Impressions from Wijk – Round Seven

by ChessBase
1/25/2009 – Our daily reports contain a lot of chess. But we have been frugal with the visuals, bearing in mind the admonition of a young GM that we were publishing too many pictures "of us players, from the front, from the side, from above, from below, thinking, not thinking." To compensate here are some unusual visual impressions from Wijk by Dutch photographer Frits Agterdenbos. Feast your eyes.

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Impressions from Wijk

Photo report by Frits Agterdenbos

Playing venue De Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee

Book sellers in entrance hall

Grandmaster groups A and B

Fabiano Caruana (right) - Jan Werle 1-0

Sergei Karjakin

Alexander Morozevich - Jan Smeets 1-0

Dronavalli Harika

Gata Kamsky - Daniel Stellwagen draw

Abhijeet Gupta

Loek Van Wely - Magnus Carlsen draw

Michael Adams - Teimour Radjabov draw

Alexander Motylev

Oleg Romanishin

Wijk aan Zee at night

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

Frits Agterdenbos, b. 1960, lives in Heemstede, not far from Amsterdam, and was one of the leading chess photographers in the eighties. From 1979–1991 his pictures appeared in several magazins, including New in Chess, Schakend Nederland, Inside Chess, BCM, Chess, Europe Echecs and Schach. In 1984 his Dutch book “64 Schaakportretten” (in English “64 Chess Portraits”) was published. In 1991 he “retired” as a chess photographer to finish his studies and in 1997 he received a diploma as an insurance mathematician (actuary). Since 1998 he has been a self-employed, working under the company name “Acturix”, which is his actuarial consultancy firm.

Now Frits is back as a chess photographer! In January 2005 he picked up his old passion, and publications show he still knows how to handle his camera. He combines his insurance job and chess photography with being a husband and a father of the beautiful Elena (three years old). You will find his photos on,, and, and many more websites and magazines. You can contact him under f.agterdenbos (at)

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