I am-sterdam: Sergey Tiviakov wins

7/26/2006 – The hard-fought 3rd Amsterdam Chess Tournament ended in a three-way tie for first. The winner on tiebreak points (and performance) was Dutch GM Sergey Tiviakov, followed by Sergey Erenburg, Israel, and Friso Nijboer, Netherlands. Splendid foto report by Frits Agterdenbos.

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The 3rd Amsterdam Chess Tournament was held from July 15th to 23rd, 2006 in the Speellocatie Studenten sportcentrum USC, Amsterdam Buitenveldert, Netherlands. The 446 player Swiss tournament (9 rounds) was held in four groups (A, B, C and D). The A group (Elo > 2225, first prize 3500 euro) has attracted 86 participants including 14 GMs and 22 IMs.

Final report

Grandmasters Sergey Tiviakov, Sergey Erenburg and Friso Nijboer shared first on 7/9, with Tiviakov winning out on tiebreak points. Looking at pure perfornamce we see that Tiviakov, due to the opposition he faced, played like a 2716 GM, Erenburg at 2628 and Nijboer at 2620.


The winner: Dutch GM Sergey Tiviakov

Sergey Tiviakov 2668 (Netherlands), born in Krasnodar (Soviet Union) 14-02-1973. World Rank: 39. Highest rating ever 2699 (October 2005). World Junior Champion U18 in 1990. Was a member of the Russian team winning the Chess Olympiad 1994. Member of the Dutch team winning the European Team Championships in 2001 and 2005. Champion of The Netherlands 2006.


Israeli GM Sergey Erenburg

Sergey Erenburg 2585 (Israel), born 27-01-1983. World Rank: 177. Highest rating ever 2595 (July 2005). Member of the Israeli team at the World Chess Team Championship 2005.


GM Friso Nijboer of the Netherlands

Friso Nijboer 2598 (Netherlands), born 26-05-1965. World Rank: 137. Highest rating ever 2598 (July 2006). Is number 4 of The Netherlands on the FIDE Rating List July 2006. Winner of the 1st Amsterdam Chess Tournament 2004. 6 Times member of the Dutch Olympiad team (1996-2006). Four times member of the Dutch team at the European Chess Team Championship, member of the Dutch team winning the European Team Championship in 2001.

Final Standings (with tiebreaks)

Rank Player Rating
Points
Ps
Wp
SB
W-W(e)
1-3 Tiviakov,Sergey 2668
7
37.5
53
40.75
+0.52
1-3 Erenburg,Sergey 2585
7
33
45
34.75
+0.43
1-3 Nijboer,Friso 2598
7
31
44.5
35
+0.25
4-6 Halkias,Stelios 2551
6.5
36
50.5
34
+0.92
4-6 Ftacnik,Lubomir 2579
6.5
33.5
46.5
32
+0.20
4-6 Vazquez Igarza,Renier 2517
6.5
30
44
32.25
+0.38
7-12 l’Ami,Erwin 2586
6
37.5
51
31
+0.42
7-12 Timman,Jan 2594
6
33
49
30.5
-0.21
7-12 Al-Modiahki,Mohammed 2564
6
31.5
45
26.5
-0.30
7-12 Parker,Jonathan 2509
6
31.5
44
27.25
+0.15
7-12 Cuijpers,Frans Andr 2510
6
28.5
41.5
25.5
-0.21
7-12 Spoelman,Wouter 2461
6
27
41.5
27
-0.03
13-21 Siebrecht,Sebastian 2414
5.5
31
49.5
27
+1.36
13-21 Ernst,Sipke 2504
5.5
30.5
44.5
25.75
-0.17
13-21 Hunt,Adam 2457
5.5
30
46
27.25
+0.46
13-21 Stellwagen,Daniel 2575
5.5
29.5
43.5
25.75
-1.16
13-21 Michiels,Bart 2455
5.5
28.5
43.5
24
+0.28
13-21 Tukmakov,Vladimir B 2560
5.5
27.5
43
24.75
-1.25
13-21 Ferguson,Mark 2389
5.5
27
40.5
20.5
+0.64
13-21 Li,Shilong 2540
5.5
24
40
24.25
-1.52
13-21 Beek,Lucien van 2345
5.5
23
40.5
20.75
-0.30
22-35 Weide,Karel van der 2443
5
29.5
45
24
-0.04
22-35 Ansell,Simon 2391
5
28.5
46
22.75
+0.23
22-35 Oudeweetering,Arthur vd 2345
5
28.5
44
22.75
+1.67
22-35 Delft,Merijn van 2378
5
28
48
24.75
+0.95
22-35 Scha'fer,Markus 2354
5
27.5
45
22.5
+1.49
22-35 Gullaksen,Eirik 2387
5
27
45
21.75
+0.23
22-35 Holzke,Frank 2472
5
27
41
20.75
-1.21
22-35 Elburg,Freddie van der 2348
5
26.5
43.5
20.25
+1.04
22-35 Cox,John 2418
5
26.5
40
20
-0.40
22-35 Hendriks,Willy 2426
5
25.5
41.5
20.75
-0.76
22-35 Peelen,Piet 2352
5
25.5
41
20
+0.68
22-35 Boer,Sybolt de 2353
5
25
41.5
19.75
+0.23
22-35 Szymczak,Zbigniew 2288
5
24
45.5
22.5
+2.03
22-35 Wunnink,Michael 2235
5
21.5
39.5
19.25
+1.20

