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Vladimir Kramnik taking early lead in the Univé Crown Tournament

The 15th Univé Chess Tournament is taking place from 14th to 22nd October in the town hall of Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. The tournament consists of the Crown Group, Unive International Open and two Amateur Groups.

Crown Group

The Crown Group is traditionally a four-player double round robin and this year has a very strong line-up. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the top Dutch chess player at the present Anish Giri, the strongest woman of all time Judit Polgar (Hungary) and the winner of the 14th Unive tournament Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), form the lineup of an average rating of 2726 in category 20.

Vladimir Kramnik made a good use of the white pieces in first two rounds and convincingly outplayed Anish Giri and Judit Polgar. Other games were drawn. Games with computer analysis.

Round 3 standings:
1. GM Kramnik Vladimir RUS 2791 – 2.5
2. GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 – 1.5
3-4. GM Giri Anish NED 2722 and GM Polgar Judit HUN 2701 – 1.0

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

Anish Giri

Anish Giri

Unive International Open

The Unive Open with 86 participants is played over nine rounds of Swiss system. The prize fund is € 7.500 with a first prize of € 3,000. This tournament started on 14th October.

Round 5 standings:
1-2. GM Lenderman Aleksandr USA 2562 and GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2561 – 4.5
3-9. GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2647, GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2617, GM Ernst Sipke NED 2581, GM Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2580, IM Van Kampen Robin NED 2529, FM Van Eijk Sander NED 2372 and IM De Jong Migchiel NED 2370 – 4.0
10-21. GM Haslinger Stewart G ENG 2542, GM Brandenburg Daan NED 2522, IM Grover Sahaj IND 2514, FM Voekler Bernd GER 2374, FM Erwich Frank NED 2365, IM Peelen Piet NED 2354, Svane Rasmus GER 2351, FM Donchenko Alexander GER 2304, IM Afek Yochanan ISR 2299, Wagner Dennis GER 2290, FM Vedder Richard NED 2260 and Sekandar Kambiz NED 1922 – 3.5 etc

Amateur Tournament

Group I (afternoon group): for players with a rating of 2100
Group II (morning group) also for players with a rating of 2100
The first prize for both groups is € 250 each.

Unive chess set


Univé is chief sponsor of the Tournament. Univé is pleased that this event has become one of the most famous international tournaments.

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