Tuesday 6 July 2010

Max Euwe Centrum (Amsterdam)

[Post published by Liviu on Liviu's [in Netherlands] Blog]

1st of July: sunny, quite hot - indeed, unsual weather for Amsterdam.

Max Euwe Centrum
Admission: free for everyone.
There are lockers at the entrance, of course. However, I noticed them only when leaving.
Pictures are allowed, of course.

Useful info: Max Euwe - wikipedia description

My opinion on Max Euwe Centrum

Very small museum, but nice. I liked it.
Very friendly staff.
There hardly are any visitors. Hey you tourists, don't you like chess? :p

The explanation written on the walls is in Dutch only, but there's available a printed English translation which you have to return on leaving.

The staff also asked me to write something in their guestbook when leaving. I did, because I wanted to congratulate them for their good work. Home I realized I forgot writing that we have a very good Romanian chess player now - Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu. If interested, feel free to check the ratings of all best & currently active Romanian chess players.

People playing chess in Max Euwe Plein

After visiting the museum, I spent about 40 minutes in the public square (obviously called Max Euwe Plein) next to the museum, where there always are some 2 people playing chess on that huge board.

This time 2 guys were playing. Quite cool. It appeared that the white was going to win: it had both the initiative (or should we say it never allowed black to take initiative? :D) and slightly better pieces on the table (it had sacrificed a knight to capture a tower); towards the end, it also captured black's queen, sacrificing a tower. But... in the end... black managed to check him back and forth between the same 2 positions, because white's king was trapped in a 2 squares area :) ... and you know what repeated checking in the same positions means... indeed, draw... Quite an expected draw black has managed to pull, if you ask the amateur that I am with respect to chess :)

Again, tourists passing by take a 30 seconds look, smile, take some 2-3 pictures of themselves with the huge board as background and leave... Come on, people, stop & analyze, visit the museum etc. you know.

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Yes, visit Max Euwe Centrum if you are passionate about chess and/or in mood for something different. Also, take the time to watch a bit of the game people publicly play in the square - it's fun and they seem pretty good at it!

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