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Problem Solving in Wijk aan Zee

The 75th edition of Tata Steel tournament is being held in Wijk aan Zee. It is arguably the world’s most important festival and definitely one the biggest events on the chess calendar..
Results, reports and photos may be found on all leading chess websites as well as on the official website:

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The world’s leading chess periodical New In Chess celebrated the 60th anniversary of its co-editor GM Jan Timman by organizing for the first time an international composing tourney
for endgame studies. The provisional award which is said to appear in the next issue of the magazine has been already published in a couple of websites:
The first prize was surprisingly yet deservedly awarded to the unknown Dane Steffen Nielsen.
I was honoured with the second prize:

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Groningen prize-winners and organizers (photo: official website).

Groningen Jubilee Tournament

The 50th edition of Groningen tournament in the university sport centre Zernike was a great success. Organizer Jan Colly and his team have all reasons to be happy with a smoothly run and highly enjoyable festival which was aimed at all levels and ages. All results, photos and impressions may be found here:

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Het Paard to the Olympic Champion

My co-author IM Hans Bohm travelled last week all the way to the southern province of North Brabant to meet the Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven and her winning horse Salinero. Hans granted Anky the first official copy of our brand new book Wij Presenteren Het Paard (We present The Knight) published by Tirion. I was unable to join him this time having had myself to head to the opposite edge of the country, all the way to Groningen where I am taking part in the 50th edition of the traditional Christmas festival.
You may have some pictorial impressions from this meeting on Hans’s website:

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The traditional Studies solving simultan in Cafe Atlantis -

Groningen - The Jubilee Edition

Groningen is a world famous chess city with long tradition highlighted by the 1946 international tournament, the first major event to be organized after the Second World War.  
Next Friday the 50th edition will start. An experienced organizing team headed by Jan Colly will run various open tournaments to be played on December 21-30 in Sportcentrum Rijksuniversiteit & Hanzehogeschool Blauwborgje 16, 9747 AC Groningen
On December 26-29 GM John van der Wiel will play the Groningen University Chess Challenge against the local young talent Jorden van Foreest.  
All festival details and the updated participants list may be found on the official website:
There you may also find the daily brainteaser and send in your solution to win a book prize if you are lucky.

After their hard fought games the players (and other chess lovers) may still enjoy a relaxed after-chess evening in Café Atlantis situated in the city center. The owner Bert van der Marel, himself a great chess lover, a strong player and an endgame study enthusiast, has prepared a special program:

Vrij 21 dec. Atlantis 7 jaar. Het Aquariussnelschaaktoernooi.
Za  22 dec. Doorgeefschaak.
Zo  23 dec. Schaakquiz.
Ma 24 dec. Klikschaak.
Di 25 dec. Eerste Kerstdag. Atlantis gesloten.
Wo 26 dec. Compositieworkshop.
Do 27 dec. Lezing over schaken door IM Hans Böhm.
Vrij 28 dec. SISSA Kerstblitztoernooi in Atlantis
Za 29 dec. Studiesimultaan door IM Yochanan Afek.
Zo 30 dec. Afterparty.

Posted: December 17 - 2012

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