8th BPB Limburg Open

Maastricht, 6 till 9 June 2014 (Whitsunday weekend)

Alexandr Fier returns, aiming for his 2nd Limburg Open win

5 April 2014

The energetic Brazilian Grandmaster Alexandr Fier has confirmed his participation for the BPB Limburg Open 2014.
Fier, or “No fear” as he is called by his peers, is known for his active and dynamic chess, never avoiding complications.
One of the best examples for his style of play was his draw against top player Michael Adams, a game which rightly won the prize for most interesting game of the tournament and instantly made history as “the pearl of Gibraltar”.

Along with Alexandr Fier, his girlfriend WGM Nino Maisuradze will participate in the A-group as well. She is also building up quite the chess career, including gaining the French national chess title last year.

IM Mher Hovhanisian in challenge for Limburg Open title again

2 April 2014

The tournament organisation is happy to announce that the multiple winner of the Belgian Championship, Mher Hovhanisian, will play at the BPB Limburg Open. Last year Mher ended as the shared tournament winner, while this year he elevated his rating to an all-time personal high of 2521. As he scored his second GM norm recently in Minsk it must be only a matter of time before the Belgian Armenian IM will gain his Grandmaster title. Given all this he is a more than welcome addition to the players field and an important outsider for the tournament win.

Daniel Hausrath brings total confirmed grandmasters to three

22 March 2014

Reigning champion of Limburg GM Daniel Hausrath, known as a prominent member of SV Voerendaal, the team that won the Dutch title in 2012, has confirmed his participation to the BPB Limburg Open. Daniel has been a player of GM strength for years. Last August he finally claimed the title by a strong performance in the prestigious Biel Chess Festival. With Hausrath we have have three grandmasters on a total of seven titled players already on our participants list. As it is till almost three months to the tournament the expectation is that this field only will grow, both in quantity as on quality.

GM Erik van den Doel participates in the BPB Limburg Open

23 February 2014

The organisation is pleased to announce that GM Erik van den Doel will participate in the 8th BPB Limburg Open. Van den Doel is a regular contestant for the Dutch Championships where he had his best result in 2001 (tied for first place with Loek van Wely). Furthermore he was part of the Dutch team that became European champion in 2005. Van den Doel is one of the most active chess players in the Netherlands. When you check his website you will see, amongst other information, a long list of tournaments he has won in the past. And it might be that in June the BPB Limburg Open can be added to this list as well.

First grandmaster registers for BPB Limburg Open 2014

10 February 2014

We are proudly to announce the participation of Sipke Ernst as the first grandmaster who registered for the 8th BPB Limburg Open. He is known for his attacking and spectacular game style. In this way he recently won the price for best game in the Dutch club competition. Sipke Ernst is one of the stronger players in Holland, finishing top 5 in the Dutch championships for several times. In 2009 en 2013 he tied for first place in the BPB Limburg Open as well. All reason to expect some nice games by him for the 2014 edition.

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8th IBC Limburg Open

1 January 2014

In 2014 the BPB Limburg Open will be held from 6 till 9 june; as usual in the Whitsunday weekend. It will be the 8th edition of this tournament, the 3rd biggest tournament in The Netherlands. The playing venue is the same as for the last 4 tournaments, Sporthal de Geusselt in Maastricht. Who succeeds GM Vladimir Dobrov as tournament winner? Who will be the new provincial chess champion? Who succeeds Peter Schoeber as veteran champion? We will all see what happens from 6 till 9 june 2014. Subscription will open on 1 january.

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