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Decision in the last round!

In the penultimate round of the 1B division of the KNSB team competition my team of Wageningen was hosted last Saturday by the old DD club from the city of Den Hague. The tough and tense match eventually ended in a peaceful 5:5.
Since the strong LSG leading team from Leiden won again, we need to beat them next Saturday in the last round in order to emerge victors. A tough job no doubt, but we will try to do our best and even more. We need some luck too!

My German team Castrop Rauxel beat the team of Langenfelder 6:2 (I did not play) and is still in the third place in group 1 of the NRW league before the last round.
The score table may be seen here:

Posted: April 13 - 2013


Memories from a unique event: Connection 1 Chess Experience 1999

The national youth teams of The Netherlands (2 teams), Israel and Germany played tournament in 1999 in the city of Apeldoorn. They were also trained daily by IM Mark Dvoretsky and GM Arthur Yusupov. The event was organized by a team led by my friend (and webmaster of my site!) Karel van Delft. I acted as the arbiter and the coordinator of the training sessions. Most of the participants have been awarded ever since with International titles and quite a few were later selected for their national Olympic teams.  
There was a site which is preserved in a file. You may visit the site with the games and other information. There for English texts you click on the grey box 'Kijk hier voor....'. Most of the links in the site still work.You may also go to the databank on the site In the tournament bulletin you may find games and reports about the training sessions (download pdf 2.4 MB).

Posted: April 13 - 2013

Running up all the way through

I told here the story of my studies that won 7 times the second prize in composing tournaments last year. This has just become the topic of the current column of Harold van der Hijden on the popular website 'Schaaksite':
The article is written in Dutch however following the studies and the photos is possible whatever your command of the language is.

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Visiting my native country

I spent the last 3 weeks in my native country of Israel. Those weeks were mostly warm and lazy (and tasty too!) ones meeting family and friends. After all I had spent there 48 years of my life. Nevertheless there was some chess involved too. Besides playing a game for my new club of Kfar-Saba I held there 2 workshops: one about planning after the opening and another one demonstrating brilliant games from Wijk aan Zee. Reactions were fairly enthusiastic so I may expect some more of the same soon enough.

Workshop in Kfar-Saba Chess Club ( photos: Leon Landa)

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Regards from Tel-Aviv

While in Europe the winter refuses to take its leave in favour of the long awaited spring I am pretty happy with my much warmer vacation spent these days in my native city of Tel-Aviv.
Most of my days here are taken easy and based on pleasant meetings with family and friends. Nevertheless chess must naturally be part of the fun. In the first weekend here I played my first match for my new team – the second team of the club of the city of Kfar-Saba, led by GM Ram Soffer. The match concluded successfully with a nice 4:1 victory against “Gambit” Kyriat Bialik. I won my own game on the fourth board and after the 5th round the team shares the second place in the northern second league together with Madatheque Haifa on 20 points, following the leading team of Elitzur Jerusalem (led by GM Leonid Yudasin!) on 22.
 Yesterday I gave a workshop in my new club. Its topic was selecting the best plan right after the opening. Another workshop is expected at the end of this weekend but beforehand I will take part in the annual meeting of the Israeli problemists. I will give there a lecture on Environmental friendly Studies…
My article about “Amazing resources in the Endgame” was published in March issue of the British monthly Chess.

Posted: March 24 - 2013


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