Simutowe in play at Dutch Open

GM-elect Amon Simutowe is playing in the Dutch Open which has only five GMs including top-seeds Vyacheslav Ikonnikov of Russia and Sandipan Chanda of India. Simutowe has returned to the country of his final GM norm and hopes to put in a solid performance. More details coming.

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10 Comments

  1. I never seen Amon getting self destructive as he did in this game, grabbing a hot pawn to my horror as I was watching live on playchess.com. Will he ever get to 2500 Elo? Time will tell!!

    IM Hendriks,Willy(NED) (2425) – IM Simutowe,Amon(ZAM) (2459) [B14]
    Dutch Open Dieren/Netherlands (3), 24.07.2008

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd2 Nc6 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 Be7 11.Qe2 Ndb4?

    I do not agree with this move, the plan is to win the d pawn on next move.Malakhov played in same manner against Ghaemi in 2000 and lost in a similar manner to Simutowe ,no breathing space ,better looks to be 11… Nf6 or 11…Bf6 although black still has to fight for equality top GMs like Nisipeanu and Svetushkin have previously used 11… Nf6 with success.

    12.Be4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Rfd1 Qf6 15.Be3 Nc6 16.Rd3 Qe5 17.Bd4 Qa5 18.Nd5

    this move looks very promising but maybe leads only to a draw but defending is a tedious job and Simutowe goes wrong on next move

    18…f5?

    Best chance is 18.exd5 Bxh7 19. Kxh7 Qxh5 20.Kg8 Bxg7 21.Rg3 Kf6 with a likely draw

    19.Bc3 Qa4 20.Rg3 Rf7 21.Bc2 Qa6 22.Bd3 Qa4 23.Nc7 Rb8 24.Nxe6 Bxe6 25.Qxe6 Nd4 26.Qc4 Qxc4 27.Bxc4 Rd8 28.Kf1 Bf6 29.Rd1 White wins 1-0

  2. Amon just needs to remain consistent and not have a letdown against weaker players. He’s on +2 now and if he wins his next game he’ll be on one of the top boards.

  3. Nice games by Simutowe and India’s Sandipan Chanda! Both players are on +3. Simutowe plays GM Eric van den Doel next. Look at Chanda’s opening. He may have seen Tate’s game with the …Bd7, …Qc8, …Bh3.

    Simutowe,A (2459) – Goudriaan,E (2098) [E69]
    Open Kampioenschap Dieren, Netherlands (6), 28.07.2008

    1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d4 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Re8 10.Be3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Nc5 12.Qc2 Qe7 13.Rfe1 Nfd7 14.Rad1 a5 15.b3 Na6 16.a3 Ndc5 17.f4 Ne6 18.Nf3 Nec5 19.Bf2 Qc7 20.Nd4 Ne6 21.Nf3 Nec5 22.Nd4 Ne6 23.Nde2 Nec5 24.Kh2 Bd7 25.Rb1 f5 26.Bd4 fxe4 27.Bxg7 Kxg7 28.Nxe4 Nxe4 29.Bxe4 Nc5 30.Nc3 Kf8 31.Qb2 Kg8 32.Kg2 Bf5 33.Bxf5 gxf5 34.Qc2 Qf7 35.b4 Ne6 36.Qd2 Qg7 37.Kf2 axb4 38.axb4 Ra3 39.Re3 Rea8 40.Rbe1 Qd4 41.Qd3 Qxd3 42.Rxd3 Nd4 43.Red1 c5 44.bxc5 dxc5 45.g4 fxg4 46.hxg4 Rb3 47.Ne4 Ra2+ 48.Kg3 Ne2+ 49.Kh4 Rxd3 50.Rxd3 Nxf4 51.Rd7 Ra6 52.g5 h6 53.gxh6 Ng6+ 54.Kg5 Nf8 55.Nf6+ Rxf6 56.Rg7+ 1-0 (See both games)

    Wohl,A (2384) – Sandipan,C (2588) [A16]
    Open Kampioenschap Dieren, Netherlands (6), 28.07.2008

