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Wijk aan Zee 2012: standing from left: John Nunn, Yochanan Afek, Hans Uitenbroek and winner David Klein. Sitting: Solving current world champion Piotr Murdzia.
Photo by WGM Alina L'Ami herself a regular successful participant in the studies solving day.

Tata Steel Chess and Studies Day

The fourth international Tata Steel Chess and Studies Day will be held on Saturday, January 26th 2013 in hotel  Zeeduin in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands) as part of the 75th edition of Tata Steel chess tournament and in collaboration with ARVES. Chief Arbiter: Luc Palmans

Here is the time-table:
10:00- 10.30: Registration
10.45: Official opening
11.00 -14.00: International Open Solving Competition of original studies with a prize fund of 750 Euros and book prizes. Special prizes will be awarded to the best newcomers and youth solvers.
14.00-17.00: Watching the penultimate round of the world’s most famous chess tournaments with live expert commentary.
17.30: Prize giving.

Entry fee: 15 Euros; juniors (u-20) 10 Euros; GMs and IMs – free.

Winners of 2009 edition: 1. IM Twan Burg 2. GM John Nunn 3. GM Eddy van Beers
Winners of 2011 edition: 1. GM John Nunn 2. GM Eddy van Beers 3. WGM Alina L'ami
Winners of 2012 edition: 1. FM David Klein 2. IM Joost Michielsen 3. GM John Nunn

The Dutch section of the International Solving Championship (for problems & studies) will be held in Wijk aan Zee on Sunday, January 27th (last round of Tata steel tournament) and is open to all. Organizer is Hans Uitenbroek and chief arbiter Peter Bakker. A separate invitation is to be published.
For further details and registration (in advance, as the number of participants is limited!) please write to the organizer Yochanan Afek Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. before January 20th 2012. 
Join an enjoyable chess and chess composition weekend with the special atmosphere of the great Wijk aan Zee festival and help us to create a successful event again!

Wijk aan zee 2012: World composing champion Oleg Pervakov demonstrating one of his entertaining studies to Dutch GMs Jan Timman, Erwin L'Ami and Sipke Ernst during the closing dinner. Watching also Mrs. Geertje Timman and Yochanan Afek . Photo: Alina L'Ami.                            

Posted: October 31 - 2012


Vacation Study

As a chess artist my main goal is to entertain chess lovers with my endgame studies, to make them happy even for a little while.

My good old friend Hebert Perez Garcia from Den Helder is a strong player and an experienced trainer whose great hobby is to create documentary videos. Chess events and personalities are naturally a prominent topic in his films. In Youtube you may enjoy his instructive films on events such as the Jubilee Groningen tournament 1996 and Wijk aan Zee among others.  

Last summer Hebert and his family spent an enjoyable vacation in Turkey. one of my older miniature studies was apparently selected as part of the cruise entertainment program …

Here is the ultimate proof:

Curiously, this particular study, composed some thirty years ago, is still the favorite of more than one of my friends no matter the efforts I have made ever since to create much better ones. In 1982 I was part of an Israeli team to Cairo to play a match with the best Egyptian players of the time. In between the playing sessions I showed them this fresh effort of mine. I still enjoy remembering their baffled faces when finding the solution following some considerable effort. I guess it was the strong element of surprise in what seems such a simple setting that made it so appealing to them.

Posted: October 30 - 2012


Leon Pliester (Photo ChessVibes)

Leon Pliester

This afternoon we fare welled IM Leon Pliester for the last time in Amsterdam. He passed away last week at just 58 following a long illness.
You may learn about his chess career here:

I first met Leon in an International open in Holon (Israel) in 1985 and ever since we occasionally met upon my numerous visits in Amsterdam in the famous Chess café Gambit in the Bloemgracht.
We played several times in Dutch tournaments (we mostly drew) and in recent years we were even neighbours in the very heart of the Dutch capital and team mates in the Belgian club Jean Jaurés Gent. We sometimes travelled there together in his car (with his faithful and loving wife Dory) as well as to his last tournament, the Pinkstertoernooi in Bussum last June. He obviously did not feel well but still tried his best to give his opponents good fights. Though his poor condition was evident it was quite a blow to hear the sad news in Hoogeveen.
 As a tribute to Leon I chose the following amusing miniature against one of the would-be Dutch leading grandmasters:   

Pliester,Leon (2417) - Reinderman,Dimitri (2375)

Leiden open (5), 01.03.1992

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.Qh5 Bg7 13.0–0 f4 14.c4 bxc4 15.Nxc4 0–0 16.Rad1 Nd4 17.Bb1 Rc8

 18.Nxd6! Rc6 [18...Qxd6!? 19.Rxd4! Bg4! 20.Qxg4 exd4 21.Nxf4] 19.Rxd4! exd4?? [19...Rxd6 20.Rd2±] 20.e5+- h6 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Nf5! Rc5 23.Nxh6 Rxe5 24.Nxf7# 1–0

Posted: October 30 - 2012




Recent articles in CHESS

In June I attended the match Navara- Svidler in Prague. I also gave a lecture on tactical rook endings prior to one of the games there.  My impressions from the event were put in writing in August issue of the English monthly CHESS. During the last summer I attended several Dutch tournaments: Amsterdam, Haarlem (twice!) and Vlissingen as a player, Dieren as a visitor and Roosendaal as a commentator. I covered the summer Dutch scene in the September issue of CHESS: In the same issue I paid tribute to the late Ukrainian-Israeli GM Konstantin Lerner who had passed away on September 24th 2011. 

Posted: October 29 - 2012


Trainingen Afek in Utrecht

A series of 5 group training sessions will be given by me (mainly in English) in Utrecht. Here below is the information in Dutch:

Yochanan Afek geeft vanaf 14 december 2012 zijn jaarlijkse serie van vijf trainingen in Utrecht. De nadruk in deze trainingen ligt op tactiek en eindspelen maar de deelnemers worden aangemoedigd om zelf onderwerpen aan te dragen of eigen partijen in te sturen die dan in de les worden besproken. Yochanan Afek spreekt daarom zelf liever van workshops dan van trainingen.
De data:
1. 14 december 2012
2. 4 januari 2013
3. 1 februari 2013
4. 8 maart 2013
5. 26 april 2013

- De locatie is het Rode Kruisgebouw aan de Koningsweg 2 in Utrecht.
- De workshops beginnen om 19:45 uur en zijn rond 22:30 uur afgelopen.
- De workshops zijn in het Engels. Voor mensen die moeite hebben met Engels, kan Afek de meeste schaaktermen vertalen
- Er wordt geen ratingeis aan de deelnemers gesteld. Er wordt rekening gehouden met schakers van uiteenlopende sterkte.
- Deelnemers krijgen huiswerk mee.
- De kosten bedragen 50 - 75 euro (afhankelijk van het aantal deelnemers) voor de 5 trainingen.

Opgeven of meer informatie bij Jeroen Bollaart, e-mail adres: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

Posted: October 29 - 2012


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