Picture gallery


Entrance of the University Sport Centre (USC), where the games were played


Participant preparing for a sharp gambit opening


Chess in a giant sports hall: the playing venue in the USC


I amsterdam: the slogan of the 3rd Amsterdam Chess Tournament


Round 7: Frans Cuijpers (2510, NED) vs Sergey Tiviakov (2668, NED) 0-1


Jonathan Parker (2509, ENG) vs Friso Nijboer (2598, NED) 0-1


The loneliness of the player on the move: Frans Cuijpers and Friso Nijboer


Stelios Halkias (2551, GRE) vs Jan Timman (2594, NED) 1-0


Sebastian Siebrecht (2414, GER) vs Sergey Erenburg (2585, ISR) 0-1


Lubomir Ftacnik vs Bart Michiels has the public enthralled


Taking a swig: GM Jan Timman, Holland


Marlies Bensdorp (2290, NED)


"You taking to me?" – Karel Van Der Weide


"Come on, fella, haven't you read my article on this line?" Karel Van Der Weide
(2443, NED) - Lubomir Ftacnik (2579, SVK) 1-0


Moment of truth: Mohamad Al-Modiahki resigns in his game against Sergey Tiviakov


"Well, then maybe I could maybe play..." – analysis after a game


Jan Timman, NED, chess legend

Jan Timman 2594 (Netherlands), born 14-12-1951. World Rank: 145. Ninefold Champion of The Netherlands. Lost World Championship Match in 1993 against Karpov. Was ‘Best of the West’ in the eighties. 13 Times member of the Dutch Olympiad team (1972-1984, 1990-1998, 2004). 3 Times member of the Dutch team at the European Chess Team Championship, member of the Dutch team winning the European Team Championship in 2005. Winner of the Sigeman & Co Chess tournament in Malmö (Sweden) in April / May 2006.


Erwin L'Ami, NED – the friend

Erwin L’Ami 2586 (Netherlands), born 05-04-1985. World Rank: 173. Highest rating ever 2586 (July 2006). Is number 6 of The Netherlands on the FIDE Rating List July 2006. Is GM since 2005 after making his first GM norm in the 1st Amsterdam Chess Tournament 2004, his second in Gausdal 2004 and his third in the 3rd Amsterdam Chess Tournament 2005. Member of the Dutch Olympiad team in 2006.


Daniel Stellwagen, NED – the kid

Daniel Stellwagen 2575 (Netherlands), born 01-03-1987. World Rank: 211. Highest rating ever 2575 (July 2006). Is number 8 of The Netherlands on the FIDE Rating List July 2006. In the 2nd Amsterdam Chess Tournament 2005 he finished second 6.5/9. Finished second in the Dutch Championship 2005.


Vladimir Tukmakov, Ukraine – senior trainer

Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov 2560 (Ukraine), born 15-03-1946. World Rank: 267. A big name in the chess world. Participated in 13 USSR championships between 1967 and 1987. Oldest GM in Group A. Many times team captain of the Ukrainian team. Is FIDE Senior Trainer.


Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Qatar – where's Zhu?

Mohamad Al-Modiahki 2564 (Qatar), born 01-06-1974. World Rank: 250. Highest rating ever 2588 (October 2003). Best player of Qatar. Is the first-ever grandmaster from Qatar. Married to former women world champion 2001-2004 Zhu Chen from China.


Stelios Halkias, Greece – Nigel's pal

Stelios Halkias 2551 (Greece), born 11-04-1980. World Rank: 304. Highest rating ever 2566 (April 2002). Is number 5 of Greece on the FIDE Rating List July 2006. Four times member of the Greek Olympiad team (2000-2006), three times member of the Greek team at the European Chess Team Championship.


Shilong Li 2540 (China), born 10-08-1977. World Rank: 365. Highest rating ever 2543 (January 2006). Is number 12 of China on the FIDE Rating List July 2006.


Jonathan Parker 2509 (England), born 19-05-1976. World Rank: 600. Highest rating ever 2570 (October 2002).

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

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