IM Roeland Pruijssers wins Leiden Chess Tournament

7/22/2008 – With 84 participants, seven GMs and four IMs, the Second Leiden Chess Tournament, staged in the Denksportcentrum of the Dutch city, was taken by Roeland Pruijssers on tiebreak points ahead of GM Erik van den Doel. Four GMs were in the follow-up group, and half a point behind we find a Russian FM with an Indian name: Anish Giri, aged thirteen. Striking pictorial by Frits Agterdenbos.

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After a succesfull start in 2007, the 2nd Leiden Chess Tournament was staged in the Leiden Denksportcentrum from
11th - 20th July 2008. The organization was in the hands of the Stichting Denksportpromotie Nederland, a foundation for mindsports. The main group, for players over 1850 Elo, had 84 participants, including seven GMs and four IMs. The total prize fond was € 6000, with the first prize in the A Group carrying a sum of € 2000.

The tournament was won by IM Roeland Pruijssers, who had the same number of points as GM Erik Van Den Doel, but had a better Buchholz score. Both players are from the Netherlands. Half a point behind them we see a group of five players. Here are the top rankings of the tournament.

#
Ti.
Player Elo Pts. BH SB Perf
1
IM
Pruijssers, Roeland 2452 7.0 53.5 40.75 2561
2
GM
Van Den Doel, Erik 2567 7.0 52.0 39.00 2638
3
GM
Pavlovic, Milos 2515 6.5 50.0 34.00 2545
4
GM
Horvath, Csaba 2537 6.5 48.5 33.75 2502
5
FM
Slingerland, Fred 2354 6.5 48.5 33.50 2456
6
GM
Golubev, Mikhail 2480 6.5 47.5 33.00 2488
7
GM
Gutman, Lev 2497 6.5 46.5 33.25 2416
8
GM
Van Der Wiel, John 2504 6.0 51.0 30.75 2426
9
IM
Groetz, Harald 2405 6.0 50.5 32.25 2400
10
FM
Giri, Anish 2430 6.0 50.0 30.25 2472
11
GM
Sandipan, Chanda 2588 6.0 49.5 30.75 2492
12
-
Van Halderen, Herman 2109 6.0 41.5 26.25 2170
13
-
Goes, Sten 2101 6.0 41.0 25.50 2266


Photo impression by Frits Agterdenbos


A fisheye-view of the playing hall in Leiden


The winner: IM Roeland Pruijssers, Netherland, rated 2452


Second on tiebreak: GM Erik van den Doel, Netherland, 2567


Third: GM Milos Pavlovic, Serbia, 2515


Fourth: GM Csaba Horvath, Hungary, 2537


Fifth: FM Fred Slingerland, Netherlands, 2354 – made an IM norm in Leiden


Sixth: GM Mikhail Golubev, Ukraine, 2480


Seventh: GM Lev Gutman, Germany, 2497


Eighth: GM John van der Wiel, Netherland, 2504


Tenth: FM Anish Giri, Russia, 2430 – thirteen years old!


Eleventh: GM Chanda Sandipan, India, 2588


14th: IM Amon Simutowe, Zambia, 2459

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

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