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Dutch Club Team Championship 2005-2006
15.05.2006 The competition scheme holds 10 teams with each 10 players playing nine rounds in the Meesterklasse (Premier league). R1-R8 are on eight Saturdays on five different locations spread all over the country, and R9 is on a Sunday: a combined final round with all 100 players together. The top four ranked will go through to the play-offs in a conclusive weekend. On Saturday the semi finals are being held. The winners go on to the final on Sunday, while the losers play a consolation final for third and fourth place. The winner of the final will be called Dutch Club Team Champion. This year’s winner is U-Boat Worx, as usual. HSG lost again the final to finish second. SO Rotterdam (third) won the consolation final beating Hotels.nl (fourth).
(Photo report by Frits Agterdenbos)
Henk Verstappen’s U-Boat Worx won the championship again.
Prelude: Combined final round 9 in Sluiskil
Arriving in Sluiskil: Hotels.nl captain Bart Beijer and Tea Bosboom-Lanchava
Playing hall Round 9 in Sluiskil 23 April 2006
Yasser Seirawan and Daniel Fridman, round 9, Sluiskil
Yge Visser’s draw in round 9 brings him the GM title
John Van Der Wiel, LSG (Leiden)
Petra Schuurman, Stukkenjagers (Tilburg)
Yasser Seirawan, HSG (Hilversum)
Tea Bosboom-Lanchava, Hotels.nl (Groningen)
Friso Nijboer, HSG (Hilversum)
Jeroen Bosch, SO Rotterdam (Rotterdam)
Herman Grooten, Stukkenjagers (Tilburg)
Jan Smeets, HSG (Hilversum) performance rating 2911 after round 9
Joel Lautier, U-Boat Worx (Breda) in Sluiskil
HSG, U-Boat Worx, Hotels.nl and SO Rotterdam are through to the Play-offs. HWP Sas van Gent and Stukkenjagers have been relegated. Zukertort Amstelveen and Utrecht will take their places next year.
Play-offs in Enschede
The playing hall in Enschede
Ljubomir Ljubojevic, HSG (Hilversum)
Zhaoqin Peng, SO Rotterdam (Rotterdam)
Mikhail Gurevich, U-Boat Worx (Breda)
Konstantin Landa, Hotels.nl (Groningen)
Sergei Movsesian, U-Boat Worx (Breda)
Jan Stomphorst, team captain of HSG (Hilversum)
Loek Van Wely – Joel Lautier 1-0 and Yasser Seirawan – Ivan Cheparinov draw
Michael Adams, U-Boat Worx (Breda)
Ivan Cheparinov, U-Boat Worx (Breda)
Laurent Fressinet, U-Boat Worx (Breda)
Predrag Nikolic, HSG (Hilversum)
Yge Visser, Hotels.nl (Groningen)
Zhaoqin Peng and Gert Ligterink analysing their game, which was Ligterink's final game in the club competition.
Jonkman & Juliana: Harmen Jonkman sitting in front of a painted portrait of Juliana (Queen of the Netherlands 1948-1980)
Dimitri Reinderman, SO Rotterdam (Rotterdam), happy with two draws
Official sites: www.schaakbond.nl and especially for play-offs www.esgoo.nl/plof2006/
The higher up sequel, the European Club Cups 2006 (general and women), will take place 7-15 October in Fuegen (Austria). See for more info www.eurochess.org/ (invitation) and www.ecc2006.com/ (official homepage).