Winning a Rook ending in the 4th round vs.GM David Dgebuadze. (photo René Olthof)

Chess and Freedom

Every  year  on May 5th The Dutch nation celebrates its  liberation day (bevrijdingsdag). On this very day in 1945,  the capitulation of the German army in the Netherlands  took place in hotel De Wereld  in the city center of Wageningen. For more than six decades ever since, a strong and popular rapid tournament has been organized by the local chess club (in which I have been an active member for the last 13 years) and sponsored by the advocates bureau Van Lotringen and Goedings. This year the event was dominated by GM Ivan Sokolov who scored 6.5 points out of 7. The tournament report, the final standings and photos may be seen here:
A special video film (where I am also starring), was taken by our devoted webmaster Karel van Delft and may be watched here:

Losing the crucial 6th round game vs the eventual winner GM Ivan Sokolov. (photo René Olthof)

Posted: May 7 -2013


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