The fifteenth edition of the HZ tournament is unlike previous years, unfortunately, not quite full.
In contrast, the participants have never been as strong as this year. After one minutes silence in memory of Huub van Dongen, the arbiter launched the first round.
The main candidate for the title, the German number one Arkadij Naiditsch, was not so heavy taxed in beating the Spaniard Garcia Serrano.
The number two seed Yasser Seirawan also won. Henk Westerman held on a bit longer but could not manage hold the popular American, who apparently did not suffer from jet lag after his performance at the world championships for national teams in China.
The first surprise of the tournament came in the name of Vlissingen Martin Wester Weele. De Zeeuw had great advantage against the Israeli IM Tal Haimovich. The game was ultimately a draw after a remarkable incident. Wester Weele conducted an illegal move, and before that he had pressed the clock, put Haimovich (with only one second left) the clock and called the official. Of course, his request for two minutes extra time rejected. Wester Weele was quick to make a draw offer and thus peace was signed.
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