Tiviakov wins 5th Leiden Chess Tournament

7/18/2011 – One round before the end it looked as though Predrag Nikolic would wrap it up. But the Bosnian GM had to face his closest rival, GM Sergey Tiviakov of Holland, who won the crucial game and the tournament. Sergey not only did that, but periodically supplied us with pictures from Leiden and, this time, Scheveningen, where a famous opening was invented. Final report.

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The 5th Leiden Chess Tournament 2011 is a nine-round open taking place from July 7th to 17th, 2011. The top seeds – GMs over 2600 – are Predrag Nikolic (2629, BIH), David Howell (2625, ENG) and Sergey Tiviakov (2623).

One round before the end of the tournament Predrag Nikolic was in the lead with 7.0/8 points, followed by Sergey Tiviakov at 6.5 and four GMs at 6.0: David Howell, John van der Wiel, Tomas Polak (no he isn't, he's from the Czech Republic!) and Erik van den Doel. As fate would have it Nikolic had to face Tiviakov with black in the final round. He only needed to draw to remain alone in first place. But our trusty GM photographer had a different ambitious agenda in his viewfinder.

[Event "5th LCT Open A"] [Site "Leiden NED"] [Date "2011.07.17"] [Round "9"] [White "Tiviakov, Sergei"] [Black "Nikolic, Predrag"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C77"] [WhiteElo "2623"] [BlackElo "2629"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2011.07.08"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. c3 O-O 8. d4 d6 9. Nbd2 Re8 10. Ng5 Rf8 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Nf1 Na5 13. Bc2 Nc4 14. Ng3 Bg4 15. f3 Bd7 16. b3 Nd6 17. f4 exf4 18. Bxf4 Nd5 19. exd5 Bxg5 20. O-O g6 21. c4 bxc4 22. bxc4 Bxf4 23. Rxf4 Qg5 24. Qf2 c5 25. Rf1 Qe5 26. Bd3 Rac8 {[#]} 27. Rf6 Kg7 28. Qf4 Qxf4 29. R1xf4 Bf5 30. Nxf5+ Nxf5 31. Rxa6 Nd4 32. Ra7 Rce8 33. Rc7 Re1+ 34. Rf1 Rxf1+ 35. Bxf1 Ra8 36. Rxc5 Rxa2 37. Rc8 Nf5 38. Bd3 Nh4 39. d6 Rxg2+ 40. Kf1 Rd2 41. d7 Nf3 {[#]} 42. Be4 (42. d8=Q Nxh2+ 43. Kg1 Nf3+ 44. Kf1 $11) 42... Nxh2+ 43. Kg1 Rxd7 44. Kxh2 Rd2+ 45. Kg3 f5 46. Bd5 Kf6 47. Kf4 Rd4+ 48. Ke3 Rd1 49. Bf3 Ra1 50. c5 Ra3+ 51. Ke2 Ke5 52. c6 Kf4 53. Bd5 g5 54. Rd8 1-0

David Howell ground out a nice 67-move win against Erik van den Doel to join Predrag Nikolic in second place. Van der Wiel played Polak and drew, so that both players, joined by two others, Chytilek and Wessel, who both won their final games.

Top final standings (after nine rounds)

