Worldchampionship Draughts 2015

Emmen, 8 – 25 November

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Groenendijk grants Georgiev the world title in the final second

Report of the 19th round by Auke Scholma

The many spectators watched breathlessly how the tension raised to above the boiling point in the last round of the unforgettable WC.

20151125132236First the attention was aimed at Wouter Sipma, who had the difficult task to curb his natural instincts against Georgiev. After an exciting opening, where particularly Georgiev was willing to take risks, Sipma managed to keep the balance decently. Without having to use the crowbar, Sipma maintained his unbeaten status, after which the focus could be moved to the games of Groenendijk and Boomstra.

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De tijd zal het leren

Ingezonden brief door Frans M. Hoynck van Papendrecht, dammend schaker te Den Haag

Jan Groenendijk is vandaag geen wereldkampioen geworden omdat hij niet goed omgaat met de klok en z’n bedenktijd. Beetje kort door de bocht misschien qua kritiek, maar ik weet geen andere verklaring, want aan een gebrek aan inzicht in het spel, techniek en de bravoure lag het volgens mij niet de afgelopen drie weken.

Het lag ook niet aan gebrek aan creativiteit, geloof ik, al begreep ik uit de commentaren wel dat ons andere nationale supertalent Roel Boomstra op dat front soms het summum presteerde – zoals in z’n partij tegen de Ivoriaan Atse.

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Gecko solved

Saturday the 21st of November the final column “De damkunst” by Arne van Mourik has been published. Linked to this is his tournament problem, entitled Gecko. The only limitation is the edge of the board, for the rest, the artist has the freedom to enjoy himself.

Gecko

Arne van Mourik

White has a lot more material, but on every ‘normal’ reaction black will combine, thanks to his four kings. How can white still win?

Geckos are known for their ability to stick to all kinds of surfaces, even vertically and upside down on glass. In this composition the kings jump to the left wall like geckos.

Here is the solution.

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