 52.0 41.5 2731
3 GM Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2622 6.5 -0.27 51.0 35.0 2573
4 IM Zaragatski, Ilja GER 2494 6.0 +1.05 53.0 33.75 2568
5 GM Prohaszka, Peter HUN 2554 6.0 +0.59 51.5 31.5 2588
6 GM Hasangatin, Ramil RUS 2489 6.0 +0.92 50.5 32.75 2549
7 GM Epishin, Vladimir RUS 2598 6.0 -0.59 48.5 30.75 2505
8 GM Howell, David W L ENG 2639 6.0 -1.07 48.5 29.25 2515
9 IM Bernal Moro, Luis Javier ESP 2423 6.0 +0.68 48.5 28.5 2462
10 Pijpers, Arthur NED 2338 6.0 +1.92 47.5 30.25 2497
11 FM Dahm, Jochen GER 2304 6.0 -0.22 41.0 24.25 2266
12 GM Iljin, Artem RUS 2540 5.5 -0.28 51.5 29.5 2490
13 IM Zhou, Yang-Fan ENG 2469 5.5 -0.54 47.0 26.75 2393
14 Blom, Vincent NED 2167 5.5 +0.85 45.0 26.75 2253
15 Wilschut, Peter NED 2232 5.5 +0.57 43.5 25.25 2282
16 FM Heemskerk, Wim NED 2239 5.5 +0.64 42.0 20.75 2294
17 IM Slingerland, Fred NED 2350 5.5 -0.60 41.5 21.0 2264
18 Van der Auweraert, Elwin NED 2154 5.5 +0.09 41.0 24.75 2153
19 IM Wiersma, Eelke NED 2374 5.5 -2.10 38.5 23.0 2154
20 Van Der Zon, Stef NED 1870 5.5 +3.38 37.0 20.25 2208

Norms were scored by Arthur Pijpers (IM norm) and Sabrina Chevannes (WIM norm).

Deep Sengupta vs. Predrag Nikolic in round six (1-0 in 97 moves)

Yang-Fan Zhou, who recently scored his first GM norm vs. Artem Iljin – draw

Arthur Pijpers (left) managed to secure his second IM norm by drawing
Ilja Zaragatski, who will hopefully have the GM title at the next FIDE Board

This is the third time that David Howell played in the LCT. The winner
of the last edition had a tough time this year and finished on eighth place.

Ladies that participated in the A tournament

Leonore Braggaar from the Netherlands, rated 2080, President of the
junior chess club "Op Eigen Wieken" in Leiden, finished with 4.0/9 points

Picture 8 – Adinda Serdijn from the Netherlands, 2048, 3.5/9

WFM Sabrina Chevannes from England, 2136, finised at 4.5/9.
Sabrina is a popular author of ChessBase DVDs for novices

WIM Ioana Smaranda Padurariu, rated 2208, 5.0/9. Ioana is a chess coach from Romania, currently living in the Netherlands. She has studied physiotherapy and is actually me, writing this article!

WCM Yelizaveta Orlova from Canada, 1942, 3.5/9

A tough game in group B between Fond Li Calje and Eva Van Harten

The closing ceremony of Group B: Jan Bey (organizer of Leiden Open Tournament), Roel Piket (main sponsor of the tournament), Marco De Mooij, Francky Deketelaere and Jan Van der Knaap (they shared 1st place with 7.0/9)

Roel Piket and the players of the A Group that shared fouth place, with 6.0/9 points: David Howell, Vladimir Epishin, Arthur Pijpers, Jochen Dahm, Ijia Zaragatski, Peter Prohaszka, Ramil Hasangatin and Luis Javier Bernal Moro

Sabrina was very happy to score her second WIM norm

There was a special "Lucky 7" prize: you had to guess who is going to end in seventh place. Above is a list with the candidates that people voted for.

Epishin finished in seventh place and the winner of Lucky 7 was Arthur Pijpers!

If you ever go to the Netherlands you definitely have to try "stroopwafels" ...

... and, second to none, Dutch cheese!

The great Dutch painter Rembrandt (first names: Harmenszoon van Rijn) was born in Leiden in 1606, very close to Weddesteeg Square, which was renamed Rembrandtplaats (Rembrandt Place) in 2006 to commemorate his 400th anniversary. [Photo above: Wikicommons]

The Square has been completely redesigned and has an artwork by Stephan Balkenhol (Germany) showing a young man looking at an easel with a bronze relief of a self-portrait of Rembrandt, completed in Leiden in 1629.

Next year the LCT will take place from 11 to 20 July. Hope to see you there!

Photos: WIM Ioana Smaranda Padurariu

 


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