Matei plays the Open Dutch Youth Championship (story by Bogdan)

Last week (06 - 11.08.2018), Matei participated in the F-category (U-9) Open Dutch Youth Championship in Borne and ended up the 2nd, with 7/9 and no game lost (5 won, 4 drawn). His score was the same as for the tournament winner (against whom Matei had a draw). The final ranking has been decided on tie-break in 3, with separation criterion being direct results (1.5-1-0.5).

Final standings at http://www.onjk.nl/nl/deelnemerslijst/uitslagengroepf

He is happy for this achievement, for which he has been working hard, and would like to thank you for helping him get there. He was proud to stand for his club.

In the 2nd tournament (U9 & U8 & U7 altogether, Thu-Sat) he played less good (I noticed signs of getting tired already from Friday), but he managed to end up on the 4th place, with 6.5/9 (best placed at the tie-break, in a group of 3). The final results of the 2nd tournament at https://www.onjk.nl/nl/deelnemerslijst/uitslagenfghtoernooi

I am attaching a few games in pgn, for the case these might be of interest, as follows:

  • last 4 games of the first tournament (including those played against the 1st and 3rd in the final standings).
  • one game in the 2nd tournament, which I like, even if his last moves were not the best - against the best ranked player of the 2nd tournament.

In both tournaments, the tempo was 25 min + 10sec/move from move 1. I attached 3 photos to mark the moment.;)


[Event "ONJK 2018 FGH"]
[Site "Borne, Netherlands"]
[Date "2018.08.07"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Govoreanu, Matei"]
[Black "Kazarjan, Gachatur"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A13"]
[WhiteElo "1073"]
[BlackElo "1077"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "2018.08.07"]

1. c4 e6 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O g6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. d3
Nf6 9. Bf4 a6 10. Qd2 O-O 11. Rac1 Bd7 12. Rfe1 Rc8 13. e4 d4 14. Ne2 Qb6 15.
Bd6 Rfe8 16. Bc5 Qb5 17. Bxd4 Nxd4 18. Nexd4 Qa4 19. b3 Qa3 20. Rxc8 Rxc8 21.
b4 Ba4 22. h3 Nd7 23. e5 Bf8 24. Rb1 b5 25. Ne1 Nxe5 26. Bb7 Rd8 27. Nb3
{1/2-1/2}

[Event "ONJK 2018 FGH"]
[Site "Borne, Netherlands"]
[Date "2018.08.08"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Govoreanu, Matei"]
[Black "De Vreugt Pezo, Max"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C50"]
[WhiteElo "1073"]
[BlackElo "976"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "2018.08.08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. O-O Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. d3 O-O 7. Bd2 d6 8. h3
Bd7 9. a3 Ba5 10. b4 Bb6 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. fxe3 Re8 13. d4 exd4 14. Nxd4 Ne5 15.
Be2 Be6 16. Nxe6 Rxe6 17. Nd5 c6 18. Nf4 Re8 19. Rc1 d5 20. exd5 cxd5 21. Bf3
Nxf3+ 22. Rxf3 Qd7 23. Rg3 Rad8 24. c3 b5 25. Nh5 Nxh5 26. Qxh5 Qe6 27. Re1 a6
28. Qg4 Qxg4 29. Rxg4 f6 30. Rd4 Re4 31. Rdd1 Kf7 32. Kf2 Ke6 33. Kf3 g5 34. g4
Ke5 35. Re2 Rd7 36. Ree1 Rd6 37. Rd3 Rc6 38. Red1 Rd6 {1/2-1/2}

[Event "ONJK 2018 FGH"]
[Site "Borne, Netherlands"]
[Date "2018.08.08"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Madularea, David"]
[Black "Govoreanu, Matei"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "1085"]
[BlackElo "1073"]
[PlyCount "138"]
[EventDate "2018.08.08"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. c5 Be7 5. Bf4 Bd7 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Nf3
b6 9. cxb6 axb6 10. Qc2 Nb4 11. Qe2 Nxd3+ 12. Qxd3 c5 13. O-O Bc8 14. Rfe1 Ba6
15. Qc2 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Rc8 17. Qd1 Bb4 18. Rc1 Ne4 19. Qb3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 Re8 21.
Bg3 Bc4 22. Qb2 Ra8 23. a3 Qe7 24. Ra1 h6 25. Nc6 Qc5 26. Nb4 b5 27. Be5 Rac8
28. Bd4 Qd6 29. f4 f6 30. a4 bxa4 31. Rxa4 e5 32. fxe5 fxe5 33. Ra6 Bxa6 34.
Nxa6 Qxa6 35. Qb6 Qxb6 36. Bxb6 Nxc3 37. Rf1 Rf8 38. Ra1 Ne2+ 39. Kh1 Rc1+ 40.
Rxc1 Nxc1 41. h3 d4 42. exd4 exd4 43. Bxd4 Ne2 44. Bb2 Rf2 45. Ba3 Kf7 46. Bc5
Rf6 47. Ba3 Nf4 48. Bb2 Rb6 49. Bd4 Rc6 50. Be3 Ne6 51. Kh2 g5 52. g3 Kg6 53.
Kg2 h5 54. Kh2 Rc2+ 55. Kg1 g4 56. h4 Rc3 57. Bf2 Ng7 58. Kg2 Nf5 59. Kh2 Kf6
60. Kg2 Ke5 61. Kh2 Ke4 62. Kg2 Rc2 63. Kf1 Kf3 64. Kg1 Nxg3 65. Bxg3 Kxg3 66.
Kf1 Kxh4 67. Kg1 g3 68. Kf1 Kh3 69. Kg1 Rc1# {0-1}


[Event "ONJK 2018 FGH"]
[Site "Borne, Netherlands"]
[Date "2018.08.08"]
[Round "9.1"]
[White "Govoreanu, Matei"]
[Black "Cappan, Stan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A30"]
[WhiteElo "1073"]
[BlackElo "1065"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2018.08.08"]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 e6 4. Nf3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nc3 d4 8. Ne4
Nxe4 9. d3 Nf6 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Rc1 h6 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Re1 b6 14. e3 Be6 15.
exd4 cxd4 16. Rxc6 Bd5 17. Rxf6 Bxa2 18. Rf4 Be6 19. Rxd4 Qc7 20. Rde4 Kf8 21.
d4 Bf5 22. Rxe7 Qc4 23. Ne5 Qa2 24. Rxf7+ Kg8 25. Bxa8 Be6 26. Rf4 Qxb2 27. Bd5
Bxd5 28. Qg4+ Kh7 29. Qg6# {1-0}


[Event "ONJK 2018 FGH 2"]
[Site "Borne, Netherlands"]
[Date "2018.08.10"]
[Round "6.3"]
[White "Mernier, Simon"]
[Black "Govoreanu, Matei"]
[WhiteElo "1263"]
[BlackElo "1073"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2018.08.10"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be7 8.
Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Nxd5 O-O 10. O-O Bg4 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. Nxf6+ Qxf6 13. c3 Rad8 14.
h3 Bh5 15. Qd3 c5 16. g4 Bg6 17. Qd1 cxd4 18. cxd4 c5 19. Rc1 Be4 20. Nd2 Rxd4
21. Nxe4 Qf4 22. Qb3 Rxe4 23. Rxc5 Rb4 24. Qa3 Rd4 25. Ra5 f5 26. gxf5 Rxf5 27.
Rxa7 Rg5+ 28. Kh1 Qe4+ 29. f3 Qe8 30. Ra8 Rd8 31. Rxd8 Qxd8 {1/2-1/2}