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 c6 7.d3 Bd7 8.e4 Qc8 9.d4 Bh3 10.Re1 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Na6 12.h3 e5 13.Bg5 exd4 14.Nxd4 Nc5 15.Qf3 Nfd7 16.Rad1 Bxd4 17.Rxd4 Ne6 18.Qe3 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 f6 20.Bh6 Rf7 21.Qxd6 Ne5 22.b3 Qd8 23.Rd1 Qxd6 24.Rxd6 Re8 25.Be3 Rd7 26.Rxd7 Nxd7 27.Bxa7 b6 28.Na4 Ra8 29.Bxb6 Nxb6 30.Nxb6 Rxa2 31.Nd7 Kf7 32.e5 Ke6 33.Nxf6 h5 34.g4 h4 35.Ne4 Kxe5 36.Ng5 Rb2 37.Nf3+ Kf6 38.g5+ Kf5 39.Nd4+ Kxg5 40.Nxc6 Rxb3 41.Ne5 Rc3 42.Nf3+ Kh5 43.Ne5 Rc2 44.Kf1 Rc1+ 45.Kg2 Kh6 46.Ng4+ Kg5 47.Ne3 Kf4 48.Nd5+ Ke5 49.Ne3 Ke4 50.Nf1 Kd3 51.Ne3 Ke2 52.Ng4 Rxc4 53.Ne5 Rf4 54.Nxg6 Rxf2+ 55.Kg1 Kf3 56.Nxh4+ Kg3 57.Ng6 Re2 58.Kf1 Re6 0-1 (See both games)

  4. Interesting game between Van den Doel and Simutowe. The Dutchman got a spatial advantage throughout, but the game became equal. White has a better pawn structure, but I don’t believe that was enough. Where is the drawing idea?

    Van den Doel,E (2567) – Simutowe,A (2459) [E54]
    Open Kampioenschap Dieren, Netherlands (7), 29.07.2008

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.Bg5 Nc6 11.Rc1 Be7 12.Bd3 h6 13.Bf4 Nb4 14.Bb1 b5 15.a3 Nbd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.Rc7 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Qxd6 19.Qc2 Rd8 20.Rc1 Bd7 21.h3 b4 22.a4 b3 23.Qxb3 Rab8 24.Qd3 Bxa4 25.Ne5 Qxd4 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Nxf7 Nd7 28.Bg6 Rf8 29.Rc8 Nb6 30.Rxf8+ Kxf8 31.Ne5 Rd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxd1 33.Kf1 Ba4 34.Ke2 Ke7 35.Bd3 a5 36.Ke3 Kd6 37.Kd4 Be8 38.f4 Nd5 39.g3 a4 40.Nc4+ Ke7 41.Be4 Nf6 42.Bf3 g5 43.Nb6 gxf4 44.gxf4 Kd6 45.Bd1 Nd5 46.Nxd5 exd5 47.Bf3 Bd7 48.Bg4 Be8 49.h4 Bb5 50.Bc8 Be2 51.Bb7 Bf3 52.f5 Bg4 53.f6 Be6 54.Ba6 Bd7 55.Be2 Be8 56.Bf3 Bf7 57.Bg2 Be6 58.Bh1 Bg8 59.Bg2 Be6 60.Bf1 Bd7 61.f7 Ke7 62.Kxd5 Kxf7 63.Kc5 Kg6 64.Bb5 Bc8 65.Bxa4 Kh5 66.b4 Kxh4 67.b5 Kg5 68.Kd6 Bb7 69.Kc7 Bf3 70.b6 h5 71.Bc6 Bxc6 72.Kxc6 h4 73.b7 h3 74.b8Q 1-0 (See game)

