Max Euwe Matches – junior talents vs strong GMs

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5/13/2010 – The Max Euwe Centrum is located in the Max Euweplein 30-a in Amsterdam. It is a chess promotion center which periodically holds high-category events, like the one that is currently running and pits five talented young Dutch players against experienced grandmasters. Top pairing: Nigel Short vs Anish Giri. Find out why Anish was barred from the opening ceremony.

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Max Euwe Matches in Amsterdam

From Thursday, May 13, to Sunday, May 16, the Max Euwe Center in Amsterdam is staging five matches for talented young Dutch players. The games start at 13.30h each day, and there are four rounds. The opponents are:

Experienced GM Talented youngsters 
Nigel Short Anish Giri
Lubomir Ftacnik Robin van Kampen
Yasser Seirawan Benjamin Bok
Sebastian Siebrecht    Lisa Schut
Dennis de Vreugt Anne Haast

The opening ceremony took place in the Holland Casino Amsterdam, next door to the Max Euwe Centre. Anish Giri and the other young talents did not attend – perhaps you can guess why this was the case?!

Drawing of lots on the roulette table, with Nigel Short and MC Hans Böhm

German GM Sebastian Siebrecht and Master of Ceremonies IM Hans Böhm

Fred Teeven, the President of the Max Euwe Foundation (MEC) and in 'real' life a
Member of Parliament and former organised crime fighter

Prominent guest Jan Timman and his wife Geertje

Dutch artist Rupert van der Linden who has an exposition of
his drawings during the Max-Euwe Matches

Sanjay Giri with the trophy for Chess Player of the Year 2009,
belonging to son Anish, w
hom he represented at the opening ceremony

Answer to our question above: Anish and the other junior players could not attend the opening ceremony, which took place in Holland Casino Amsterdam, because under Dutch law nobody under the age of 18 can enter a casino!

Photos provided by René Olthof

Results of round one

Nigel Short
Anish Giri
Lubomir Ftacnik
Robin van Kampen
Yasser Seirawan
Benjamin Bok
Sebastian Siebrecht
Lisa Schut
Dennis de Vreugt
Anne Haast

Hans Böhm executes the first move for Nigel Short, arbiter Aart Strik starts the clock

Short,Nigel - Giri,Anish [C34]
Match Max Euwe Centrum Amsterdam/The Netherland (1), 13.05.2010
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 Ne7 4.d4 d5 5.Nc3 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Nd5 7.Bd3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 Ne3 10.Bxe3 fxe3 11.Qe2 Nc6 12.Qxe3 Nb4 13.Rae1 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 c6 15.Kh1 Be6 16.Ne4 Qa5 17.Neg5 Bf5 18.Qc4 Bf6 19.c3 Bg6 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.Rxe4 Rae8 22.Rfe1 Rxe4 23.Rxe4 Rd8 24.g4 h6 25.h4 Qc7 26.Kg2 g6 27.Qe2 Kf8 28.Qe3 Bg7 29.Ne5 Qd6 30.a4 c5 31.dxc5 Qd2+ 32.Qf2 Bxe5 33.Rxe5 Qd1 34.Re2 Qxa4 35.Qf3 Qc4 36.Kh2 Qxc5 37.Qxb7 Rd1 38.Qb8+ Kg7 39.Qg3 Qd5 40.Qe5+ Qxe5+ 41.Rxe5 Rd2+ 42.Kg3 Rxb2 43.Ra5 Rb7 44.Ra6 g5 45.hxg5 hxg5 46.c4 Rc7 47.Kf3 Kf8 48.c5 Re7 49.c6 Ke8 50.Ra5 f6 51.Rf5 Kf7 52.Rc5 Rc7 53.Ke4 Ke6 54.Ra5 Kd6 55.Kf5 Ke7 56.Ra2 Kf7 57.Rh2 Kg7 ½-½

Promotional video which starts with an incredibly charming interview with Nigel Short


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