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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Edouard wins inventi Chess Open, Timman second

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The latest chess news from is that Romain Edouard has won the Inventi GM Tournament in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday. The French grandmaster finished on 7/9, half a point more than the legendary Jan Timman who was the only player to stay undefeated. The 6th InventiChess tournament took place September 3-11 in the office space of the sponsor in Antwerp, Belgium.

 The legendary Grandmaster Jan Timman

Inventi, a sales and management consultancy company, has a strong link with chess in Belgium. In July they were the main sponsor of the Belgian Championships for the second time, and last week they sponsored their own main tournament for the sixth time.

They are approaching chess sponsorship in quite a unique way with what they call 'CEO-InventiChess': four times a year 'CEO Chess' events are organised, where CEOs meet each other to play some chess, enjoy a nice dinner and thereby have lots of chances to network in a pleasant environment.

The main tournament was a 10-player round robin (FIDE category IX) and the rate of play was 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1. There were three ladies: GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and IMs Anastasia Savina and Elisabeth Paehtz. Against the latter, Van der Wiel drew in the second round and then he said: "Ouch, I really have to fight to avoid losing against these ladies, this was very different 20-30 years ago."

Incidentally, 20-year-old Romain Edouard was the only player rated higher than 2600, and indeed finished clear first. He started strongly with four out of four and was already a full point ahead of Timman, but in the next round the legendary Dutchman defeated the French GM to catch him in the standings.

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