IMC Grand Student Chess Championship
Tussen de Torens and Noesis will organise a grand student chess championship on the 24th of April with 7 epic rapid chess rounds with a timer of 10 minutes and with 5 seconds increment. Afterwards there will be a price ceremony with drinks!

All students in the Netherlands are invited to participate, from beginners to masters, that sunday from 10:45 till 18:00 at the Radboud Sportscentre (Heyendaalseweg 141 Nijmegen).

Costs are only 5 euros and you will be able to win a drone, a huge trophy and other cash prizes! Multiple smallers prizes are also up for grabs in different rating categories.

The schedule will be as follows:

10:45-11:10 Arrival
11:10-11:30 Opening

11:40-12:10 Round 1
12:25-12:55 Round 2
13:10 - 13:40 Round 3

13:40- 14:30 Break

14:30-15:00 Round 4
15:15-15:45 Round 5

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-17:00 Round 6
17;15-17:45 Round 7

18:00-18:15 Prize Ceremony
18:15-Late Borrel!

Depending on the amount of people singing up there will be 1, 2 or 3 different groups. This way everyone will be able to play against opponents with similar rating and everyone will have a fun time! The games are unrated
This Championship is sponsored by IMC Trading Amsterdam and Schaakboeken Verzendhuis De Beste Zet

If you have any questions you can contact the organisation at IMCgscc@ssvntussendetorens.nl

Signing up is possible via the following link: Sign Up

The Winter Tournament
After a long wait because of corona, our first winter tournament finally started on Sunday 6 March! The members of the tournament committee have again organized a wonderful tournament for our members and oh they have gone out of their way. The tournament started at 12:00. The tournament consisted of 8 rounds with 10+0 as the time format. After the first 3 rounds, the first break took place and the participants could enjoy the sandwiches made by the committee. The committee got up extra early to spread these tender sandwiches especially for our members. After the break the (till then) biggest match of the day took place. The only two unbeaten chess players, Michiel and Jonathan, competed against each other. After an intense mental battle, Michiel took the victory.

With this win, Michiel immediately made himself the title favorite for the tournament, but did he manage to continue this good form? The opposite was true. In round 6 Michiel got stuck against underdog Julian. After a miscalculated sacrifice by Michiel, Julian unexpectedly took the victory. Jonathan managed to win his other matches and tied the score with Michiel and forced a tie-breaker match with Michiel for the championship cup. But there was no lack of tension in the sub-top either. In the last round, 6 people were tied for third place.

Three participants managed to win and all three came in third place. These were Julian, Tijmen and Gijs. Gijs unfortunately dropped out, because he had played against lesser opponents during the tournament. So the tie-breaker for third place went between Julian and Tijmen. It was also exciting at the bottom, because Daan and Niels were equal in last place. So there were still three blitz trie-break matches to be played. After three exciting blitz matches, the winners and losers were clear. Michiel outsmarted Jonathan and took home the championship cup. Jonathan was left with an honorable second place. After a nice Botez gambit from Julian, Tijmen secured third place. Niels seemed to win, but managed to lose at the last minute and thus ensured the last place and the consolation price.

After a busy day of chess, the committee has cleaned up everything and, together with enthusiastic participants, went for dinner and drinks in cafй Shamrock.

The Start of the Internal Competition
The chess league's first evening of the new year started last Wednesday at 19.30 and was also the first competition evening of the second season. The League winner of last season has decided not to join this season the championship is up for grabs. The first league games weren't so quiet as you expect of a chess game. Laughing and jokes could be heard through the entire Yard. After the league games people played some blitz and rapid chess and even some crazy house.

PCU Chess Cup
From 3 to 5 December ten of our members participated in the PCU Chess Cup in Antwerp, a tournament for students, organized by the PCU Committee. We started off on Friday with the opening ceremony and an open blitz (3+2) tournament. We didn't finish top three, but Luc made sure to settle the battle of the Lucs by beating the other Luc in an awesome game. Michiel even won a price at the end of the evening for something other than chess, but we'll pretend it was chess-related for the vibes.

On Saturday the main event, a two day rapid (25+10) tournament started, in which we started off strong. Luca Olariu beat main title contender Niels Verwer in the first round and was off to a good start. Bram, Michiel and Omar als won their first matches and started strong. At the end of the day, some good chess, but also a lot of choking by others (I won't name anyone, but they'll know), we finished the first day as following: Luca was tied in first place with Bjarne from the University of Antwerp with 4.5, Bram tied in third with 4.0, Michiel and Omar with 3.0, Luc, Luc and Bauke with 2.5, Julian with 1.5 and lastly Moya and Niels with 1.0. The road for the win was still wide open with two games left to play on Sunday.

After a late night and some struggles on saturday (we didn't have any electricity in our hostel), everyone was of course extremely fit and hyped for the final two games. In the sixth round Bram proved himself an excellent team player by drawing against Bjarne. Luca won his game and took the sole lead. Niels also took his second point by beating mr. Bye and things were looking good. The last round was, of course, the most exciting of all: Bauke played the first and only Bongcloud of the tournament and more importantly Luca, with a 0.5 point lead, had to play Bram for the win. After an exciting game, Luca came out on top and won the tournament with 6.5 out of 7 points. Half of the top six consisted of our team though, with Bram in fifth place with 4.5 and Michiel in sixth place with 4.0. After all, we had an amazing weekend in Antwerp and want to thank the organisation again for doing such an awesome job! See you next time!

Final Ranking: https://pcucommittee.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/PCU-Chess-2021-Final-Ranking.pdf