Hoogeveen celebrates chess

by Johannes Fischer
10/20/2015 – The 19th Hoogeveen Chess Festival is an attractive event. This year Dutch legend Jan Timman plays a match against Jorden van Foreest, the youngest Dutch GM of all time. Anna Maja Kazarian, recently crowned U16 European Champion challenges Sopiko Giri-Guramishvili. Moreover, there is a strong open, two amateur events and a tournament in Basque Chess.

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"The Hoogeveen Chess Tournament will be held from Saturday 17h through Saturday 24th October 2015. The tournament consists of the Hoogeveen Matches, the Hoogeveen Open and two amateur tournaments. All tournaments will take place in the attractive town hall of Hoogeveen. In the chess café, well-known commentators will analyse the games with the audience." (Source: Tournament page)

(From left to right) Jorden van Foreest, Dutch GM and tournament director
Loek van Wely, arbiter Geurt Guijssen, and Jan Timman

Both matches are played over six games and though Timman and van Foreest drew their first two games, they put a lot of fight and excitement into them.


Jan Timman (Photo: Frans Peeters)

Neither Timman nor van Foreest is a favorite in this match. Timman has 14 elo-points more than his young opponent and is, of course, much, much more experienced, van Foreest might have more energy and will be extremely motivated.

Sopiko Giri-Guramishvili (Photo: Alina l'Ami)

In contrast, in the match between Sopiko Giri-Guramishvili and Anna Maja Kazarian there is a clear favorite: Giri-Gumishvili has 117 elo-points more than Kazarian and in the first two games this difference could be seen. Sopiko Giri-Guramishvili deservedly won both and now leads 2-0 in the match.


Anna Maja Kazarian still has to find her rhythm (Photo: Frans Peeters).

Open Tournament

In the open tournament after four (from nine) rounds four players share the lead with 3.5/4: The Indian GMs Deep Sengupta, Vishnu Prasanna, Das Debashis, and Dutch GM Erwin l'Ami. The four leaders are followed by 15 players with 3.0/4 each.

In this group of 15 players is also top seed GM Abijheet Gupta. In round two he lost a theoretical duel against his well-prepared countryman GM R. Rajpara Ankit.


Standings after round 4

Rank Name Score Rating TPR
1 GM l'Ami, Erwin 3.5 2619 2757
2 GM Sengupta, Deep 3.5 2580 2748
3 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 3.5 2503 2687
4 GM Debashis, Das 3.5 2501 2690
5 GM Gupta, Abhijeet 3.0 2629 2507
6 GM Bok, Benjamin 3.0 2591 2613
7 GM Stocek, Jiri 3.0 2566 2522
8 GM Bogner, Sebastian 3.0 2557 2564
9 GM Gopal G.N. 3.0 2536 2530
10 GM Ernst, Sipke 3.0 2527 2523
11 GM Werle, Jan 3.0 2524 2522
12 GM Shabalov, Alexander 3.0 2522 2497
13 GM Pruijssers, Roeland 3.0 2501 2516
14 GM Ankit, R. Rajpara 3.0 2467 2649
15 GM Neelotpal, Das 3.0 2465 2476
16 FM Kevlishvili, Robby 3.0 2361 2475
17 FM Baskin, Robert 3.0 2338 2364
18 WGM Paulet, Iozefina 3.0 2184 2381
19 Gieben, Stijn 3.0 1955 2473
20 GM Ehlvest, Jaan 2.5 2535 2422
21 GM Halkias, Stelios 2.5 2534 2412
22 GM Pavlidis, Antonios 2.5 2522 2460
23 IM Schroeder, Jan-Christian 2.5 2519 2321
24 FM Dijkhuis, Tycho 2.5 2355 2255
25 IM De Jong, Migchiel 2.5 2328 2316
26 Lecomte, Robin 2.5 2317 2397
27 FM Beerdsen, Thomas 2.5 2313 2294
28 Van Osch, Mees 2.5 2285 2392
29 Schoppen, Casper 2.5 2220 2268
30 Den Hartog, Marijn 2.5 2158 2337


...78 participants

Selected games from rounds 1 to 4



Tournament page

Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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