We've started today with the semi-finals of the Open and the Basque Chess match between Wei Yi and Adhiban Baskaran in the Marriage Room, and the rest of the Open in the big playing hall.
The semifinals both started with a Ruy Lopez.
Dmitrij Kollars (left) and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals.
The Basque Chess games aren't very exciting yet, though they are drawing quite a few spectators. The Chat Chess game between Timman and Van Wely in Assen was a quite spectacular draw. Here it is:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.O-O b5 7.Ne5 Nd5 8.e4 Nf6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.d5 Bd6 11.Bf4 O-O
12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.dxe6+ Kxe6 14.Bh3+ Kf7 15.e5 Bxe5 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Bxe5 Nc6 18.Bxc7 Rd2 19.Rfe1 Nd4 20.Bg2 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Rxb2 22.Rad1 Ne6 23.Be5 Ng4 24.h3
24...Rxf2+ 25.Kg1 Nxe5 26.Rxe5 Rf3 27.Ne4 Rd3 28.Rf1+ Ke7 29.Nc5 Kd6 30.Nxd3 cxd3 31.Re3 Nc5 32.Rf4 Kc6 33.Rd4 Ra7 34.Kf2 a5 35.Re8 Rc7 36.Re5 b4 37.Ke3 Kb5 38.Rxd3 a4 39.Rd4 a3 40.Re8 Rb7 41.Rc8 b3 42.axb3 a2 43.Ra8 Nxb3 44.Rda4 a1=Q 45.Rxa1 Nxa1 46.Rxa1 Kc5 1/2-1/2