Ernst, Muhren lead in Dutch Championship 2008

4/8/2008 – After six rounds of play in the Dutch city of Hilversum three young grandmasters are in the lead: Sipke Ernst, Jan Smeets and Daniël Stellwagen – Ernst leads on tiebreak points. The women's section has started, with ten players. After four rounds Bianca Muren leads with a perfect 4.0/4 points. Many-times champion GM Peng Zhaoqin is half a point behind. Pictorial report.

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Dutch Championship 2008

The Dutch Championship is taking place from April 2nd to 13th, 2008, in the TV Studio 2, Media Park, Hilversum. The event is a twelve-player round robin with an average rating of 2536 (= Category XII). First prize is € 10,000. The rate of play is 40 moves in 120 minutes. After that the players get 55 minutes for the rest of the game, with a five-second increment per move starting from move 41.

In the men's section three young GMs are in the lead, with 4.0/6 points. Yge Visser, who was leading alone after five games, lost his round six game against Sipke Ernst and dropped into the next slot. Sergey Tiviakov, who has won the Dutch Championship on several occasions, is a disappointing eighth with a 2524 performance so far.

Standings after six rounds

In the women's section there are ten players (and identical time controls). Bianca Muhren has won all her games so far and is in the sole lead. Top seed Peng Zhaoqin, who has a full grandmaster title, is in second. She has won the Dutch Championship many times and is a force to be watched.

Tuesday is a free day in Hilversum

Picture Gallery


The men's and women's championships under way in Hilversum


GM Yasser Seirawan annotating the games for spectators


Seirawan comments in the background, IM Hans Böhm does a simul in the "chess pub"


Beat Visser and took the lead: GM Sipke Ernst, 2559


In the lead: GM Jan Smeets, 2578


Leading in the women's section: WIM Bianca Muhren, 2297


Many-times Dutch women's champion GM Peng Zhaoqin, 2465


WGM Tea Lanchava, originally from Georgia, 2365


WIM Marlies Bensdorp, rated 2268


Twin sister Laura Bensdorp, rated 2085


Anne Haast, 14, rated 2020


19-year-old Martine Middelveld, rated 2040

All photos and information by courtesy of ChessVista – Frits Agterdenbos. Many more pictures are available on this web site.

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