(translation from Russian Television website Murman)

Young chess players from Murmansk won the international tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The contest was part of Russian-Dutch bilateral year agenda. The banners that promoted the tournament were hanging all around the city and from the first second it was clear for guests that chess is a big deal here and people have great interest in it.

It has been long time since the vessel “SS Rotterdam” was in the open sea. Now it is anchored to one of the city’s docks and is used as a touristic attraction. And for two days it has turned into a battlefield between four teams.

The teams arrived at the location by water taxi for it is quick, convenient and refreshing way to get to the vessel. Besides Murmansk, three other teams participated in the event: from Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Murmansk sister city – Groningen. Each team had to play three 4-hour games.

At the first game Murmansk team managed to win Belgium and take the leadership. The opening ceremony that was held afterwards took the pressure off participants.

Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb, who visited the Tournament, said: “Recently I was part of the delegation that welcomed President Putin in Holland. It is extremely important to strengthen our cooperation not only in politics or business, but in culture as well, and events like this give a common ground to both of our countries”.

Russian Ambassador in the Netherlands Roman Kolodkin noted: “Playing chess is very important. Everywhere – both at home and abroad. And it is great that there are people who make it happen”.

The games have been broadcasted live at Basamro website, which emphasized that this event is open to everyone who is interested in chess.

Director of Basamro Shipping, Aart Willem van der Basch, said: “I believe that it is safe to say that this event was a successful enterprise. You can tell that from the number of guests and the fact that our tournament is gaining popularity in the world of chess”.

A game with Groningen brought Murmansk the second win, and it all came to final game with Rotterdam team, that also scored two wins.

The final, third game, ended with a draw. Nevertheless, Murmansk team gained more individual points and that gave them the leading position in the tournament. It was a great success of young chess players from Murmansk and they are looking forward to new challenges ahead of them.

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by Teun Koorevaar

The young team from Murmansk has won the first BASAMRO Chess Tournament 2013 convincingly with 5 match points and 15 board points.

BASAMRO-LOGO-FINALE

In the third and final round team Murmansk played against the team of Rotterdam. Murmansk had equal match points but two board points more than Rotterdam. The final match was an exciting duel.

First Liam Vrolijk and Robby Kevlishvili had won, Kevin Nguyen and Marijn den Hartog lost and Lola den Dunnen played remise. This brought Murmansk closer to the victory.

Stijn Gieben lost from Valeria Ivina, Robin Lecomte won from Kirill Klukin and in the last remaining game between Jan van Overdam and Daniil Kharchenko both players took turns and traded out their pieces. Both players decided to end the game in a tie and all pieces could be put back in the boxes. Thus ended the encounter between Rotterdam vs. Murmansk in  4 – 4 and Murmansk became, rightfully, the winner of this unique tournament and Rotterdam came in second.

Top scoring players were Robby Kevlishvili, Robin Lecomte and Matvey Galchenko with 3 out of 3.

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The young team of Murmansk and team captains posing in front of camera with Jan Timman, C.E.O. Aart v.d. Basch and Tournament Chairman Dolf Meijer. Photo: tk

It was clear that  Murmansk had sent a strong team, this became evident when looking at the results from the simultaneous games against Jan Timmand on Saturday 1 June. He played against 24 opponents and only Valerina Ivina and Krill Klukin were able to end the game in a tie. Timman won the other 22 games, but it was not easy for him against these upcoming young talents.

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Timman posing with young team Moermansk, photo: tk

On Saturday 1 June the Mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb visited the chess event on the ss Rotterdam. Would it be possible to take a picture with the mayor?

