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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-28)
Joop van Oosterom, ICCF world champion

Oops, he did it again :)

Dutch GM Joop van Oosterom won the 21st ICCF final ! .. In three participations in ICCF world championship final tournaments, he came 2nd in Final 15 (+8 -1 =6, after GM Timmerman), 1st in Final 18 (+8 =6), 1st in Final 21 (+7 -1 =6).

Joop van Oosterom is also ranked 1st on the ICCF elo list with 2770 (207 games), an enormous achievement for sure !

More about ICCF world championship Final XXI :

Also congratulations to Arno Nickel for beating the world champion in this tournament (!) .. I'd like much to see the game (is it possible ?)... The "other one" in Final 15 where GM Timmerman beats GM van Oosterom to take the title was very impressive.

Wolfgang Utesch    (2007-06-29 10:14:56)
van Oosterom

Behind name van Oosterom it is rumoured since several years there is a team of top chessplayers and several computer adminidrators (Joop is a millionaire). But for all that he has been a quite good OTB chessplayer in youth and a very courageous and creative correspondence chess player in the beginning.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-29 20:29:49)
van Oosterom

The rumour is quite logical... Hard to avoid it, anyway we'll probably never know about it. By the way, if "teams" are not allowed at ICCF, any kind of help is allowed at FICGS. That's "blindfold" correspondence chess.

Francois Caire    (2007-07-18 07:15:01)

[Event "WCCC 21th Final"] [Site "Stockholm"] [Date "2005.08.01"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "10"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Arno Nickel"] [Black "Joop Van Oosterom"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "2590"] [BlackElo "2777"] [PlyCount "89"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Ndb5 Qb8 7. Be3 a6 8. Bb6 axb5 9. Nxb5 Bb4+ 10. c3 Ba5 11. Nc7+ Qxc7 12. Bxc7 Bxc7 13. Qg4 g6 14. Qh4 Nge7 15. Bb5 f5 16. f3 O-O 17. O-O d5 18. Kh1 Bd7 19. a4 Rf7 20. Qe1 Kg7 21. Rd1 Raf8 22. Qe2 Bc8 23. Bxc6 bxc6 24. b4 e5 25. a5 Rf6 26. h3 h5 27. Ra1 Bb7 28. a6 Ba8 29. c4 d4 30. c5 g5 31. g3 Ng6 32. Rg1 Kh6 33. Raf1 h4 34. f4 exf4 35. e5 d3 36. Qg2 hxg3 37. exf6 Nh4 38. Qd2 f3 39. Rxf3 Nxf3 40. Qxd3 Nxg1 41. Qd7 Rxf6 42. Kxg1 Be5 43. Qe8 Bc3 44. Qxa8 Bxb4 45. Qh8+ 1-0

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