Tata Chess and Studies Day, John Nunn wins again.
Current world solving champion, British grandmaster John Nunn, won the second Tata Steel solving tourney in Wijk aan Zee today, after finishing second in the first edition, 2 years ago. 20 participants tried their best to crack 9 original studies, seven of which were contributed by well-known Dutch GM Jan Timman.
Nunn, a 3-time winner of the Grandmaster Group A in Wijk aan Zee, scored 36 out of the maximum of 45 points to closely finish ahead of the top Belgian solver GM Eddy van Beers 34.
The big surprise of the event, was the third place finish of WGM Alina l'Ami (member of the Romanian Olympic women team and the wife of Dutch GM Erwin l'Ami) who scored 33 points in her first solving tourney ever!
She was followed by Dutch IM Piet Peelen, ahead of Marcel van Herck 31.5, Martin van Essen 29.5, GM Piotr Murdzia 27.5 (The world's highest rated solver) , IM Twan Burg (winner of the first edition) 27, and GM Dolf Wissmann (the Dutch champion) 26.5. The best junior prize was won by Peter Ypma who ended in 10th place with 26 points.
The contest was organized in collaboration with ARVES (the Dutch-Flemisch association promoting the art of the endgame study) that donated the prize-fund and the chief arbiter was Luc Palmans. Dolf Vos, the chairman of Tata Steel tournament committee greeted the participants, and committee members Arno Vrins and Theo Hoogland awarded the prizes to the winners.