Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The 13th Univé Tournament 2009 is taking place from October 16th to 24th in the town hall in the center of the Dutch town of Hoogeveen. It is played in a number of sections: the Crown Group with four players, the strong international Univé Open, two tournaments for amateurs and a youth event. The insurance company Univé is the new sponsor of the event, which was previously known as the Essent Tournament. The prize fund for the for the Crown Group is €10,000, the time control 40 moves in 1½ hours + 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30 seconds increment from the start.

Participants of the Crown Group



Vassily Ivanchuk


Sergei Tiviakov


Judit Polgar


Anish Giri


  Average rating 2663 – Category: 17

Anish Giri, 15, grandmaster and Dutch Champion

All four games of the first two rounds in the Crown Group were drawn, which was mainly a success for 15-year-old GM Anish Giri, who was playing 161 points above his nominal 2552 rating. The second round had the more exciting games: a hard-fought 52-move draw between Giri and Sergei Tiviakov, and an exciting effort by Judit Polgar, who missed a good chance (46..Qd4!) with the black pieces against Vassily Ivanchuk, and then tried to eke out a win in a rook and minor piece ending. The game was drawn in 75 moves.


(4) Giri,A (2552) - Tiviakov,S (2670) [E00]
Unive Crown Hoogeveen NED (2), 19.10.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 c6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bf4 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Rc1 Nbd7 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Nb5 Ne8 13.Qd3 a6 14.Nc7 Rc8 15.Nxa6 Ra8 16.Nc7 Rxa2 17.Qb3 Ra5 18.Bd2 Ra7 19.Nb5 Ra8 20.Bb4 Ba6 21.Ne5 Nxe5


22.dxe5 Bc5 23.Na3 Bxb4 24.Qxb4 Bxe2 25.Rfe1 Ba6 26.Rc6 Rb8 27.Nc2 Bc8 28.Nd4 Bd7 29.Ra1 Rb7 30.Rc3 g6 31.g4 Ng7 32.h3 f6 33.Qd6 fxe5 34.Qxe5 Qb8 35.Nf3 b5




36.Rac1 Qxe5 37.Nxe5 Ne8 38.Rc5 Kg7 39.Re1 Kf6 40.h4 Ng7 41.b4 Rfb8 42.Rc3 Ke7 43.Ra1 Ne8 44.Nd3 Rc7


45.Nc5 Nf6 46.Re1 Kd6 47.g5 Ne8 48.Bh3 Bc8 49.Bxe6 Re7 50.Rce3 Ng7 51.Bxc8 Rxe3 52.fxe3 1/2-1/2


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