A little bit of context for the title: As a PhD-student (and until recently regular student) at TU/e I know that during the average lecture or lunch break, several students are playing some chess. Regardless of the level, they are typically connected by some sort of fascination for the game. This situation is also the reason that this association, Noesis, and our sister association S.S.V.N Tussen De Torens (Nijmegen) came to exist a few years ago. In order to promote student chess in The Netherlands, we already organized an incredible chess tournament last year in the city of Nijmegen. Due to the great experience we had there, the tournament was repeated this year in the auditorium of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
And it was a beatiful day to play chess on Sunday April 30th. The weather was wonderful at around 18 degrees and sunny weather. This meant that besides the chess, the participants could also enjoy some of the green campus of the TU/e. This sunny weather also seemed to have lead to a sunny disposition of the participants, as the atmosphere was great from an early stage.
Before the coffee break later in the afternoon, the battlefield started to become clear in the different groups. In the A-group, the two top favourites FM Luuk Baselmans (Tilburg University) and FM Iwo Godzwon (TU/e) managed to make true to the expectations by winning their first few games. When Iwo managed to score a full point in their direct encounter, the main question was going to be who could stop him. In the larger B-group, Chris Mutsaers (Universiteit Utrecht) and Ömer Coskun (TU/e) still had full points after round 5, but with many people at 4 points it was still anyones game. Finally, in the C-group, Jan Ebbers (Fontys Eindhoven) also managed to achieve a 100% score. This promised an exciting last round.
Jan Ebbers in the C-group could unfortunately not continue his great streak from the start of the tournament and scored only half a point in the last two rounds, causing him to tragically just miss the podium. The podium was shared by three players, where the difference was again based on the buchholz score. First place: Levi Baruch (TU/e), who besides making nice pictures, also played some nice chess. In second place: Juul Bierens (Maastricht University), who won all his game after a false start. Finally, Vahid Nazli (Fontys Sporthogeschool Eindhoven). Rating prizes were won by Marciano Verheesen (Utrecht University) and Joop Andriesse (TU Delft) in the U750 and U500 respectively.
In the B-group Ömer Coskun had a great chance to win the tournament outright after winning the direct encounter with Chris Mutsaers. Unfortunately, he met his match in the last round in the person of Jasper van Buul (TU/e). Because of this, the tournament was shared between these three players, with six point eacht. Chris ultimately took first place based on buchholz points. In this group, the rating prizes U1200 and U1500 went to Hugo Marchand (Fontys Hogeschool) and Jurre Heijmens Visser (Maastricht University), respectively.
If you made it to the end of this report, thanks for reading! However, the information you can consume about the tournament doesn’t end here. For more beautiful pictures about the tournament, I refer you to the photo page. You can find the end results of the the individual tournament and the team tournament on our website. Finally, the student sports association SSN has made a nice aftermovie at the tournament.
The only thing left for me is to thank the different parties that helped make this tournament possible. Of course, the main sponsor IMC Trading, without their financial support this beatiful event would not have been as beautiful. The Eindhoven chess associations ESV and WLC for supplying some additional chess material so we could increase the number of participants. The photographers Levi Baruch and Busi Huits for the beautiful photos they made to immortalize this event. And finaly all volunteers in the committee who sacrificed many saturday mornings to make this event to a success. Until next year!