Dutch-Armenian chess star (19) plays simultaneous chess tournament

By Inge Drost

The Hague – Tomorrow (13 April 2007)Biaina G
eragousian (19) will take part in an international simultaneous chess-tournament at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague. Biaina is the daughter of Armenian parents, who migrated to the Netherlands in the 1980s.

On 13 April 2007, International Grandmaster Jan Timman will play against 60 Opponents, among whom (former) Members of Parliament, members of the Corps Diplomatique, talented young players (including Biaina) and journalists from several countries. The tournament will be opened by Foreign Minister, Maxime Verhagen, and former speaker of the Dutch Parliament, Dick Dolman.

After Biaina became Dutch chess champion in the age group up to 10 years, she could not stop playing the game. She won many international rapid titles, but had to wait until 2003 to be National champion in her age group once again. She managed to do the same in 2004.

Biaina's chess-successes brought her abroad many times. She played chess in Armenia (Pan Armenian games, 2003) but also visited Montenegro (European Championship, 2003), Kreta (Worlds championship) and Siberia (international tournament for national teams, 2005).

At the moment, Biaina is in training for the Dutch championship, which will be held in the beginning of May. The top two players will get a ticket to Armenia, where the World Championships are held later this year. Biaina, who is seeded in second place, naturally only has one goal!

On 13 April, the Armenian community will be present in The Hague, to cheer for Biaina; her game will be one of the two games that will be projected onto a  large screen.

Press Release

Abovian Armenian Cultural Association [in the Netherlands]
Address: Weesperstraat 91
2574 VS The Hague, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31704490209
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12 April 2007