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Grandmasters in Cafe Batavia

Grandmasters in Cafe Batavia

Café Batavia in Prins Hendrikskade next to the central station in Amsterdam is not a typical chess café. It is rather a lively 'normal' café that likes to host cultural events and chess players are warmly welcome there mainly since the owner Peter Tames is a true chess enthusiast. There are even two chess teams that regularly hold their home games in Batavia.

Last Sunday a great bye-bye party took place there by Peter Doggers to commemorate the milestone of his highly appreciated website Chessvibes.com ceasing its independent activity and fusing with the rising giant Chess.com.

There were naturally plenty of 'drankjes and hapjes' however at the focus of the lovely afternoon a pretty strong and highly friendly blitz tournament was held

http://batavia1920.nl/chess/chessvibesblitz2014/SMWSite/SMWSite/

Karel van Delft, our faithful webmaster, made a film and took lovely photos to be seen here:

http://www.schaaktalent.nl/index.php/weblog-schaken-karel-van-delft

Many thanks to Peter for this event!

The 6th edition of the Batavia tournament will take place in the popular Amsterdam café on February 21st- March 2nd. The list of participant and the timetable may be found here:

http://batavia1920.nl/chess

You are all invited to watch the games in the cafe or follow them live on the official website.

I was invited to write the daily round reports and to give guests some good chess time in the venue. We can play together through some classical games and even solve beautiful endgame studies and problems. See you there!

Posted: Februari 20 - 2014

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