Jeugdteam Rotterdam op de foto met de burgemeester

Young team Rotterdam posing with the Mayor of Rotterdam Aboutaleb. Photo: Ab Scheel

Round 3

Rotterdam - Murmansk result
1 Jan Van Overdam - Daniil Kharchenko 1/2 – 1/2
2 Stijn Gieben - Valeria Ivina 0 – 1
3 Robby Kevlishvili - Vadim Galchenko 1 – 0
4 Robin Lecomte - Kirill Klukin 1 – 0
5 Marijn Den Hartog - Matvey Galchenko 0 – 1
6 Lola Den Dunnen - Natalia Kazak 1/2 – 1/2
7 Kevin Nguyen - Maria Aksenova 0 – 1
8 Liam Vrolijk - Ilya Natarov 1 – 0
4 – 4
Groningen - Antwerp result
1 Ivo Maris - Stefan Beukema 0 – 1
2 Frank Van der Werff - Astrid Barbier 1 – 0
3 Rowan Van Dijk - Lennart Lenaerts 0 – 1
4 Lisanne Waardenburg - Ben Tuerlinckx 0 – 1
5 Adrian Kuiper - Tamer Ismael 0 – 1
6 Raymon Oord - Fabio de Block 0 – 1
7 Eelke De Boer - Jasper Beukema 1 – 0
8 Jonas Hilwerda - Anthony Cristian Mitran 1 – 0
3 – 5

Round 2

Antwerp - Rotterdam result
1 Stefan Beukema - Jan Van Overdam 1/2 – 1/2
2 Astrid Barbier - Stijn Gieben 0 – 1
3 Lennart Lenaerts - Robby Kevlishvili 0 – 1
4 Ben Tuerlinckx - Robin Lecomte 0 – 1
5 Tamer Ismael - Marijn Den Hartog 0 – 1
6 Fabio de Block - Lola Den Dunnen 1 – 0
7 Jasper Beukema - Kevin Nguyen 1 – 0
8 Anthony Cristian Mitran - Liam Vrolijk 1 – 0
3.5 – 4.5
Murmansk - Groningen result
1 Daniil Kharchenko - Ivo Maris 1/2 – 1/2
2 Valeria Ivina - Frank Van der Werff 1/2 – 1/2
3 Vadim Galchenko - Rowan Van Dijk 1/2 – 1/2
4 Kirill Klukin - Lisanne Waardenburg 1 – 0
5 Matvey Galchenko - Adrian Kuiper 1 – 0
6 Natalia Kazak - Raymon Oord 1 – 0
7 Maria Aksenova - Eelke De Boer 0 – 1
8 Ilya Natarov - Jonas Hilwerda 1 – 0
5.5 – 2.5

SIMULTANEOUS CHESS WITH JAN TIMMAN

On the first day 24 participants, among which many of our team players, played a simultaneous game of chess agains our own Jan Timman.
Only two of them managed to end the game with a tie, these were:

Valeria Ivina (Russia)
Krill Klukin (Russia)

CONGRATULATIONS to these young Russian talents!

BLITZ tournament

Ivo Maris won the Blitz tournament after a tie-break with 3 out of 3!
Full game details will be posted online shortly.

TOMORROW LIVE GAMES!

We have found a solution to our problems and are glad we can post the second and third rounds LIVE on our website!

Murmansk - Antwerp result
1 Daniil Kharchenko - Stefan Beukema 0 – 1
2 Valeria Ivina - Astrid Barbier 1 – 0
3 Vadim Galchenko - Lennart Lenaerts 0 – 1
4 Kirill Klukin - Ben Tuerlinckx 1 – 0
5 Matvey Galchenko - Tamer Ismael 1 – 0
6 Natalia Kazak - Fabio de Block 1 – 0
7 Maria Aksenova - Jasper Beukema ½ – ½
8 Ilya Natarov - Anthony Cristian Mitran 1 – 0
5½ – 2½
Groningen - Rotterdam result
1 Ivo Maris - Jan Van Overdam 1 – 0
2 Frank Van der Werff - Stijn Gieben 0 – 1
3 Rowan Van Dijk - Robby Kevlishvili 0 – 1
4 Lisanne Waardenburg - Robin Lecomte 0 – 1
5 Adrian Kuiper - Marijn Den Hartog 0 – 1
6 Raymon Oord - Lola Den Dunnen 1 – 0
7 Eelke De Boer - Kevin Nguyen 0 – 1
8 Jonas Hilwerda - Jorik Klein 1 – 0
3 – 5