|The first stop on our tour: Panorama Mesdag!|
I was really impressed, and so were all the other players, by this
cylindrical painting - more than 14 metres high and about 40 metres in diameter (120 metres in circumference)!
360 degrees of pure beauty!
|Scheveningen village, a small section of the Panorama .|
|Another panoramic view, over The Hague|
|The center of the Dutch political scene, |
seen from up, from the 42nd floor, where...
|...we enjoyed the lunch break!|
|Is it just my impression or chess is oftenly used|
as an allegory of the political struggle?!
|On our way to the heart of Dutch politics|
|Before you enter, you can raise your mood by eating the famous|
Dutch raw fish: Haring!
|"Buitenhof", which means we are still outside of the 'magical'|
world of politics...
|And...Binnenhof! Almost there:)|
|Our group taking a seat, preparing to listen carefully the guide's explanations.|
|Roof detail: 'everything you say will be heard!'|
|Very open area for everyone: Historical place with a typical Dutch design of splendor and two feet on the ground mentality.|
|Next stop: the house of Representatives, Second Chamber.|
I have no pictures from there; we had to leave everything behind, in these lockers. Only one little 'problem' some of us had, on the way out: the code I remember, but...which was my locker?!
|Nanda, taking care of the details of our excursion.|
And I must say she did a great job!
|Are you talking to me?!|
|Hey! A Tata Steel bus!|
That's our transportation:)
|After the cultural part, it's time for: Glow Golf!|
You wouldn't believe it, but chess players are quite gifted for this activity:)
|Illya Nyzhnyk in action, closely watched by Lazaro Bruzon|
|We couldn't have had a better timing: sunset in Scheveningen!|
Maybe you heard of the popular Dutch seaside resort, which is
also the birth place of the Scheveningen Variation?!
|Van der Valk: the restaurant where we had a fantastic dinner.|
|Wondering how come the chess players were able in 1923,|
to focus on chess and even introduce a revolutionary line, with such distractions?!
|During the tournament, the Scheveningen variation was played several times by strong players, including Euwe playing it against Maroczy.|
|Prize giving ceremony for the Glow Golf winners:)|
|The tournament treasurer Arno Vrins and his wife, celebrating 30 years of marriage with us, the chess players! I hope they had a good time,|
because we surely did!
|Apple pie, one of the Dutch specialities - to end a perfect day!|