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 since 2010 Maastricht. In Curacao, 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. Ferry is a judge in the court of Limburg and hopes to support the growth of the tournament with some fresh ideas.

Hans Ouwersloot - logistics

After six exceptional years as tournament director Hans has made a step back in 2014 to join the Limburg Open as a player. Because of his extensive contacts and experience in the tournament, he will still remain as a source of knowledge related to the tournament. Hans is responsible for the major logistics tasks. He is one of the driving forces behind the S.V. Maastricht.

Bert Smeets - secretary

Bert has joined the the organising committee of the Limburg Open in december 2013. He has taken the position of secretary of the foundation. He has broad experience as a manager and an organiser in chess; he was president of the chess club Voerendaal for many years and is now secretary of that club. 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

Jasper joined the organizing committee in 2009. Previous years it was his task to contract titled players and taking care of accommodations. Since the 2014 tournament he is the treasurer of the organisation. Jasper has a degree in Economics which he stuydied at Maastricht University.

Maarten van Laatum

Maarten, born in 1986, lives and works in Maastricht. He loves chess, football, reading and cooking. Since his 18th he is member of the chess club Maastricht and since his 19th chess organizer. He is one of the three founders of the Limburg Open and sees it grow into one of the biggest tournaments in the Netherlands. He's after a sabbatical 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,

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 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.

Eric Roosendaal, Luc Cornet, Eric Barentsen, Ton van Roon and Gerard de Lange - arbiters

The team of arbiters consists of three experienced arbiters, each of them with an impressive resume. Chief arbiter is Eric Roosendaal, international arbiter (IA). Luc is IA as well, and Eric Barentsen is an expert in pairing systems. Luc is well known in the Belgian chess scene; he is closely involved in marketing the tournament in his home country. Ton van Roon was an intern at the Limburg Open 2014 and returned as an IA the following year. Gerard de Lange has played the tournament several times and is now an intern to get his IA degree.

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