A tour of the Netherlands with GM Surya Ganguly!
Chess players have the unique fortune of combining their work with travelling. Tournaments are held in different parts of India and the world, and often lasts for more than a week. It seems absolutely natural to visit the new city/village/town that you are in and get to know more about it. Just that, most of the chess players we know, do not like to explore! They would rather prefer spending their time in the room preparing how to meet the Dutch Defence, rather than go out enjoy the Dutch beauty! Well, Surya Ganguly is an exception in that sense! He was in the Netherlands for the Tata Steel Challengers 2020 with his wife Sudeshna, and after the event spent some time exploring the country! We take you on a tour with the India no.7.
Exploring the Netherlands
By Surya Ganguly
I had a great time at the Wijk aan Zee. Very fighting chess despite the number of draws I had!. Would like to thank Jeroen Van den Berg (the tournament director) and his team for another beautifully organised Tata Steel Chess event, truly the Wimbledon of chess!
After the tournament ended I spent some time visiting the capital of the country - Amsterdam. And the Amsterdam tour is never complete if you haven't visited Max Euwe Centrum!
As is clear, I love to visit museums! I was fortunate that I could visit two more museums in the trip - Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Mauritshuis Museum in Hague. Here are a few pictures from the Rijkmuseum:
The painting is famous for three things: its colossal size (363 cm × 437 cm (11.91 ft × 14.34 ft)), the dramatic use of light and shadow (tenebrism) and the perception of motion in what would have traditionally been a static military group portrait. With effective use of sunlight and shade, Rembrandt leads the eye to the three most important characters among the crowd: the two men in the center (from whom the painting gets its original title), and the woman in the centre-left background carrying a chicken. Behind them, the company's colors are carried by the ensign, Jan Visscher Cornelissen. The figures are almost life-size. Rembrandt has displayed the traditional emblem of the arquebusiers in a natural way, with the woman in the background carrying the main symbols. She is a kind of mascot herself; the claws of a dead chicken on her belt represent the clauweniers (arquebusiers), the pistol behind the chicken represents clover and she is holding the militia's goblet. The man in front of her is wearing a helmet with an oak leaf, a traditional motif of the arquebusiers. The dead chicken is also meant to represent a defeated adversary. The colour yellow is often associated with victory. (Source: Wikipidea)
My next visit was to the Amsterdam Zoo! It turned out to be a paradise for animal lovers. Birds and exotic animals roam around freely inside the zoo. Absolutely loved it!
The strongest Komodo!:
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