Who is who

Ferry Gerard - tournament director

Ferry joined the organisation of the Limburg Open in 2014 and has become tournament director. Ferry is not a new guy in chess. He has played three consecutive olympiade, two of which as team captain, for the Netherland Antilles. This judge hopes to stimulate the further growth of our tournament with new, fresh ideas.

Hans Ouwersloot - logistics

After six extraordinary years as tournament director Hans has decided to step back. He wants to be able to participate in the tournament himself. As a result of his extensive network and experience he will remain a major source of knowledge within the organisation. He will also take care of the logistics of the tournament.

Ashraf Ibrahim – sponsoring

Ashraf is one of the founding fathers of the Limburg Open. His internal drive is to improve the level of chess playing in Limburg in general. His experience as a consultant and interim manager, and his network in corporate Limburg are very helpful in making the CIS-Group Limburg Open successful. In the early days of the tournament Ashraf was tournament director, now he focuses on sponsoring and financial planning. But his knowledge of the tournament and its history are large, and he remains a key player in the organization.

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.

Jeroen van Ginneken -marketing & PR

Jeroen is the Benjamin of the organising committee. Having played the tournament several times he concluded that a role as co-organisor would suit him well. As a student of Maastricht University he has a good background to manage all communications around the tournament. His dream is to make the tournament one of the largest in the country, both in number of participants as in name.

René Coenjaerts – website & registration

René is responsible for the website and the registration procedures. Next to that, René has proposed numerous ideas, big and small to improve the tournament. He also joined the committee in 2009 and especially in the areas of web design, web management and registrations he has implemented many of the ideas he proposed. His organizational talent, commitment, and loyalty are witnessed by him being awarded an honorary membership of his chess club Schaesberg. Since 2012 he is president of that club. René is historian.

Eric Roosendaal, Luc Cornet and Eric Barentsen - 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.

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