Solodovnichenko wins 69th Daniël Noteboom Tournament

2/23/2009 – Daniël Noteboom was a very promising Dutch player who had an Semi-Slav Variation named after him. Unfortunately he died of pneumonia in 1932 (before the age of medicine) at the age of just 21. This year the 69th memorial tournament was held, a 48-hour six-round Swiss, won by Ukrainian GM Yuri Solodovnichenko. Illustrated report by Frits Agterdenbos.

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Daniël Noteboom Tournament 2009

Ukrainian GM Yuri Solodovnichenko won the 69th Daniël Noteboom Tournament, which took place from 20-22 February 2009 in Leiden (Netherlands). Yuri Solodovnichenko and Friso Nijboer scored both 5.5/6 points, but Solodovnichenko won the cup having a better Buchholz score.


Yuri Solodovnichenko, tournament winner

In the final round Yuri Solodovnichenko defeated Erik Van Den Doel and Friso Nijboer defeated Martin Roobol. Predrag Nikolic, Roi Miedema, Roger Meng and Bob Beeke tied for third place with 5.0 points. The tournament attracted 317 participants: 146 participants (including four GMs and one IM) in the main group (Group A, Elo > 1800), plus 88 participants in the second group (Group B, 1600 < Elo < 1900), and 83 participants in the third group (Group C, Elo < 1700).


Second on tiebreak points: Dutch GM Friso Nijboer


Third: GM Predrag Nikolic, winner in 2007 and 2008


Fifth: Twelve-year-old Roger Meng, with 5.0/6 points

Group B was won by Jaap Van Der Heijden and group C was won by Donna Kok.

Final standings (4.0/6 points and higher)

# Player Rtng
Points
Bhlz SB Perf
1 GM Solodovnichenko, Y. 2591
5.5
23.0 20.50 2824
2 GM Nijboer, F.Z. 2547
5.5
19.5 17.25 2692
3 GM Nikolic, P. 2628
5.0
24.0 19.25 2619
4 Miedema, Roi 2339
5.0
21.0 17.25 2451
5 Meng, R. 1994
5.0
21.0 16.75 2484
6 Beeke, B. 2171
5.0
19.5 15.00 2449
7 GM Doel, E. van den 2571
4.5
26.5 18.25 2520
8 Roobol, Martin 2338
4.5
22.5 14.75 2520
9 Ketel, R. van 2258
4.5
22.0 14.75 2466
10 Griendt, J.W. van de 2357
4.5
21.5 15.00 2325
11 Straver, R. 2179
4.5
21.0 15.00 2313
12 Kleijn, C. 2336
4.5
20.5 12.75 2412
13 Meijer, Dolf 2202
4.5
19.0 12.75 2459
14 Wantola, Ivo 2346
4.0
25.0 15.00 2384
15 Soors, S. 2201
4.0
22.5 14.00 2336
16 Leeuwenburgh, E. 2058
4.0
22.5 14.00 2147
17 Graaf, Dick de 2172
4.0
22.5 13.50 2202
18 IM Slingerland, Fred 2392
4.0
21.5 13.00 2254
19 Vrancken, G. 2057
4.0
21.5 12.50 2263
20 Timmermans, M.A. 2115
4.0
21.0 13.25 2336
21 Burg, T.A. 2364
4.0
20.5 13.00 2334
22 Dek, Lennart 2156
4.0
20.5 12.00 2239
23 Bemmel, K. van 2066
4.0
20.0 12.50 2287
24 Konings, L. 2258
4.0
20.0 11.50 2206
25 Oosterom, E. 2129
4.0
19.5 10.75 2144
26 Leent, D. van 2157
4.0
19.0 12.00 2179
27 Ootes, Lars 2262
4.0
18.5 11.00 2160
28 Miltenburg, A.G. 1988
4.0
18.0 11.75 2161
29 Hortensius, Lisa 1978
4.0
17.5 11.50 2084
30 Barthel, Ansgar 2184
4.0
17.5 10.75 2185

The Daniël Noteboom Tournament is a weekend tournament, 48 hours from Friday night till Sunday afternoon, six rounds Swiss 40 moves/105 minutes + 15 minutes to finish the game. The tournament was organized by chess club LSG. The 70th Daniël Noteboom Tournament will be held 12-14 February 2010.


Solodovnichenko and Noteboom

Daniël Noteboom was a Dutch chess player, born in Noordwijk. He became known at the 1930 Chess Olympiad at Hamburg, scoring 11.5/15. After playing at Hastings 1931/2 he died of pneumonia in London at the age of 21, ending a brief but promising chess career. A chess opening variation of the Semi-Slav Defence to the Queen's Gambit is often called the Noteboom Variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7.


A Group C action shot


The relax zone


Chess in the relax zone

All pictures © Frits Agterdenbos of Chess Vista

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