  5. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.Bg5 Nc6 This is where I see lack of adequate coaching on Simutowe part especially in the opening ,he sometimes plays openings by initution,quite risky if you want to be GM, why play a6 and not play b5??whats the point??Nc6 works well with a white pawn on a4 not a2 ,almost everyone plays b5 here with rapid development for black with Bb7 and Nbd7 check database. 11.Rc1 Be7 12.Bd3 h6 13.Bf4 Nb4 14.Bb1 b5 15.a3 Nbd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.Rc7 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Qxd6 19.Qc2 Rd8 20.Rc1 Bd7 21.h3 b4 22.a4 b3 23.Qxb3 Rab8 24.Qd3 Bxa4 25.Ne5 Qxd4 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Nxf7 Nd7 28.Bg6 Rf8 29.Rc8 Nb6 30.Rxf8+ Kxf8 31.Ne5 Rd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxd1 33.Kf1 Ba4 34.Ke2 Ke7 35.Bd3 a5 36.Ke3 Kd6 37.Kd4 Be8 38.f4 Nd5 39.g3 a4 40.Nc4+ Ke7 41.Be4 Nf6 42.Bf3 g5 43.Nb6 gxf4 44.gxf4 Kd6 45.Bd1 Nd5 46.Nxd5 exd5 47.Bf3 Bd7 48.Bg4 Be8 49.h4 Bb5 50.Bc8 Be2 51.Bb7 Bf3 52.f5 Bg4 53.f6 Be6 54.Ba6 Bd7 55.Be2 Be8 56.Bf3 Bf7 57.Bg2 Be6 58.Bh1 Bg8 59.Bg2 Be6 60.Bf1 Bd7 61.f7 Ke7 62.Kxd5 Kxf7 63.Kc5 Kg6 64.Bb5 Bc8 65.Bxa4 Kh5 66.b4 Kxh4 67.b5 Kg5 68.Kd6 Bb7 69.Kc7 Bf3 70.b6 h5 71.Bc6 Bxc6 72.Kxc6 h4 73.b7 h3 74.b8Q 1-0 (See game)

  6. He does play with intuition, but don’t forget that he may have played …Nc6 based on the research of his opponent. We don’t know for sure. Perhaps many do play …b5, but in this game his mistakes were more prevalent in the ending. After 32…Bxd1 the game can be drawn, but the question is what is the plan? Maybe 37…Bb3 instead of 37…Be8 is better. It keeps white’s pieces from invading the queenside and his bishop doesn’t become as passive. The ending became hard to hold after his pawns were fixed on a4 and d5. Interesting game nevertheless.

  7. I totally agree ,Simutowe should not have lost this one ,on move 28,Nf8 looked better to me ,its hard to explain this loss

  8. I received a report that in his 7th round game, Simutowe’s moves leading up to the 40th were in severe time pressure. That explains some of the moves in the late 20s and early 30s. 28…Nf8 was interesting.

    He won yesterday against Vincent Diepeveen and will end the tournament playing GM Friso Nijboer. Either a plus +3 or +4 is a solid result, but hopefully he can gets some round robin tournaments where he seems to excel.

  9. FM Ali Bitalzadeh wins the tournament by a full point and scores a GM norm (thus his 3rd IM norm). Born in Iran but now a Dutch citizen , Bitalzadeh scored 3.5/4 against GMs in the process of tallying and undefeated 7.5 points. Simutowe drew with Nijboer in an interesting game lasting 18 moves. The Zambian IM gave some comments.

    Nijboer,F (2564) – Simutowe,A (2459) [B12]
    Open Kampioenschap Dieren, Netherlands (9), 31.07.2008

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 h6 7.Nbd2 Ne7 8.Nb3 Qc7 9.a4 a6 10.a5 0-0-0 11.Ra4 f6 12.Be3 Bg4 13.Nbd2 Nf5 14.exf6 gxf6 15.c4 h5 16.b4 dxc4 17.Nxc4 h4 18.Nfd2 Bxe2 ½-½ (See game)

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    Anyway at the end position today 19…h3 should win after 19, Qe2. On 20, g3 c5! threatening 20…Qc6 but …. 20, g4!? though had to see and generally unusual…..not my real preference as black….but he intended to play 20, g3 its amazing how the unusual 20, g4 is what should save the game…..anyway my comp is down, it would be interesting what lines comps give after 20, g4….but 20, g3 is losing for white.

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