Ferry joined the organisation 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, organiser
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 will be working on the Netherlands Antilles for
a few years from mid 2018 onwards. For him this will therefore be his final year as tournament director.
Bert Smeets - secretary
Bert has joined the the organising 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 organising 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-organiser 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. Unfortunately Jeroen will also leave the organisation after this year's event.
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 organiser. 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. 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 - staffing & logistics
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