Dutch Coasting (answer) — Hoogovens Tournament

Before reading more here, please see the original post containing the riddle:


It’s OK if you don’t hop over for a look, I’ve reposted the pictures below.

The Hoogovens Tournament, aka the New Year’s Tournament, was first held in Beverwijk in 1938, then it moved to Wijk aan Zee in 1968. Eventually Hoogovens disappeared as a steel manufacturing company when it merged with Corus (2000), which then itself disappearing after being acquired by Tata Steel. The New Year’s tournament continued though all this.

My focus is on the Hoogoven’s period, from 1938-1999. This nicely brackets the history entirely in the twentieth century, under one name. The same name shared with the Hoogoven’s museum pictured here:


This museum has a section devoted to the yearly chess sponsored by the company (actually, the sponsorship was limited in the very beginning – the company had a chess club which put on the tournament in 1938, utilizing a club room on company property. Later, the club securing company sponsorship to avoid it to attract top talent, first in the Netherlands, and eventually internationally).

Here are some photographs from inside the museum, which I used to pose the “visual riddle” from the previous post. Can you spot the artifacts of tournaments past that I used in my historical researches of these wonderful, and storied, tournament?


  The title of the last post, Dutch Coasting, was a hint in the form of a pun. (I have definitely been spending too much time on <CG>, where deviant punning is an extreme artform, done with much relish, and entirely unavoidable. Oh well, it you can’t lick ’em, join ’em!).

Of course, Wijk aan Zee, is a nice Dutch sea coast town – in fact Wijk aan Zee translates into English as <Sea Coast District>. But the kind of coast I was thinking of was coasters, bierviltje in Dutch. Alas, the pun probably only works in English.

Bierviltje, or beer coasters, are a wonderful memento of this famous tournament. The Dutch, being both good-natured and cultured, have combined two of my favorite activities – beer drinking and chess. If you look at the above photographs, you can see the beer coasters lined up on the second shelf, along with the 1998 commemorative book celebrating Hoogovenstoernoi’s 60th year anniversary:


Here is a composite picture of all the biervilltje’s that I used in my research:


Let’s take a look at one up close:


The Dutch, like the Germans and increasing so the Americans, are fine brewers of beer. And though I’m partial to IPA’s of late (i.e. for the last 10 years and more), I’ve been known to find a Grolsch quite satisfying at times. Additionally, it has the benefit of giving the tournament span without anguishing research in archival newspapers written in a language I don’t understand.

Dutch I may not understand so well, but beer is a language I do understand!

Finding these images of coasters from the Hoogovens Tournaments was a very nice boost to my research. Providing confirmation of the dates given by the tournament books or Di Felice’s indices, mentioned in previous posts. Actually, for some years, these coasters were my only source of dates, short of digging though the Delphner archives.

An easy and fun biographical resource!


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