Tiviakov takes Univé Hoogoveen with a single win

10/24/2009 – Certainly an unusual four-player double round robin. In this "Crown Group" all games but one were draw, so that the winner of that game, Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov, came in first, and the loser, Judit Polgar, last. Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri scored 50%. In the Univé Open English GM Steward Haslinger was first by a full point. Final report.

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The 13th Univé Tournament 2009 took place from October 16th to 24th in the town hall in the center of the Dutch town of Hoogeveen. It was played in a number of sections: the Crown Group with four players, the strong International Univé Open, two tournaments for amateurs and a youth event. The insurance company Univé was the new sponsor of the event, which was previously known as the Essent Tournament. The prize fund for the for the Crown Group was €10,000, the time control 40 moves in 1½ hours + 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30 seconds increment from the start.

The winner of a single game and the event: Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov

The only decisive game of the entire event came in round four, when Judit Polgar slipped in her game against Dutch GM Sergei Tiviakov:

Tiviakov,S (2670) - Polgar,Ju (2687) [B46]
Unive Crown Hoogeveen NED (4), 22.10.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 Bd7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.a4 Be7 11.Be3 0-0 12.a5 Nd7 13.Qd2 Qc7 14.Rfe1 Rac8 15.Bd4 Ne5 16.b3 Be8 17.Re3 Nd7 18.Re2 Bf6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Na2 Bd7 21.c4 Rfd8 22.Nb4 e5 23.Kh1 Ra8 24.f4 Re8 25.Re3 b5 26.axb6 Qxb6 27.Rae1 a5 28.fxe5 Rxe5 29.Nd3

The world's strongest female player is doing okay, but now, with her rook under attack, she resorts to tricks (at which she excels): 29...Qd4?! 30.R3e2 Rb8. Insisting on the opponent accepting the exchange. 31.Nxe5 Qxe5 32.Qd3 h5 33.Rd2 Rb6 34.Qd4 Rxb3 35.Qxd6 Qxd6 36.Rxd6 Be6 37.c5 Ng4 38.c6 Rc3 39.e5 a4 40.Kg1

41...a3? Judit, who is in trouble, seems to have pinned her hopes on this passed pawn, but now Tiviakov has a trick of his own: 41.Rd8+ Kh7 42.Rd3! The rook is protected by the bishop fork on e4. 42...Rc5 43.Rxa3 Nxe5 44.Ra6 g6 45.c7 Bc8 46.Rd6 Ng4 47.Rc6 Ra5 48.h3 Ne5 49.Rd6 Rc5 50.Rd5 Rxd5. Hopeless, Black resigned. 1-0.

The longest (by far) game of the event came in round three and saw Vassily Ivanchuk determined to grab a point in a theoretically drawn position. Ivanchuk also played the second-longest game (75 moves against Judit Polgar in round two) and the third longest (59 moves against Sergei Tiviakov in round five). He also set the opposite record for the event, as you can see in our third example.

Tiviakov,S (2670) - Ivanchuk,V (2756) [B17]
Unive Crown Hoogeveen NED (3), 20.10.2009
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bc4 Bf5 8.Qe2 e6 9.Bg5 Qa5+ 10.c3 Bg4 11.Qe5 Nd5 12.Nd2 f6 13.Qg3 h5 14.h3 Bf5 15.Be3 g5 16.Qf3 g4 17.Qe2 gxh3 18.gxh3 0-0-0 19.Nb3 Qa4 20.Bd3 Bxd3 21.Qxd3 c5 22.Qe2 cxd4 23.Nxd4 e5 24.Qc2 Qc4 25.Qe2 Nxe3 26.fxe3 Qxe2+ 27.Nxe2 Rd3 28.Rf1 Rxe3 29.Rxf6 Be7 30.Rf5 e4 31.Kd2 Rxh3 32.Re5 e3+ 33.Kd3 Bd6 34.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 35.Kxe3 h4 36.Rd1 Bc7 37.Ng1 Bb6+ 38.Kf4 Rf8+ 39.Ke4 Rf2 40.Nf3 Rxb2 41.Nxh4 Rxa2 42.Nf5 Kc7 43.Rh1 Bc5 44.Kd5 Ra5 45.Kc4 a6 46.Ng7 Bb6 47.Ne8+ Kb8 48.Nd6 Rc5+ 49.Kb3 Rc6 50.Rh8+ Kc7 51.Nc4 Bf2 52.Rh7+ Kb8 53.Rd7 Bg3 54.Ne3 Be5 55.Nd5 Rc5 56.c4 Rc8 57.Nb6 Rc6 58.Nd5 Bd6 59.Rd8+ Ka7 60.Rd7 Bf8 61.Rd8 Bc5 62.Rd7 Rh6 63.Rc7 Rh3+ 64.Kc2 Bd4 65.Re7 a5 66.Re4 Bh8 67.Re3 Rh2+ 68.Kb3 Bd4 69.Re8 Bc5 70.Ka4 b6 71.Rg8 Rb2 72.Rg7+ Ka6 73.Nc7+ Kb7 74.Nb5+ Kc8 75.Na7+ Kd8 76.Nc6+ Ke8 77.Rh7 Ra2+ 78.Kb3 Ra3+ 79.Kc2 Re3 80.Ra7 Re6 81.Nxa5 bxa5 82.Rxa5

