Rapid Chess in Elburg

Last Saturday I played  the Dutch open rapid championship In Elburg, a small town in the region of Apeldoorn.  In view of the strong field (8 GMs and 8 IMs among the 40 participants of the top group) ) and the modest prize-fund,  my only concern prior to the tournament was  to have some decent warming up for the  highly competitive upcoming summer. I had a slow start losing already the first round and playing badly also the next one though I somehow managed to win. I had to recover quickly or else face disaster. I kept on playing rather dubious chess but I was fighting back in inferior positions and eventually scored with a bit of luck, 5/7 beating, among others, IM Bruno Carlier and GM Erik van den Doel and drawing with IM Sander van Eijk and GM Andrei  Orlov. Sharing  the 5th -8th places I even won a tiny prize; not too bad for one of the oldest participants in the entire field. The fresh champion is GM Roeland Pruijssers, who as a young talent used to frequent the chess school in his native city of Apeldoorn run by our webmaster Karel van Delft and where I was one of the trainers for many years. Roeland  was  the best among the four winners on 5.5/7.  It was a well organized and smoothly run event. Here all results may be found:

The fourth round was a turning point for me:

Afek - Carlier
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. h3 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Nf6 7. Nxf6 exf6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Nd7 10. Re1 b5 11. Bb3 Nb6 12. Bf4 a5 13. a3 a4 14. Ba2 Nd5 15. Bg3 Bh6 16. Nd2 f5 17. Be5 Be6 18. c4 Nb6 19. c5 Nd5 20. Nf3 Re8 21. Bd6 f6 22. Qd3 Qd7 23. Re2 Bf7 24. Rae1 Rxe2 25. Rxe2 Re8 26. Ne1 Nf4 27. Bxf7 Kxf7 28. Bxf4 Bxf4 29. Nc2 Rxe2 30. Qxe2 Bc1 31. Nb4 Qxd4 32. Nxc6 Qxc5 33. Nd8 Kg8 34. Qe6 Kg7 35. Qf7 Kh6 36. Qxf6 f4 37. Ne6

Posted: June 12 - 2013

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