Tiviakov wins Roosendaal LBV weekend tournament

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8/21/2012 – Roosendaal? It is not one of the more famous Dutch towns, but rather sneaks by unseen, unheard, unnoticed. But it pays host to a lovely weekend tournament: "I can honestly say I have never seen such joyful, full-of-life and happy-to-help-you organizers – the Dutch gezellig way became rather contagious..." writes WGM Alina L'Ami in her big pictorial report.

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Chess Weekend in Roosendaal

By WGM Alina L'Ami

You may have never heard before of Roosendaal, a small city in the southern Netherlands. I for one would have probably said the same, if I wouldn’t have passed through it on my way to Belgium, since it’s the last train stop on the Dutch territory. Overshadowed by its bigger and more famous brothers like: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Groningen, Maastricht, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Leiden (the list seems endless, a mind-boggling concept, considering the size of this small nation!) Roosendaal sneaks by unseen, unheard, unnoticed. And I believe it’s unjustly so.

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A walk in the city with GMs Vladimir Chuchelov and Loek van Wely

On the market square one can still admire those typical Dutch step-roofed houses

Traditional charisma of the St. Jans Church and the old city hall

However, nothing remains the same forever and here’s why: between 16th and 19th of August, the heart of the Dutch chess (and not only) was beating faster nowhere else than in this cozy little town from North Brabant.

The start of the event, whith 24 live boards are on the stage

Commentary by IM Yochanan Afek and GM Daniel Stellwagen

The main culprit was the LBV weekend tournament, won by Sergey Tiviakov with five points out of six games. The Ukrainian Grandmaster, Martyn Kravtsiv, had also a good performance, sharing first place with the same number of points. As for the less fortunate ones there is always an excuse: double rounds and late evening/early morning games – a lethal combination for the faint-hearted.

Top final standings after six rounds

No. Title Player FED Rtng Club
1 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2674 Groningen
GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2582 Lviv Chess Club
3 GM Van Den Doel Erik NED 2571 Charlois Europoort
4 GM Winants Luc BEL 2543 SO Rotterdam
5 GM Pruijssers Roeland NED 2514 Accress Apeldoorn
6 IM Bosboom Manuel NED 2383 Het Zwarte Schaap
7 FM Broekmeulen Jasper NED 2410 HMC Calder
8 GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2490 Atus Wiez
9 WGM Muhren Bianca NED 2307 De Stukkenjagers
10 GM L'Ami Erwin NED 2628 En Passant
11 IM Martens Martin NED 2431 SO Rotterdam
12 GM Haslinger Stewart G ENG 2524 Formby
13 GM Reinderman Dimitri NED 2583 Ricoh Purmerend
14 GM Swinkels Robin NED 2482 De Combinatie
15 IM Van Der Stricht Geert BEL 2403 HMC Calder
16 WGM L'Ami Alina ROU 2372 En Passant
17 FM Erwich Frank NED 2359 Leiden
18 WGM Paulet Iozefina ROU 2234 Groningen
19 GM Van Der Wiel John NED 2419 Discendo Discimus
20 Admiraal Miguoel NED 2293 Chesscool

The winner of the tournament celebrating his victory at the town square

Erratum: it's a bronze rooster dedicated to the event

The winner with 5.0/6 points and the best tie-break: GM Sergei Tiviakov of Holland

In tenth place with 4.5 points: GM Erwin l'Ami, NDE, rated 2628

18th: WGM Iozefina Paulet from Romania – it was wonderful to see my friends again!

19th: GM John Van Der Wiel with 4.0/6, NED, rated 2419

John won the brilliancy prize, handed to him by colleague Jan Smeets, for his first round game

The winners GM Martyn Kravtsiv, UKR, 2582, and Sergey Tiviakov with the trophy

And yet, the city has been flooded (no worries, the country has the water level under control) with enthusiastic chess lovers; almost 200 players were present which is a great achievement for the first time the tournament is being organized! But I am not surprised at all judging by the amount of work and dedication the Roosendaal team has invested in their event.

Training session for the Dutch team before the Chess Olympiad, under Vladimir
Chuchelov, the Dutch national trainer.

Furthermore I will spare you the technical details which were clearly right in place and mention the part that I enjoyed most: the warmth. I can honestly say I have never seen such joyful, full of life and happy to help you organizers! I can explain it only by the love they had for what they were doing. And the Dutch gezellig way became rather contagious. Almost nobody was rushing to go back to the hotel after the evening round, prolonging the nice atmosphere over a beer or two (or three), commenting and analyzing and talking…

Wardrobe suggestions for next year's event, in a Roosendaal shop window

So if the history or the architecture or the cultural details didn’t succeed in making Roosendaal a must, the new chess wave (which has the tendency in turning into a tsunami) will surely do its job!


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