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Wesley So Leads Univé Crown Group at Half-way Point

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 23.10.13 01:32.

During the first and only rest day of the Univé Tournament's Crown Group, Wesley So enjoys a full-point lead. On Tuesday the Philippine grandmaster won against Robin van Kampen to reach a score of 2.5/3. Van Kampen is the only player with a 50 percent score. GMs Maxim Rodshtein and Viktor Moskalenko are tied for first place with 4.5/5 in the open group.

Photos courtesy of the tournament website

Monday's second round saw two draws in the Crown Group. Wesley So defended with the Berlin, and Mickey Adams apparently didn't feel like playing the ending but chose the super solid 5.Re1. The players followed the game Nakamura-Carlsen, played in St Louis, Missouri last month - the city where So is studying. Also in this game White's bishop pair was not strong enough to create serious chances.

The all-Dutch encounter Van Kampen vs. Van Wely was the third draw between the two GMs. They played a Kan Sicilian and Black's typical break 12...d5 did not immediately equalize, but White didn't have much either. The a5-pawn was weak, and later it allowed Black to open the b-file when the position was completely balanced.

The next day, Van Wely and Adams drew in a topical line of the Nimzo-Indian that quickly leads to an ending. The game lasted 37 moves, but the first 29 (!) had been played before! There was no difference because the double rook ending was always a draw.

The two leaders, Wesley So and Robin van Kampen, played each other and this was an irregular Queen's Gambit Declined. So's 5.e3 and 6.b3 had been tried by Vassily Ivanchuk recently, but So deviated himself, even though Ivanchuk could have improved with an early Nf3-e5. 

So's 14.Ba6! made it clear that White did have a slight plus and Van Kampen couldn't find a good solution. A few moves later he had hanging pawns and a doubled f-pawn, and so it was clear Black was going to suffer for a while. But... was it really lost? Was 25...d4 necessary? And could Black have defended actively in the ending? Lots of questions, and so the players analyzed the game together for a long time.

 

 

Univé 2013 | Crown Group | Round 3 standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 So,Wesley 2706 * 1 ½ 1 2.5/3 x
2 Van Kampen,Robin 2607 0 * 1 ½ 1.5/3 x
3 Adams,Michael 2753 ½ 0 * ½ 1.0/3 1.75
4 Van Wely,Loek 2693 0 ½ ½ * 1.0/3 1.25

In the open group Maxim Rodshtein and Viktor Moskalenko are tied for first place with 4.5/5. They drew their mutual game in round 4 but let's look at the draw on board 2, which was a fascinating fight that started with the Noteboom Variation:

The next day Rodshtein beat Levin in a Berlin Ruy Lopez:

As always, the venue is the town hall in Hoogeveen

Moskalenko won against Krasenkow, using the Dutch:

Univé 2013 | Open Group | Round 5 standings (top 30)

Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We
1 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 4.5 ISR 2664 2782 +0.54
2 GM Moskalenko, Viktor 4.5 ESP 2520 2788 +1.46
3 GM L'Ami, Erwin 4.0 NED 2645 2635 +0.06
4 GM Ernst, Sipke 4.0 NED 2573 2522 -0.17
5 GM Haslinger, Stewart 4.0 ENG 2543 2520 +0.01
6 IM Tania, Sachdev 4.0 IND 2438 2505 +0.40
7 FM Goudriaan, Etienne 4.0 NED 2410 2515 +0.68
8 FM Okkes, Menno 4.0 NED 2351 2528 +1.13
9 GM Krasenkow, Michal 3.5 POL 2640 2561 -0.30
10 IM Wagner, Dennis 3.5 GER 2481 2395 -0.40
11 GM Levin, Felix 3.5 GER 2480 2532 +0.44
12 IM Hendriks, Willy 3.5 NED 2407 2338 -0.34
13 FM Schroeder, Jan-Christian 3.5 GER 2370 2417 +0.36
14 IM De Jong, Migchiel 3.5 NED 2345 2433 +0.60
15 Kerigan, Demre 3.5 TUR 2288 2434 +1.01
16 Brookes, Christopher 3.5 NED 2136 2376 +1.52
17 IM Pancevski, Filip 3.0 MKD 2493 2246 -1.31
18 FM Van Wessel, Rudy 3.0 NED 2388 2302 -0.45
19 FM Van Kooten, Luuk 3.0 NED 2375 2323 -0.28
20 IM Berkovich, Mark 3.0 ISR 2372 2210 -0.94
21 FM Rooze, Jan 3.0 BEL 2355 2280 -0.44
22 IM Slingerland, Fred 3.0 NED 2345 2270 -0.29
23 FM Hopman, Pieter 3.0 NED 2338 2394 +0.35
24 FM Bezemer, Arno 3.0 NED 2327 2379 +0.33
25 FM Pel, Bonno 3.0 NED 2291 2359 +0.52
26 Englert, Fabian 3.0 GER 2290 2245 -0.25
27 FM Van der Poel, Henk 3.0 NED 2246 2201 -0.25
28 FM Lorscheid, Gerhard 3.0 GER 2218 2425 +1.32
29 Hulshof, Peter 3.0 NED 2206 2278 +0.48
30 Kollen, Zyon 3.0 NED 2188 2086 -0.62

(Full standings here)

The 17th Univé Chess Tournament takes place 18-26 October, 2013 in the town hall of Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. As always there is a Crown Group, an Open Group and two Amateur Groups. The Crown Group is a double round robin with games on Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday.

Three generations of Dutch chess in the press room: Robin van Kampen, Jorden van Foreest (who became European Champion U14 last week) and Loek van Wely

Jorden beat his younger brother Lucas in round 4

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  • vor 10 Monate

    ExchangeMaster

    fantastic games

  • vor 10 Monate

    wjcsz

    Philippines has 344500 members!!! ranked fourth in chess.com!!!

     

     

    http://www.chess.com/members/member_countries

  • vor 10 Monate

    PeterDoggers

    @MrMars The reason to give this games is purely to point out where other GMs have deviated. I choose a few more moves and then stop, but I don't evaluate. (This is for opening books.) The result shouldn't be relevant for this (and sometimes gives the wrong impression that somebody is better).

  • vor 10 Monate

    wjcsz

      So many Philipino it seems philipino good at chess and English .  Philippine   has the forth most chess players in chess.com!

  • vor 10 Monate

    bigbikefan

    The new user interface for viewing games on these pages lacks flipping board option.

    @MrMars: I concur, even though it's been general practice here to omit this information in the comments, unless I haven't been a long time enough viewer to know otherwise.

  • vor 10 Monate

    MrMars

    when citing games, can you guys please please please say if its a win for white, black or a draw? it is kind of irritating to see a cited game with no result...you dont need to show the whole game just tell us who won

  • vor 10 Monate

    gregdocot

    So far, so good, Wesley! Don't lose your focus.

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