Hi! You must be wondering why most of this website is in Norwegian, and this text is in English?
Well, it is because your reporter for this tournament did not learn perfect Norwegian yet, hence it will not be the best way to communicate, just in case you would not like to be misrepresented in the reports of your games.
Why ask a Dutch person to comment on the NM?
Well the top group this year is incredibly strong, in order to get you high quality news and analysis we just had to ask someone from below the Skagerrak. The Dutch IM David Miedema is of course not able to play here, so he will try and follow as many games as possible, throw them into a funnel and let the games that are best, most spectacular, extremely dramatic or simply brutal come out to share with you. I hope this answered your question.
What can I do to get famous? I want to get into the bulletins!
Of course the bulletin will give you a lot of fame and yes, I feel your wish to shine. Okay, let me propose you something. Of course the best players will get plenty of praise and space in the bulletin, but everyone can be in it! You can give your game to me if it was beautiful or if you have learned a lot. If you are extremely happy or if you would like to cry, just hand the game to me and you might be in it.
So who is this David Miedema guy?
Ok now we know what he looks like.
David Miedema is an IM since 2009, he gained the title at the Dutch championships while getting the sixth place. Other big tournaments he has shared first place are Neckar open in 2010 (this was like Grenkechess, but a bit weaker), Limburg open and HSG open in 2013. David is also a chess trainer and coach who authored his first book on the French Defence in May 2019. He is currently training for the GM title and has one norm.
Of course! Often chess beauty makes you look like you have just seen the stars in the skies. On the other side there is also chess ugliness, and that is what I would like to look at in this tournament. I will be looking for the worst plan in the tournament. A plan which will make people hit themselves while cringing their toes and making a face like they just ate a whole lemon. Do not worry, it is not to mock anyone, it is to show that anyone at some times is able to have huge mistakes in their line of thought. And those mistakes can be very very funny. Just don’t do it on purpose, I do not encourage that. I only encourage learning more about this beautiful game called chess.
So, good luck, and see you in the bulletin!