Young FM Stefan Beukema who solved the study flawlessly won my co-authored best seller Invisible Chess Moves.  
Photo courtesy AB Scheel

Dieren 2014

For quite a while I haven’t been too active here mainly since I had nothing especially cheerful to tell and as for the less funny stories you may provide enough of your own I believe.

At least for this lovely summer I hope to be more at your service from now on. Here are a few recent episodes in my hopefully reviving chess life.

The International Dutch open championship that ended yesterday in the traditionally hosting town of Dieren was once again a well organized enjoyable event with many talented young players in all its four categories and the various accompanying events. The tournament reports, photos and results may be all found on the tournament’s official website.

Here are the final standings of the top open section in which I took part:

I had a pretty slow start missing at least two clear wins in the first three rounds however not missing my only defeat in the second round. My first 6 opponents were born when I was 45 (and even more I am afraid…) but they failed to show the due respect and really gave me hard time though I should confess that I gave my own share to the total fiasco too…

I somehow survived that part of the tournament and for the last third I was paired with pretty strong Indian IMs and finally managed to show some more decent chess. With a reasonable result (at least for me at this stage) of 6 points in 9 games I managed even to win a tiny prize which could be bigger had senior players in the Netherlands been treated equally to those in the neighbouring countries for example.   

On the other hand this time I was delighted once again to dedicate an original endgame study to all participants and officials. Here it is for you to enjoy: 

PGN Dieren 2014 Study

Books were awarded to three of those players and visitors who had provided a correct solution before the prize giving.

Tweeting this study (On July 27th- my first tweeting day ever courtesy GM Erwin L'Ami) I almost immediately received quite a few favourable responses most notably from GM Levon Aronian: nice one Yochanan! Took me whole 3 minutes to solve ;) We need more!

The Indian IM  Sagar Shah published the study and the detailed solution step by step in his excellent blog.
Look it up here:
I also like his recommendation to solve an endgame study everyday. It is certainly an excellent method (advocated also by the Soviet School of Chess)  to improve one's chess  in various ways at any level! 

Appreciating it there will be more to come soon.

Posted: August 1 - 2014


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