Reports | August 09, 2009 22:24

Krasenkow claims first in Vlissingen with another win and two quick draws

KrasenkowAfter reaching the marvellous score of 7/7, Michal Krasenkow had seen enough. Like a true professional, the Polish grandmaster finished the Hogeschool Zeeland Open in Vlisingen, The Netherlands with two quick draws, securing first prize very smoothly. Big pictorial report.

The 15th Hogeschool Zeeland Open took place August 1-8 in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. It was a 9-round FIDE rated Swiss, with a rate of play of 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 30 minutes to end the game. With 12 GMs and 13 IMs it was the strongest edition held so far.

In our first report we mentioned both the marvellous start of Krasenkow, winning his first six games, and the many big upsets on other boards. The Polish GM added another fine, positional victory in round 7, grinding down the talented Indian IM Adhiban in an ending.

We can hardly condemn the two quick draws in the last two rounds with which he then secured tournament victory - he had done the hard work before. The job was done, and an impressive job it was. Krasenkow clinched the € 2000 Euros first prize and the cup very convincingly, in the year in which he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his GM title, as he mentioned in his closing speech.

In 2006, when he made his debut in Vlissingen, Krasenkow won the tournament with the same score. This year he finished half a point ahead of the young Ukrainian grandmaster Andrey Vovk while five players finished on a shared third place: Khairullin (Russia), Beliavsky (Ukraine), Hoffmann (Germany), Spoelman and Ernst (both from The Netherlands).

Hogeschool Zeeland Open (Vlissingen) 2009 | Final Standings

Vlissingen Open 2009 Final Standings

Selection of games rounds 7-9

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The playing hall...

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..the spatious auditorium of the Hogeschool Zeeland

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GM Artur Kogan

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Kogan held a talk on the night before the tournament. He was born in the Ukraine but moved to Israel at the age of two. He now lives in Tarragona (Spain). He is famous for his Olala Chess Academy, see www.olalachess.com. At the moment he is the coach of the Dutch National Woman's Team. Kogan won the Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in 1996.

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The legendary GM Alexander Beliavsky, still going strong and top seed in Vlissingen

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Beliavsky's picture in an old tournament book

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GM Andrey Vovk (Ukraine)

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Brother GM Yuri Vovk

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GM Erik van den Doel

ernst

GM Sipke Ernst

ikonnikov

GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov

khairullin

GM Ildar Khairullin

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GM Michal Krasenkow

spoelman

GM Wouter Spoelman

kohlweyer

IM Bernd Kohlweyer

Thomas Henrichs

IM Thomas Henrichs

zaragatski

IM Ilja Zagaratski

leenhouts

IM Koen Leenhouts

bezemer

FM Arno Bezemer only needs to reach 2400 to become an IM

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The Indian delegation with on the far right Babu Lalith who won the Leiden Chess Tournament last month.

B. Adhiban

B. Adhiban

Musunuri Rohit Lalith Babu

Musunuri Rohit Lalith Babu

Pandian Karthikeyan

Pandian Karthikeyan

Rajendran Meenu

Rajendran Meenu

Rout Padmini

Rout Padmini

S. Harini

S. Harini

Sundar Shyam

Sundar Shyam

Swaminathan, Soumya

Soumya Swaminathan

vanweersel

Arlette van Weersel

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As if we didn't provide enough proof that chess is definitely also a girl's game

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Tatjana Plachnikova

Cup

The winner proudly showing his cup

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