The Netherlands Chess Championships

26th June to 5th July, Jan Smeets and Zhaoqin Peng defend titles

The Netherlands Chess Championships are taking place from 26th June to 5th July. Men’s Championship is a 10-player round robin while six women will compete in a double-round robin event.

GM Jan Smeets is defending the title, while the 2009 champion GM Anish Giri is top seeded player. Six-times champion Loek Van Wely is not participating.

GM Zhaoqin Peng (2375) is defending the women’s title, which she has been winning for a record 11 straight years. Her opposition will include WIM Arlette van Weersel 2246, WIM Anne Haast 2221, Martine Middelveld 2120, Lisa Hortensius 2111 and Annemarie Volkers 2046.

Men’s championship starting list:

GM Anish Giri 2687

GM Jan Smeets 2647

GM Ivan Sokolov 2645

GM Erwin l’Ami 2611

GM Sipke Ernst 2596

GM Wouter Spoelman 2564

GM Friso Nijboer 2538

IM Daan Brandenburg 2535

IM Ruud Janssen 2512

GM Robin Swinkels 2483

Peng Zhaoqin 1

GM Zhaoqin Peng

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