22 t/m 30 December 2019

Chess Festival Groningen

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Six players can win tournament after 7th round

Not a landslide for Jorden van Foreest. He lost his game in the 7th round and saw Avital Burochovsky and Sundar Shyam joining him in first position. They have 6 1/2 points; Avital and Sundar won their games. In 4th place we find three players: Stefan Kuipers, Sergey Kasparov and Saveliy Golubov with 6 points. And there is a group with 5 1/2 points. They definitely must win in the last round.

Jan Werle, Jorden van Foreest and S. Kasparov lead after five rounds

After six rounds of play the Groningen residents Jan Werle and Jorden van Foreest have to share the lead with the White-Russian Sergey Kasparov. Werle and Van Foreest played each other and drew after a ferocious fight in a Slav. Kasparov outplayed Dutch rising star Robby Kevlishvilli. Something went wrong for the Dutch teenager and an invading knight sealed his fate. 

Half a point behind the three in the lead we find six players.

Jorden van Foreest and Jan Werle sole leaders after sixth round

In the A-group both Jan Werle and Jorden van Foreest won their games. Jorden scored a rather straightforward win against Davit Lobzhanidze. Jan had to fight ferociously and was lucky that opponent Sergey Kasparov blundered in the end. After sacrifising a rook, then a piece and regaining material the White-Russian GM found himself a piece down compensated by three extra pawns. It was an endgame that should have ended in a draw. Kasparov complained that his opponent had played on too long, but he had better concentrated on the game. It was a neatly constructed self mate by Kasparov that brought Werle his victory.

Only two in the lead after 4th round

In the A-group Jorden van Foreest and Jan Werle won in the 4th round against Shyam Madhura and Avital Burochovsky. They now share the lead. Sergey kasparov and Robby Kevlishvilli are at 3 1/2 points. GM Roeland Pruijsssers is still trying to catch up; a draw in the fourth round didn't really work there.

Four players top A-group after 3rd round

After the third round four players have taken the lead in the A-group:youngster Jorden van Foreest the a bit older Jan Werle, the army service chess player Avital Burochovsky and the Indian Gundar Shyam.

Second round - Eleven players in the lead

After the second round in the A-group only ten players hold a perfect score. Jorden van Foreest en Jan Werle, placed 1 and 2, are amongst them.

First round...perfect score?!

The 53rd edition of the Chess festival Groningen started with some 360 participants. Some 80 of them participate in the Open Tournament. A bunch of GM's, some IM's and players who want to excel or just beat one of those titled guys or girls. At the start of the tournament they all should be dreaming of a perfect score.

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Playing Venue

Sportcentrum RUG & Hanze
Blauwborgje 16, 9747 AC Groningen

Hotels

There is no official tournament hotel. Of course the organizers are more than willing to give advice or answer questions about accommodation. Our sponsor has varying offers and actions and can be found via www.hotels.nl.

Tournament Entry

Opens on September 1st.

Tournament Regulations

Download the Tournament Regulations.

Payment

Bankwire the entry fee, including name(s) of participant(s) to:
NL26 INGB 0007 1113 01 attn. Stichting Schaakfestival Groningen.

BIC: INGBNL2A.

Address:
ING Bank N.V.
Foreign Operations
PO Box 1800
1000 BV Amsterdam

Contact

Tournament director: Koen Lambrechts
Tel: +31 (0)6 17650767

Questions about the pairings? Email: arbiter.chessfestival@gmail.com

Chess Festival Groningen 2019
DateOpen Tournament A, B, C4-person TounamentCompactStudent TournamentYouth Grand PrixUniversity ChallengeCommentaryAfter Chess
21-12-2019Round 1
22-12-2019Round 2Round 1
23-12-2019Round 3Round 2Will follow
24-12-2019Round 4Round 3
25-12-2019Merry Christmas!
26-12-2019Round 5Round 1
27-12-2019Round 6Round 2
28-12-2019Round 7Round 3Will follow
29-12-2019Round 8Round 4
30-12-2019Round 9Round 5

Open A (>2000)

Prize fund: > € 6000,-
First prize: € 1800,-
First prize women: € 400,-
Entry fee before 15th of December: € 64,-
Entry fee after 15th of December (Only in cash on registration): €70,-
GM's, IM's and WGM's free.

Open B (<2100 en >1600)

Prize fund: € 1500,-
Entry fee before 15th of December: € 64,-
Entry fee after 15th of December (Only in cash on registration): €70,-

Open C (<1700)

Prize fund: € 750,-
Entry fee before 15th of December: € 64,-
Entry fee after 15th of December (Only in cash on registration): €70,-

The Open A, B and C will play a 9 round Swiss tournament.
In case of insufficient participation we reserve the right to merge groups B and C.

Bye

In Open A a bye (half a point) is possible in one of the rounds 1, 2, 3. In Open B and Open C a bye (half a point) is possible in one of the rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. Please request this bye on your entry form under 'Questions'. Absence in a later round scores 0 points, but is allowed if noted before the pairing.

Playing schedule

21 December 11.00 – 12.00 hrs Registration
21 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 1
22 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 2
23 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 3
24 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 4
25 December   Rest day
26 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 5
27 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 6
28 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 7
29 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 8
30 December 11.00 – 17.00 hrs Round 9
30 December ± 18.00 hrs Prizegiving ceremony

Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes for the remainder of the game + an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

Groups of 4, based on rating. Requests not to be play in the same group can be send to info@chessfestival.nl

Prize fund each group: € 45,-
Entry fee: € 15,-

Playing schedule

22 December 11.00 – 12.00 hrs Registration
22 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 1
23 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 2
24 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Round 3
  Followed by prizegiving ceremony

Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes for the remainder of the game + an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

Groningen Compact

A five round Swiss tournament in groups of about 40 players, split up according to playing strength.
First prize in each group: € 200,-
prize fund per group: € 600,-.
Entry fee before 15th of December: € 35,-
Entry fee after 15th of December (Only in cash on registration): €40,-

Bye

A bye (half a point) is possible only in round 1 and must be requested as well as confirmed by e-mail before December 24th.

Playing schedule

26 December 11.00 – 12.00 hrs Registration
26 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Ronde 1
27 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Ronde 2
28 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Ronde 3
29 December 13.00 – 19.00 hrs Ronde 4
30 December 11.00 – 17.00 hrs Ronde 5
30 December ± 18.00 hrs Prizegiving ceremony

Time control: 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes for the remainder of the game + an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

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Youth Grand Prix

In the North of the Netherlands each year a Grand Prix cyclus is organized for younger youth players.
One of these tournaments will take place during the Chess Festival Groningen. More information: here

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After Chess

Like previous editions there will be After Chess during the tournament, organized in chess cafe Proeflokaal Hooghoudt. The address: Gedempte Zuiderdiep 61, 9711 HC Groningen. You can find the program in the Tournament Schedule. For more information, go to the Facebook page of the cafe: Proeflokaal Hooghoudt.

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Sports

Our Chess Festival is situated in the student sports complex. This offers a perfect opportunity to exercise both mind and body. During the Chess Festival there will be opportunity to play squash or football.


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