Unive Hoogeveen Starts

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10/21/2013 – Robin Van Kampen was able to shock the tournament by winning his first round game against Michael Adams. The young dutch player overcame a difference of 150 rating points and was able to win with white. So did the same against Van Wely, so both games in the Super Round Robin were decisive! Opening ceremony and impressions from the Netherlands.

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The small town of Hoogeveen is again a center of attention for the chess world. Both the Unive Crown Tournament and the Unive Open have started in Hoogeveen, sponsored by the Unive cooperative insurance company in the Netherlands.

The main attraction is of course the super grandmaster double round robin tournament that started today. These are the players:

Player Country
Adams, Michael ENG
So, Wesley PHI
Van Wely, Loek NED
Van Kampen, Robin NED

With one of the top 10 players in the world, Michael Adams, the second junior in the world, Wesley So and two of the highest rated players in the Netherlands this tournament shapes up to be quite exciting.

In the open section many strong players are currently participating, including grandmasters Rodshtein, L'Ami, Moskalenko, Haslinger, Ernst, and Krasenkow among others.

Opening Ceremony

The chairman of the largest employers' organization in the Netherlands, VNO-NWC, Bernand Wientjes opens the tournament

The players picked one of Gerard van de Weerd's art pieces to determine their pairing number

Some of the works

At the opening ceremony. From left to right: Tara MacGowran (Adams' wife), Michael Adams, Loek Van Wely, Robin Van Kampen and Wesley So.

The tallest player in the Netherlands enjoys some humor during the ceremony

Round 1

The tournament started rather spectacularly as the young players took important victories. Robin van Kampen destroyed a weak showing by Michael Adams in an unusual French defense.

Taking advantage of his opponent's mistakes White won a piece and then consolidated it to win the game

In the other game, So held a slight edge through most of the game but it was really a blunder by Van Wely that allowed the Filipino to capitalize

Replay Games


Open section

The open section is currently being led by a pack of five people on 3.0/3: Moskalenko, Rodshtein, L'Ami, Krasenkow and Levin. The Open section started before the Crown Tournament since it has more rounds.

A familiar face: IM Tania Sachdev has 2.5 after drawing in the second round

WIM Lorena Zepeda, Van Wely's wife, is participating in the open section but only has 1.0/3

GM Yasser Seirawan (left) is not playing in either tournament, but he enjoys his time analyzing positions

The concurrent relay for the spectators is being done the old fashioned way

Explaining van Kampen's opening

Pictures by Johan Valk


Round 1 – October 20
So, Wesley 2706
Van Wely, Loek 2693
Van Kampen, Robin 2607
Adams, Michael 2753
Round 2 – October 21
Van Kampen, Robin 2607   Van Wely, Loek 2693
Adams, Michael 2753   So, Wesley 2706
Round 3 – October 22
Van Wely, Loek 2693   Adams, Michael 2753
So, Wesley 2706   Van Kampen, Robin 2607
Round 4 – October 24
Van Wely, Loek 2693   So, Wesley 2706
Adams, Michael 2753   Van Kampen, Robin 2607
Round 5 – October 25
Adams, Michael 2753   Van Wely, Loek 2693
Van Kampen, Robin 2607   So, Wesley 2706
Round 6 – October 26
Van Wely, Loek 2693   Van Kampen, Robin 2607
So, Wesley 2706   Adams, Michael 2753


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