Hans Böhm and Hou Yifan (photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit)

The Queen with ''The Queen''

 The world chess champion Hou Yifan was pleasantly surprised by Dutch chess ambassador Hans Böhm during the prizegiving of Tata Steel tournament last Sunday in Wijk aan Zee. The Chinese first lady was delighted to be presented with the new book by Hans Bohm & Yochanan Afek "Wij Presenteren De Koningin" that compiles the most stunning queen moves ever played and composed and their stories. She showed a special interest in the unique history of the game’s strongest piece which had been pretty much new to her. The book was very well received by the large public visiting the village throughout the super tournament. It’s the fifth volume on the pieces published by de Fontein Tirion, a young brother to ‘De Pion’ (2010) ‘De Toren’, (2011), ‘Het Paard’ (2012) and ‘De Loper’ (2013). The last volume 'De Koning' is expected at the end of this year

Posted: Januar 30 - 2015

Afek’s Utrecht  workshops

Sinds 2007 geeft Internationaal Meester Yochanan Afek jaarlijks een serie van vijf trainingen/workshops in het Rode Kruisgebouw aan de Koningsweg 2 in Utrecht. Voor het seizoen 2014-2015 zijn de data als volgt:

1. vrijdag 21 november
2. vrijdag 12 december
3. vrijdag 2 januari
4. vrijdag 6 februari
5. vrijdag 20 maart

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Even more study awards

Two of my studies were dedicated in the year 2012 to two major tournaments in the Netherlands and later took part in the biennial tourney of the quarterly EG where they were both awarded by the judge Oleg Pervakov. The following study won a special prize for a miniature.

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In Memoriam – Michael Rossetti

It has been seven years since the premature decease of Michael [Jimmy] Rossetti (1945-2007), a great chess lover of a rare kind and a personal friend. Michael was a versatile person of culture and a keen fighter for peace and human rights. In his professional career he was a theatre actor and director, a journalist and editor and a guide of tourist groups abroad. And yet chess was Michael’s great passion. For many years he was an active player in my former municipal club of the city of Tel-Aviv as well as a dedicated leader of one of the club’s teams and a busy trainer of youth players. As an International arbiter he was involved in various major events notably in the International chess festival of Tel-Aviv and national championships. The above photo was taken in a simultaneous exhibition given by former world women champion Maya Chiburdenidze.

Michael was survived by his wife Otilia and his daughter Andrea. On his grave (see photo) a favourite key position from the world championship match between Lasker and Capablanca was shaped in stone. Otilia has recently posted a photo album in Michael’s memory on her Facebook page. She would be honoured to share it with Michael’s friends as well as with chess enthusiasts at large. Look it up here:

https://www.facebook.com/otilia.rossetti/media_set?set=a.96470724757.83743.599564757&type=3

Posted: November 2 - 2014

Missing a golden chance

One of my various chess hobbies is collecting missed opportunities with a special instructive or artistic interest which otherwise would likely to be lost or even never to be known.

Occasionally such episodes pop up in my own games too on either side of the board. Last Saturday I happened to be on the lucky side when my team of Wageningen was hosted by Max Euwe club in the city of Enschede, for the second round of the Dutch competition. We were lucky to win 6.5: 3.5 in order to seize an early lead in our first division group (second in the Netherland to the supreme Meesterklas) with the only draw scored on my own board in a rather unusual way.

Emerging the opening with an appealing position as black, I went for what now looks as a too slow plan and following a couple of unfortunate decisions I even ended up in the following highly suspicious position:


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