On Saturday 4 October 2014, the EPO's branch at The Hague hosted this year's "Nederlands Kampioenschap Bedrijvenschaak", a chess tournament for teams of four colleagues of companies and institutions based in the Netherlands.
The doors opened at 9.00 hrs to more than 350 participants, organisers and visitors. Between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs, only interrupted by a very well appreciated lunch, seven rounds of rapid chess were played (15 minutes per person per game) in the large canteen area.
A record number of 71 teams took part this year. The EPO was represented by five teams, consisting of colleagues working in our sites in Munich, Berlin and The Hague.
Congratulations to the winning team: Schaaksite.nl, the company behind a popular chess website in the Netherlands, who won for the second year running, although last year, they used the name of their English language website www.NewsAboutChess.com. They had no trouble finding strong chess players among their staff, most notably grandmasters Dimitri Reinderman (Dutch champion of 2013) and Zhaoqin Peng (14-time Dutch women's champion), who played on board 1 and 2.
Both the Dutch national police force and tax authority (Belastingdienst) took part with three teams. Congratulations to their respective first teams, which took second and third place.
During the closing drinks, two of the strongest participants treated the crowd to a high speed demonstration game, played on an oversized chess set.
An overview of the event, including the complete standings, individual results, video's and pictures is available here.
The host of next year's event has not yet been decided. Interested parties are invited to contact us. The best way to stay informed about the 2015 event is to join the community on facebook.
We wish to thank all participants and especially everyone involved in the organisation, and we hope to take part again next year with even more EPO teams.