The 17th HZ Open Chess Tournament was held from 3rd to 10th August at the HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen, Netherlands.

Grandmaster Michal Krasenkow from Poland took the winner’s trophy after edging GM Erwin L’Ami, GM Lalith Babu M.R. and IM Quinten Ducarmon on tie-break score. All four players finished the tournament with 7,5 points from nine games. This is Krasenkow’s third victory in Vlissingen (after 2006 and 2009).

Erwin L’Ami entered the final round with a half point advantage ahead of the competitors. He faced the top-seed Pentala Harikrishna and the hard-fought game ended in a draw. The other players used the opportunity to catch him on the shared first place.

250 players took part in the tournament. More information on the official website.

Final standings:

1-4. GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2635, GM L’Ami Erwin NED 2626, GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2576 and IM Ducarmon Quinten NED 2438 – 7,5

5-11. GM Harikrishna P. IND 2696, GM Ernst Sipke NED 2560, GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2632, IM Burg Twan NED 2486, GM Ikonnikov Vyacheslav RUS 2555, Mostertman Milan NED 2280 and FM Rijnaarts Sjef NED 2354 – 7,0

12-18. IM Van Delft Merijn NED 2415, GM Zhao Xue CHN 2562, GM Reinderman Dimitri NED 2598, Kerigan Demre TUR 2257, IM Akshat Khamparia IND 2354, IM Leenhouts Koen NED 2379 and WGM L’Ami Alina ROU 2358 – 6,5

19-44. IM Henrichs Thomas GER 2458, GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2479, GM Huschenbeth Niclas GER 2542, IM Zaragatski Ilja GER 2505, FM Bezemer Arno NED 2292, IM Bosboom Manuel NED 2396, IM Kohlweyer Bernd GER 2440, IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2489, Verstraeten Rein BEL 2281, IM Berkovich Mark A ISR 2375, IM Tan Matthew NED 2444, IM De Jong Migchiel NED 2345, FM Freeke Matthieu NED 2332, FM Vedder Richard NED 2238, Grochal Joey NED 2170, Timmermans Mark NED 2287, Van Den Berg Ad NED 2197, IM Ris Robert NED 2424, Dijkhuis Tycho NED 2176, FM Sibriaev Aleksandr RUS 2239, Timmermans Ivo NED 2214, Kuling Lody NED 2246, Maris Ivo NED 2171, Colijn Stefan NED 2276, Van Foreest Jorden NED 2284 and Henrichs Wenke GER 2055 – 6,0 etc.

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