Giri on a rampage at the Dutch Open Championship

7/26/2009 – The Open Netherlands Championship is taking place in Dieren, Holland. Jan Timman is playing here for the first time in several decades – he was Open Champion in 1970, when still a junior! But the talk of the town is Anish Giri, just turned fifteen, currently the world's youngest grandmaster. Anish has won every game in the first five rounds. His performance: a stunning 3164!

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The Open Netherlands Championship is taking place in Dieren from July 21st-30th 2009. The first prize is 3000 Euros, up by€750 from the previous year. The second prize is €2000, the third €1,200.

After winning his first four games Giri faced a strong GM in round five, and had the black pieces. The lad went on the attack and played a gem of a game.

Nijboer,F (2552) - Giri,A (2518) [B48]
Dutch Open Dieren NED (5), 25.07.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 Be7 9.f3 h5 10.Qf2 d6 11.h3 b5 12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.Bd3 h4 14.Kb1 b4 15.Ne2 e5 16.Bg5 Nd7 17.Bxe7 Kxe7 18.Qe3 Qc5 19.Qd2 Nf6 20.Rhf1 Be6 21.f4 a5 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Qg5.

Black is ready to start an attack on the queenside. Nijboer is trying to create confusion: 23...Rh5! 24.Qd2. He cannot touch the pawn: 24.Qxg7 Ne8 25.Qg8 the only square left for the queen. 25...f5 26.Qg6 Bf7 and the lady is lost! 24...Rd8 25.Qc1 a4 26.Rf3 Rd6. A plausible alternative was 26...Nxe4 27.Bxe4 Qc4 (threatening ...Qxa2#) 28.b3 Qxe4 29.Rxd8 Kxd8 30.Rd3+. Anish Giri said that he did not trust this variation entirely: "I thought it was dangerous and could ruin my attack. Frisor was already in time trouble and could not do much, so I decided to keep the pressure on." 27.Re1 Kf8 28.b3 Nd7 29.Ref1 f6 30.Qe1 Kf7 31.Rg1 Rh8 32.g3 Rc8 33.gxh4

Has White managed to create counterplay on the g-file? "No, I am much faster," said Giri. 33...axb3 34.Qg3 Rxd3 0-1. After 35.Qxg7+ Ke8 36.Qh8+ Nf8 37.Qh5+ Bf7 and Black will mate his opponent. [Click to replay]


5.0/5, a full point ahead of the field: GM Anish Giri with a 3164 performance [Foto by Fred Lucas]

Jan Timman is playing in the Dutch Open for the first time in several decades – he was Open Champion as far back as 1970, when still a junior! Although now 58, and not the powerhouse he once was, Timman retains enormous class, especially in technical positions. His round three game against Eric Hoeksema was a textbook example of exploiting the bishop pair in the ending.

Hoeksema,E (2309) - Timman,J (2569) [D85]
Dutch Open Dieren NED (3), 23.07.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Qd2 0-0 10.Rc1 Rd8 11.d5 e6 12.Bg5 f6 13.c4 Qxd2+ 14.Bxd2 Re8 15.Be2 Nd7 16.Be3 exd5 17.exd5 f5 18.Rc2 b6 19.0-0 Nf6 20.Bd3 Bd7 21.h3 Ne4 22.Nd2 Ba4 23.Bxe4 Rxe4 24.Rcc1 Ree8 25.Nf3 h6 26.h4 Re4 27.g3 Rae8 28.Nd2 R4e7 29.Nf3 Kh7 30.Rfe1 Bb2 31.Rb1 Bc3 32.Rec1 Bf6 33.Kg2 Rg7 34.Bd2 Re2 35.Re1 Re4 36.Rxe4 fxe4 37.Ne1 Bd4 38.Be3 Rf7 39.Rc1 g5 40.hxg5 hxg5 41.Nc2 Bb2 42.Rb1 Be5 43.Na1 Kg6 44.Nb3 Bd7 45.Nd2 Bg4 46.Rb3 Bd1 47.Rb1 Be2 48.Rb3 g4 49.a4 Bd1 50.Ra3 Bb2 51.Ra2 Bc3 52.Nf1 Rh7 53.Nh2 Kf5 0-1.

Standings after five rounds

# Player Rtng Pts Perf
1 GM Giri, Anish 2518 5.0 3164
2 GM Ernst, Sipke 2598 4.0 2586
3 GM L'Ami, Erwin 2593 4.0 2650
4 GM Timman, Jan H 2569 4.0 2581
5 GM Vovk, Yuri 2567 4.0 2565
6 GM Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav 2556 4.0 2554
7 IM Adhiban, B. 2481 4.0 2615
8 FM Miedema, Roi 2432 4.0 2634
9 GM Reinderman, Dimitri 2565 3.5 2471
10 GM Nijboer, Friso 2552 3.5 2546
11 GM Swinkels, Robin 2516 3.5 2502
12 GM Vovk, Andrey 2506 3.5 2529
13 GM Visser, Yge 2464 3.5 2517
14 IM Brandenburg, Daan 2463 3.5 2495
15 IM Bitalzadeh, Ali 2434 3.5 2451
16 FM Burg, Twan 2422 3.5 2515
17 IM Wohl, Aleksandar H. 2387 3.5 2548
18 FM Tondivar, Babak 2372 3.5 2404
19 IM Van Delft, Merijn 2360 3.5 2478
20 IM Hoeksema, Erik 2309 3.5 2322
21 FM Kodentsov, Grigori 2279 3.5 2301
22 Ootes, Lars 2261 3.5 2484
23 IM Lalith, Babu M.R. 2472 3.0 2419
24 IM Bosch, Jeroen 2456 3.0 2336
25 IM Hendriks, Willy 2444 3.0 2380
26 IM Shyam, Sundar M. 2415 3.0 2390
27 IM Pruijssers, Roeland 2401 3.0 2337
28 FM Van Eijk, Sander 2338 3.0 2387
 
29 FM Bezemer, Arno 2332 3.0 2361
30 FM Kuipers, Stefan 2324 3.0 2386
31 WGM Motoc, Alina 2315 3.0 2283
32 FM Van Ruitenburg, Joost 2302 3.0 2300
33 FM Otte, Marijn 2298 3.0 2391
34 FM Rajesh, V A V 2249 3.0 2173
35 Klein, David 2236 3.0 2414
36 Blees, Enrico 2130 3.0 2384
37 Mostertman, Milan 2119 3.0 2369
38 Ypma, Peter 2012 3.0 2241
39 IM Karthikeyan, P. 2478 2.5 2237
40 FM Van Assendelft, Floris 2332 2.5 2282
41 WGM Soumya, Swaminathan 2309 2.5 2353
42 FM Overeem, Marc 2303 2.5 2077
43 FM Van der Poel, Henk 2282 2.5 2176
44 Wempe, Joost 2282 2.5 2096
45 FM Diepeveen, Vincent 2273 2.5 2224
46 CM Sprangers, Remco 2222 2.5 2246
47 Laarhoven, Thijs 2222 2.5 2269
48 Van Rosmalen, Joost 2206 2.5 2248
49 WIM Kiran, Manisha Mohanty 2203 2.5 2243
50 Vermeulen, Wesley 2164 2.5 2277
51 Haast, Anne 2158 2.5 2243
52 Kabanof, Nikolai 2137 2.5 2281
53 Mellema, Andries 2110 2.5 2223
54 Goudriaan, Etienne 2107 2.5 2259
55 Beukema, Stefan 2007 2.5 2230
56 De Ruiter, Danny 2003 2.5 2264
57 Harini, S. 1986 2.5 2182

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