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Interesting events, as usual, in Holland! I will get around to the Open games later, but the matches are on the ‘Youth’ vs ‘Experience’ theme. Nigel is a youthful 50-ish, (Hou Yifan not yet in her mid 20’s), while Ivan is late 40-ish, (and his rival, Van Foreest, still a teenager!)
Great photos by Lennart Ootes. Today’s game saw Short in control from beginning to end. Hou Yifan got caught, it appears, in a line that Nigel (no doubt!) had carefully prepared last night. Nigel now leads with 2 draws and this victory. Congrats!
gm Short,N (2670)—gm Hou Yifan (2649)
Some days you give a lesson, some days you learn a lesson. Today Nigel gave the lesson…photo by Ootes.
Jordan van Foreest’s orange juice was not enough to stop Sokolov!
gm Sokolov,I (2623)—gm Van Foreest,J (2615)
A well deserved standing ovation!