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Another successful weekend for my teams

Wageningen VLG Advocaten, my team for the last 12 seasons, continues to surprise in the Eerste klasse (which is in fact the second Dutch division after the Meesterklasse).Last Saturday, in the sixth round, we met the first team of the biggest club in the Netherlands- Caissa Amsterdam. Residing in the Dutch capital myself, it was for me a rare “home match” since the majority of our matches against Amsterdam teams over the years, have been real home matches and thus were mostly held in the Vredehorst in Wageningen.
Unfortunately Jan blundered on the first board in an early stage but the rest managed to make the unpredictable and scoring eventually the highest result this season: 7:3!  

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GM John Nunn (photo Alina l'Ami,who participated herself in the contest)

Another look at the Tata solving weekend

The outright winner of Tata Steel Solving Weekend last month published an illustrated article telling his impressions in chessbase news website. You may enjoy it and try to solve the studies:

Posted: February 16 - 20132

Reviews Het Paard by Richard Vedder and Johan Hut

Richard Vedder wrote in Dutch a review about the book 'Het Paard'.


And  another one by Johan Hut in the daily  Gooi en Eemlander

And here is how our website is received in Brazil (in Portugues):

Posted: Februar 7 - 2013


Oleg Pervakov demonstrates his second prize winner. (Photo: René Olthof)

Chess Composition in Tata Steel Tournament 2013

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world’s best chess tournament a special International composing tourney for endgame studies was announced. 89 entries of exceptionally high standard were received and checked for soundness and originality by the dedicated tourney director Dr.Harold van der Heijden. Following a long and thorough consideration I decided to include 20 entries in my judge’s award. Here are the five money prize-winners (subject to the usual 3 months appealing period). All are highly original and players’ friendly:    

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A postcard from Wijk aan Zee

It’s the second weekend of the world’s most popular chess tournament and the great winner here in Wijk aan Zee is for the time being Grandmaster Winter. I have been staying here in various capacities (player, journalist, trainer, organizer and problemist) for almost 20 years and what seemed at the start of this year’s edition as a nearly spring-like weather has turned into one of the toughest winters the village by the see has witnessed for years. Outside white is clearly dominant as the snow grows thicker and yet inside the crowded venue of De Moriaan it’s fire on board with black often having the upper hand.

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