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GM Bassem Amin wins Hoogeveen Open

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GM Bassem Amin wins Hoogeveen Open

GM Bassem Amin of Egypt made Africa proud when he won the 22nd edition of the Hoogeveen Open.

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Photo caption –GM Bassem Amin of Egypt in action.  Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

The Hoogeveen Chess festival ran from 20th to 27th October 2018.  The event took place in the small town of Hoogeveen, Holland.  Link to the official website – Hoogeveen Chess.

GM Bassem Amin left. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
GM Bassem Amin. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

The Open section had a total 80 players from 12 federations.  A novel idea was used where the top 4 players after round 7 went into a knock out stage.

The prize fund in this event was Euro 10,000 with the winner going home with Euro 4,000.

Prize giving ceremony with GM Bassem Amin (2nd from left) and tournament director (extreme left) Loek van Wely.Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
Prize giving ceremony with GM Bassem Amin (2nd from left) and tournament director (extreme left) Loek van Wely. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

GM Bassem Amin was once again in scintillating form once again.   He had scored an impressive 8 points out of 11 games during the 2018 Batumi Olympiad.  This also included a draw against former World Champion GM Vishy Anand of India.

GM Bassem Amin is also the 2018 Africa Individual Chess Champion.  He has won this event 5 times!

Link to the above story can be found here – GM Bassem is 2018 African Champion .

Some of the unusual trophies for the winners. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
Some of the unusual trophies for the winners. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

The Hoogeveen festival had 3 other events besides the Open one.  These included two Amateur events which had over 150 players.  The other interesting event was a match between the following players.

Peter SvidlerSam Shankland.
Jorden van Foreest – Vladimir Fedoseev.

In the above matches Svidler and Fedoseev were victorious.

Sam Shankland (left) versus 8 times Russian Champion Peter Svidler. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
Sam Shankland (left) versus 8 times Russian Champion Peter Svidler. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

The interesting thing about this event we had another player from Africa taking part!  It was none other than our charming sister WFM Christine Namaganda from Uganda.

Christine Namaganda in Hoogeveen

WFM Christine Namaganda was an invited guest at the Hoogeveen Festival.  She played in the Amateur 2 section where she scored 4 points out of 8 rounds.

Christine also took some time to promote the game and even managed to play a simultaneous against some youngsters.  She also visited several schools in the towns of Hoogeveen and Meppel.

WFM Christine Namaganda plays a simultaneous while Tournament Director Loek van Wely looks on.Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
WFM Christine Namaganda plays a simultaneous while Tournament Director Loek van Wely looks on. Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

WFM Christine Namaganda was part of the Uganda team to the 2018 Batumi Olympiad team.  She also played in the 2017 Commonwealth Chess Championship held in New Delhi, India.  You can find that story here – Interview Christine Namaganda.

Christine running to grab a pawn during an exhibition match! Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.
Christine running to grab a pawn during an exhibition match! Photo credit https://www.hoogeveenchess.nl/en.

Sponsors for Hoogeveen Festival

The sponsors of this prestigious event included Gemeente Hoogeveen, Provincie Drenthe, & McDonald’s.

Sub-sponsors included !Pet, Van Regteren, Wemmenhove Zuidwolde, & Rabobank.