July 2, 2011

Dutch National Championship - Photo impressions

The Dutch Championship is already on its second half, soon the sixth round will start later on today. Wouter Spoelman is leading with 4 out of 5 and, in the women section, Zhaoqin Peng is undefetead, with 6 out of 6! Women play a double round-robin tournament, so no rest day for them. But for men, yesterday, 1st of July, relaxation time was in the schedule.
Smaranda Padurariu, WIM, Jan Smeets' girlfriend and my friend, has sent us a big pictorial report from the competition. Thanks Sma!

SintLucas college in Boxtel, the tournament's building.

The playing hall

Jan Smeets vs Anish Giri

Erwin l'Ami

Live games

Analysis room

Sint Petrus Kerk, Boxtel

Along the streets in Boxtel

Of course, bikes everywhere:)

The evening before the rest day: relaxing with...chess,
of course, what else?!

Vught, where the players are accommodated. 

This is the main building, where they have their meals.

And their rooms

Playing wii

Ivan Sokolov is boxing with the computer:)

Vught is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands. It is a town where lots of commuters live and has recently been named "Best place to live" by the Dutch magazine Elsevier. But it is also known for its transit/concentration camp (Herzogenbusch) built by Nazi-Germany during World War II. More info on wikipedia.

Smaranda Padurariu, supporting Jan Smeets
in the tournament and our reporter for today!

Smaranda is living in the same city as I do, Iasi, and she has one more year to get her Master degree in kinetotherapy. She was several times Romanian Champion in her age group, achieved many national and international results, she is now teaching children how to play chess and still has enough time to devote for her hobbies: capoeira and handmade jewelery. Plus, we are in the same team: Politehnica Iasi. Good luck for Jan!

1. Official website
2. Live games
3. Smaranda's blog


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