European Corporate Chess Championship 2022 took place over the weekend 18-19 June in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The event was played with the participation of 17 teams in the venue of the luxury cruise ship Royal Spido (named James Cook), while sailing in the Rotterdam harbour.
The Closing Ceremony of the event took place yesterday evening with attendance of the ECU Vice President Ivan Sokolov, Tournament director Jeroen Van den Berg, and Chief Arbiter Arno Eliens.
The team of Hotels.nl won the Championship thanks to a better Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break (without lowest result) as they had the same score of 16 match points as Polish PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having better tiebreaks Hotels.nl clinched gold while PwC came second. DSE Automatisering claimed bronze scoring 15 match points.
The Winning Hotels.nl Team composition:
- GM Loek Van Wely (NED, 2692)
- FM Koen Lambrechts (NED, 2307)
- Frits Rietman (NED, 2232)
- Jan Joris Groenewold (NED, 2134)
- Kenneth Muller (NED, 1891)
The event was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 15 minutes for the whole game, plus 5 seconds of an increment starting from the move one. Among the players representing their corporations were: GM Anish Giri (2761, NED, Optiver 1 team), GM Loek van Wely (2629, NED, Hotels.nl), GM Max Warmerdam (2613, NED, Flow Traders), GM Friso Nijboer (NED, 2466, DSE Automatisering), IM David Simon Pardo (ESP, 2461, Optiver 2), IM Radoslaw Barski (2437, POL, PwC).
Photos by: Frans Peeters
Final report ECU: https://www.europechess.org/hotels-nl-is-the-winner-of-european-corporate-chess-championship-2022/