On the last move White captured the last black pawn. It now takes Ivanchuk 27 moves to pick up the white pawn on d4. 82...Re5 83.Kd3 Kd7 84.Ra6 Kc7 85.Rg6 Re3+ 86.Kd2 Rh3 87.Rf6 Bb4+ 88.Ke2 Rc3 89.Rf3 Rc2+ 90.Kd3 Rd2+ 91.Ke4 Kc6 92.Rf5 Rd1 93.Rd5 Rc1 94.Kd3 Rc3+ 95.Kd4 Rh3 96.Rg5 Bc3+ 97.Ke4 Bb2 98.Rd5 Ba3 99.Rg5 Bd6 100.Rd5 Bc5 101.Re5 Re3+ 102.Kf5 Rc3 103.Re4 Bb4 104.Re6+ Kc5 105.Re4 Rd3 106.Kf4 Bd2+ 107.Kg4 Bc3 108.Kf4 Bd4 109.Re2 Kxc4

This ending is a theoretical draw, but the veteran Ukrainian GM prods and probes for 36 move moves. Tiviakov, our tablebases tell us, never goes astray. 110.Ke4 Rh3 111.Rc2+ Bc3 112.Re2 Rh4+ 113.Ke3 Bd4+ 114.Kd2 Rh1 115.Kc2 Ra1 116.Kd2 Bc3+ 117.Ke3 Kd5 118.Kd3 Bd4 119.Kc2 Ra3 120.Re8 Kc4 121.Rc8+ Bc5 122.Rc7 Ra2+ 123.Kc1 Rg2 124.Rc8 Kd4 125.Kb1 Kd5 126.Rc7 Be3 127.Rc2 Rg1+ 128.Ka2 Bd4 129.Rc8 Ke4 130.Kb3 Rb1+ 131.Ka4 Kd5 132.Ka3 Rb7 133.Rc2 Ke4 134.Ka4 Kd3 135.Rc8 Bc3 136.Rc5 Rb6 137.Rb5 Ra6+ 138.Kb3 Ra1 139.Rd5+ Bd4 140.Rb5 Rc1 141.Rb4 Bc5 142.Rb5 Rc3+ 143.Kb2 Ba3+ 144.Ka2 Kc4 145.Rb8 Bc5 146.Kb2 Rh3 draw.

That was clearly the longest game of the tournament. Here's the shortest, from the final round:

Polgar,Ju (2687) - Ivanchuk,V (2756) [C42]
Unive Crown Hoogeveen NED (6), 24.10.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Bf4 0-0 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.0-0-0 Nc5 10.Nd4 Re8 11.f3 Ne6 12.Be3 Bg5 13.h4 Bxe3 14.Qxe3 Nxd4 15.Qxd4 Qe7 16.Bc4 Qe3+ 17.Qxe3 Rxe3 draw.

Judit Polgar after completing six percent of her final game against Ivanchuk

Vassily Ivanchuk after 4...Nxe4 and 24 percent of the game

Final standings

Univé Open

This strong international open was won by GM Stewart Haslinger, a full point ahead of the field.

The winner of the Univé Open: Steward Haslinger of England

Three GMs and an IM followed in second to fifth.

# Player Nat. Rtng Pts WWe BH SB perf.
1 GM Haslinger, Stewart ENG 2529 7.5 +1.91 49.0 40.75 2707
2 GM Brodsky, Michail UKR 2530 6.5 +0.96 54.0 37.0 2605
3 GM Nijboer, Friso NED 2540 6.5 +0.66 51.0 34.75 2585
4 GM Ulibin, Mikhail RUS 2533 6.5 +0.26 47.0 33.75 2536
5 IM Caspi, Israel ISR 2404 6.5 +1.57 46.5 30.75 2521
6 GM Kasparov, Sergey BLR 2488 6.0 +0.55 50.5 32.5 2527
7 GM Friedel, Joshua E USA 2555 6.0 -0.37 50.0 31.0 2511
8 GM Genov, Petar BUL 2470 6.0 -0.04 46.5 30.0 2456
9 IM Willemze, Thomas NED 2391 6.0 +1.06 46.0 27.25 2469
10 IM Riemersma, Li NED 2431 6.0 -0.12 45.5 27.5 2410
11 GM Romanishin, Oleg UKR 2515 5.5 -0.75 48.5 27.25 2440
12 GM Gruenfeld, Yehuda ISR 2474 5.5 -0.22 48.5 27.25 2445
13 IM Slingerland, Fred NED 2395 5.5 +0.48 46.5 26.25 2430
14 IM Van Delft, Merijn NED 2374 5.5 -0.08 43.0 24.5 2361
15 Vedder, Henk NED 2364 5.5 -0.02 41.5 23.75 2355
16 FM Van Kooten, Luuk NED 2292 5.5 +0.80 40.5 22.75 2356
17 IM Van Oosterom, Chiel NED 2386 5.0 +0.27 46.0 22.75 2406
18 IM Grooten, Herman NED 2328 5.0 +0.33 45.5 23.5 2352
19 GM Kraai, Jesse USA 2526 5.0 -1.69 45.0 23.0 2372
20 Hoffman, Ron NED 2107 5.0 +2.86 43.0 25.0 2388
21 GM Vul, Arkadi RUS 2309 5.0 +0.89 42.0 20.0 2386
22 Klein, David NED 2248 5.0 +0.68 41.0 21.25 2307
23 Timmermans, Ivo NED 2237 5.0 +0.60 39.5 17.5 2285
24 FM Bezemer, Arno NED 2364 5.0 -1.17 38.0 19.5 2264
25 FM Heemskerk, Wim NED 2236 5.0 +0.07 38.0 19.0 2244
26 IM Afek, Yochanan ISR 2303 5.0 -0.44 36.5 17.25 2266
27 Lagrotteria, Salvatore ITA 2221 5.0 -0.26 33.5 15.0 2203

Chess in the city, chess in the town hall of Hoogeveen

The sign next to the main entrance and the flags outside tell the story

Playing in front of monumental paintings on the wall

All eyes are focussed on Anna Maja Kazarian, nine years old

Anish Giri and Vassily Ivanchuk analysing in the press center

Photos by Frans van Amerongen


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