Who is who

Ferry Gerard - tournament director

Ferry joined the organization of the Limburg Open in 2014. He is anything but a rookie in chess. He has played in the Netherlands at Unitas, LSG, Messemaker 1847 and now Maastricht. In Curaçao he was competition leader, organizer and board member of the chess club and the chess federation. As a player and team captain he participated in three Chess Olympiads representing the Netherlands Antilles and later Aruba.

Hans Ouwersloot - logistics

After six exceptional years as tournament director Hans has made a step back in 2014 to enter the Limburg Open as a player. Because of his extensive contacts and experience in the tournament, he will still remain a source of knowledge related to the tournament. Hans is responsible for the logistics tasks.

Bert Smeets - secretary

Bert has joined the the organizing committee of the Limburg Open in december 2013. He has taken the position of secretary. He has broad experience as a manager and an organiser in chess. He has been president and secretary of the chess club Voerendaal for many years. Bert was also co-organisor of the provincial chess championships in 2001, which was then the official championship of the Limburg chess federation.

Jasper Zilverberg – treasurer & top player contacts

Jasper joined the organizing committee in 2009. In previous he would contract titled players and take care of their accommodations. Since the 2014 tournament he is the treasurer of the organisation. Jasper has a degree in Economics which he studied at Maastricht University.

Jeroen van Ginneken – marketing & PR

Jeroen is the Benjamin of the bunch. After several years of participation as a player, he decided that a role as co-organizer probably would fit better. Jeroen recently graduated in business administration and started ambitiously his career outside Limburg, but he remains as enthusiastic to stimulate the Limburg Open not only in terms of participants but also to grow in terms of reputation. With his background and good writing skills he leads all communications in the right direction.

Maarten van Laatum

Maarten lives and works in Maastricht. He loves chess, football, reading and cooking. Since his 18th he is a member of the chess club Maastricht and since his 19th chess organizer. He is one of the three founders of the Limburg Open and has seen it grow into one of the biggest tournaments in The Netherlands. After a sabbatical year he is completely back into the organization. Maarten is versatile, ambitious and because of his experience he may be involved in all practical aspects of the tournament.

Ton van Roon

As of 2017 Ton van Roon handles the player registrations. He has been affiliated with the Limburg Open since 2014 as an International Arbiter. Besides all this he acts as an arbiter in the national competitions in The Netherlands and in Belgium, and also in various tournaments like the Brasschaat Open (Belgium).

Mariëlle Meijs

Mariëlle Meijs has been a LiSB member and a member of De Juiste Zet in Noorbeek (The Netherlands) for more than 40 years. She is current also chairwoman of the board of De Juiste Zet. A milestone in her chess life was the Noorbeek visit of grandmaster Victor Korchnoi in 2007. As of the 2017 tournament Mariëlle is the coordinator of the Limburg Open volunteers.

Eric Roosendaal, Luc Cornet, Eric Barentsen, Ton van Roon, Sylvin De Vet - arbiters

The team of arbiters consists of five experienced arbiters, each of them with an impressive resume. Chief arbiter is Eric Roosendaal, international arbiter (IA), as are Luc, Ton and Sylvin. Eric Barentsen is an expert in pairing systems. This year Philip Westerduin, member of RSR/Ivoren Toren in Rotterdam, is an intern at the Limburg Open as part of his FIDE Arbiter training.

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