338 players were present at the 17. Nord-West-Cup. In the A-Open the elo-favourite, GM Sethuraman from India made it, followed by GM Danin (Russia). Three young grandmasters came all the way from India, and they could even experience real snow during the tournament. Altogether nine GMs participated, or even ten - if you count also the German youngster Matthias Bluebaum, who will get the title soon. The other two groups ended with big surprises: The B-tournament was won by the 12-year-old Lara Schulze, and in the C-tournament it was the 7-year-old Albert Mechlenburg Moller from Denmark, who got the trophee with 7 out of 7!
A new record: Altogether more than 360 participants were playing in three tournaments for different levels.
Sophia Brunner won the C-tournament in front of Tiziano Wul, Sören Evering, Nenad Jelisavac.
In the B-tournament Dennis Weber took first place in front of Semen Diskin and Vladimir Zotin.
Plenty of space for amateurs and professionals: Also the top gets stronger from year to year. Among the 11 Grandmasters in the A-Open the Chinese star Li Chao aroused the greatest interest of the media - even the local TV was present. With Elo 2680 Li Chao is the current No. 5 in China.
Also two young players achieved remarkable successes: Jesper Thybo from Denmark and Jorden Van Foreest from the Netherlands (both 13 years old) managed to invade the ranks of the GMs and finally took place 7 and 8! Van Foreest here playing against Ilja Schneider
In spite of the hard-fought games it was a very fair and friendly tournament. But the fairness prize should go to Henrik Teske this time: Jesper Thybo had a drawn endgame against the experienced GM, but he wrongly claimed three times repetition. When this was proved to be wrong he resigned - thinking that he had lost because of the wrong claim. But instead of accepting the whole point, Teske preferred to give the draw anyhow!Games from the bulletins online
IA Johan Zwanepol is the chief arbiter already for the last 12 years. These players took part in each one of the 14 editions of the NordWest-Cup: Alfons Gudat, Ernst Heinemann and Tobias Jugelt.
In 1999 the chess club Oldenburg celebrated the 50th anniversary. Since then the Nord-West-Cup features a mixture of strong grandmasters and amateurs, a challengers tournament for players with maximum rating 1800, and since this year also a third tournament for players under 1500.