Rank Name
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
Perf.
W-We
BH
SB
1 GM Tiviakov, Sergei
7.5
NED
M
2623
2690
+0.84
54.5
45.0
2 GM Nikolic, Predrag
7.0
BIH
M
2629
2683
+0.69
56.5
42.25
3 GM Howell, David W L
7.0
ENG
M
2625
2689
+0.84
55.0
41.0
4 GM Van Der Wiel, John
6.5
NED
M
2451
2497
+0.76
52.5
36.25
5 GM Polak, Tomas
6.5
CZE
M
2540
2504
-0.04
52.0
36.0
6 IM Chytilek, Roman
6.5
CZE
M
2381
2469
+1.15
48.0
31.5
7 FM Van Wessel, Rudy
6.5
NED
M
2371
2383
+0.28
47.5
32.75
8 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy
6.0
IND
M
2470
2542
+1.04
53.5
33.25
9 GM Van Den Doel, Erik
6.0
NED
M
2574
2544
-0.14
52.0
31.75
10 WIM Padurariu, Ioana
6.0
ROU
F
2164
2466
+3.45
48.5
30.5
11 IM Mashinskaya, Iulia
6.0
RUS
F
2333
2366
+0.62
48.0
30.5
12 GM Hasangatin, Ramil
6.0
RUS
M
2515
2432
-0.73
48.0
29.75
13 IM Slingerland, Fred
6.0
NED
M
2390
2330
-0.56
46.0
27.75
14 Pijpers, Arthur
6.0
NED
M
2296
2394
+1.19
45.0
26.25
15 Meng, Roger
6.0
NED
M
2282
2314
+0.48
43.5
25.75
16 Van Overdam, Julian
5.5
NED
M
2215
2348
+1.42
48.5
28.25
17 IM Llaneza Vega, Marcos
5.5
ESP
M
2465
2315
-1.42
48.0
27.5
18 IM Spirin, Oleg
5.5
RUS
M
2491
2362
-1.22
47.5
26.75
19 Kirana, Marco
5.5
NED
M
2150
2344
+2.29
47.0
26.5
20 IM Pena Gomez, Manuel
5.5
ESP
M
2420
2287
-1.28
47.0
26.0
21 FM Ducarmon, Quinten
5.5
NED
M
2352
2287
-0.54
46.5
27.25
22 Farrand, Tom
5.5
JCI
M
2256
2276
+0.41
46.5
25.5
23 IM Vishnu Prasanna
5.5
IND
M
2340
2323
+0.00
46.0
25.5
24 FM Erwich, Frank
5.5
NED
M
2360
2385
+0.40
45.5
27.5
25 Vistisen, Lars
5.5
DEN
M
2201
2344
+1.36
45.5
26.25
26 Wilschut, Peter
5.5
NED
M
2206
2353
+1.65
45.0
23.25
27 FM Wantola, Ivo
5.5
NED
M
2333
2281
-0.45
44.5
22.75
28 FM Van Ketel, Raoul
5.5
NED
M
2311
2203
-1.04
43.5
24.75
29 Senlle Caride, Miguel
5.5
ESP
M
2271
2184
-0.75
37.0
21.75

Here's another game by the tournament winner that was awarded a brilliancy prize:

[Event "5th LCT Open A"] [Site "Leiden NED"] [Date "2011.07.14"] [Round "6"] [White "Tiviakov, Sergei"] [Black "Pena Gomez, Manuel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "2623"] [BlackElo "2420"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2011.07.08"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Qc7 6. g3 a6 7. Bg2 b5 8. O-O Bb7 9. Re1 b4 10. Nd5 Qd8 ({after} 10... exd5 11. exd5+ ({or} 11. Bf4 Bd6 12. exd5+) 11... Ne5 12. d6 Bxd6 13. Nf5 {White is winning.}) 11. Bf4 Rc8 12. Nf5 d6 13. Qg4 g6 14. Bg5 f6 {[%csl Rd5,Rf5,Rg5] [#]Count the number of white pieces that are "hanging".} 15. Nxd6+ Qxd6 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Bxf6 Ne5 18. Qh3 Nf7 19. Bxh8 Nxh8 20. Qxh7 Nf7 21. e5 Qb6 {[#]} 22. Bxb7 Rxc2 23. Rac1 Qxf2+ 24. Kh1 Bc5 25. Rf1 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Qe3 {White has successfully defended his king with the distant bishop, now he can go hunting with his heavy pieces.} 27. Rf1 Nxe5 28. Qh8+ Ke7 29. Qf8+ Kd7 30. Qc8+ Kd6 31. Qb8+ Kd7 32. Bc8+ Ke7 33. Qb7+ Ke8 34. Bxe6 g5 35. Bb3 Bd4 36. Ba4+ {and mate in two.} 1-0

Leiden photographic review

By tournament winner GM Sergey Tiviakov


The winner of Leiden 2011, with 7.5/9 points: Sergey Tiviakov


Beaten by Tiviakov at finish line: BIH GM Predrag Nikolic


Equal second (with Nikolic): British GM David Howell


The "critical" final round game van der Wiel vs Polak was drawn in eleven moves


Sixth: IM Roman Chytilek, CZE, 2381, 6.5/9 points

Scheveningen

Scheveningen (this, we are afraid, is how you pronounce it) is a districts of The Hague, a modern modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, a lighthouse, and a nudist section in the north. Chess players flock there (to Scheveningen!) because of 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6, which was invented in this town.


Russian IM Oleg Spirin posing in front of the International Justice Court...


... in front of the Spa house in Scheveningen...


...and the canal houses of of the town, built right down to the water...


... and the city center, where there is a bronze statue of the inventor of the opening...


... and rthe wind-swept beach of the important chess resort


And finally a message for future generations of chess players who visit Scheveningen


Holland pioneered wind energy long before it became fashionable everywhere


Our reporter Sergey Tiviakov with a Dutch friend who came visiting during the entire event


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