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

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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

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playinghall

The playing hall...



venue2

..the spatious auditorium of the Hogeschool Zeeland



kogan

GM Artur Kogan



kogan

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.



beliavsky

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



beliavsky

Beliavsky's picture in an old tournament book



andrey

GM Andrey Vovk (Ukraine)



yuri

Brother GM Yuri Vovk



doel

GM Erik van den Doel



ernst

GM Sipke Ernst



ikonnikov

GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov



khairullin

GM Ildar Khairullin



krasenkow2

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



indians

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



girl

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



Tatjana Plachnikova.jpg

Tatjana Plachnikova



Cup

The winner proudly showing his cup



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