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IM Van Foreest and GM Shyam tie for the first at 53rd Groningen Masters 2015

Van ForeestThe 53rd Chess Festival Groningen brought hundreds of chess players of all levels to the city of Groningen from December 21-30, 2015.

The Master event was a 9-round Swiss FIDE tournament open to all players rated above 2000 Elo.

The playing venue was Sportcentrum Rijksuniversiteit & Hanzehogeschool, while the prize fund was in the amount of 6,000 EUR.

Dutch young talent IM Jorden Van Foreest and Indian GM Sundar Shyam tied for the first place at 7.5 points each but Van Foreest prevailed on a better tie-break criteria and took the gold.

The third place was shared in a five-way tie by GM Avital Boruchovsky from Israel, IM Saveliy Golubov from Russia and Dutch players Barry Brink, FM Ivo Maris and IM Stefan Kuipers, after the whole group finished the event with 6.5 points.

WIM Tatiana Kasparova claimed the top female prize with 4.5 points and 36th place in the final standings.

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Final standings:

1 IM Van Foreest, Jorden 7.5 NED M 2547
2 GM Shyam, Sundar M. 7.5 IND M 2485
3 GM Boruchovsky, Avital 6.5 ISR M 2540
4 IM Golubov, Saveliy 6.5 RUS M 2452
5 Brink, Barry 6.5 NED M 2360
6 FM Maris, Ivo 6.5 NED M 2352
7 IM Kuipers, Stefan 6.5 NED M 2398
8 IM Petrov, Nikita 6.0 RUS M 2456
9 GM Kasparov, Sergey 6.0 BLR M 2485
10 FM Baskin, Robert 6.0 GER M 2351
11 GM Werle, Jan 5.5 NED M 2542
12 IM Lobzhanidze, Davit 5.5 GEO M 2425
13 IM De Jong, Migchiel 5.5 NED M 2336
14 Maatman, Nick 5.5 NED M 2258
15 FM Chen, Pengyu 5.5 AUS M 2289
16 FM Warmerdam, Max 5.5 NED M 2335
17 IM Soors, Stef 5.0 BEL M 2398
18 Amesz, Jaap 1st r.pr. 5.0 NED M 2166
19 FM Von Meijenfeldt, Bart 5.0 NED M 2283
20 FM Beerdsen, Thomas 5.0 NED M 2323
21 FM Gedajlovic, Max 5.0 CAN M 2302
22 Van Osch, Mees 5.0 NED M 2289
23 Ypma, Peter 5.0 NED M 2228
24 FM Liu, Yi 5.0 AUS M 2306
25 IM Berkovich, Mark A 5.0 ISR M 2353
26 FM Kevlishvili, Robby 5.0 NED M 2351
27 GM Pruijssers, Roeland 5.0 NED M 2489
28 IM Kerigan, Demre 5.0 TUR M 2374
29 Schoppen, Casper 5.0 NED M 2305
30 Kalaiyalahan, Akshaya 2nd r.pr. 5.0 ENG F 2157
31 Bollen, Guus 5.0 NED M 2135
32 IM Afek, Yochanan 5.0 ISR M 2267
33 Gerlagh, Joris 4.5 NED M 2159
34 Sparenberg, Erik 4.5 NED M 2110
35 Kokje, Joris W 4.5 NED M 1975
36 WIM Kasparova, Tatiana 4.5 BLR F 2158
37 IM Saravanan, V. 4.5 IND M 2283
38 FM Bezemer, Arno 4.5 NED M 2287
39 FM Heemskerk, Wim 4.5 NED M 2181
40 Bianco, Valerio 4.5 ITA M 2035
41 Dehn, Marcus 4.5 GER M 2152
42 Hommes, Elmar 4.5 NED M 2078
43 Van Meegen, Ruud 4.5 NED M 2111
44 Vrolijk, Liam 4.0 NED M 2094
45 Boer, Alef 4.0 NED M 2125
46 Bhattacharjee, Sourav 4.0 NED M 2067
47 CM Theulings, Paul-Peter 4.0 NED M 2182
48 Keetman, Maaike 4.0 NED F 2087
49 Taal, Rieks 4.0 NED M 2071
50 Ratsma, Midas 3.5 NED M 2131
51 FM Wacker, Peter 3.5 GER M 2335
52 Drozdowski, Konrad W 3.5 POL M 1987
53 Den Hartog, Marijn 3.5 NED M 2197
54 Elgersma, Simon 3.5 NED M 2017
55 Andersen, Alf R. 3.5 NOR M 2163
56 Ernst, Michael 3.5 AUT M 2177
57 Schweitzer, Werner 3.5 AUT M 2067
58 Willemsma, Abe 3.5 NED M 2067
59 CM Al-Hajiri, Bader 3.5 KUW M 2183
60 WIM Hagesather, Ellen 3.5 NOR F 2172
61 Chaurette, Laurent 3.0 CAN M 1987
62 Pajeken, Jakob Leon 3.0 GER M 2101
63 Ratsma, Rosa 3.0 NED F 2059
64 Veltman, Anne 3.0 NED M 2032
65 IM Esserman, Marc 2.5 USA M 2411
66 Henseler, Jorgen 2.5 NED M 2044
67 Halfhide, Sebastian 2.5 NED M 2119
68 Hilwerda, Jonas 2.5 NED M 2012
69 Boersma, Jan 2.5 NED M 2083
70 FM Yaaqoub, Rashid 2.0 SUD M 2175
71 FM Pajeken, Wolfgang 2.0 GER M 2304
72 FM Vogel, Jaap 2.0 NED M 2121
73 Van Baar, Esper 2.0 NED M 2002
74 Sand, Rolf, Dr. 1.0 GER M 2033

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