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  1. 04 Jul '11 12:39
    The fight for the Belgian crown is taking place (July 2-July 10) in Berchem (Antwerp).

    Games begin every day at 14.00(GMT+2) except Sunday 10 (11.30)

    All games can be followed live on the net: http://schaakfabriek.be/live/
  2. 04 Jul '11 18:11
    Been looking at the games in the open section.A shame they only post the top 20 boards.

    Round 1

    A miniature and a puzzling game.

    The miniature.Painful for the white side but an instructive example.


    The puzzling game.
    Now I can understand white's happy to draw being outrated almost 400 elo.
    But what was black thinking?I guess he had better things to do than play chess.



    Round 2,youth beats experience!
    An upset!Outrated by 300 points Tuerlinckx Ben,aged 13!,beat Penson Thierry,aged 56 and seeded 10th,with a nice quick queenside attack.

  3. 04 Jul '11 18:37
    Thanks for sharing, good stuff there.

    It boggles my mind to think of a 13 year old being so good.
  4. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    04 Jul '11 18:55
    Originally posted by torten
    The fight for the Belgian crown is taking place (July 2-July 10) in Berchem (Antwerp).

    Games begin every day at 14.00(GMT+2) except Sunday 10 (11.30)

    All games can be followed live on the net: http://schaakfabriek.be/live/
    My money's on Colle.
  5. 05 Jul '11 13:35
    Round 3

    I do look at the expert section too but usually have nothing to say because it's all over my head.
    However,in this round the leader and defending champion,Hovhanisian Mher,missed a clear win with the white pieces against the tail ender Beukema.
    No disaster because his closest rivals also drew but still missing a good chance to pull further away.


    Probably not black's best defense but you get the idea.
    Hovhanisian did suffer some time trouble.

    Not much that caught my eye in the open.No upsets,no gruesome opening disasters.Boring round really 😉
    This poorly played sicilian has some neat little tactics.
  6. 05 Jul '11 13:55
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    My money's on Colle.
    Unfortunatly Colle didn't enter this year.Somehow his invitation letter kept returning and nobody knows how to reach him.They even asked Zelda.
    O'Kelly de Galway,Koltanowski,Boey and Dunkelblum declined for unkown reasons.

    Seriously,the only real absentee is Winants.He wasn't invited because some years ago he declared he would no longer play in a Belgian chess federation tourney.
    No idea why that is.
  7. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    05 Jul '11 15:49
    Originally posted by torten
    Unfortunatly Colle didn't enter this year.Somehow his invitation letter kept returning and nobody knows how to reach him.They even asked Zelda.
    O'Kelly de Galway,Koltanowski,Boey and Dunkelblum declined for unkown reasons.

    Seriously,the only real absentee is Winants.He wasn't invited because some years ago he declared he would no longer play in a Belgian chess federation tourney.
    No idea why that is.
    I have to admit, Colle has always been one of my favorites because I had very bad asthma as a kid, and my lungs are still in poor shape, and I fit the stereotype of the perpetually sick chess player.

    The fact that he was sickly and produced beautiful chess in spite of his poor health was and still is an inspiration for me.
  8. 05 Jul '11 17:44
    Found this interesting Round 2 game.

    S.Docx (2330) - P.De Kaey (1955) Belguim Ch 2011



    Variation after 16.Qf3

  9. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Jul '11 05:53
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Found this interesting Round 2 game.

    S.Docx (2330) - P.De Kaey (1955) Belguim Ch 2011

    [pgn]
    1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bg4 4. Bb5+ Nbd7 5. f3 Bf5 6. Nc3 a6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Bb3 Nb6 9. Nge2 Nfxd5 10. Nxd5 Nxd5 11. O-O e6 12. Ng3 Bg6 13. f4 c5 {Now White elects to get his Bishop trapped as per Noah's Ark. 14.c4 first then f5 which cannot stopped looks g ...[text shortened]... e careful tip-toeing by White is required to bring home the point. Indeed if he can.}[/pgn]
    I love seeing games like this at tournaments. It defies the easy "at a glance" evaluation, and you find yourself at the side of the board, drawn in to the myriad tactics, and the evaluation of potential endgames at every corner. Nice notes!
  10. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Jul '11 06:00
    Originally posted by torten
    Been looking at the games in the open section.A shame they only post the top 20 boards.

    Round 1

    A miniature and a puzzling game.

    The miniature.Painful for the white side but an instructive example.
    [pgn][Event "BK 2011 - Open"]
    [Site "?"]
    [Date "2011.07.02"]
    [Round "1.3"]
    [White "Verhelst, Joris"]
    [Black "Docx, Stefan"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "A ...[text shortened]... AM!game over} 0-1[/pgn]
    I'm with you on "The Puzzling Game". A completely unfamiliar position for me, and very interesting, and they walk away just as it gets good!

    My guess is that black had bad sushi for lunch, it caught up with him, and he had to make a very untimely exit from the tournament hall.
  11. 06 Jul '11 13:13
    Originally posted by SmittyTime
    Thanks for sharing, good stuff there.

    It boggles my mind to think of a 13 year old being so good.
    Well,Beukema Stefan,playing in the expert section,rated 2209 is 15 years old.
    And even that is not so special in the chessworld.

    Then again,I hadn't even heard of chess at that age 😕

    Anyway,off to look at round 4 games
  12. 06 Jul '11 15:59
    Round 4

    Unforced errors.
    I've had games like this.Don't I know it!But as an onlooker I'm baffled each and every time.
    Black plays 15 good moves then goes bananas.
    Van Den Brande Werner-Verduyckt Johan



    An all too familiar blunder.
    Van Capellen Jonas-Barbier Wim
    White played 18.Nd4??

    Crazy move but I do that too.The thinking goes like this
    "I no longer like my knight on b5,it would be better on f3.So Nd4-f3 is that ok?The d4 square is attacked 3 times by him but also by me.So yes,it's safe"
    Nd4,Bxd4 huh?.......GAH!

    The Giuoco still claims victims!
    Apemiye Austin - Schrickx Frank


    No joke!
    Does the manhattan dodge still work in round 4?
    Talon-Schuurbiers
  13. 07 Jul '11 00:01
    Round 5 and the man with the hat won again

    A careles move followed by a quick one-two
    Maddens Martijn-Penson Thierry


    A beautiful sequence

    Sadkowski Daniël-Van Den Brande Werner


    The mandatory quick draw
    Van Herck Marcel-Hajenus Willem
  14. 07 Jul '11 00:13 / 1 edit
    Round 5 addition

    Upset in the expert section.
    Young Beukema caughed the seasoned GM Malakhatko in the endgame with a trap 2 moves deep!
    Luck,they say.Bollocks!He created and opportunity for his opponent to go wrong and he did.

    Here Beukema played 54....,Ba4 55.Kxg4??,Ra5!


    Lessons:
    always be on guard
    a 2500+ rating doesn't protect you from mistakes
    2 move tactics are worth a shot(see also R5 open section)
  15. 07 Jul '11 17:44
    I'll let Torten have the pleasure of noting up.

    Vandenbussche -v- Malakhatko played earlier on today. It's a Cracker.
    (he is most likely working on it now - he'd better be!).