The 2nd Srefidensi Chess Challenge Chess Tournament started on 20 Nov., with a flag parade of the Boy Scouts and the singing of the national anthem Suriname, in hotel Krasnapolsky. It is an international tournament with Grandmasters (GM), International Masters (IM), Fide Masters (FM) and Candidate Masters (CM) from Cuba, Venezuela, Holland, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Israel, Mongolia, Guyana, Curacao and Suriname.

Van 20 tot 25 November 2014, organiseert de Surinaamse Schaakbond, na het succes van vorig jaar, de 2e editie van het grootse international Srefidensi Schaaktoernooi, de Srefidensi Chess Celebration 2014.

Het toernooi bestaat uit een Masterclass en een Open Class, waarbij de Masterclass de grote attractie zal vormen. Topschakers uit 10 verschillende landen zullen in 9 rondes tegen elkaar uitkomen, met de ontknoping op onze Srefdidensidag op 25 november. Onder de topschakers zitten 2 Grootmeesters (GM) , 1 Woman Grandmaster (WGM), 5 Internationaal Meesters (IM), 7 Fide meesters (FM) afkomstig uit Israel, Nederland, Mongolie, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Jamaica, Trinidad, Curacao en Suriname.

Willemze reinforced lead in Srefidensi Chess Celebration

The Dutch International Master Thomas Willemze strengthened his leading position in the Master Class of the Srefidensi Chess Celebration. Willemze won his game in the seventh round against the Surinamese champion Romario Sanches . The Dutchman is in the lead with 6 points, followed by Fide Master Ryan Harper from Trinidad and Tobago. In the Open Class the Surinamese Youth Champion Calvin Tjong Tjin Joe lost against Frank Sears from T&T. Sears is leading in this class with a hundred percent score from 5 matches.

Master Class

Willemze who is impressed by the organization of the international chess event, is being tipped by many chess experts as the champion. After the tournament, the Dutchman will stay for a few weeks in Suriname to give Chess instructor courses. The Surinaamse Schaakbond (Surinamese Chess Federation) has already worked with Willemze in the past to coach youngsters and executives members of the federation. The Trinidadian Fide Master Ryan Harper continues to play a strong tournament in this class and defeated the strong IM Jimenez Aguero from Cuba. With only two rounds to go in this class, only Harper and Grandmaster Sriram Jha from India has a theoretical chance of the championship. The match between IM Vilela de Acuna from Cuba and the Surinamese FM Roger Matoewi lasted longer than 6 hours and after 188 moves it ended in a draw.

Open Class

The Surinamese Youth Champion Calvin Tjong Tjin Joe had a tough task during the fifth round of the open class against the Trinidadian Frank Sears. The game ended in Sears's favour. The opponent of Sears in the sixth round will be Marcus Joseph. The other thriller in this category is between Tjong Tjin Joe and Ooft who both have a chance to win the grand prize. The last two rounds promises to be exciting.

The event will come to an end on the independence day of the Republic of Suriname. Before the closing ceremony shall take place, the Surinaamse Schaakbond (Surinamese Chess Federation) is going to organize a novices tournament, which will be held on the parking lot of Hotel Royal Torarica. After this tournament, the prize-giving ceremony will take place.

Press Release Suriname Chess Federation
Vishay Hardwarsing


By Alina L'Ami

12/2/2013 – In this second part of Alina l'Ami's report on Suriname, she takes readers on a visual trip through this micronation with astonishing religious diversity and acceptance. The capital itself has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its innumerous colonial buildings that remain a throwback to its origins. You don't want to miss this lovely pictorial.

1st Srefidensi Chess Celebration - Suriname (2/2)


By Alina L'Ami

11/30/2013 – On the Atlantic coast of South America lies a little nation where everyone speaks... Dutch. The lovely micro-nation of Suriname hosted a chess celebration in its capital Paramaribo, inviting international players to give chess a shot in the arm. The event was a big success and drew many children with the many prizes and conditions. Alina l'Ami brings a beautiful illustrated report.

1st Srefidensi Chess Celebration - Suriname (1/2)