Howell leads in 5th Leiden Chess Tournament

7/12/2011 – British GM David W.L. Howell is in the lead in this nine-round Dutch GM Open with a perfect 4.0/4 score. He is followed by six players on 3.5 points. At the start of the event there was a rapid chess exhibition between legendary Dutch GM Jan Timman and current Dutch Champion Anish Giri – it ended 1.0:1.0. We have a pictorial by GM Sergey Tiviakov, who is playing in the event. Round four 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). At the start of the event there was a two-game rapid chess match between Jan Timman and Anish Giri.

Giri,Anish (2701) - Timman,Jan H (2575) [D10]
5th LCT Rapid Match Leiden NED (1), 07.07.2011
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 dxc4 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.Rd1 Nb6 12.e4 Qc7 13.e5 Nfd5 14.Ne4 Rad8 15.a4 a5 16.Bd2 Nb4?

17.Bxb4 axb4 18.a5 Nd5 19.Qxc4, and the game went steadly downhill for Timman. 19...Ra8 20.Nc5 e6 21.Bxd5 cxd5 22.Qxb4 Rfb8 23.Qb6 Qc6 24.b4 Bf8 25.b5 Qc8 26.Rdc1 Bh6 27.Rc3 Bd2 28.Rc2 Bg5 29.Raa2 Bd8 30.Qd6 Bc7 31.Qe7 Rxa5 32.Na4 Qd8 33.Qxc7 Qxc7 34.Rxc7 Rba8 35.Rxb7 Rxa4 36.Rxa4 Rxa4 37.b6 Rxd4 38.Rd7 Rb4 39.b7 Kg7 40.f4 h5 41.g4 hxg4 42.hxg4 Rb2 43.f5 1-0.

The second game was a convoluted struggle in which Jan Timman reached a queen ending on move 61 with two pawns against one. It took the legendary Dutch GM 19 moves to outmaneuver his young opponent and finish the match on equal terms: 1-1.


5th Leiden Chess Tournament 2011


The playing hall in Leiden (with IM Oleg Spirin in the foreground)


Round one under way

Top standings after four rounds

# Player
Points
Country
Rating
Perf.
1 GM Howell, David W L
4.0
ENG
2625
3082
2 GM Nikolic, Predrag
3.5
BIH
2629
2675
3 GM Van Den Doel, Erik
3.5
NED
2574
2656
4 GM Polak, Tomas
3.5
CZE
2540
2591
5 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy
3.5
IND
2470
2619
6 IM Llaneza Vega, Marcos
3.5
ESP
2465
2532
7 GM Tiviakov, Sergei
3.0
NED
2623
2513
8 GM Hasangatin, Ramil
3.0
RUS
2515
2445
9 IM Spirin, Oleg
3.0
RUS
2491
2503
10 GM Van Der Wiel, John
3.0
NED
2451
2556
11 IM Pena Gomez, Manuel
3.0
ESP
2420
2308
12 IM Slingerland, Fred
3.0
NED
2390
2425
13 IM Vishnu Prasanna. V
3.0
IND
2340
2446
14 FM Wantola, Ivo
3.0
NED
2333
2329
15 FM Van Ketel, Raoul
3.0
NED
2311
2239
16 Pijpers, Arthur
3.0
NED
2296
2386
17 Van Overdam, Julian
3.0
NED
2215
2296
18 Spaan, Nathanael
3.0
NED
2209
2327
19 WIM Padurariu, Ioana
3.0
ROU
2164
2465
20 Farrand, Julian T
3.0
ENG
2124
2293


Leading: GM David Howell of England at a perfect 4.0/4 points


GM Predrag Nikolic of Bosnia and Herzegovina with 3.5/4


GM Erik van den Doel, Holland, 3.5/4


GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, India, 3.5/4


IM Oleg Spirin, Russia, won his first three games, then lost one


Top female player: WIM Ioana Padurariu of Romania with 3.0/4


IM Iulia Mashinskaya of Russia, with 2.5/4


Nancy Kirana of the Netherlands, rated 1855

Leiden


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The Dutch city of Leiden (ca. 120,000 inhabitants) is located between Amsterdam and The Hague, at the confluence of the Old and New Rhine rivers. The city flourished in the 16th and 17th century, producing broadcloth and other woven products (cloth, baize and camlet), while also developing an important printing and publishing industry. Leiden has possessed a university city since 1575, and today houses the headquarters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS).


View towards the Leiden city center


The town is intersected by numerous canals or "grachten", with streets on both sides...


... and many houses rising directly out of the water


Leiden's West Gate or "Morspoort"


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