Mark Crowther - Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Arkadij Naiditsch dropped his first half point and it could have been worse against Hagen Poetsch. Jan Smeets, Konstantin Landa, Evgeny Postny, Milos Pavlovic, Deepan Chakkravarthy, Twan Burg and Edwin Van Haastert lead on 4/4. Arkadij Naiditsch and Yasser Seirawan are a half point behind. Below is a rough translation of the Dutch press release.
The strong favourite GM Arkadij Naiditsch split the points against his compatriot IM Hagen Poetsch. The latter will be satisfied with this given the assessment of the final position, but halfway through the game, surely not. Hagen Poetsch took a stranglehold, but failed to push through at the crucial moment (see diagram, and variations).